9. January 2023

In­ter­na­tion­al Space Weath­er Camp 2023 – ap­ply now!

Solar activity causes light phenomena in Earth's polar regions
So­lar ac­tiv­i­ty caus­es light phe­nom­e­na in Earth's po­lar re­gions
Image 1/2, Credit: ESA/NASA-A.Gerst

Solar activity causes light phenomena in Earth's polar regions

The Sun emits in­tense ra­di­a­tion and vast amounts of en­er­get­ic ma­te­ri­al that cause con­di­tions in space to change con­stant­ly.
Space weather research
Space weath­er re­search
Image 2/2, Credit: ESA/A. Baker

Space weather research

Fu­ture mis­sions will study the in­flu­ence of the iono­sphere on Earth.

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) are looking for students studying for a bachelor's or master's degree or diploma in the fields of mathematics, physics, computer science or engineering to attend the International Space Weather Camp (ISWC) 2023, which will take place from 24 June to 23 July 2023.


The four-week programme offers eight students each from Germany, South Africa and the USA the unique opportunity to gain insights into current space weather research. The first two weeks (24 June to 7 July 2023) will take place in South Africa, at SANSA's Hermanus site. This part of the camp will focus on application-related topics in addition to theoretical knowledge. The subsequent two weeks (8 July to 23 July 2023) will take place in Huntsville, Alabama. This section will cover the theoretical foundations of the fundamental processes that take place in plasmas as they occur in the solar winds.


Researchers from different fields will present both the theoretical foundations and the results of their current scientific work. The course programme will be supplemented by project activities carried out in small teams under the professional supervision of employees at the participating institutions. The projects will range from numerical data analysis to the hands-on construction of satellite sensors.

To enhance the scientific element, there will be excursions to well-known institutions such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where participants will learn how a neutron accelerator works and how supercomputers can be applied in research. Other key sites in South Africa include the University of Stellenbosch and companies working on the development of CubeSats.


The costs of transport, meals and accommodation will be covered by DLR, SANSA and UAH. Students will only have to pay for their journey to and from the airport in Germany and their ESTA visa (approximately 21 US dollars) for the USA.


Applications close on 12 March 2023. In addition to excellent academic performance, good knowledge of English is a prerequisite for attendance.

To apply, please send the following documents to Alexander Kasten:

  • CV with photo (does not have to be a passport photo)
  • Certificates
    • for highest level of qualification (school-leaving examination, bachelor's degree or master's degree)
    • Latest overview of grades
  • Letter of recommendation (in German or English)
  • Application (in English, maximum 500 words), covering the following:
    • To what extent do your own studies/interests align with the topic?
    • How can the ISWC assist in your academic career and help you achieve your goals?
  • You are welcome to enclose any other information that you consider to be relevant.

All data collected as part of the application procedure will be treated in accordance with the DLR guidelines. See this link for more information.

  • Melanie-Konstanze Wiese
    Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Berlin, Neustre­litz, Dres­den, Je­na and Cot­tbus/Zit­tau
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Telephone: +49 30 67055-639
    Fax: +49 30 67055-102
    Rutherfordstraße 2
    12489 Berlin-Adlershof
  • Alexander Kasten
    Head DLR_Project_Lab
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    DLR_Cam­pus Neustre­litz
    Telephone: +49 3981 480-204
    Fax: +49 3981 237-783
    Augustastraße 18a
    17235 Neustrelitz

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