9 - 14 July 2023 (6 days)

LDE NL Space Campus Summer School

Applications for 2023 have now closed.

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About the programme

During the week you will meet and learn about the various space programmes, developments and (research) activities at the Leiden Delft and Erasmus universities and go on a tour of space agencies, institutes and industry in South Holland, including (amongst others): ESA ESTEC, SRON, TNO, AirbusDS, SBIC, Galileo Reference Centre and of course the three universities themselves. Starting at the NL Space Campus in Noordwijk at ESA-ESTEC, the technical heart of ESA, you will tour the cities of Leiden and Delft before returning to Noordwijk. During the week, you will meet many experts, and learn about the basics of space technology and recent developments. This way you can work on your team’s challenge fully prepared. 

The week also includes multiple fun and non-space events. You will get to know the other participants as well as learn about each other’s strengths, knowledge and approaches to problem-solving. This is important because you will need to combine your strengths to work in interdisciplinary teams to solve actual space sector challenges that require insight and knowledge from different backgrounds. You will therefore grow many (soft)skills such as collaboration, communication and creative thinking. 

To stimulate working in a team and building a network, we have included teambuilding exercises, industry workshops and collaborative activities. These are combined with project team building, networking drinks, a project presentation and end the week with a networking barbecue.

Why apply for
the LDE NL Space Campus
Summer School?

  • Connect with and meet like-minded students from different studies and the space sector
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary team to solve challenges that the space market is currently facing
  • Learn about the activities, developments and challenges in the Dutch Space sector
  • Broaden your network with experts from renowned companies in the space sector
  • Build your CV by working in teams and on challenge proposals
  • Find out how and where you can work in the Dutch space sector

What do you
need to do
to get admitted?

  • Applications are open for 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year bachelor students and master students of any course that is registered at a Dutch College or University (of Applied Sciences). Applications from non-Dutch Universities will also be considered, which also counts for YP's who have just finished their studies. 
  • Apply on time and dedicate your time fully during the 6 days of Summer School
  • Motivate your application and indicate which topics have your interest the most
  • Get selected for the summer school
  • Pay a fee, which includes lunch, dinner, activities and a closing party (see the application process below)
  • Most importantly: have fun, connect and get inspired!

Note: Participants will be selected on motivation and study background to have sufficient participants from different backgrounds for the interdisciplinary projects. It is not necessary to have any prior knowledge about space technology to join this Summer School.

Join the
LDE NL Space Campus Summer School

Applications for 2023 have now closed.

Timetable Summer School 2023

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Activities Welcome & Start in Leiden

Team Building exercise 

Project/Challenge Introductions


Space Business Projects Kickoff
Earth Observation & Drones

Business workshops

Drone Workshop
Space Law & Astronomy Space Hardware / Moon Rovers & Research Work on Challenge

Final presentations
with Expert Jury

Network BBQ and closing party
Visits *PLNT!
*Space Business Innovation Center
Space Office
*Company Visits
*Space Law
*Oude Sterrenwacht
*Lunar Zebro
*Galileo Reference Centre (EUSPA)
*Networking with Space Businesses and Startups
Meals Lunch / DinnerLunch /
Lunch / Networking Dinner
Lunch Lunch / Networking
Lunch /
Networking Dinner / Closing event
NL Space Campus
Leiden University
TU Delft Space Institute
Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities
TU Delft
ESA business incubation centre
PLNT Leiden
Unmanned Valley
Leiden Observatory

Challenge Topics Summer School 2023

A key element of the Summer School is the project that you will be working on. This year the challenges will be offered by actual companies and you will present your solution to your client at the end of the week. When the challenges have been prepared we will share them with you.

You will be placed into a project team of multiple students with different backgrounds (Marketing, Instrumentation, Science, Law, Engineering, Business, etc) with whom you will need to find a solution to your challenge. Your team will work on the challenge during the entire week starting on day 1 with a team-building exercise. 

Then, during the week, you will be provided with relevant information to work on your team’s challenge with the presentations and visits to the different locations. Your team will receive some information and guidance to start your project, but it will be up to your team to find solutions and know when to ask for the relevant information from the experts during the visits.

At the end of the week, you will present your work to your peers and experts to demonstrate you understood the challenge and what solutions and innovations your team has identified to answer the challenge. 

Join the
LDE NL Space Campus Summer School!

Application Process and Registration Fee

For the LDE NL Space Campus Summerschool participants will be asked for a short motivation and share their study background, to have sufficient participants from different backgrounds for the interdisciplinary projects. 


Early Bird (Closed) -

  Regular (Closes 15 May)

LDE students


Non-LDE Students


This fee includes transportation from Leiden and back, every day of the programme. It also includes lunch and dinner, except for Wednesday when we finish the day early. It does not include accommodation. If you wish to receive support for finding accommodation, you can do so in the application form. 

If you have any questions that have not been answered by the information on this page, you may send an email to students@nlspacecampus.eu and we will get back to you as soon as possible.