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Call for Applications for Membership of ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Working Group

01 November 2013

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) [on behalf of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)] invite the scientific community to apply for membership in the ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG).

Tasks of the LSSWG

The LSSWG will have the following scientific tasks:

  • Support ESA and Roscosmos to write the Call for landing site proposals, including the definition of the evaluation criteria.
  • Assess the candidate landing site proposals received in response to the Call.
  • Support ESA and Roscosmos in the organisation of open scientific workshops and in interactions with the interested scientific community.
  • Produce a prioritised list of candidate landing sites compatible with the applicable science, engineering, and planetary protection requirements.
  • Recommend the top four candidate landing sites for more detailed studies.
  • Produce a final recommendation to ESA and Roscosmos for the ExoMars 2018 landing site(s).

Proposal content

The response to this Call will be in the form of a Letter of Application, not longer than ten pages (A4 format, 11-pt character size), which must include the following parts:

  • Scientific background and expertise in areas highly relevant to the evaluation of the scientific suitability of Mars terrains for accomplishing the 2018 ExoMars mission’s scientific objectives (6 pages max).
  • Curriculum Vitae, including contact information (3 pages max).
  • A list of maximum ten selected papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals that the applicant has published on pertinent subjects (1 page max).
  • Letter(s) of support, if applicable.

Proposal submission

The Letters of Application, in pdf format, shall be submitted to the following e-mail address:

and must be received by Monday, 25 November 2013 (12:00 CET).


Complete details are available in the Call for Letters of Application for Membership in the ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG) document.


1 November 2013 Call for Letters of Application for Membership in the 2018 Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG).
25 November 2013 Letters of Application due (by 12:00 CET)
Early December 2013 Review of Letters of Application and appointment of LSSWG members


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Last Update: 24 September 2015

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