International Space Weather Camp
The International Space Weather Camp (ISWC) provides an incredible opportunity for students from South Africa, the USA, 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 relies on daily. The Camp consists of a series of lectures, hands-on projects and other interesting activities. The lecture subject matter covers various aspects related to Space Weather, comprising 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 in two parts, with the first part taking place at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Hermanus facility from 24 June to 7 July 2023. The second part will be held in University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA from 8 – 23 July 2023. Successful applicants are expected to take part in both parts of the camp. The ISWC offers students a great platform to interact and engage with students and researchers from around the world. During the Camp, students will also get an opportunity to learn about historic and current developments of space activities in South Africa, Germany, and the USA.
The ISWC (formerly JSWSC, Joint Space Weather Summer Camp) was a partnership initially, between the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the University of Rostock and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UA Huntsville). The collaboration was extended in 2015 with SANSA joining DLR and UA Huntsville in participating and hosting in a trilateral arrangement.
Applicants must be final year BEng/BSc Hon or Masters students in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Electronics and must be South African citizens or permanent residents.
Successful applicants will be fully funded to participate in the ISWC 2023. Funding will include visa applications, flights, accommodation, ground transportation and subsistence. Note that successful applicants must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the camp as per US Travel policy, a vaccination certificate will be required as proof.
Applications are now open and close on 17 February 2023. Due to the large number of applications, we receive for the ISWC we cannot reply to everyone, if you do not hear from us within 1 month of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.