The International Space Weather Camp (ISWC) is an opportunity for students from South Africa, Germany and the United States of America to learn about space weather, a relatively new and exciting field involving the study of the Sun and its influence on space and the Earth’s upper atmosphere as well as the impacts of solar events on space and ground based technological systems that modern society rely on daily. The Camp will consist of a series of lectures, hands-on projects and other interesting activities.

The ISWC will take place from 24 June to 22 July 2017. The Camp will be divided into two parts, with the first taking place at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), USA from 24 June - 08 July 2017 and the second at SANSA in Hermanus, SA from 09 – 22 July 2017.

About 8 students each from South Africa, America, and Germany will participate in this school.

At UAH, the focus will be on heliophysics - the physics of the Sun. We will learn about the dynamic processes inside our nearest star that cause solar flares, mass ejections and drive the gusty solar wind that batters the Earth's magnetic field. Huntsville, Alabama has a long history of missile development and space flight. A visit to the US Space and Rocket centre and other sites are planned.

In Hermanus the Camp will be hosted by the Space Science directorate of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). The focus will be on topics related to space weather and its impact on technology, including magnetospheric and ionospheric physics; satellite and space science applied technology and ground based space science instrumentation. In addition, participants of the Camp will go on field trips to other South African space related institutes and programmes within the Western Cape.

The ISWC Camp offers students a great platform to interact and engage with students and researchers from around the world. During the ISWC students will also get an opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as historic developments of space activities in the USA and South Africa.


The International Space Weather Camp is coming to South Africa for the second time since its inception in 2011. Initially the ISWC (formerly JSWSC, Joint Space Weather Summer Camp) was a partnership between DLR, University of Rostock and University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville). The collaboration was extended in 2015 with SANSA joining DLR and UAHuntsville in participating and hosting in a trilateral arrangement.

Important Information

Successful applicants will be fully funded to participate in the ISWC, funding will include transport, accommodation, meals and American visa.

Application is now open and closes on the 8th of March 2017.

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