The formal applicant is University of Stavanger (UiS), with the Norwegian Space Centre, the Space & Energy network and Prekubator TTO as co-hosts. Backing them is the entire Norwegian Space scene.
– This has turned out to be a great collaboration. Pretty much every space-related academic and industrial organisation joins in, said professor Per Amundsen, coordinator of the application.
Should Norway’s application come through, some 110 carefully chosen space students from around the world will receive nine weeks of summer school at UiS in 2016. They will be taught by 50 lecturers, from Norway and other countries.
Students will also be invited to join two major space-related projects, one technical and one scientific.
The universities of Oslo, Bergen and Svalbard, as well as Norwegian University of Science and Technology and The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, are supporting the bid.
Other backers include Region Stavanger, Mars Institute, Norwegian Industrial Forum for Space Activities (NIFRO), Oceaneering, ONS, Laerdal, National Oilwell Varco and Kjeller Innovation.
Industry and academia
International Space University (ISU) is a private non-profit organisation in France. ISU organises the Space Studies Program (SPP) as an international summer school for particularly talented bachelor and master students, as well as participants from industry and academia.
The decision on who gets to host the ISU SPP in 2016 will be decided in February 2014.