2018-2019 / SPAT0017-1

Seminars on topical issues


30h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Aida Alvera Azcarate, Christian Barbier, Jean-René Cudell, Benoît Hubert, Damien Hutsemekers


Damien Hutsemekers

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course exposes the students to current questions in astrophysics, geophysics, oceanography and space technologies through the attendance of the seminars and conferences presented in the AGO department and CSL.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

A better understanding and a critical outlook on contemporary research.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

None. The student will have to evaluate which seminars correspond best to his/her interests.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Attendance to the seminars and discussions with the speaker.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

The students will attend at least 10 seminars during the academic year. The list of the past and future seminars is available on the web server of the AGO department.

Recommended or required readings

The slides can be asked to the speaker and used with his prior consent.

Assessment methods and criteria

Attending 10 seminars will give 5 point to the mark. Attendance will have to be certified in writing by the organiser.
For 5 seminars amongst those attended, we ask a critical summary in two pages (in the  language of the seminar). This report will have to be given or e-mailed (in pdf) to the 5 persons responsible at the latest on the Monday following the seminar. Each report will be graded, and will be worth 2 points. Guidelines for writing the report are attached.
The examination will consist in a 15 minute mini-seminar, in English, worth 5 points. This mini-seminar will be based on a recent research paper (< 2 years) in astrophysics, geophysics or oceanology, and approved by one professor two weeks before the beginning of the examination session.
For the second session, 5 reports will have to be reworked, together with an additional mini-seminar.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

A meeting will be organized with the responsibles of the course at the beginning of the academic year.


Aida ALVERA : a.alvera@uliege.be
Christian Barbier : cbarbier@uliege.be
Jean-René CUDELL : JR.Cudell@uliege.be
Benoît HUBERT : B.Hubert@uliege.be
Damien HUTSEMEKERS : D.Hutsemekers@uliege.be

Items online

Web page of seminars
The list of seminars of the AGO department.