Fancy something slightly different?
We have been informed that there are still some places available on the Winter Arctic Science course run by Umea University in Sweden. It covers the physics of the Aurora among other polar phenomena, all set in the beautiful surrounds of Kiruna, Northern Sweden. Importantly, the course is FREE to EU citizens, you just need to pay for travel and accommodation. See below the picture for more details.
If it looks a little cold for you, check out the sister course run in the summer in Human Spaceflight and Exploration over in our events section.
- The Swedish Institue of Space Physics, Kiruna. Picture: Gerrit Holl
Arctic Science (4.5 ECTS-credits)
Umeå University in Kiruna, northern Sweden, 8-11 February 2012.
The physics of snow, northern lights, a visit to the original Ice Hotel and much more……..
The aim of the course is to give participants insight into the phenomena that one can observe in the arctic environment during the winter months, such as the aurora borealis. The course also contains an introduction to snow and ice-related phenomena. The course is a distance course running over 6 weeks with a gathering 8-11 February in the exotic town of Kiruna, which lies in the north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. The town is home to the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, the Swedish Space Corporation Esrange, a site for launching rockets and balloons, Spaceport Sweden and the famous Ice Hotel.
The course is suitable for students studying on traditional science and engineering degree programmes at universities in Sweden and abroad, teachers and anyone else who is interested and qualified. Prerequisites are that students should satisfy the general requirements for eligibility for university studies at Umeå University and have a physics major at upper secondary school level or similar qualifications. The course will be given in English. We have reserved low-price student accommodation in Kiruna for successful applicants.
For more information see our web site www.irf.se/link/winter_course. For international students the web site to use to apply for the course is www.universityadmissions.se Note that the official application deadline for international students was 15 August, but there are still many places available and places are offered to eligible students submitting late applications on a first come-first served basis. The course is given by the Department of Physics of Umeå University, Sweden in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna.