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Opportunity for Capacity Building in Small Satellites Development and Operations for Universities in Developing Countries

The COSPAR Panel for Capacity Building (PCB) is trying to establish a long-term capacity building project together with the International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE), based on the development and scientific exploitation of small satellites. This project aims to enable space hardware and instrumentation development and to provide guidance on best practices for hardware development, sustainable space activities, and crafting space policy among emerging space nations.  See here for more details. Deadline for applications:  March 31  

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) invites applications for Director

Please see here for further details.  Deadline for applications:  April 15, 2020.

43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly: Abstract Submission Deadline 23 Feb.

The 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be held in Sydney, Australia, 15-22 August 2020.  Information on the scientific program and other relevant links, including to abstract submission, are at The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) website, for information on registration, accommodation and other matters, is open at


New Zealand Adheres to COSPAR

On 8 February New Zealand became a member of COSPAR with the Royal Society Te Apārangi as the national scientific institute. The COSPAR community extends a warm welcome.

ASR 2019 Top 10 Reviewers

Pascale Defraigne (Belgium),  Jianghui Geng (China),  John Bosco Habarulema (South Africa), Koji Mukai (USA), Yuichi Otsuka (Japan), Elijah Oyeyemi (Nigeria), Jacek Paziewski (Poland), Michael Pezzopane (Italy), Ilya Usoskin (Finland), Ningbo Wang (China). Full article to follow in the April issue of Space Research Today (SRT).

The International Astronautical Federation

Call for Proposals 2020 for the Johannes Geiss Fellowship

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland invites applications for the Johannes Geiss Fellowship (JGF) 2020. The JGF provides a generous stipend covering travel cost and living expenses for a stay at ISSI, Bern, of up to 6 months. The JGF can be either taken in one piece, e.g. as a sabbatical, or in several separate intervals. Further information at Deadline for submission to ISSI is March 13, 2020.

ISSI Beijing Call for proposals for establishing International Teams

The  International  Space  Science  Institute  (ISSI)  in  Bern, Switzerland, and ISSI-BJ in Beijing, China, invite  proposals  for  establishing  International Teams to conduct on its premises research activities in Space Sciences, based on the interdisciplinary  analysis  and  evaluation  of  data  from  spacecraft  and possible integration with ground data and theoretical models. Letter of Intent: February 13, 2020. Deadline for proposals: March 25, 2020. The Call for International Teams proposal is available on the ISSI web site:

Advances in Space Research: 1st Issue of 2020 Now Available in Open Access

The first 2020 issue of Advances in Space Research, volume 65/01, is now available in open access.  This issue contains 56 papers and 701 pages.  Read them here.

LSSR Special issue on Planetary Protection: New Aspects of Policy and Requirements, Vol 23 November 2019

LSSR Special issue on Planetary Protection: New Aspects of Policy and Requirements, Vol 23 November 2019, just published.