SHIELD Summer School

The NASA SHIELD DRIVE Science Center

SHIELD Summer School in Plasma Processes at the Edge of the Solar System
June 10th – June 14th, 2024 at Boston University, Boston Massachusetts
Applications for this year’s summer school have closed. Watch for new dates in late 2024.
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The 2024 SHIELD Summer School, titled “Plasma Processes at the Edge of the Solar System”, will be held at Boston University during June 10th – 14th, 2024. The summer school was an intensive one-week course in the most challenging plasma processes that drive the structure and dynamics at the Edge of the Solar System.

Our summer school is appropriate to graduate, advanced undergraduate students, and new postdoctoral researchers interested in solar and space physics. We also encourage applications from those working in adjacent fields such as stellar and astrophysics, exoplanets, or geophysics who want to deepen their understanding of the processes of the solar wind and its interaction with the interstellar medium.  SHIELD is committed to improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and encourages applicants from members of historically excluded communities. 

Leading research scientists working in the outer heliosphere will lecture on plasma processes and phenomena in play at the edge of the solar system. Topics covered include reconnection, turbulence, neutral-plasma interactions, overview of the structure of the heliosphere.  The theory and practice of interpreting spacecraft data from missions such as Voyager, New Horizons, and IBEX will also be an area of focus. Please check back for an updated schedule.

Summer School participants will engage in stimulating lectures from both senior and early career researchers who are leading the field into the future. Participants will also engage in activities around interpreting data and evaluating model results. There are also opportunities for networking with the lecturers and peers.  

The summer school is supported by NASA under the SHIELD DRIVE Center. Domestic travel and lodging will be arranged and paid for by SHIELD and participants are provided a small stipend for other expenses. Though all applicants are welcome, unfortunately international travel cannot be supported.

Group photo from the 2023 SHIELD Summer School
Merav Opher teaching a class at the 2023 SHIELD Summer School
Students at the 2023 SHIELD Summer School
Studnets at the 2023 SHIELD Summer School
Students at the 2023 SHIELD Summer School