IAGA Summer Schools

IAGA Summer Schools are organised in the week before the IAGA Scientific Assemblies and the IUGG General Assemblies with the aim of providing excellent early career scientists with a good basic understanding of a wide range of the scientific topics covered by IAGA. The IAGA sponsored participants include the recipients of the IAGA Young Scientist Awards, and a number of PhD students or young Post-Docs who are selected from nominations by the IAGA Divisions and Working Groups. Geographical and gender diversity are additional criteria for the choice of students as well as scientific excellence. Lectures on a broad range of IAGA topics are given by distinguished international experts in the fields, with accompanying practical sessions. See the links below for lists of topics and lecturers of previous summer schools.

IAGA Summer School 2017

The 3rd IAGA Summer School will be held from August 21-25 hosted by SANSA Space Science in Hermanus, near Cape Town, South Africa, just before the IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Joint Assembly. The 2017 IAGA School is co-sponsored by SANSA Space Science and the European Geosciences Union EGU

About 20 early career scientists will be sponsored for accommodation and cost of living. As it is expected that participants will also attend the Joint Assembly they are expected to cover travel costs to Cape Town themselves. Nominations for IAGA-sponsored participants should come from Division Chairs after discussions with their Working Groups.

How to apply:

Students interested in participating should apply to the Chair of the IAGA Working Group or Division relevant for their topic of work for a nomination (see "About IAGA").Applications must contain name, affiliation, contact information, date of birth, gender, nationality and a short letter of motivation. Please send applications by October 31.

Nomination deadline for the Divisions is November 30. Selection of participants will be made by the IAGA Executive Committee and information on acceptance will be sent before December 31, 2016.  

Definition of early career scientists

  • be in age 30 or younger,
  • be an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or have received her/his highest degree qualification (e.g., BSc, MSc, PhD) within the last two years.

Past IAGA Summer Schools

2nd IAGA Summer School, June 2015, Praque, Czech Republic

The second IAGA Summer School was held from June 15 to 21, 2015. It was attended by 22 students of 13 nationalities from 14 countries.

1st IAGA Summer School, August 2013, Merida, Mexico

The first IAGA Summer School was held from August 20 to 25, 2013. It was attended by 20 students of 14 nationalities from 11 countries.