The programme will contain the following items:

  • Lectures about fields of research with potential applications for microsatellites as well as by space technicians about the technological state of the art of the field
  • Planning of research projects in space and planetary research by the participants in small groups: In this part the present scientists and technologists will be present as advisors to the participants. These projects will be devised by participants and attendees will be encouraged to suggest potential themes of the project in advance. This will allow organisers to develop the final programme together with participants in an interactive way.
  • a Guided tour of the communication facilities and the space technology labs of the Tartu Observatory in Tõravere (which constitute valuable infrastructure that can be of use for the planned projects). Also, an overview of potential funding possibilities for microsatellite missions will be presented during the summer school
  • Presentations of those projects by participants and discussions and feedback on them.

Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in a poster session.


The following people will give presentations at the summer course:

Maria Gritsevitch, University of Helsinki, Finland
Erik Ilbis , University of Tartu, Estonia
René Laufer , Baylor University, Texas, USA
Wendy Okolo, NASA, USA
Mihkel Pajusalu, MIT, USA
Andris Slavinskis, NASA, USA
Colin Snodgrass, Open University, UK
Morio Toyoshima, NICT, Japan

Preliminary programme
The PRELIMINARY programme of the summer course can be downloaded here as an .xls file here.

Poster session
The poster session will be held on Monday 6th, 2018. DIN A0 in portrait format should be OK.

Participants will be allowed a 4 minutes presentation for their posters (no discussion). The presentation will take place in the lecture room at the Estonian Biocentre at Tartu University, Riia 26b. Powerpoint slides can be used. For a smooth run of these poster talks, they are asked to bring their talks on a memory stick or CD-ROM.

Posters can be printed at Kaanoni Koopiakeskus, W.Struve 3. On-line submisssions of posters for printing is possible. The organisers cannot give any guarantee for timely printimg of posters. Early submissions of postersto print out is encouraged.

There will be a halfday excursion to the Ice Age Museum and the Lake Peipus area with a visit to one of the Old Believers' villages. This will take place halfway into the summer school, i.e. after the lecture part and allow the participants to refresh their brains and to have first discussions of the projects in an informal setting.There will also be an evening walk through the old city.   

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