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Student Programmes and Career Opportunities at ESA Kiruna, 15th May 2007 Merlijne Berntsen Human Exploration Promotion Division Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration
The Academic Network for Space Exploration (1) • ESA’s education activities are part of the Agency’s effort to contribute to the scientific and technical education of young Europeans Europe and ESA need young brains… • An important element of these activities, in the framework of the ISS and Exploration programme, is the establishment of a network with first-class Academic institutions - and their students - as those represented in e.g. the SpaceMaster Programme • As of today 3 consortia of 16 universities • covering 10 European countries: • SpaceMaster • Life in Space • EuMAS Kiruna, 15th May 2007 2
The academic network for Space Exploration (2) • SpaceMaster • Collaborating universities from Czech, • Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, • UK • Space science and technology • 45 – 60 students each year • EuMAS • Collaborating universities from France, • Germany, Italy, Spain, UK • Aerospace engineering • (aeronautical engineering / space technology) • 25 – 50 students each year • Full time two-years master course • Supported by the EC Erasmus Mundus Programme • Grants for European students not funded by the EC • Stages (4 months) at ESTEC • Lectures presented by ESA staff members on the • subject of human spaceflight and exploration • Courses and lectures on different locations Kiruna, 15th May 2007 3
The Academic Network for Space Exploration (3) Life in Space • Consortium consists of universities from France (coordinating university), Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, UK • Two-weeks exobiology course in Banyuls-sur-mer, France • Supported by the EC Erasmus Programme • 50 students each year • Support for European students • Provision for equipment during the course (computers, study material) • E-learning session with an ESA astronaut • Lectures presented by ESA staff members on the subject of human spaceflight and space exploration/exobiology Kiruna, 15th May 2007 4
PhD Opportunities The Networking/Partnering Initiative (NPI) • The Technical Directorate of ESA (D/TEC) supports up to 30 PhD research projects per year, from which up to 2 PhD projects relevant to ESA’s Space Exploration Programme will be sponsored by the Human Spaceflight Directorate • The PhD proposal selection will be twice a year • Support offered by the NPI: • Co-funding up to 50% or max 15 k€ per year per PhD • Access to ESTEC laboratories • Technical support from ESA experts • Ability to search within ESA for potential partners for further cooperation • One-to-one contract between D/TEC and the academic institution per PhD • www.esa.int/techresources Kiruna, 15th May 2007 5
Training and Stages at ESA ESA offers several training opportunities for young nationals from its Member and Cooperating States* • Post Doctoral Research Fellowships: 20 – 30 placements per year (for 1 or 2 years) in one of ESA’s establishments, PhD required • Young Graduate Traineeship: 1 year, placement in one of ESA’s establishments, selection is annually in November/December, Master required • End of Studies Trainee Periods: 6 months internships at one of the ESA establishments www.esa.int/careers or email@example.com * Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada is a Cooperating State and Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania are European Cooperating States (PECS) Kiruna, 15th May 2007 6
Student Programmes (1) • The SUCCESS Student Contest – a competition for European University students to propose an experiment that can be conducted on board the International Space Station (ISS) First prize: a one-year paid internship at ESA-ESTEC to build the experiment and launch it to the ISS www.esa.int/success or firstname.lastname@example.org • Student experiments fly on board several manned and unmanned carriers (Foton, parabolic flights, sounding rockets) www.esa.int/education (www.novespace.fr) Kiruna, 15th May 2007 7
Student Programmes (2) If you would like the opportunity to submit a proposal about your own experiment… A new SUCCESS Contest will start after the summer! www.esa.int/success Kiruna, 15th May 2007 8