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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.

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International Teams consist of 8-15 researchers with complementary scientific expertise, and from several different institutions and countries worldwide. They hold a series of two to three one-week meetings over a period of 18 to 24 months. The aim of Teams is to carry out a research project leading to publications in scientific journals. The activity is directed and organised by a team leader who is also the initiator of the proposal to ISSI. Though in close contact with the scientific staff of the Institute, Teams are largely autonomous in the execution of their project. Teams are set up in response to an Annual Call by ISSI. Proposals are evaluated and prioritised by the Science Committee. 🔭

International Teams

Research on specific topics using interdisciplinary tools and expertise.


8 – 15 Scientists
incl. ~15% early-career researchers


Papers in scientific journals

Starting Point

Yearly call for proposals in January with deadline in mid-March.


1 week meetings
up to 3 times
spread over 18-24 months

ISSI Support

↷ Per diem
↷ Accommodation during meetings
↷ Travel costs for
Team Leader

Teams selected in 2024

24-599 • Abalos M. (ES)

Satellite-Based Evaluation of Stratospheric Transport in Chemistry-Climate Models

24-600 • Bahé Y. (CH) & Noble A. (US)

How does the emerging cosmic web shape the galactic baryon cycle?

24-601 • Barczynski K. (CH)

Active region evolution under the spotlight, with unprecedented coordinated high-resolution stereoscopic observations and numerical simulations

24-602 • Belli S. (IT) & Davies R. (AUS)

Multiphase Outflows in Galaxies at Cosmic Noon

24-603 • Bhardwaj A. (IN)

EXploiting Precision AstroNomical Distance INdicators in the Gaia (EXPANDING) Universe (ISSI–ISSI Beijing Team )

24-604 • Jie C. (CN) & Erdelyi R. (UK)

Small-scale eruptions in the Sun (ISSI-ISSI Beijing Team)

24-605 • Chifu I. (DE) & Madjarska M. (KR/DE/BG)

Small-scale magnetic flux ropes under the microscope with Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter

24-606 • Chintzoglou G. & Török T. (US)

Understanding the Onset of Solar Eruptions

24-607 • de Souza e Almeida Silva S. & Fedun V. (UK)

Opening new avenues in identifying coherent structures and transport barriers in the magnetised solar plasma

24-608 • Effenberger F. (DE) & Engelbrecht E. (SA)

Energetic Particle Transport in Space Plasma Turbulence

24-609 • Ganjushkina N. (FI) & Liemohn M. (US)

1-100 keV Electrons in the Earth’s Magnetosphere: Unique and Unpredictable?

24-610 • Haggard D. (CA) & von Fellenberg S. (DE)

A First Peek at the Galactic Center with JWST

24-611 • Hwang K. (US)

KHIWI: Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Wave Investigation

24-612 • Klein K. (US)

Excitation and Dissipation of Kinetic-Scale Fluctuations in Space Plasmas

24-613 • Kornbleuth M. (US)

Physical Processes and Drivers of Particle Acceleration in the Heliospheric Tail As Seen Through ENAs and Interstellar Lyman-alpha Absorption

24-614 • Lanabere V. (SE)

Understanding ground magnetic disturbances due to field-aligned currents driven by magnetotail activity (ISSI-ISSI Beijing Team)

24-615 • Lavvas P. & Coustenis A. (FR)

Advancing Titan’s Atmospheric Chemistry Knowledge

24-616 • Morrissey L. (CA) & Verkercke S. (FR)

Multi-scale Understanding of Surface-Exosphere Connections (MUSEC)

24-617 • Marschall R. (FR)

The search for the most chemically and physically pristine material of the early Solar System

24-618 • Milligan R. (UK) & Harra L. (CH)

The Impact of Solar Flare Irradiance on the Earth’s Ionosphere

24-619 • Ming A. (UK) & Orbe C. (US)

INFO-QBO: INvestigating the Feedback from Ozone in the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation

24-620 • Plöger F. & Rolf C. (DE)

Climate Impacts of Stratospheric Water Vapour

24-621 • Rodighiero G. & Gruppioni C. (IT)

The nature and fate of obscured massive galaxies: from the HST-dark galaxies to the JWST red dots

24-622 • Samsonov A. (UK) & Amerstorfer U. (AT)

What must we learn to make accurate space-weather predictions?

24-623 • Sandells M. (UK) & Mätzler C. (CH)

Snow/Sea Ice Emission and Backscatter Modelling

24-624 • Scarlata C. (US) & Hayes M. (SE)

Bringing PASSAGEers together from around the world to solve the Epoch of Reionization

24-625 • Thomas G. (ES)

AsteroSHOP: large Spectroscopic surveys HOmogenisation Program

24-626 • Thomas S. (FR) & Yardley S. (UK)

Quantifying Space Weather Impacts caused by Extreme Solar Energetic Particle Events

24-627 • Volwerk M. (AT)

Magnetosheath structures as seen by spacecraft observations and numerical simulations

24-628 • Wang D. (DE) & Yue C. (CN)

Precipitation of Energetic Particles from Magnetosphere and Their Effects on the Atmosphere

24-629 • Zaqarashvili T. (AT)

Multi-scale variability in solar and stellar magnetic cycles

Teams selected in 2023

23-569 • Barnes G. (US)

Quantitative Comparisons of Solar Surface Flux Transport Models

23-570 • Cazenave A. (FR)

Coastal Sea Level Rise: Observations and Causes

23-571 • Chau J. (DE) & Liu H. (JP)

The Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere at Low Latitudes (MLT-LoLa): Its Day-To-Day Variability and its Contributions to Thermospheric/Ionospheric Weather (ISSI–ISSI Beijing Team )

23-572 • Del Zanna G. (UK) & West M. (US)

Models and Observations of the Middle Corona

23-573 • Fotopoulou S. (UK)

Active Galactic Nuclei in Next Generation Surveys

23-574 • Fraternale F. & Ocker S. (US)

Shocks; Waves; Turbulence; and Suprathermal Electrons in the Very Local Interstellar Medium

23-575 • Gedalin M. (IL)

Collisionless Shock as a Self-Regulatory System

23-576 • George G. (DE) & Schulz H. (US)

Constraining Trade-Cumuli Feedback by Means of Process Understanding

23-577 • Hatch N. (UK)

Exploiting Intracluster Light for Cosmology and Galaxy Evolution with Next Generation Facilities

23-578 • Isaak K. & Pettorino V. (NL)

The Extremely Low Surface Brightness Universe: Calling for Synergy between the ESA Euclid and ARRAKIHS Space Missions

23-579 • Kloss C. (FR/DE) & Kovilakam M. (US)

Perspectives on Stratospheric Aerosol Observation

23-580 • Kozlovsky A. (FI) & Lukianova R. (KZ)

Meteors and Phenomena at the Boundary between Earth’s Atmosphere and Outer Space

23-581 • Li G. (US) & Wang L. (CN)

Understanding the Release of Hard X-Rays; Type III Radio Bursts and In-Situ Electrons in Solar Flares (ISSI–ISSI Beijing Team )

23-582 • Li W. (CN) & Galli A. (CH)

Understanding the Mars Space Environment through Multi-Spacecraft Measurements (ISSI–ISSI Beijing Team )

23-583 • Marchetti D. (CN) & Ghamry E. (EG)

Investigation of the Lithosphere Atmosphere Ionosphere Coupling (LAIC) Mechanism before the Natural Hazards (ISSI–ISSI Beijing Team )

23-584 • Masters K. (US)

Development of Galaxy Zoo: JWST

23-585 • Mishev A. (FI)

REASSESS – gRound and spacE-bAsed analySis of Strong sEp eventS and Study of their terrestrial effects

23-586 • Nelson C. (NL) & Chitta P. (DE)

Novel Insights Into Bursts; Bombs; and Brightenings in the Solar Atmosphere from Solar Orbiter

23-587 • Palmerio E. (US) & Barnes D. (UK)

Tomographic Inversion of Synthetic White-Light Images: Advancing Our Understanding of CMEs in 3D

23-588 • Pezzi O. (IT) & Cassak P. (US)

Unveiling Energy Conversion and Dissipation in Non-Equilibrium Space Plasmas

23-589 • Plesa A. & Kowalski J. (DE)

Bridging the Gap: From Terrestrial to Icy Moons Cryospheres

23-590 • Schuman M. & Röösli C. (CH)

“Genes from Space” – Leveraging Earth Observation Technologies to Monitor Essential Genetic Diversity

23-591 • Sorriso-Valvo L. (SE) & Hadid L. (FR)

Evolution of Turbulence in the Expanding Solar Wind

23-592 • Stallard T. (UK)

Jupiter’s Non-Auroral Ionosphere

23-593 • Stergiopoulou K. (UK)

Understanding the Physical Processes that Control the Magnetotail Structure and Dynamics within Unmagnetized and Hybrid Magnetospheres

23-594 • Thiemann E. (US)

A Multi-Mission Approach to Close the Gaps in Understanding of the Structure and Variability in the Mars Upper Atmosphere

23-595 • Tosi N. (DE) & Namur O. (BE)

The Thermal and Petrological History of Mercury’s Heterogeneous Mantle

23-596 • Tremblay B. & Kazachenko M. (US)

Tracking Plasma Flows in the Sun’s Photosphere and Chromosphere: A Review & Community Guide

23-597 • Tsai S. (US)

3-D Chemical Kinetics Model Benchmark for Hot Jupiter Atmospheres

23-598 • Turki E. (FR)

Coastal Resilience Using Satellites: CRESTE

Teams selected in 2022

544 • Añel J.A. (ES) & Cnossen I. (UK)

Impacts of Climate Change on the Middle and Upper Atmosphere and Atmospheric Drag of Space Objects

545 • Antolin P. (UK) & Froment C. (FR)

Observe Local Think Global: What Solar Observations can teach us about Multiphase Plasmas across Astrophysical Scales

546 • Archer M. (UK) & Nykyri K. (US)

Magnetohydrodynamic Surface Waves at Earth’s Magnetosphere (and Beyond)

547 • Attree N. (DE)

Understanding the Activity of Comets Through 67P’s Dynamics

548 • Becker M. (FR) & Marcos M. (ES)

Past; Present and Future of the Asian Mega-Deltas: The Role of Space Observations

549 • Chide B. (US)

Planetary Acoustics: A Brand New Sense with which to Explore Atmospheres in our Solar System

550 • D'Amicis R. (IT) & Velli M. (US)

Solar Sources and Evolution of the Alfvénic Slow Wind

551 • D'Orazio D. (DK) & Saha P. (CH)

Future Missions to Uranus and Neptune: Prospects for Non-Planetary Science

552 • Galiano A. (IT)

Wide-Ranging Characterization of Explosive Volcanism on Mercury: Origin; Properties; and Modifications of Pyroclastic Deposits

553 • Ghamry E. (EG) & Zhima Z. (CN)

CSES and Swarm Investigation of the Generation Mechanisms of Low Latitude Pi2 Waves

554 • Johnson B. (USA) & Benedetti A. (UK)

A Framework for Improving All-Weather Visible and Near-Infrared Satellite Data Assimilation

555 • Kajdic P. & Blanco-Cano X. (MX)

Impact of Upstream Mesoscale Transients on the Near-Earth Environment (ISSI – ISSI Beijing Team)

556 • Kieokaew R. (FR) & Yang Y. (US)

Cross-Scale Energy Transfer in Space Plasmas

557 • Krasnosselskikh V. (FR)

Beam Plasma Interaction in the Solar Wind and the Generation of Type III Radio Bursts

558 • Kruijssen D. (DE)

Transformation of Planetary Systems by Environmental Perturbations

559 • Leblanc F. (FR) & Sarantos M. (US)

Improving the Description of Exosphere Surface Interface

560 • Magyar N. (BE)

Turbulence at the Edge of the Solar Corona: Constraining Available Theories Using the Latest Parker Solar Probe Measurements

561 • Neumann W. (DE)

Timing and Processes of Planetesimal Formation and Evolution (ISSI – ISSI Beijing Team)

562 • Oesch P. (CH) & Maseda M. (US)

First Light at Cosmic Dawn: Exploiting the James Webb Space Telescope Revolution

563 • Ofman L. & Jian L. (US)

Ion Kinetic Instabilities in the Solar Wind in Light of Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter Observations

564 • Péroux C. (DE)

The Cosmic Baryon Cycle from Space

565 • Pratt G. (FR)

Multi-Wavelength Studies of the Culmination of Structure Formation in the Universe

566 • van Zelst I. (DE)

Seismicity on Venus: Prediction & Detection

568 • Zhu X. (CN) & Chifu I. (DE)

Magnetohydrostatic Modeling of the Solar Atmosphere with New Datasets (ISSI – ISSI Beijing Team)

Teams selected in 2021

520 • Amano T. (JP)

Energy Partition Across Collisionless Shocks

532 • Kim H. (US)

Understanding Interhemispheric Asymmetry in MIT Coupling

536 • Panov E. (AT)

Magnetotail Dipolarizations: Archimedes Force or Ideal Collapse?

Image: Thibaut Roger/NCCR PlanetS