Education & Outreach


The Center for Space Physics is dedicated to integrating science into the community and strives to introduce space physics to the public by providing access to its resources.

“Space physics” refers to the study of the outer atmospheres and plasma environments of solar system objects including the Sun.  In contrast with astrophysics, the space physics domain can be probed in detail using a variety of in-situ and remote-sensing diagnostics.  As such, the field has long thrived on a strong synergy between engineering innovation and fundamental science.

If you are interested in graduate study within CSP, please visit:

The web site of 2012’s  Plasma Summer School is here.





The Center for Space Physics coordinates and fosters research and training in Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Planetary Astronomy, and Space Engineering at Boston University. Through its weekly Journal Club (Fridays, 4 to 5 PM) and Seminar Series (Thursdays, 4-5 PM), graduate students, professional staff, and faculty meet to discuss current research topics. These include recent publications, latest meeting results, plans for future ground-based observing campaigns, space-based satellite programs, and computer modeling efforts dedicated to understanding the upper atmospheric and space plasma components of solar system bodies. The Center offers an interdisciplinary approach to these topics via linkages to the Department of Astronomy (College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) and to several departments in the College of Engineering.

For a complete listing of this semester’s Seminar Series, please click here.

Journal Club

Journal Club activities offer student presentations and critiques of recent publications, as well as discussions of current national, international, and programmatic trends in the space sciences.

Seminar Series

The Seminar Series features formal presentations of the latest research results by recognized experts in space science and engineering disciplines.