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Comment in Nature Magazine: Maximize the Impacts of Space Science

Put research goals first when prioritizing and managing national and international projects, urge Ji Wu and Roger Bonnet.

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Call for Proposals Johannes Geiss Fellowship 2018

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland invites applications for the Johannes Geiss Fellowship (JGF) 2018. The JGF provides a generous stipend covering travel costs and living expenses for a stay at ISSI, Bern, of up to 6 months. The JGF can be either taken in one chunk, e.g. as a sabbatical, or in several separate intervals. The JGF was established to attract to ISSI - for limited duration visits - international
scientists of stature, who can make demonstrable contributions to the ISSI mission and increase ISSI’s visibility by their presence.

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Job Posting: Post-Doctoral Position in Astrophysics and/or Cosmology

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Position in Astrophysics and/or Cosmology for a two-year period, ideally starting in May 2018 (or by agreement). The successful candidate should have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in the field of Astrophysics and/or Cosmology, his/her work should be related to Space Sciences.

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Space Science Horizon 2000 - A Retrospective View

R.-M. Bonnet (Image ESA)  

Symposium in Honor of Roger-Maurice Bonnet on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday

ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk - 8/9 February 2018

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Announcement Johannes Geiss Fellowship 2017

ISSI has received 15 excellent applications, most of them from top-level scientists. Needless to say that we are very honored by the high number of applications.

The Selection Committee, consisting of all the Directors of ISSI and the Chairman of the ISSI Science Committee, has had a hard task to evaluate all these applications and to select the candidate for the 2017 Johannes Geiss Fellowship. After thorough evaluation of all the applications, we are proud to announce that Prof. Gary Zank from the University of Alabama has been elected the third JGF recipient.

We would like to thank all applicants to the Johannes Geiss Fellowship 2017 for their interest in our institute.

The next call for the JGF 2018 will be issued in due time.

Biography of Prof. Gary Zank >>


Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure launches New Era of Planetary Collaboration in Europe

ISSI is pleased to announce that it has been selected to be a part of a €9.95 million project to integrate and support planetary science activities across Europe. The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (RI) has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208 and will run for four years until August 2019. The project is led by the Open University, UK, and has 34 beneficiary institutions from 19 European countries. ISSI is presently the only Swiss institute participating in this project and its funding comes directly from the Swiss Government. Europlanet 2020 RI is addressing key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area.

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Announcement by ISSI about the Europlanet 2020 RI >>


"Monitoring the Evolution of Coastal Zones Under Various Forcing Factors Using Space-based Observing Systems”

This paper is an outcome of the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) Forum on "Monitoring the Evolution of Coastal Zones Under Various Forcing Factors Using Space-based Observing Systems” (http://www.issibern.ch/forum/costzoneevo/) held at ISSI, Bern, Switzerland on 11-12 October 2016 (convened by J. Benveniste, A. Cazenave, N. Champollion, G. Le Cozannet and P. Woodworth)

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First Determination of Saturn’s Deformation by Tides

Using several thousand images of Saturn’s moons recorded by the Cassini orbiter (NASA/ESA), an ISSI team led by an astronomer of the Institute of Celestial Mechanics and Calculation of Ephemerides within the Paris Observatory (Obs. de Paris/CNRS/UPMC/Université Lille 1) has detected small fluctuations in the gravitational field of Saturn. Available online in the journal Icarus, these results follow from a series of extremely detailed investigations undertaken by this team that focus on deepening our understanding of the Saturn ecosystem. This new vision of Saturn’s evolution is also described in the form of an 8-minute movie animation.

Saturn, an ecosysteme par observatoiredeparis

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New Agreement of Cooperation between NSSC and ISSI to Continue ISSI-Beijing

Professor Ji WU, director-general of National Space Science Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSSC) and chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Space Science Institute-Beijing (ISSI-BJ), and Professor Rosine Lallement, representative and vice chair of the Board of Trustees of International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, signed a new agreement in October 2015, which confirmed the cooperation of two sides on continuation of ISSI-BJ for at least three more years.

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Prof. Ji Wu (NSSC) and Prof. Rosine Lallement (ISSI) signing the agreement of cooperation


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