The world’s most prestigious space studies programme is coming to Ireland

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  • The International Space University’s Space Studies Program, the world’s most prestigious professional development programme for people working in the space industry, is coming to Ireland, with the nine-week training programme to be hosted in Cork for the first time. 

    More than 320 international space professionals from 26 countries will gather at the Cork Institute of Technology from 26th June until 25th August 2017, where they will study and explore the latest advances that are shaping the space industry, including space technology, aeronautical engineering, the commercialisation of space and the laws and treaties governing space exploration.

    Cork already has strong links with the space industry, including Ireland’s first earth observation ground station, as well as the country’s only space science centre at the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, and the country’s founded in 2013 by National Space Center (Ltd) in Midleton and commissioned by a Canadian based company, exactEarth. 

    Cork is also a fast-growing tech cluster, with a number of the city’s startups already working in the space industry, including Radisens Diagnostics, which has received funding through the European Space Agency, and the National Space Centre, which is a space services provider. 

    In the past Cork has played host to a number of international space programmes, including NASA’s SpaceApps incubator programme and the European Space Agency’s CanSat competition for schools. However, this is the first time that the International Space University’s Space Studies Program will be held in Ireland’s second largest city...or anywhere in Ireland, for that matter.

    John Connolly, Director of the Space Studies Program, said: "International Space University is delighted to bring its flagship Space Studies Program to Ireland for the first time, and we are pleased to partner with the Cork Institute of Technology for what will be a memorable summer of National, International and Interdisciplinary professional development.

    “Participants will be immersed in ISU's world-class brand of space education while surrounded with the culture of the Emerald Isle, the incredible facilities at CIT, and majestic destinations like the Blackrock Castle Observatory."

    Buzz Aldrin, who was one of the first people to walk on the moon and currently serves as Chancellor of the International Space University, will open the 2017 Space Studies Program in Cork on Monday 26th June 2017 and also give a public lecture on Tuesday 27th June. He commented: “This extensive programme will raise public awareness of the benefits, challenges and inspiration of Space Exploration and other space endeavours.  I’m looking forward to my time in Cork and hope to experience many of the exciting events while there.”

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