Alpbach Summer School 2018 – register now!

The 42nd edition of the Alpbach Summer School will take place from 17 – 26 July 2018 in Tyrol, Austria. The 2018 theme is ‘Sample return from small solar system bodies’. Registrations are now open for engineering graduates (Master, PhD and Postdoc level), with the FNR providing financial support for selected PhDs and Postdocs. Deadline to register is Saturday, 31 March 2018.

Focus on ‘Sample return from small solar system bodies’

During lectures and working sessions, participants are given the opportunity to expand and strengthen their knowledge of selected space issues. Teams will develop space mission concepts based on the theme of the Summer School.

The Summer School fosters the practical application of knowledge derived from lectures, develops organisational and team-work skills and encourages creativity.

How to register

The Summer School Alpbach 2018 is open to 60 selected young science and/or engineering graduates (Master, PhD and Postdoc level) from among the member and cooperating states of the European Space Agency (ESA). The working language of the Summer School will be English.

Candidates have to complete:

The deadline for the registration is Saturday, 31 March 2018. Confirmation of acceptance will be given by the end of April 2017.

Financial support for participants with link to Luxembourg

The FNR financially supports the participation of selected PhDs and Postdocs, who:

  • Are of Luxembourg origins (Luxembourg nationality or more than 5-year residence in Luxembourg)
  • Have the nationality of a member, cooperating or associate state of ESA and conduct their studies/research work predominantly at a Luxembourg-based institution.

The GLAE – Groupement Luxembourgeois de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace financially supports the participation of selected engineering students from Luxembourg.

The financial support covers all fixed expenses related to the participation (registration, accommodation, travel).

For further information regarding the Alpbach Summer School and its selection process, please contact the Luxembourg national contact point:

Asmira Skrijelj

Ministère de l’Économie

Direction de l’ICT et des Affaires Spatiales

19-21 Boulevard Royal. L-2449 Luxembourg

Tél: +352 247-85 215


About the Alpbach Summer School

Held annually since 1975, the Alpbach Summer School enjoys a long tradition in providing in-depth teaching on aspects of space science and space technology with the aim of advancing the training and work experience of European graduates, post-graduate students, young scientists and engineers.

The Summer School is organised by the Aeronautics and Space Agency of FFG (Forschungsförderungs-gesellschaft) and co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), as well as the national space authorities of its member and cooperating states. A traditional partner is the International Space Science Institute. It is also supported by Austrospace, the association of Austrian space industries and research institutions.

For further details regarding the summer school program and the registration, please refer to

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