Universities selected for PRESTIGE programme
ESA has selected the first universities to participate in a research and training initiative known as PRESTIGE (PRrogramme in Education for Space, Technology, Innovation and knowledGE).
Launched by ESA’s Education Office in September 2008, PRESTIGE is designed to reinforce education and research at European universities in specific technical domains which are considered to be critical areas of knowledge for future space programmes.
These domains include: design of future launchers by using multi-disciplinary modelling; technology development and testing of various space applications, such as control systems and sensors, navigation and remote sensing; and studies of advanced satellite telecommunication payloads, such as next generation broadband satellite systems.
Conducted in close coordination with ESA’s Human Resources and Technical Directorates, the new educational programme provides research and training opportunities to European universities linked to these technical domains.
After the deadline for application passed on 15 October, the Education Office set up an Evaluation Board composed of ESA experts. Out of the 19 European universities which sent in proposals, four were finally selected.
The chosen universities were:
- University of Bremen (Germany) and Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
- University of Valencia (Spain)
- University of Oslo (Norway)
- Technical University of Madrid UPM (Spain)
During the first phase of the PRESTIGE programme, these universities will begin a focused research activity supported by grants from ESA. This will be followed by a period of internship, during which selected students will have the opportunity to pursue further their research activity at the ESA Test Centre at ESTEC, with support from ESA scientists and engineers.
“We are really glad to see the interest shown by the universities with this initiative. In this pioneering programme we are concentrating the education effort precisely in those research areas where ESA has identified a lack of experts in Europe,” said Dr. Ventura-Traveset, Head of the Communication and Education Office of the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) and chairman of the evaluation board.
“We would like to congratulate the selected universities and wish them success in their research. We would also like to thank all of the applicants for their participation and encourage them to participate in future opportunities offered by PRESTIGE and other existing ESA educational initiatives,” Dr. Ventura-Traveset concluded.