The International Space Weather Camp (ISWC) is an opportunity for students from South Africa, USA, Italy and Germany 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.

ISWC will consist of a series of lectures, hands-on projects and other interesting activities. The Camp covers various aspects related to Space Weather, including cosmic ray particle transport theory, plasma physics, solar physics, heliospheric physics, computer simulations for modelling and understanding local Space Weather, and the impact on Earth’s atmosphere, satellites, and space.

The ISWC will take place from 16 June to 13 July 2019. The Camp will be divided into two parts, with the first part taking place in Northern Germany at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) from 16 June – 29 June 2019 and the second part taking place in Hermanus, South Africa at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) from 30 June - 13 July 2019. Eight students from each country (South Africa, Germany, and USA) will be selected to participate in this school.

ISWC offers students a great platform to interact and engage with other 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 SA, Germany and USA.


The International Space Weather Camp is coming to South Africa for the third 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 University of Alabama Huntsville in participating and hosting in a trilateral arrangement.

Important Information

Applicants must:

  • be final year BSc/BEng/Honours or Masters Students in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Electronics.
  • be South African citizens or permanent residents.
  • have a valid   passport with at least 2 open pages or a proof that they have applied for one since this include international travel to Germany.

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

Applications is now open and closes on 28 February 2019.

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