Mars science from the perspective of introducing university students to scientific research

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This presentation gives an overview on the educational effort of the project “Earth and Mars Atmosphere”, attached to the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and funded by a grant from the National Space Science and Technology Center, Al Ain, UAE. The project started in early 2018. The overall goal is to build capacity in Mars Atmospheric and Surface Science. This is accomplished by incorporating existing know-how in Earth Atmospheric and Surface Science. As an integral part, the project involves more than 10 selected undergraduate students of UAE University. As thus, the project has significant potential in the inclusion of the next-generation and diversification of the scientific community. Likewise, the project is interesting in the context of generating knowledge for the scientific exploration of data from various upcoming Mars missions. One key educational aspect of the project is the exchange of knowledge with partnering research institutions. For the students, this means not only attending on-site and remote lectures by professional scientists in the field of Mars Science. Also, a group of students was allowed to visit project partners at the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden in Jul. 2018. Moreover, students are gaining hands-on experience in Mars research by conducting student projects and presenting their results to the scientific community. A student poster on Mars dust storms was selected for the final round of the Explore Mars Competition in 2018/19, organized by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai, UAE. Moreover, a group of students presented their posters on the Ninth International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, CA, USA in Jul. 2019. This activity is under the guidance of professors and researchers of UAE University, including the author. These do-it-yourself projects further strengthened the students' skills in team work, individual scientific productivity, problem solving, communication of ideas, time management, etc..

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Oct 12 2020Oct 14 2020


  • Atmosphere
  • Capacity building
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Mars and earth
  • Student research projects
  • Surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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