Archival Research Visitor Programme - ESDC
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. In case of doubts, write to the programme coordinators for assistance at email@example.com.
Next deadline for applications: 30 April 2021
Call for applications
Applications can be submitted at any time by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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 30 April 2021 will be considered for visits in autumn/winter (2021/2022).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following table lists the type of expertise that ESA mission scientists and archive scientists can offer.
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 ⇵|
|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||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||imaging, spectroscopy, multiwavelength analysis||Ivan Valtchanov||ESAC|
|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|
|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||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|