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COSPAR Planetary Protection Panel Open Session, 3-4 December 2019, Vienna, Austria

The new COSPAR Panel for Planetary Protection will have its second meeting in December 2019 in Vienna, Austria, where from 3 December, 13:30, to 4 December, 15:30, there will be an open session for discussing and debating different matters by the panel and the other attendees. Because space and time are limited, if you are interested in attending, kindly respond to the questions below. If your application is accepted, you will receive a confirmation with more detailed information about the meeting. Unfortunately, there are no funds to support travel, nor accommodation for attendees. Questions: 1) Name: 2) Affiliation: 3) Contact details: 4) Interests in PP: 5) Request to speak at the meeting under AOB. Send your registration to

Advances in Space Research - Special Issues

Calls for papers for special issue of Advances in Space Research:

Special issue(s) recently published: Volume 64, Issue 10, 15 November 2019, Variability and Coupling of the Equatorial, Low- and Mid-Latitude Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Ionosphere: Latest Developments of Monitoring and Modeling Techniques

4th COSPAR Symposium

COSPAR will hold its fourth Symposium in Herzliya, Israel, 4 - 8 November 2019, with a focus on Small Satellites for Sustainable Science and Development.

43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly

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, will come on-line as they become available at The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) website, for information on registration, accommodation and other matters, is open at


New COSPAR Roadmap Published

"Small satellites for space science:  A COSPAR scientific roadmap" (published in ASR, 64, n°8, 15 October 2019), prepared by a group of scientists under the leadership of Professor Rudolf von Steiger, Director, International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland is freely available through the link indicated.

Ethiopia Adheres to COSPAR

On 3 June 2019 Ethiopia became a member of COSPAR with the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) as the national scientific institute. The COSPAR community extends a warm welcome.

United Arab Emirates Adheres to COSPAR

On 6 May 2019 the United Arab Emirates became a member of COSPAR with the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) as the national scientific institute. The COSPAR community extends a warm welcome.

Life Sciences in Space Research (LSSR): First Impact Factor

Life Sciences in Space Research (LSSR) has obtained a first ever Impact Factor of 2.07, ranking 32nd out of 87 biology journals and in the solid second quartile. More exciting news for LSSR – the journal has been accepted for SCIE, Science Citation Index Expanded. The journal is already included in MEDLINE/PubMed.  

Advances in Space Research: 2018 Impact Factor

The 2018 Impact Factor for ASR is 1.746, up from 1.529 in 2017, and at its highest ever.  

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