Alpbach Summer School 2019 – register now!

The annual Alpbach Summer School will take place from 16 – 25 July 2019 in Tyrol, Austria. The 2019 theme is ‘Geophysics from Space using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations’. Registrations are now open for science and engineering students and graduates (Master, PhD and Postdoc level), with the FNR providing financial support for selected PhDs and Postdocs. Deadline to apply is Sunday, 31 March 2019.

Focus on ‘Geophysics from Space using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations’

Sixty students will be selected to attend lectures on past achievements and current issues, and will be invited to propose ideas for new satellite missions to observe the magnetic and gravitational field of the Earth from space with high resolution in space and time using a mission configuration that goes beyond all missions that have been realized so far. Four student teams will be set up to define the scientific objectives of a space mission and a preliminary end-to-end mission design including the spacecraft, scientific instruments, mission and science operations that will meet the stated objective under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts. Each student team will conceive and elaborate an innovative satellite mission and present it to an expert review panel on the last day.

How to register

The Summer School Alpbach 2019 is open to 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 Sunday, 31 March 2019. Confirmation of acceptance will be given by the end of April 2019.

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.

*ESA member states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Further to the 22 Member States, also Canada and Slovenia, based on their agreements with ESA, qualify to fully participate in the programmes of the ESA Education Office.

The Luxembourg Space Agency / GLAE financially supports the participation of selected engineering students from Luxembourg, while the FNR supports the participation of select PhD and Postdocs.

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, (+352) 288 482-23, E-mail:

Luxembourg Space Agency, 19-21, boulevard Royal | L-2449 Luxembourg

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 programme and the registration, please refer to

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