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International Space Weather Camp 2020

June 21 - July 19

International Space Weather Camp Information


The International Space Weather Camp (ISWC) is an opportunity for students from South Africa, USA, Italy and Germany to learn about space weather, a relatively new and exciting field involving the study of the Sun and its influence on space and the Earth’s upper atmosphere, as well as the impacts of solar events on space and ground based technological systems that modern society rely on daily.


ISWC will consist of a series of lectures, hands-on projects and other interesting activities. The Camp covers various aspects related to Space Weather, including cosmic ray particle transport theory, plasma physics, solar physics, heliospheric physics, computer simulations for modelling and understanding local Space Weather, and the impact on Earth’s atmosphere, satellites, and space.


The ISWC will take place from 21 June – 19 July 2020. The Camp will kick-off at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in Hermanus, South Africa from 21 June – 3 July 2020 and then on to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), USA from 4 July – 19 July 2020.


ISWC offers students a great platform to interact and engage with other students and researchers from around the world. During the ISWC, students will also get an opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as historic developments of space activities in SA, Germany and USA.


The International Space Weather Camp is coming to South Africa for the third time since its inception in 2011. Initially the ISWC (formerly JSWSC, Joint Space Weather Summer Camp) was a partnership between DLR, University of Rostock and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). In 2015 the collaboration was extended with SANSA joining DLR and the University of Alabama Huntsville in participating and hosting in a trilateral arrangement.

Important Information

Applicants must:

  • be final year BSc/BEng/Honours or Masters Students in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Electronics.
  • be South African citizens or permanent residents.
  • have a valid passport with at least 2 open pages or proof that the applicant has applied for a passport as the Camp includes international travel to the USA.


Successful applicants will be fully funded to participate in the ISWC.

Funding will include transport, accommodation, meals, and USA visa.

Applications are now open and will closes on 28 February 2020.



June 21
July 19