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Fly Your Thesis! 2019 open for proposals

on 02 May 2018

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is inviting Master and PhD students to submit proposals for the Fly Your Thesis! 2019 edition, which gives them the opportunity to conduct an experiment during a parabolic flight. The deadline for submitting proposals is 9 September 2018 (00:59 Romania local time).

The teams interested in participating in the Fly Your Thesis! 2019 programme organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office should submit an accurately completed Experiment Proposal document detailing the description of the experiments that they intend to perform. Experiments are required to be a key part of Master or PhD theses, and the subject of the experiments investigations must necessitate microgravity conditions.

ESA will short-list a restricted number of teams that will proceed to the next round of the selection process. The selection will be solely based on eligibility criteria of the teams, the microgravity relevance, the quality of the proposal, the educational return.

The minimum number of students to be actively involved in each team is four, however an active involvement of more students is desirable. Diversity is also strongly encouraged.

The shortlisted teams will be given a week to complete a technical document required from all teams that participate in ESA parabolic flights and will then be invited to a selection workshop to present their experiment proposals. The best ideas will be selected after this workshop and selected teams will be given the opportunity to conduct the experiments in a parabolic flight performed in a specially equipped Airbus A310 Zero-G aircraft operated by Novespace.

The campaign is tentatively scheduled for November 2019. It is important to note that at the time of this call for proposals, the flight is not confirmed and ESA intends to obtain confirmation until the end of the project selection process.

ESA's Education Office will cover some of the costs of transport and accommodation and the cost of equipment needed for experiments, if necessary.

Those wishing to participate in this programme are invited to read the registration requirements.
For more information, visit this link.

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