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Spin Your Thesis! 2021 call for proposals

03/05/2020 1433 views 12 likes
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Take your science for a spin

The Spin Your Thesis! (SYT) programme of ESA Academy offers bachelor, master and PhD students the opportunity to design, build and test their own hypergravity experiment in the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) in ESTEC. As it rotates, the LDC is capable of simulating the force of gravity up to 20 times larger than that we experience on the Earth’s surface.  

The experiments can weigh up to 80kg and spin for a maximum uninterrupted session lasting 60 hours. ESA Academy encourages applications of students from a diverse range of backgrounds, such as life sciences, physics and engineering. 

Status: OPEN
Deadline: November 15, 2020, 23:59 CET 
SYT students monitoring their experiment during the spin
SYT students monitoring their experiment during the spin

Throughout the SYT programme, students will develop important scientific and academic skills, as well as skills that are important in industry, such as project, financial and risk management, problem solving and working with people from different nationalities.  Data can later be published in relevant articles or presented at international conferences.  

 "Spin Your Thesis has enhanced my learning vastly. The knowledge and hands-on experience cooperating with top professionals in space engineering and project management have inspired me a lot. I absolutely recommend this life-changing experience!" says Adam Dąbrowski, University of Gdańsk, Poland, who led the GDArm team during SYT! 2019.  

In addition, the students are supported by experts at the LDC who provide feedback on how to optimise the experiments. “It was a great experience both at personal and professional level because we could interact with ESA technicians and we could learn new techniques and how to work in a team,” says Antonella Rocca, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy, who was part of Team Osteo, another SYT! 2015 experiment.  

 “Everything about the programme is run at the highest professional level. This way, we can help to teach the students how to take part in the real world of space research. This will help ensure that Europe retains its leading space industry,” says Nigel Savage, programme coordinator for SYT and other hands-on micro- and hyper-gravity programmes. 

Want to know how to become a part of SYT! 2020? You can access all the information about this programme at the very bottom of the Spin Your Thesis! page. Eligible teams should submit an accurately completed application pack before the deadline on November 15, 2020 23:59 CET

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