In Summer 2018 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 Boston, USA. All 18 students and the three instructors will stay at a hotel in downtown Boston; the exact hotel is tbd.


The school will take place over the course of one week, from June 10th to June 16th 2018. The Japanese and Norwegian students will arrive in Boston on Sunday, June 10th. Nominal departure is Sunday, June 10th. 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 Boston (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, 10th Mon, 11th Tue, 12th Wed, 13th Thu, 14th Fri, 15th Sat, 16th
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 SWSS2018. Your application must reach the team before April 1st 2018.

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 Japanese or Norwegian citizen, you do not need a visa to enter the US provided you stay less than 90 days. You will need to apply for an ESTA, though. Citizens of other countries please check your visa requirement here Regardless of your nationality, you will need a valid passport to enter the US.

Furthermore, we request that you obtain - and show proof of - travel insurance valid for the US. 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.