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The National Space Science Center (NSSC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Space Studies Board (SSB) of U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) invites applications for the 2014 inaugural CAS-NAS Forum for New Leaders in Space Science.
The Forum is designed to provide opportunities for a highly select group of young space scientists from China and the United States to discuss their research activities in an intimate and collegial environment at meetings to be held in China and the United States.
The goals of the Forum are threefold:

1. To identify and highlight the research achievements of the best and brightest young scientists currently working at the frontiers of their respective disciplines;
2. To build informal bridges between the space-science communities in China and the United States; and
3. To enhance the diffusion of insights gained from participation in the Forum to the larger space-science communities in China and the United States.

The first Forum will be held, in the Beijing-area on May 8-9, 2014. The second Forum will be held in the Los Angeles-area on November 3-4, 2014. The scientific scope of both events in 2014 is limited to the general areas of space astronomy and solar and space physics. Both events will include focused presentations by young scientists interspersed with topical presentations by senior scientists and group discussions.

Participants will be selected by an international Program Committee appointed by the NSSC and SSB. The travel and subsistence costs for U.S. participants will be paid by the NRC. Travel costs for Chinese participants will be paid by their own organizations. Three nights of local accommodation plus selected meals and transportation to/from the meeting site will be provided by the local host organization.


The Forum is open to all active researchers meeting the following criteria:

1. Hold an academic/research position at the postdoctoral level or above at a university or research institute in China or the United States;
2. Be no more than 40 years old on December 31, 2014;
3. Be sufficiently proficient in written and spoken English to be an active participant in high-level scientific discussions;
4. Be eligible to obtain the visa necessary to permit travel to China and the United States;
5. Be available to participate in both the May and November Forum; and.
6. Be currently engaged in research in the general areas of space astronomy or space and solar physics.

How to Apply (Closed)

All applicants must submit the following documents (in PDF format and in English):

1. A one-page letter outlining why you wish to participate in the Forum;
2. A detailed resume, including a list of peer-reviewed scientific publications, date of birth and citizenship;
3. An abstract of the scientific presentation you wish to give at the Forum in May, 2014;
4. The title of a substantially different presentation you wish to make at the Forum in November, 2014; and
5. Letters of recommendation from two faculty members familiar with your work.
6. Current contact information including name, mailing address, telephone numbers, and email address

The abstract should be no more than 2-pages long (minimum 750 words, maximum 1000 words) and must include a title (no more than 12 words), your name, academic affiliation and all necessary references. Figures, equations, and special characters should only be used in the abstract if absolutely essential.

All application materials must be emailed to both Lilin Sun [sunll at] and David H. Smith [dhsmith at]. Incomplete applications and application materials received after January 13, 2014, will not be considered.

Individuals who reside in China may direct inquiries to Lilin Sun: email sunll at

Individuals who reside in the United States may direct inquiries to David H. Smith: email dhsmith at

The Program Committee will make its selections in January-February 2014, and successful applicants will be contacted directly by a representative of the Program Committee no later than March 1, 2014.