Amsterdam, Netherlands

Comparative Planetology as a Tool for Space Studies

online course
when 9 January 2023 - 13 January 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 850

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 850: Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC or an Aurora Network Partner: €550*
Students and PhD students: €650*
Professionals: €850*
Applications received before 15 October: -€50 (Early Bird Discount)

The tuition fee includes:
- Application and registration
- Exclusive course content for a limited number of participants
- Individual/group guidance from the course organiser
- Access to all online VU facilities such as the library and online learning environments
- A certificate of attendance after completing the course
- A transcript of records, including the grade and the obtained ECTS
- The full support of the winter school team
- Optional social activities


VU Graduate Winter School offers several scholarships. More information can be found on the website.

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