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Royal Society scientific discussion: Astronomy from the Moon: The next decades

Low-frequency radio astronomy from the radio-shielded far side of the Moon may have a unique science impact on cosmology. This meeting will examine potential uses of the Moon as a platform for astronomical observations and the related policy implications. There will be a poster session on Monday 13 February. This event is free but registration is required.

Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 February 2023

Find out about the ESA 2023 Young Graduate Trainee Programme

The ESA YGT Programme offers young graduates with a Master’s degree a unique opportunity to work on inspiring space missions at the heart of European space activities.

Live information session: Thursday 16 February 2023, 12:00 CET (hosted on Webex - registration not required)

How do Space Analogues Build Space Communities on Earth?

The Centre for Outer Space Studies presents an evening panel discussion on how space analogue missions can help design, implement, and reinforce a sense of community on Earth and in potential futures off-world.

Tuesday 21 February 2023, 7-9pm (in-person and online)

Workshop on Transplanetary Ecologies - call for proposals

Continuous human presence in Low Earth Orbit, increasing expansion of techno-scientific infrastructures beyond Earth, and the extractivist ambitions of the commercial 'New Space' sector call for a reconsideration of the conventional analytical frameworks used to describe emergent (extra)terrestrial political, ecological, and social processes. The Transplanetary Ecologies workshop will interrogate this emerging paradigm. To participate, please send an abstract (max 300 words) to transplanetaryecologies@gmail.com

Deadline: Tuesday 28 February 2023

STFC External Innovations Showcase

An in-person event in London to hear about exciting funding plans for the next two years. The showcase event will highlight these opportunities and give you an opportunity to network and ask questions.  The event is free to attend.

Wednesday 1 March 2023

Impact Earth! Protecting the UK and Further Afield from Impacts by Near Earth Objects

Abstracts can be on any topic related to impacts on the Earth from space. Mitigation strategies, how to communicate clearly with the media/public, issues related to legal responsibilities etc., are also welcome. The meeting will be on May 12th, 2023 in London and online.

Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday 1 March 2023

STFC Astronomy Small Awards Guidelines to Applicants 2023

Funding guidelines are available now while STFC is in the process of publishing the documents on the web. You will soon be able to access the updated guidelines here: Astronomy Grants Panel guidance for applicants – UKRI

Deadline: Wednesday 8 March 2023, 4pm

COSS Catalyst: Space Temples

Presented by the Centre for Outer Space Studies, during this COSS Catalyst, speakers will explore the role of space temples and places of worship in future human habitats off-Earth.

Thursday 9 March 2023, 7-9pm (online)

Mars Vs Europa! Which is the best place to search for life beyond Earth?

Planet of the week, Mars, will be pitched against Guest Planet Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, in a lively debate on one of the hot topics in astrobiology and planetary science: 'Where is the best place to search for life beyond Earth?'

Thursday 9 March 2023, 5.30pm-7.00pm (online and in-person)

JCMT Science/Users Meeting at UCL 30 May - 1 June 2023

The meeting will have a programme of talks and posters about current JCMT science and instrumentation, and will also discuss future submillimetre science projects and instrumentation.

Abstract submission and registration deadline: Friday 31 March 2023

Meet the OMNISPACE directors: dramatic scene and Q & A

OMNISPACE is a six part sci-fi radio sitcom first broadcast on Resonance FM in December 2022. In this event, the show’s creators, Giles Bunch and Richard Grange will perform a comedy scene introducing the motives of the series’ antagonists. This will be followed by a Q & A session held both in-and-out of character.

Wednesday 3 May 2023, 7-9pm (in-person and online)

Social Science Plus 2023-24

£10,000 for a UCL social science led cross-disciplinary pilot project (social science and non-social science) that will lay the basis for an external funding application with a strong social science component.  Applicants must be of post-doctoral standing or above.

Deadline: Thursday 25 May 2023, 10am

Open Calls

Enabling Technologies Programme – Call Two

This an open call and encourages emerging and innovative technology development proposals in space science technologies. Awarded Projects must start no later than 28 April 2023 and must have fully completed by 31 May 2024. Grant funding per project is expected to range from £100k to £250k per grant.


Stephen Hawking Postdoctoral Fellowship

Apply for a postdoctoral fellowship focusing on a range of disciplines in the area of theoretical physics with the aim of reflecting Stephen Hawking’s work in bringing science into popular culture. Your fellowship can be up to 3 years long. This is prorated for part-time fellows, at a minimum of 50% full time equivalent. There is no limit on how much funding you can request.