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.

2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities

ESA Education will sponsor the attendance of a select few University students to attend the 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities in Budapest between the 11th and 13th of April 2018.
For more details see the symposium website.
ESA sponsorship covers the reimbursement of the early-bird student registration fee and provides a maximum reimbursement towards travel of €200 and accommodation of €50/night (payable on production of receipts)
Applications for sponsorship should be received before the 31st of January 2018 and successful applicants will be informed before the 28th of February 2018.

To be eligible for sponsorship students must:
- Have their abstract already accepted for the conference
- Have participated in, or be currently participating in, an ESA Education office tertiary education unit (i.e. University level) hands-on activity and/or a training course, which should be the main subject of their abstract.
- Be a full time university student at a university in an ESA member state, Canada or Slovenia.
- Hold the nationality of an ESA member state, Canada or Slovenia.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 32 at the time of the conference

Applications can be made here

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: CLOSED

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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