Planetary Defense Student Competition (related to IAA Planetary Defense Conference) - Planetary Defense - From the post:
ESA is holding a competition for the upcoming Planetary Defense Conference in 2009, in order to stimulate some innovative research and encourage European research students to participate.
ENCOUNTER 2029: STUDENTS INVESTIGATING APOPHIS (or the PDF):
Papers will be welcomed on a variety of subjects that can be related to the theme of Apophis and small body encounters. Subjects for papers might include, but are not limited to; modelling of the small asteroid environment and related effects (e.g. plasma environment, dust, solar radiation, Yarkovsky effect); geology and geophysics of small bodies, dynamics and control related to Apophis-like rendezvous and interception scenarios; innovative deflection strategies and mission architectures, etc.
The best student paper will be awarded a prize.