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NASA Heliophysics Summer School 2024

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The Summer School at a glance

Run by NASA's Living With a Star program and UCAR/CPAESS since 2007, the Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of space weather events that start at the Sun and influence atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres throughout the solar system. 

View 2024 Schedule

Open to 

For PhD Graduate Students, and 1st and 2nd year Postdoctoral Researchers

Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously attended the Summer School. Those who have attended in person are ineligible, but those who have only attended virtually are encouraged to apply. Students from both international and U.S. institutions are encouraged to apply.


The 2024 Heliophysics Summer School will be held in person, in Boulder, Colorado.

Important Dates 

The Summer School will be held Wednesday, August 14th through Thursday, August 22nd, 2024.

Deadline for Application Submission: February 29, 2024

2024 Theme: Comparative Heliophysics

During the 2024 Summer School, participants will explore how similar concepts and principles of heliophysics apply under different conditions. The summer school will focus on universal processes in heliophysics such as dynamos, plasma flows, magnetic reconnection, and particle acceleration. Examples of these processes in action will include the dynamics and evolution of the Sun and other stars, solar and stellar atmospheres and winds, and planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres. The implications for planetary atmospheres and climate, planetary evolution, and exoplanetary habitability will be considered.



Why attend the 2024 Heliophysics Summer School?

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  • Deepen your understanding of how Sun-Earth processes are connected
  • Learn from accomplished faculty
  • Meet other early-career scientists from all over the globe
  • Explore professional development opportunities
  • Leave with the resources you need to broaden the scope and impact of your research

Resources from past Summer Schools

The Summer School has produced a definitive textbook series for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students.

When combined with labs, problem sets and other resources from past Summer Schools, these books will facilitate the teaching of heliophysics at universities worldwide.