Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)

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Press release: COSPAR initiates new programme: Building SmallSat capacity in developing countries

For a presentation of the Panel’s activities, watch this mini-film, with sub-titles, here.


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Carlos Gabriel, Chair, PCB

Juan Carlos Gabriel (Spain), 2022 – 2026* (juan.carlos.gabriel – at –


Diego Altimirano (UK), 2022 – 2026*
Jérôme Benveniste (ESA), 2023 – 2027
Dieter Bilitza (USA), 2022 – 2026* (dbilitza – at – gmu.ed)
M. Chantale Damas (USA), 2022 – 2026
Nimit Kumar (India), 2023 – 2027
Denise Perrone (Italy), 2022 – 2026
Randall K. Smith (USA), Sponsorships, 2022 – 2026*
Mpho Tshisaphungo (South Africa), 2022 – 2026

Intercommission/Panel/Task Group Liaisons:

Scientific Commission A: Kahn, R. (USA), 2020 – 2024*
Scientific Commission A:  Jérôme Benveniste (ESA/ESRIN), 2022 – 2026
Scientific Commission B:  Varun Sheel (India), 2022 – 2026
Scientific Commission D:  Asti Bhatt (USA), 2022 – 2026
Scientific Commission D:  Katariina Nykyri (USA), 2022 – 2026
Scientific Commission E:  Dipankar Bhattacharya (India), 2022 – 2026
Scientific Commission F:  Giorgio Baiocco (Italy), 2022 – 2026
Panel on Space Weather:  Nandi Dibyendu (India), 2022 – 2026
Panel on Space Weather:  Mpho Tshisaphungo (South Africa), 2022 – 2026
Panel on Exploration (PEX):  Frances Westall (France), 2022 – 2026
IDEA Initiative Task Group (IITG):  Alexi Glover (ESA/ESOC), 2022 – 2026

Terms of Reference:

To advise COSPAR on its program of capacity building workshops.  More information as well as guidelines and an application for submitting a workshop proposal and an application.

Note from Editor: A Memorandum of Understanding for a partnership on training and capacity building was signed between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and COSPAR in March 2012.


Capacity Building Fellowship Program and Alumni (PCB FPA)

Mariano Mendez (Netherlands), 2022 – 2026 (mariano – at –

Mariano Méndez, Chair, PCB FPA

Antonio Geraldo Ferreira (Brazil), 2022 – 2026

Terms of Reference

This program is open to young scientists who have been participants at one of the COSPAR Capacity Building workshops to enable them to build on skills gained at the workshop. It provides for visits of 2-4 weeks duration for the purpose of carrying out joint research to laboratories that collaborate with COSPAR in providing the fellowship program.

More information, list of currently participating laboratories, application guidelines, etc.

Deadline for the next Call for COSPAR Fellowship applications: 30 September 2024.


* (after officer term) = second and final term in the office indicated

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