Conference opportunities for sponsored students

ESA Education will provide sponsorship to a select few university students to support their participation in conferences. The selection is competitive, and clear priority will be given to students whose abstracts have been accepted by the conference organisers and who have not been sponsored by ESA before.

Please see below for current opportunities. 

68th International Astronautical Congress

Application Status: CLOSED

25-29 September 2017 – Adelaide, Australia    Sponsorship deadline: 1 May 2017

The IAC is the one place and time of the year when all space actors come together. Global, multidisciplinary, and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space information and developments, but above all, contacts and potential partnerships. Read more here about ESA's sponsorship for IAC 2017.


15th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2018)

 Application Status: OPEN

 28 May – 1 June 2018 – Marseille, France     Sponsorship deadline: 1 December 2017

Hosted and organized by CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) and powered by AIAA, SpaceOps 2018 is a technical forum of the Space Mission Operations and Ground Systems community that addresses state-of-the-art operations principles, methods, and tools.

SpaceOps 2018 provides students with the opportunity to share mission’s experience, challenges, and innovation solutions with experts from around the globe. Read more here about ESA's sponsorship for SpaceOps 2018.

NASA International Internship programme (NASA I2)

Application Status: ON HOLD

The NASA I2 programme provides opportunities for U.S. and non-U.S. university undergraduate-level or graduate-level students to work collaboratively on NASA-relevant research with a NASA mentor.

ESA sponsorship for this programme is currently on hold until further notice. For inquiries regarding NASA I2 please email

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