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The National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Space Studies Board of U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to invite applications to participate in the 9th and 10th Forums for New Leaders in Space Science.

The Forum, initiated in 2014, is designed to provide opportunities for a highly select group of young space and Earth scientists to discuss their research activities in an intimate and collegial environment at meetings to be held in China and the United States.

The 9th and 10th Forums will be devoted to Earth observation from space and planetary science (i.e., studies of the solar system's planets, satellites, and minor bodies) and will be held on 15-16 May 2019 (in Beijing, China) and 28-29 October 2019 (in Washington, DC).

Both events will include focused presentations by young scientists, topical presentations by senior scientists and group discussions. Participants will be selected by an International Program Committee.

The travel and subsistence costs for U.S. participants will be paid by the U.S. National Academies using non-federal funds. 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 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 Earth- and 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 Earth- and space-science communities in China and the United States.

View the selected participants for the 7th and 8th Forums held in 2018.


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 30 October 2019;

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 October Forums;

6. Be currently engaged in research in Earth observation from space or planetary science, and

7. Attendees at previous Forum are eligible to reapply but preference will be given to new applicants.

How to Apply

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

1. A one-page letter outlining why you wish to participate in the 9th and 10th Forums.

2. A resume, including a list of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

3. A 2-page abstract (minimum 750 words, maximum 1000 words) of the presentation you wish to give at the 9th Forum. The abstract must include a title, your name, academic affiliation and all necessary references. Figures, equations, and special characters should only be used if absolutely essential. Multi-author abstracts are strongly discouraged.

4. The title of a substantially different presentation you wish to make at the 10th Forum.

5. Letters of recommendation from two faculty members familiar with your work. Recommendations should be in pdf format, on institutional stationery, signed by their authors, and sent directly to the Program Committee at the email addresses listed below.

6. Current contact information including name, gender, date of birth, citizenship, mailing address, telephone numbers, and email address


All application materials must be emailed to both and  Incomplete applications and application materials received after 31 January, 2019, will not be considered.

Individuals residing in China may direct enquiries to Dr. Quanlin FAN at

Individuals residing in the United States may direct enquiries to Dr. David H. SMITH at

A representative of the International Program Committee will contact successful applicants no later than 4 March, 2019.


Forum One


2015 new forum 1st meeting photo

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Forum Two


2015 forum photo november 2014

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Forum Three


3rd CAS NAAS forum photo

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Forum Four

May 16-17, 2016

Irvine, California, USA


2016 chineses  forum 4th meeting

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Forum Five

cas 2016 december 

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Forum Six


cas 2017 may beijing 
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Forum Seven-Image Pending


Forum Eight-Image Pending


Forum Nine

May 15-16, 2019
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Other Information 

View the Presentation to COSPAR in Moscow on August 5, 2014 Regarding the CAS-NAS Forum for New Leaders in Space Science
by David H. Smith, Space Studies Board, National Research Council


View Archived Page Regarding 2014 Meetings