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Joint Call for Proposals 2019 for International Teams in Space and Earth Sciences

The purpose of this call is to invite scientists to submit a proposal for projects from International Teams. International Teams are small groups of scientists involved in space research, working together on data analysis, theories, and models. This call is open to scientists of any nationality, actively involved in any of the following research fields:

  1. Space Sciences: Magnetospheric and Space Plasma Physics, Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Fundamental Physics in Space

  2. Earth Sciences using space data

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Applications Now Open for Alpbach Summer School 2019

This year, sixty selected European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 43rd edition of the Summer School Alpbach, a ten-day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience, attending stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and engineering, and working intensely within four groups to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts.
The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2019 is “Geophysics from Space Using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations“ and will be held from 16 to 25 July 2019.

University students and young graduates have until 31 March 2019 to apply.

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Johannes Geiss Fellowship 2019

The International Space Science Institute invites applications for the Johannes Geiss Fellowship (JGF) 2019. 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 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.

Call for Proposals Johannes Geiss Fellowship 2019 >>


Thomas Zurbuchen nominated for the Greinacher-Preis 2018

Laudatio of the committee: In recognition of his work in the field of space science in the broadest sense stretching from his role as an innovative instrument designer and builder to data analysis and interpretation of solar wind plasma from many space missions, from studying Mercury’s magnetosphere in detail to theoretical work in space plasma research, and all the way to becoming one of the most supreme advocates of space science in his role as NASA Associate Administrator for Science Missions. 
The foundation was established in Bern in 1988 with the name of Heinrich-Greinacher-Stiftung from the estate of the couple Frieda and Heinrich Greinacher. Interest income of the Foundation's capital is used to fund the Heinrich Greinacher Prize and for the promotion of young researchers and scientists. 


Prof. Tilman Spohn has been elected as the new Executive Director of the International Space Science Institute

The Board of Trustees of the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) has elected Professor Tilman Spohn
from Germany to head the Institute as its new Executive Director as of January 1, 2019. Tilman Spohn will
succeed Professor Rafael Rodrigo, who was called to the ministry of Science, Innovation, and
Universities after a change of the Government of Spain in June 2018.

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Dawn-Dusk Asymmetries in Planetary Plasma Environments

edited by Stein Haaland, Andrei Runov, Colin Forsyth

The volume is the outcome of a project initiated by a core group aiming to identify and quantify fundamental processes responsible for dawn-dusk asymmetries in planetary plasma environments. The work started out with a series of science sessions at the AGU fall meetings and an international team under the auspices of the International Space Science Institute (http://www.issibern.ch/teams/solwindmag/).

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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.

Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure Webpage >>

Announcement by ISSI about the Europlanet 2020 RI >>


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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last update: 7 February 2019