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Our scientific opportunities support the community through six distinct modes of operation. Links to proposal templates or on-line submission forms are provided for each individual tool.

Find explanations, forms of applications and an overview of current and past activities.

Forums are informal and free-ranging debates among some 15 to 25 participants, to discuss future directions, innovations and challenges. These can be of a scientific nature or to do with science policy matters. Forums need not produce formal recommendations or decisions, but outcomes are often captured as white papers, roadmaps or journal publications. ISSI hosts a handful of Forums per year, each lasting 2–3 days.


Free-ranging debate and brainstorming sessions on future directions, innovations and challenges.


20 – 30 Participants
incl. ~15% early-career researchers


white papers, journal publications or roadmaps

Starting Point

Proposed by ISSI directorate, or by community in consultation with ISSI staff


2 – 3 days
single event

ISSI Support

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25–28 June 2024

Using Earth Observation Systems to Improve Climate Adaptation Policy and Action

11–13 June 2024

Measurement disparities in the Scientific parameter Space of Earth Observation Sensors at the Example of Imaging Spectrometers

4–6 June 2024

International Cooperation in Space to Advance Science

15–17 May 2024

Coastal Blue Carbon from Space

17–18 January 2024

The Economics and Law of Space-Based Commerce (WTI-ISSI Special Conference)

8–10 January 2024

Cosmic Footprint, large Scale Space Ethics

14–16 November 2022

Physical Links Between Weather in Space and Weather in the Lower Atmosphere

14–16 November 2022

Physical Links Between Weather in Space and Weather in the Lower Atmosphere

5–7 October 2022

Lunar Gravitational-Wave Observation

5–6 October 2022

Lunar Gravitational-Wave Observation

18–19 November 2021

Ground and Space Astronomy: Challenges and Synergies

26–29 January 2021

Tipping Points in the Earth’s Climate

4–5 July 2019

The Impact of Big Data in Astronomy

14–16 November 2018

SCOSTEP ISSI Fora at ISSI Beijing and ISSI

11–12 October 2018

Monitoring Coastal Zones Evolution Under Various Forcing Factors Using Space-based Observing Systems

10–11 April 2018

Small Satellites for Space Science (4S)

13–14 September 2016

ISSI Europlanet Forum

1–3 March 2016

Expected Evolution of Solar Activity in the Following Decades (ISSI/VarSITI FORUM)

19–20 January 2016

Performing High-Quality Science on CubeSats

30–1 October 2014

Continuity of Microwave Observations in L-band for Operational and Climate Applications

3–4 December 2013

Understanding Gravity

6–8 May 2013

Forum in collaboration with SCOSTEP

3–5 April 2013

Near Earth Electro-magnetic Environment (Swarm and Cluster)

5–6 December 2012

Future Science of Exoplanets and their Systems

20–21 November 2012

Solar Activity and the Solar Cycle

10–11 January 2012

Assessing Requirements for a Carbon Model Reference Validation Framework

30–1 December 2010

Future out-of-Ecliptic and In Situ Observations of the Sun

11–12 May 2009

Earth Science Forum

24–25 March 2009

The Future of Magnetospheric Research

12–13 June 2007

Space Science and Education

2–3 March 2006

Earth Science from Space

3–4 March 2005

Space Science and the Media

9–10 November 2004


Image: Thibaut Roger/NCCR PlanetS