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Voyage 2050: ESA Call for White Papers and Call for Membership of Topical Teams

The ESA Science Programme relies on long-term planning of its scientific priorities. The next planning cycle, Voyage 2050, is now underway. As was the case for the previous plans - Horizon 2000, Horizon 2000 Plus, and Cosmic Vision - the definition of the Voyage 2050 plan relies on open community input and on broad peer review. The community input will be gathered through a Call for White Papers while the peer review of this input will take place through a two-tiered committee structure, with a Senior Committee of 13 European scientists supported by a number of Topical Teams. Scientists interested in participating in the peer review process are invited to respond to the Call for Membership of Topical Teams

The Call for Membership of Topical Teams invites applications from scientists working in ESA Member States and with an interest in any topic in space science and in the relevant technologies. Space science is defined here in a broad sense, including the observation of the Universe, planetary science, solar science, study of the space environment, and scientific experiments that can be carried out from a spacecraft. It is intended to have a mix of experience represented in each Topical Team and early career scientists are specifically encouraged to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 6 May 2019. 

The Call for White Papers solicits ideas from the scientific community for the science themes that should be covered during the Voyage 2050 planning cycle. Any scientist or science team can submit a White Paper, with no limitation in terms of residence or nationality. All White Papers must be submitted in English. White Paper lead scientists cannot be members of the Topical Teams. The deadline for receipt of White Papers is 5 August 2019

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Pro ISSI Talk with Nils Olsen (March 27, 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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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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