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Small Satellites for Space Science: A COSPAR Scientific Roadmap

The COSPAR roadmap to advance the frontiers of science through innovation and international collaboration using small satellites is now published open acces in Advances in Space Research. 

Open Access Roadmap >>


New Selected Teams in 2019

32 Teams have been selected for implementation from the proposals received in response to the 2019 Call for International Teams by the Science Committee.

New International Teams >>


Announcement for the COSPAR Symposium

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) was established by ICSU, now the International Science Council (ISC), in 1958. Among COSPAR's objectives are the promotion of scientific research in space on an international level, with emphasis on the free exchange of results, information, and opinions, and providing a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of symposia, publication, and other means. The 4th COSPAR Symposium on Small satellites for sustainable Science And Development will take place on 4-8 November, 2019, Hotel Daniel, Herzliya, Israel.

More Information about the COSPAR Symposium >>


Saturn’s moon Mimas, a Snowplough in the Planet’s Rings

The Solar System's second largest planet both in mass and size, Saturn is best known for its rings. These are divided by a wide band, the Cassini Division, whose formation was poorly understood until very recently. Now, researchersfrom the CNRS, the Paris Observatory – PSL and the University of Franche-Comté have shown that Mimas, one of Saturn's moons, acted as a kind of remote snowplough, pushing apart the ice particles that make up the rings.  The findings are the result of two studies supported by the International Space Science Institute and CNES, the French space agency, published simultaneously in June 2019 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Announcement Johannes Geiss Fellowship 2019

The International Space Science Institute ISSI is proud to announce Dr. Bruno Leibundgut, European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany as the 2019 Johannes Geiss Fellow. Dr. Bruno Leibundgut is a highly-recognized, world-renowned scientist who specializes in the Astrophysics of Supernovae. 

The Fellowship is named after Prof. Johannes Geiss, the founder of the institute. ISSI had received more than ten excellent proposals from top level scientists from which the selection committee chose the fifth JGF recipient after thorough evaluation. The selection committee consisted of the Directors and the Chair of the ISSI Science Committee. ISSI is honored by the high interest from the science community in the Johannes Geiss Fellowship and would like to deeply thank all applicants. The call for the JGF 2020 will be issued in due time.

Homepage of Bruno Leibundgut >>


Pro ISSI Talk with K. Schrijver (recorded on May 8, 2019)

"Solar Magnetic Activity in a Nutshell, and How Stars and Exoplanets Can Help Us Understand It All" by Karel Schrijver, Johannes Geiss Fellow 2018

Abstract: For us on Earth, the Sun is the most important star. For billions of years, its steady glow has kept Earth habitable. The Sun also has a harmful side that humanity is increasingly affected by because of our growing dependence on electrical systems and on communication systems, and also because we venture into space beyond Earth’s atmospheric and magnetic shields. Fortunately, the Sun is also by far the nearest star: a complement of instruments on the ground and in space can study it in detail from its deepest interior to its outermost atmosphere. Distant Sun-like stars may not reveal much in detail, but their diversity enables us to understand what drives the Sun’s variability, to learn about the history and future of the Sun’s magnetism, and to quantify the infrequent extremes of space weather. This lecture will touch upon what we have learned about the dynamo that drives solar activity, how magnetism heats the solar atmosphere and drives the solar wind, what causes solar explosions, and what all that has to do with habitability of planets and how exoplanets can help us understand the Sun.


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 >>


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