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The International School on Space Optics ISSO 2021

25 - 29 October 2021,

What is it?

The International School on Space Optics is an event that targets to serve the community of young engineers and scientists who are already active or have the aspiration to work in the field of Spaceborne Optics.

It offers an intensive 5-days immersion program of lectures, design project and visits to space-related facilities. The course can be seen as a “compressed” 1-year class on Space Optics which would have been part of a Master Program in Spaceborne Technologies and Applications. It will allow 360 degrees exposure to all disciplines or optical engineering in space. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to any participant that has been present consistently throughout the Course.

The first ISSO was organised as a “Winter College on Space Optics” in February 2015 at the UNESCO International Centre for Theoretical Physics – ICTP within the frame of the “2015-International Year of Light”.  Following this event it was decided to establish the ISSO as a systematic biannual event. In 2019 the ISSO was hosted at ENEA in Rome, the Netherlands.

ISSO 2021 will be hosted at the European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. 

Why we do it?

Engineers and Scientists working on any discipline of spaceborne optics tend frequently to be very specialised in the narrow field of their first work missing opportunities in serving other disciplines. Also, optical engineers who have not yet engaged in any kind of activity in Space do not have a complete understanding of where their skills could be applied. The school will provide a 360- degree overview of the broad area of Space Optics covering Applications, Instrumentation and Technologies opening hence the horizons and opportunities for the young engineers/scientists to assess better all available opportunities.

ISSO is a sister event of the International Conference on Space Optics – ICSO and it is organised biannually in alternative years than ICSO. 

The next ICSO one will be held 29 March – 2 April, 2021 in France.

Who should attend?

Young engineers or scientists with a background in any field of Optics, Optoelectronics or Photonics. Background should be demonstrated by:

– a Masters or PhD degree in any Optics discipline
– actively pursuing a PhD in any Optics discipline
– working as a researcher in any Optics discipline in a university/research centre/industry
– working in a company/university on Space Optics projects

Without having a strict age limit it is expected that the participants will be in generally younger than 40 years old and with limited experience in the field of Space Optics.

Certificate of Attendance

At the conclusion of the School a “Certificate of Attendance” signed by the School Directors, will be awarded to all students attending the full programme of lectures and visits.

How many people will participate?

50 people will participate in ISSO 2021. The selection is based on merit and expected benefit for the student.

More informations can be found here.

Practical information

Dates : 25 - 29 October 2021,

Lieu : Noordwijk, The Netherlands