Archival Research Visitor Programme

 

To increase the scientific return from its space science missions, ESA welcomes applications from scientists interested in pursuing research based on publicly available data in the ESA Space Science Archives. The Archives host data from all current and past ESA space science missions in astronomy, planetary science, and heliophysics.

The ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme is open to scientists at all career levels who are affiliated with institutes in ESA Member States and Collaborating States. Early-career scientists (within 10 years of the PhD) are particularly encouraged to apply. PhD students are also welcome to apply through their supervisors (see below).

Residence lasts typically between one and three months, also distributed over multiple visits, depending on the complexity of the research project. The research projects can be carried out at ESAC (Madrid, Spain) and at ESTEC (Noordwijk, Netherlands). To offset the expenses incurred by visitors, ESA covers travel costs from and to the home institution and provides support for lodging expenses and meals.

During their stay, visiting scientists have the opportunity to interact with archive and mission specialists for questions on the retrieval, calibration, and analysis of archival data. In principle, all areas of space research covered by ESA science missions can be supported. To ensure that technical expertise in the specific area of interest is available at ESAC or ESTEC, applicants should consult the table of expertise and contact the relevant scientists in their field of interest (this is very important). In case of doubts, write to the programme coordinators for assistance at arvp@cosmos.esa.int.

 

The review of the applications received by 30 April is ongoing.
Applicants will be notified of the results on 1 July.

The next deadline for applications is 31 October 2021

 

Call for applications

Applications can be submitted at any time by sending email to arvp@cosmos.esa.int. The email should contain a single PDF document of at most two pages of text (plus figures if needed) detailing:

  • contact information
  • description of the goals of the research project
  • which type of expertise you expect to gain
  • public archival data on which help is sought
  • proposed time and duration of the visit
  • expected publications

You can format the application as you prefer, or just follow the simple template provided here.

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the data that could support your research project. You will find the names of our experts in the various science areas in the table of expertise below. Or write to the programme coordinators for assistance at arvp@cosmos.esa.int

 

Students

If you are supervising PhD students, or plan to do so in the near future, and would like them to visit ESA and learn more about doing science with archival data, please write to us (arvp@cosmos.esa.int). We will invite you to prepare a proposal together with the students (or on their behalf), highlighting how the expertise obtained at ESA would enrich and complement the research work carried out in your team. 

 

Deadlines

Applications can be submitted at any time and are reviewed twice a year, with deadlines on 30 April and 31 October. The results of the review will be communicated to applicants within two months of the deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to contact the ESA scientists or the programme coordinators well ahead of the deadlines in order to discuss their research plans. 

Applications received before 1 November 2021 will be considered for visits in spring/summer 2022. 

 

Accommodation

Visitors are responsible for finding their own accommodation. To limit the costs of the programme, we advise visitors to search online booking platforms such as Travelocity, Orbitz, Booking.com, and AirBnB, all of which offer options for extended stays. Visitors staying in Madrid are advised to look for accommodations near the Moncloa station for easier commute to ESAC with some direct bus services in the morning and evening. At ESTEC, visitors will have very frequent bus services throughout the day to anywhere in Leiden and Noordwijk.

 

Reimbursement of expenses

ESA reimburses travel costs from and to the home institution as well as lodging costs. It also provides a stipend of 50 Euro/day for meals and incidental expenditures, such as local transportation. Airplane or train tickets will be reimbursed upon arrival. The lodging costs and stipend are normally transferred every two weeks, after presenting a hotel bill or reservation. No receipts are needed for meals or local transportation. All reimbursements occur via bank transfer and visitors will be asked to provide their account information before arriving.

 

Computing equipment

We assume that visitors will use their own laptop computers and we will provide credentials to access the ESA wireless networks (eduroam accounts can also be used). Some Linux workstations equipped with standard data-analysis software (e.g. IDL, Matlab, ArcGIS, ENVI) are also available. If the research project requires more powerful desktop computers, specific software packages, or access to the ESA grid, the needs must be described in the application in order for arrangements to be made ahead of time.

 

Deliverables

Visitors are expected to illustrate their project in a presentation to the ESA Science Faculty during their residence. At the end of their stay, visitors must provide a report on the advancement of their research, highlighting the role played by ESA data and any problems encountered. Visitors are requested to acknowledge support from the ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme in any resulting publications. We also encourage visitors to share with the community via the ESA Space Science Archives any higher-level science products obtained through their research projects, such as catalogues, time series, combined spectra or images, software routines, models, etc.

 

Visa requirements

No visa is required for citizens of European Union countries or of ESA Member States when travelling to ESAC or ESTEC. This also applies to UK nationals for visits of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries are responsible for arranging the necessary visa documents, when applicable.

 

Coronavirus pandemic

The current call is made under the assumption that, by the start of autumn 2021, the pandemic will be under control and visits to ESA establishments will again be allowed. We also expect that, with widespread vaccination, residents of ESA Member States will feel comfortable travelling abroad. Should the situation be different and the effects of national lock-downs extend further, we will work with successful applicants to start their projects, at least in part, through remote collaborations. 

 

Table of expertise

The following table lists the type of expertise that ESA mission scientists and archive scientists can offer. It is important to contact them before submitting an application. If in doubt on whom to contact, write to the programme coordinators for assistance at arvp@cosmos.esa.int

You can sort the table by Mission, Name, or Site by clicking on the corresponding column headers. To send email to people click on their names.

Mission ⇵ Instrument Areas Name ⇵ Site ⇵
Akari FIS   Eva Verdugo ESAC
Bepi Colombo   data analysis, PDS4 standards Mark Bentley ESAC
Chandrayaan-1 SIR-2 visible/Near-IR spectroscopy Sebastien Besse ESAC
CHEOPS   time series of transiting exoplanet Nicolas Crouzet ESTEC
Cluster   space plasma data Arnaud Masson ESAC
Cluster RAPID, PEACE, EDI time series analysis of plasma/energetic electrons and ions Cecil Tranquille ESAC
Cluster   analysis of in situ particles and fields data (solar wind, magnetospheres) Andrew Walsh ESAC
Cluster   plasma and fields data (polar cusp, magnetopause, magnetosheath) Philippe Escoubet ESTEC
Cluster   data mining, archive Beatriz Martinez ESAC
Cluster   data analysis, fields and waves Helen Middelton ESAC
Double Star   space plasma data Arnaud Masson ESAC
Double Star   analysis of in situ particles and fields data (solar wind, magnetospheres) Andrew Walsh ESAC
Double Star   data mining, archive Beatriz Martinez ESAC
Double Star   plasma and fields data (polar cusp, magnetopause, magnetosheath) Philippe Escoubet ESTEC
ESASky   Data mining, visualisation, python tools, imaging, spectroscopy, photometry Deborah Baines ESAC
ESASky   Data mining, visualisation Elena Racero ESAC
ExoMars TGO CaSSIS planetary remote sensing, geospatial data analysis Elliot Sefton-Nash ESTEC
Gaia   astrometry, photometry, spectroscopy, astrophysical parameters Jos de Bruijne ESTEC
Gaia   astrometry, data mining, photometry, spectroscopy, astrophysical parameters Alcione Mora ESAC
Gaia   astrometry, photometry, spectroscopy, astrophysical parameters Timo Prusti ESTEC
Gaia   data mining, archive, python tools Deborah Baines ESAC
Gaia   data mining, archive Elena Racero ESAC
Galileo EPD, PLS, DDS plasma particle detectors, dust detector Hans Huybrighs ESTEC
Hinode EIS spectroscopy, plasma dynamics David Williams ESAC
Herschel   imaging, spectroscopy, multiwavelength analysis Ivan Valtchanov ESAC
Herschel PACS, SPIRE photometry and large surveys Bruno Altieri ESAC
Herschel   imaging, spectroscopy Pedro Garcia-Lario ESAC
Herschel HIFI   Eva Verdugo ESAC
Herschel HIFI radio and sub-mm high resolution spectroscopy David Teyssier ESAC
Herschel   data mining, archive Elena Racero ESAC
Hipparcos   astrometry, photometry Jos de Bruijne ESTEC
Hipparcos   astrometry, photometry Timo Prusti ESTEC
HST all imaging, photometry Guido De Marchi ESTEC
HST   imaging, data mining Sandor Kruk ESTEC
HST   spectroscopic and photometric time series of transiting exoplanet Nicolas Crouzet ESTEC
HST   imaging, photometry, multi wavelength analysis Rachana Bhatawdekar ESTEC
HST   data mining, archive, python tools Deborah Baines ESAC
Huygens   radio-science, plasma instruments, radiation data, housekeeping data Olivier Witasse ESTEC
Integral   spectroscopy, time series Erik Kuulkers ESTEC
Integral   spectroscopy, time series Peter Kretschmar ESAC
ISEE3 DFH time series analysis of solar X-ray data Cecil Tranquille ESAC
ISO ISOPHOT   Eva Verdugo ESAC
ISO SWS/LWS spectroscopy Pedro Garcia-Lario ESAC
JWST NIRCam, NIRSpec imaging, photometry, multi-object spectroscopy Guido De Marchi ESTEC
JWST NIRCam, NIRISS, NIRSpec imaging, photometry, multi wavelength analysis Rachana Bhatawdekar ESTEC
Lisa PathFinder all   Luis Mendes ESAC
Mars Express   radio-science, plasma instruments, radiation data, housekeeping data Olivier Witasse ESTEC
Mars Express HRSC planetary remote sensing, geospatial data analysis Elliot Sefton-Nash ESTEC
Mars Express OMEGA visible/near-IR spectroscopy Sebastien Besse ESAC
Mars Express   surface and atmosphere remote sensing, visible/infrared spectroscopy Alejandro Cardesin ESAC
Planck   CMB data, radio to FIR all-sky maps, source catalogues Jan Tauber ESTEC
Planck LFI, HFI radio and sub-millimeter point sources Marcos Lopez Caniego ESAC
Proba 2   data mining, archive Beatriz Martinez ESAC
Rosetta OSIRIS, NAVCAMS, MIRO   Michael Kueppers ESAC
Rosetta MIDAS dust detectors, data analysis, PDS4 standards Mark Bentley ESAC
Rosetta OSIRIS dust analysis Detlef Koschny ESTEC
Rosetta   radio-science, plasma instruments, radiation data, housekeeping data Olivier Witasse ESTEC
Rosetta OSIRIS, NAVCAM, VIRTIS morphology, visible/near-IR spectroscopy Sebastien Besse ESAC
Rosetta   plasma and neutral gas data Charlotte Götz ESTEC
SMART-1 AMIE, SIR morphology, visible/near-IR spectroscopy Sebastien Besse ESAC
SOHO   space plasma data Arnaud Masson ESAC
SOHO   data analysis (remote-sensing), data visualisation Daniel Müller ESTEC
SOHO CDS, EIT spectroscopy, plasma dynamics, photometry David Williams ESAC
SOHO   data mining, archive Beatriz Martinez ESAC
Solar Orbiter   data analysis (remote-sensing), data visualisation Daniel Müller ESTEC
Solar Orbiter   analysis of in situ particles and fields data (solar wind, magnetospheres) Andrew Walsh ESAC
Solar Orbiter   analysis of in situ particles and fields data (solar wind, magnetospheres) Yannis Zouganelis ESAC
Solar Orbiter   data mining, archive Beatriz Martinez ESAC
SWARM   space plasma data Arnaud Masson ESAC
Ulysses   space plasma data Arnaud Masson ESAC
Ulysses COSPIN, GRB time series analysis of plasma/energetic electrons and ions Cecil Tranquille ESAC
Ulysses   data mining, archive Beatriz Martinez ESAC
Venus Express   radio-science, plasma instruments, radiation data, housekeeping data Olivier Witasse ESTEC
Venus Express VIRTIS surface and atmosphere remote sensing, visible/infrared spectroscopy Alejandro Cardesin ESAC
XMM-Newton RGS high-resolution spectroscopy Jan-Uwe Ness ESAC
XMM-Newton   spectroscopy, time series, imaging Matteo Guainazzi ESTEC
XMM-Newton   imaging, spectroscopy, multiwavelength analysis Ivan Valtchanov ESAC
XMM-Newton   imaging, spectroscopy, multiwavelength analysis Matthias Ehle ESAC
XMM-Newton OM   Eva Verdugo ESAC
XMM-Newton   spectroscopy, light curves Nuria Alvarez ESAC
XMM-Newton   X-ray archives/catalogues, HI Nora Loiseau ESAC
XMM-Newton all imaging, spectroscopy Maria Santos-Lleo ESAC
XMM-Newton EPIC, OM imaging, spectroscopy, timing, catalogue sources, selection functions, upper-limits Richard Saxton ESAC
XMM-Newton   imaging, spectroscopy Jacobo Ebrero ESAC