Amsterdam, Netherlands

Comparative Planetology as a Tool for Space Studies

when 16 July 2023 - 23 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 1050

In this course we will show how comparative planetology combines different disciplines, and uses processes on Earth to deduce how systems on other planets and moons work. Within the course, we will focus on different case studies, and explore how each of them simulates processes outside of our planet.

Course leader

Jitse Alsemgeest

Target group

The target audience consists of MSc and PhD level students interested in space research, as well as space industry professionals interested in modern planetary science. Because the core objective of the course is to spread awareness of and interest in contemporary space research, and because such research increasingly involves, for example, biologists, chemists, and earth scientists in addition to astronomers, the course will be open to participants without prior knowledge of planetary science, as well.

Course aim

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- look at Earth and space from a different, interdisciplinary perspective
- understand how to study planetary processes
- develop your own ideas and projects for studies in comparative planetology
- develop a framework for Earth-based space studies
- write a research proposal with a focus on space research
- learn how to present your proposal to the general audience or a scientific committee

Credits info

2 EC
Contact hours: 35

Fee info

EUR 1050: Tuition fees two-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €700
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €950
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €1050
Professionals €1250

Early Bird offer
Applications received before 15 March (14 March CET 23:59) receive €50 Early Bird discount!


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers two kinds of scholarships: the Equal Access Scholarship and the Photographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

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