In Summer 2017 we will bring together 18 bachelor/master students from Japan, USA, and Norway to learn about the harmful effects of space weather and, more importantly, collaborate on a research project.


The Space Weather Science School will take place in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. All 18 students and the three instructors will stay at the Hotel Asia Center of Japan in downtown Tokyo.


The school will take place over the course of one week, from June 18th to June 24th 2017. The American and Norwegian students will arrive in Tokyo on Sunday, June 18th. Nominal departure is Saturday, June 24th. There might be a possibility to extend your stay - although after the school you will have to pay for your accommodation.

How much is it?

The school will pay for your flights into Tokyo (if you need one) and also provide you with housing and three meals per day. You will need to cover the expense of getting to your home airport and any incidentals.

What will I learn?

During the first day, you will get a general introduction to space weather in the form of lectures and hands-on exercises. The exercises will become more data-driven on the second day, when you will use Python to analyze real-world space weather data. From the third day and onward you will work in small teams on open questions relating to space weather, using the theoretical and practical tools presented on the first two days.

At the end of this one-week school, you will therefore not only have learned a lot about the Earth's plasma environment but also gained hands-on experience using generic data analysis skills.

Here is a preliminary schedule, as a guideline, subject to change:

  Sun, 18th Mon, 19th Tue, 20th Wed, 21th Thu, 22th Fri, 23th Sat, 24th
09-10 Arrival Lecture Python tutorial Python tutorial Project work Prepare talk Travel home
10-11 Exercise Lecture Choose project topic Debrief Prepare talk
11-12 Exercise Exercise Choose project topic Project work Prepare talk
12-13 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13-14 Excursion Lecture Excursion Project work Prepare talk
14-15 Exercise Debrief Give talk
15-16 Python tutorial Project work Give talk
16-20 Icebreaker Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

The team

How to apply

Easy! Prepare your CV (including previous courses and grades) and a short statement highlighting why you would like to participate in the SWSS2017. Your application must reach the team before March 1st 2017.

What happens after I get accepted?

We will let you know whether you made it into the school via email. The first thing that we need after your acceptance is some personal data such that we can book a flight ticket for you. All booking will be handled through the University of Oslo. It is important at this stage that you clearly state whether you have any wishes regarding your itinerary - we will try and accommodate those as best as we can.

If you are an American or Norwegian citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Japan provided you stay less than 90 days. Citizens of other countries please check your visa requirement here Regardless of your nationality, you will need a valid passport to enter Japan.

Furthermore, we request that you obtain - and show proof of - travel insurance for Japan. There are several providers out there that for little money insure you on short travels abroad.

Closer to the school, about one month before, you will receive more information about the exercises and possibly the excursion.


The Space Weather Science School is a collaboration between the University of Oslo, the University of Electro-Communications, and Virginia Tech. It is funded by SIU under contract number HNP-2015/10017.