Expert sharing her knowledge on gravity-related research

Call for the 2020 ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School

13/03/2020 918 views 11 likes
ESA / Education / ESA Academy

ESA's Education Office and the European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA) are joining hands again to organise the fifth edition of the ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School, which will take place between the 22-26 June 2020 at ESEC-Galaxia in Transinne, Belgium.  

This exciting Summer School offers an overview of the current research under microgravity and hypergravity conditions in Life and Physical Sciences and explains the interest and benefits of performing research and technology demonstrations at different gravity levels. 

Over four and a half days, 30 university students will attend stimulating lectures and work in small groups to devise ideas for prospective experiments. These future scientists and engineers will understand the possibilities in research studies and careers in the European space sector.

The trainers are experts from across Europe and part of ESA and/or ELGRA, freely sharing their experience and know-how with the students, including their day-to-day work and research experience in biology, human physiology, physics and engineering. 

Who can apply?

Expert sharing her knowledge on gravity-related research
Expert sharing her knowledge on gravity-related research

In order to participate, students must fulfil the following criteria at the time of application: 

  • be aged between 18 and 32;
  • be a citizen of an ESA Member State, Canada or Slovenia;
  • be enrolled as a full-time BSc (starting from 2nd year) or MSc student in a university (not graduating before the summer school); 
  • be studying an engineering or scientific subject;
  • have never taken part in any gravity-related research activity and never been sponsored by ESA's Education Office or ELGRA.

The selected students will be sponsored by ESA. The sponsorship will cover accommodation and meals as well as up to 200 Euros for travelling to Belgium.

Preliminary schedule:

Day 1 Introduction to ESA, its programmes and opportunities
Introduction to ELGRA and SELGRA
Gravity and gravity-related research platforms
Gravity-related research overview
ESA Education Office and hands-on programmes
Develop a gravity-related experiment
Presentations by former student teams of ESA Academy’s hands-on programmes
Gravity-related experiments demos
Team project introduction
Day 2 Gravity machines and animal models
Complex fluids in microgravity
Space motion sickness and vestibular adaptation in microgravity
Playing with gravity to modulate cells
Lecture title TBC
Multiphase thermal management research in microgravity
Team work
Day 3 Artificial gravity as a new space countermeasure
Technology demonstrations in microgravity
Use of microbes to support humans in space
Project management
Team work
Visit of ESEC-Redu
Day 4 Team work
Inspirational lecture
Day 5 Team project presentations

How to apply?

Students receiving valuable advice from the experts
Students receiving valuable advice from the experts
  • Complete the application form;
  • Upload a motivation letter (PDF, maximum 1 page, no images);
  • Upload a CV (Europass format, PDF, maximum 2 pages);
  • Upload a formal recommendation letter (PDF, maximum 1 page, including signature, no images) from a university professor or an academic supervisor;
  • Upload a copy of academic records (PDF).

All answers and documents should be in English (except academic records if not available).  

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2020, 23:59 pm CEST.

For further information, please contact


Applicants are kindly requested to note that, depending on the evolution of the corona virus situation in Europe, and in line with the recommendations of ESA's Director General on travel restrictions for health and safety reasons, the ESA Education Office reserves the right to cancel this ESA Academy's training session, to limit potential exposure of participants or employees to the virus.