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SSP16 - Haifa, Israel: 12 July - 1 September, 2016 - CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE!

ssp16 applyThe International Space University (ISU) is proud to announce that the 29th annual Space Studies Program (SSP) session will be hosted by the Technion Institute, Haifa in Israel from 12 July – 01 September 2016.

“ISU has a long‐standing relationship with Israel in general and Technion in particular. Many participants of Israel were able, also thanks to the Ilan Ramon Fund, to attend the ISU programs previously.

It is therefore a genuine pleasure for ISU to further enhance this relationship and convene the SSP16 session in Haifa. It is evident that there will be considerable interest from other countries to discover more closely the amazing hi‐tech achievements and cultural richness of the host site” declared Prof. Walter Peeters, President of ISU.

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20150606 ISU ClasPht 2233The Space Studies Program (SSP) is a graduate level professional development program conducted by ISU since 1988. The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical and ranges from policy and law, business and management and humanities to life sciences, engineering, physical sciences and space applications.
The shared experience of an international, interactive working environment is an ideal networking forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network comprising the program’s alumni (numbering more than 4000 to date), faculty members and visiting lecturers.

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quote3The interdisciplinary curriculum of the SSP, with its emphasis on international cooperation, exposes participants to broad new perspectives on the world’s space activities - perspectives otherwise reserved for those with many years of diverse professional experience. The program is packed with a wide variety of activities, including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work and professional visits. The main elements of the SSP curriculum are the core lecture series, workshops, departments and team projects. All course work at ISU is conducted in English.

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IMG 3496 smallAll students attend the core lecture series, which ensures that they have an understanding of the fundamentals of all disciplines relevant to space programs—and that they understand the relationships between these disciplines in any space-related activity.

Each field of study presents a series of lectures designed primarily for non-experts.  Medical specialists, will understand lectures on propulsion, while engineers and lawyers will understand the lectures on the effects of weightlessness on the human body.
Lectures give an overview of topics and do not go into depth or detail unless it is necessary when illustrating a point. However, the great range and diversity of the topics presented, means that a large quantity of material is covered. Furthermore, many core lectures are grouped around clusters or theme days to highlight the interrelation among disciplines. Interaction and discussion s among the students and lecturers are encouraged.

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DSC 3887 smallThere are seven academic departments in the SSP. The number of participants in each department is generally limited to 20 to 25 participants, depending upon the type of activities and  specialized equipment and software availabilty for each. Departmental activities enable a more in-depth and focused experience be it a debate or discussion, advanced lecture, or hands-on activity.
At the beginning of the program each student chooses one of the following SSP departments, depending upon his or her personal interests.

- Space Applications Department
- Space Engineering Department
- Human Performance in Space Department
- Space Humanities Department
- Space Management & Business Department
- Space Policy, Economics & Law Department
- Space Sciences Department

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IMG 20140620 174156 smallIn the Team Project (TP) experience, students work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams to produce either a comprehensive analysis and proposal for an international space project or work on a topic relevant to the professional space sector.
The participants will choose one of the TP topics on which to work for the duration of the SSP. This element of the SSP has three main objectives.
Participants are encouraged to:
A. Combine the knowledge and skills that they have already gained from their own educational or professional backgrounds with those that they learn and develop through the lectures, workshops and other presentations during the SSP.
B. Experience problem-solving, decision-making and organizing within an international, interdisciplinary and intercultural teamwork environment wherein conflicts may emerge and compromises must be made.
C. Produce and present a comprehensive report of professional quality before a public group.

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Workshops are designed to build on knowledge acquired during Core Lectures, in a smaller classroom setting that facilitates greater interaction among participants as well as the engagement in hands-on activities.

By signing up for workshops the participant can select the topics that interests them the most. Since many themes run simultaneously, each may be offered on multiple occasions to allow as many to benefit as possible.

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In a typical SSP about 100 lecturers and experts academia from space agencies, industry and from all over the world provide instruction to the student body. The SSP curriculum is coordinated by the Core, Department, and Team Project chairs and supported by members of the ISU Faculty. This is a list of invited lecturers and experts for SSP15:

  • Adil Jafry
  • Al Tadros
  • Alexander MacDonald
  • Alexander Soucek
  • Alotta Taylor
  • Ana Diaz
  • Andree-Anne Parent
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SSP Request for Proposals

The SSP Request for Proposals (RFP) can be downloaded using the link below. This RFP supersedes the June 2011 version and should be used for any proposal submitted for SSP 2017 or after. The proposal cover page dated June 2014 as well as the SSP Lodging and Meals estimating spreadsheet should also be used when submitting a proposal. Any questions regarding the RFP should be submitted via the ISU Academic Unit "contact us" link.

ISU-SSP-RFP-03June2014.pdf
ISU SSP Proposal Cover Page June 2014.docx

To get the SSP RFP Lodging and Meals Estimator, please contact the Academic Unit.

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ssp17International Space University 30th Space Studies Program 2017 to convene in Cork, Ireland

The International Space University (ISU) is proud to announce that the 30th annual Space Studies Program (SSP) session will be hosted by the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork (CIT), Ireland from 19 June – 18 August 2017. The program includes a one week optional English refresher course.

Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and is a hub for entrepreneurial activity from high-tech startups such as Radisens Diagnostics (located within CIT’s business incubator and funded through the European Space Agency), to multinational companies in telecommunications and biopharma. The city has strong connections to the space industry, including Ireland’s only science center themed on space science at the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, and the country’s first earth observation ground station founded in 2013 by National Space Center (Ltd) in Midleton and commissioned by a Canadian based company, exactEarth.

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2015SSP15 – ATHENS, OHIO, USA

08/06/2015 – 07/08/2015

Host Institution: Ohio University
99 participants from 30 countries
 
Team Projects:

 

 

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