The ESA-FAIR Space Radiation School


Course 2 weeks Darmstadt, Germany

Uploaded 4 Apr 2019

Job Description

Cosmic radiation is considered to be the main health hazard for human exploration and colonization of the solar system: crew members may be exposed to different doses and qualities of radiation, threatening life quality and individual survivability, thereby disrupting mission success.

Radiation risk is characterized by a high uncertainty and lack of simple and effective countermeasures. Most of the uncertainty on space radiation risk is associated with the limited knowledge of biological effects of cosmic rays. This creates a risk assessment, which results in more accurate risk assessments.

For many years, ESA has been deploying space radiation research at the GSI particle accelerator in Darmstadt, the only one in Europe able to simulate cosmic radiation. GSI is now building FAIR, a new facility with higher energy for cosmic ray simulation. Under the recently signed Cooperation Agreement between ESA and GSI-FAIR (ref .: ESA / C (2017) 130), the ESA-FAIR Radiation Summer School has established itself as a basic student in basic heavy ion biophysics for both terrestrial and space applications. The ESA -FAIR Radiation Summer School wants to contribute to research and development in the field of biomedical and biophysical applications in Europe and wants to highlight ESA's commitment to stimulating the pursuit of education in science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as foster interest and expertise relevant to Human Spaceflight activities. The school wants to attract attention from the international community.


  • Space research activities at ESA
  • Space radiation physics
  • Space radiation biology
  • Applied physics at GSI / FAIR
  • Particle accelerators
  • Particle therapy


September 15-October 1, 2019


The ESA-FAIR Radiation Summer School wants to take place in Darmstadt, where students can easily commute between the ESA (theory part of the course) and GSI (practical part). The maximum number of students will be 15.

Person Specification

Target Audience

Students from ESA Member States wants to be eligible for the ESA-FAIR Radiation Summer School. In addition, a quota of maximum 3 students from non-ESA Member States will be accepted. The School is aimed at Ph.D. students and postdocs from various radiation-related disciplines (physics, medicine, biology etc.).


Participation to the school is free. Accommodation will be provided free of charge by the organizers in a hotel in Darmstadt. Travel (airplane or train) wants to be reimbursed to all students coming from ESA members states.


    • EU National

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