The SSP is a nine-week graduate top-level professional development program conducted by the International Space University (ISU). The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical and ranges from policy and law, business and management and humanities to life sciences, engineering, physical sciences and space applications. SSP participants are high potential scientists and engineers in the field of space in their early career from 35 different countries.
This year, the SSP takes place from 25 June to 24 August in the Netherlands, hosted by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO), in close collaboration with Delft University of Technology, Leiden University and the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA-ESTEC) in Noordwijk. The program is packed with a wide variety of activities including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work assignments, and professional visits, such as visits to industry and academia. ASTRON, the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) and the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) are sponsors of the SSP and collectively organise a visit to Dwingeloo.
During the visit participants will learn about the institutes, they will get tours through the facilities, learn about telescope engineering, the James Webb Telescope, space VLBI and Space Weather, and visit the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR). Radio and Optical/Infrared technology provide a unique window on the Universe allowing the study of many transformative science areas.