ASTRA - The Arctic Space TRAining

The Arctic Space TRAining (ASTRA) provides research-based student training in space science, focusing on the Norwegian and Russian Arctic regions.

We announce:

ASTRA winter school on Auroral Phenomena

Tromsø, Norway  15-21 March 2020

  • Are you a third-year bachelor student or a master or PhD student? 

  • Do you study or plan to study space physics or relevant discipline? 

  • Do you want to understand Northern Lights and explore the Arctic? 

You can can apply and take part in the ASTRA Winter School in Tromsø, Norway. Apply before 20 December 2019!

To apply, send your CV and short (one-page) motivational letter to: (if you are student in Russia) or to (if you are student in Norway)  before 20 December 2019.

In the application put emphasis on your current  student status, courses that you have taken, grades for relevant courses, and any additional aspects that may be relevant for your application. Note that the number of places is limited and about 15 successful applicants will take part in the school.

The language of instruction will be English, and a good command of English is required. You must be an active student in Norway or in Russia in order to apply. For all participants, travel and accommodation will be arranged and sponsored by the organisers.

During one week-long Winter School you will learn basics of the space studies in the high Arctic, learn the principles of scientific instruments, such as EISCAT radars, all sky imagers and magnetometers, and work with the real data to characterize and understand processes in the Arctic ionosphere. You will travel to the Norwegian Arctic and work in international project teams!

The Arctic Space TRAining (ASTRA) is a platform providing a research-based student training in space science. It focuses on the Norwegian and Russian Arctic regions, which have excellent location for studying the polar ionosphere. ASTRA gives hands-on education for last year bachelor students, master students and PhD candidates. The training includes using various research facilities and instruments across the border including satellites, rockets, and ground-based instruments (magnetometer networks, EISCAT, SuperDARN, and optical instruments for the studies of the northern lights).

International collaboration is crucial in space science and exploration

Students can write joint thesis, being supervised by scientists from both countries, they can travel abroad and have study and research stays at collaborating institutes, and can also participate in unique summer and winter schools for the polar ionosphere. ASTRA brings closer the space physics communities in Russia and Norway and facilitate and consolidate collaboration between the two countries within space science in the polar regions.

Contact project coordinators for more information about the ASTRA project and activities.

The ASTRA platform includes the following partners:

  • Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow
  • Polar Geophysical Institute, Apatity
  • Institute of Physics of the Earth, RAS, Moscow
  • The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • University of Oslo, Norway



The funding for the Norway-Russia Partnership is provided by the DIKU, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (formerly SIU: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) through the Cooperation Programme with Russia, project number CPRU-2017/10068  (funding for years 2018-2020). 

Published Apr. 16, 2018 8:41 PM - Last modified Dec. 4, 2019 2:14 PM