6 July 2009. The third volume in the series “Studies in Space Policy”, edited by ESPI, deals with the international aspects of the International Heliophysical Year, which in 2007 engaged thousands of scientists in nearly 90 countries.
This book about the international aspects and achievements of the “International Heliophysical Year (IHY) 2007” can be regarded as a compendium of the fertile impacts of conducting research in this field. The main focus, as the title implicates, is the international cooperation, which has emerged from this grassroots initiative. North and South, industrialised and developing countries have been coordinating their efforts and have been learning from each other in a mutual partnership under a joint understanding of sharing the scientific benefits. Through this, trans-border networks have been created and scientific as well as cultural exchange took place.
This is the first volume in the series “Studies in Space Policy”, which has not been prepared by ESPI but is contributed by external researchers. These are: Barbara J. Thompson (NASA/GSFC Maryland, USA), Nat Gopalswamy (NASA/GSFC Maryland, USA), Joseph M. Davila (NASA/GSFC Maryland, USA), and Hans J. Haubold (UNOOSA/Vienna, Austria)
In his preface, ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl stresses that "Another focus of the book shows, how much astronomy contributes to the basis of knowledge society as today’s concept for mastering the future. Heliophysics has been and will be attracting large numbers of young people to enter an education and career in science and engineering. Such attractions we desperately need in all countries around the world, and we have to appreciate initiatives like IHY, which are successful in raising awareness, interest and fascination."