Norway-Canada Space Mission Training Program

Norway-Canada Space Mission Training Program is our program for students at all levels. It is a long-term collaboration focusing on exchange and hands-on education within space science with several universities in Canada and Norway. 

 Learn more about spacecraft-plasma interactions!

Apply today for the Space Mission Modeling Workshop!


  • Are you curious about what happens with a satellite and its instruments in space?
  • Are you interested in numerical simulations and have some experience in programming?
  • Are you a master student in physics or technology in Canada or Norway?

Apply for the CaNoRock Space Mission Modeling Workshop.

Place: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Date: 10-17 November 2019 (including travel from/to Norway), lectures 12-16 November.


During this one-week workshop you will be working in international student teams and investigate the spacecraft-plasma interaction by using advanced numerical models. You will learn about spacecraft interaction with the ionospheric plasma and instrument performance. You will master the use of advanced codes for plasma simulations. This experience can be an important step for your future thesis, give you better understanding of the instrument design for spacecraft, and also for industrial applications of plasmas. 


How to apply:

Send the application before the deadline 1 September 2019 by email to: Prof. W. Miloch and to Prof. R. Marchand

The applications (in English) should include: short CV and a motivation letter (max. one page). Selection will be based on the application and (optional) interview with the applicant.

The language of instruction will be English. The organisers will provide transportation and accommodation for all traveling students (both Canadian and Norwegian). Breakfast, lunch, and two dinners will also be provided. Students should have some experience in numerical simulations and programming.

The workshop will take place in Edmonton, Canada.


Canadian robotic arm for the International Space Station depicted on the 5-dollar bill.


The Norway-Canada Space Mission Training Program is a mobility program for students at all levels that focuses on space science and technology. It is a collaboration between several Norwegian and Canadian universities. The partners in the network are: University of Oslo, Univeristy of Bergen, UNIS, NTNU, UiT Arctic University of Norway, University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan. 

The project includes student exchange, workshops, joined supervision, and specialised courses for bachelor, master and PhD students, thus providing great career opportunities for students. It is coordinated with a large Canadian CREATE project that focuses on space education of master students. Our program allows students to become a part of unique network and have an exciting international education within the space science and technology.

It is a student mobility program between Canada and Norway for students who aims to specialize in space physics or space technology/instrumentation. Exchange students can take specialized courses abroad or carry out their research under joint supervision. The project provides additional student exchange scholarships for students going abroad. Students will also be able to take prestigious space courses at the Royal Military College of Canada: Space Mission Analysis and Space Mission Design. The course fees will be covered by the project.



Every year a designated Canadian-Norwegian school/workshop will be organized. The school enables students to take part in joint Norway-Canada space research projects. During intensive 5 to 10 days, the students carry out a scientific project that can results in publication in a scientific journal. Close collaboration with experts in the field of space science gives the unique opportunity to work on exciting space experiments. 

The overview of intensive schools is given below:

  Level Location Date

Space Mission Instrumentation and Engineering Workshop (completed)

Master Canada 2017

Space Mission Science PhD School I (completed)

PhD Canada 2019

Space Mission Modeling Workshop


Master Canada 2019

Space Mission Science PhD school II


PhD Norway, Svalbard 2020



An essential part of the project are the semester exchanges on the bachelor and master level. Students will receive substantial scholarship of 25.000 NOK per semester for their stay abroad, in addition to standard scholarships. We encourage bachelor students to travel to Canada in the 6. semester (spring), and master students to take their first (fall) semester abroad. For University of Alberta the courses are pre-approved, so they are automatically included into your degree program. We are working towards pre-approving the courses with other universities, so you do not need to worry at all!

University of Alberta

University of Calgary

University of Saskachewan

6th semester


Katrine Langvad  Stensløkken

or Jonathan Burchill 


Katrine Langvad  Stensløkken

or Kathryn McWilliams 

7th semester




If you are interested in the exchange opportunity remember to apply before the deadline: 15 February each year for the fall semester (and 15 september each year for spring), and also contact us for more details!

Contact person: Prof. Jøran Moen or Assoc. Prof. Lasse Clausen
Or the study administration.

The funding for the Norway-Canada Space Mission Training Program  is provided by DIKU, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (formerly SIU: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) (granted for 2017-2020) 

Published Feb. 5, 2017 1:43 PM - Last modified May 12, 2020 12:26 PM