3rd Australian Space Biology x Health Summit

Exciting news! This year the Space Health Symposium has merged with the Australian Space Biology Symposium to present the 3rd Australian Space Biology x Health Summit from 16-19 November 2021, with a stellar international cast of presenters and panellists. For more information, and to register (online and in-person available), go to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/3rd-australian-space-biology-x-health-summit-tickets-161582807527. The Summit website will be going live soon – stand by!

Australian Space Agency SMLS Consultation Reminder – closing soon!

Space Medicine and Life Sciences capability consultation

Do you work in cutting-edge medtech, clinical health, or biomedical and life sciences research that could support human space activities in orbit or on the Moon? If so, the Australian Space Agency is seeking your input in our Future Space Medicine and Life Sciences Capability Consultation.

Your input will help inform the development of the Agency’s Space Medicine and Life Sciences Roadmap. It will also be used to shape potential future opportunities for space access or funding, and ensure other opportunities align with the space industry’s current or planned activities.

Due to strong interest from stakeholders, the consultation is now open until 21 March 2021. The consultation will provide an overview of the ambitions and plans of the Australian space industry, and inform a roadmap for SMLS investment, collaboration and growth. Read more.

COSMOS 90 – It’s time: “A shot at the Moon”

Our founder Dr Rowena Christiansen was delighted to be interviewed earlier this year by journalist Tory Shepherd for an article on Australia and space in the latest issue of COSMOS Magazine. The article features a number of Australians talking about local capacity to contribute to the next ‘moonshot’.

Rowena is featured in this excerpt from the article, “A shot at the Moon”.

COSMOS, “The Science of Everything” is a respected Australian quarterly science magazine published by the Royal Institution of Australia (RIA). It also provides digital access to subscribers, and free daily and weekly science newsletters. Please consider subscribing – we are proud to be long-term supporters. COSMOS also accepts tax-deductible donations.

International Women’s Day 2021

Happy International Women’s Day!

The theme of World Space Week (4-10 October) this year will be “Women in Space”.

The Women in Space Chapter (WiSC) (http://wisc.nssa.com.au/) celebrates with a new webpage (http://wisc.nssa.com.au/profiles-2021/) highlighting members contributing to the Australian space sector. WiSC members are professionally engaged in space science, engineering, medicine, communication, law, business, education, governance and advocacy. Check our new website regularly for new profiles and updates on our members’ professional achievements. In the next rotation of the website, we will be introducing WiSC members who work in space health/medicine/psychology.

Did you know that the United Nations has a “Space4Women” website? This excellent website a number of interesting sub-pages, including the “Space4Women Network”, and links to a variety of other organisations representing women in aerospace.

Today I would like to pay a special tribute to the women who inspired and supported me in the formative years of my life – my mother Grace, maternal grandmother Anna, great-aunt Rosa, and my aunt Mavis. All of these women were extraordinary in their own way, and taught me that there is almost no problem that can’t be solved through the application of ‘brainstorming’ and creativity.

My mother Grace and my Grandmother Anna were incredibly talented and creative crafters. Grace made her own dress in the top picture and both of my ballet costumes pictured here. One of my grandma Anna’s specialties was making felt versions of Australian fauna for her grandchildren, such as the one I am holding in the picture above. Sadly my grandma died of cancer when I was only seven, but who would ever have thought that the sewing skills learned from my mother would be put to good use making cloth face masks during a global pandemic!

CAPCOM News – March 4, 2021

Aerospace Medicine Job Opportunities

UTMB Health is recruiting for several full-time positions to help support the UTMB/KBR Human Health & Performance Contract (HHPC).  Below are position details for 2 Aerospace Medicine Physicians1 Psychiatrist and 1 Psychologist.  Interested applicants should submit a current CV to ryschulz@utmb.edu and formally apply through the UTMB Career Opportunities at weblink: https://aa083.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/search/125171.

STARS – Space Technology And
Research Scholarship

Axiom Space announces the STARS – Space Technology And Research Scholarship: https://www.axiomspace.com/news/axiom-space-announces-stars-scholarship.


Anyone is welcome to submit an entrepreneurial idea. However, to be eligible to receive the scholarship prize, you must confirm:

  • You are at least 18 years of age and an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree program in November 2021.
  • Your proposal is original. You developed the concept and authored the proposal.
  • You are a member of ASGSR in good standing.
  • You are a citizen of the world (US citizenship is not a requirement).
  • You are Visionary. Imaginative. Passionate.

*If the ASGSR membership fee is prohibitive due to financial hardship, contact us at stars@axiomspace.com

Axiom Space is supporting ASGSR in its mission to encourage exchange of ideas by bringing together a diverse group of individuals to translate basic research into applied technologies for space. All this so that we can build a thriving home for humanity in space.

The Axiom Space STARS Scholarship will open in April 2021. To be notified when the application launches, simply fill out the interest form linked below. Submit Interest Form

For membership of the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) see: https://asgsr.org/member/.

  • Membership Types
    • Regular Membership US$175
      Non-student, professionals of any age.
  • Student Membership US$35
    • Undergraduate and Graduate Students. HS and MS students may also purchase this membership. The age limit for student membership is 35.
  • Retired Membership US$75
    • 65 years old and older, retired professionals
  • Lifetime Membership US$750
    • 55 years old and older. Once purchased, membership lasts indefinitely.

Virtual reality and motion sickness

We have terrestrial and marine motion sickness, and space motion sickness (space adaptation syndrome), and now researchers have found that people may experience a form of motion sickness after engaging in a virtual reality workout: https://unisa.edu.au/unisanews/2021/february/story2/.

Nuclear Propulsion for Human Mars Missions?


The dearMoon project

A Japanese millionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, is looking for 8 crew members from ALL over the world to fly-by the Moon with him in 2023 collaborating with Elon Musk. Apply here!! 🌕

NASA and Commercial Space

NASA and the Rise of Commercial Space: A Symposium to Examine the Meaning(s) and Context(s) of Commercial Space
Wednesday – March 17, 2021 – Friday, March 19, 2021
Final Session: March 25, 2021

From activities in low-Earth orbit to the Artemis program, the commercial space industry is beginning to take on an increased role as innovator in both space access, commerce, and exploration. This growth of commercial space over the past decades offers the potential for a new paradigm for space exploration—one in which industry transitioned from supplier to partner. Still, many questions remain spanning from the most seemingly consequential “How will humanity explore the Moon and Mars?” to the more basic, “What is Commercial Space?” This virtually hosted symposium will explore this transformation and examine the historical context for answering these questions. Our hope is that this historical analysis will inform the relationship between government and industry moving forward.

*The event is free and open to the public. No registration required to attend sessions—simply click on the WebEx links on the web page to login during each day of the symposium. Please send any questions to brian.c.odom@nasa.gov.

UNOOSA Newsletter February 2021

You can read the newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/a3f13942d78c/unoosa-newsletter-5131534, and then subscribe. Lots of interesting information, and some great infographics around space sustainability and debris.

Spaceleaks Newsletter

Spaceleaks is a new newsletter and website aimed at space professionals: https://spaceleaks.com/. There is also a monthly events calendar on the website. It is easy to subscribe and have the newsletter delivered straight into your inbox.

Where is Percy?

If you want to follow the travels of the Perseverance Mars rover, this is the place to go: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/where-is-the-rover/.

CAPCOM News: from the SGAC, ESA, the GEO Health CoP and Amity University

Images of the Perseverance landing site from NASA

The SpaceOps conference will be held in a virtual format this year on the date 3-5 May. SGAC, together with SpaceOps, organizes the Students and Young Professionals activities on the day after the conference. Join us for a Cubesat workshop and Speed Networking session!

When: 6th May
What: Cubesat Workshop + Speed Mentoring + Space Quiz
Fee: No registration Fee
How: Via the SGAC Webpage: https://spacegeneration.org/event/spaceops-2021-syp

Speed Mentoring:
The Speed Mentoring Event is a great chance to kick-start connections that build over time, create chance meetings and to meet with students, early-stage professionals, experienced mentors and even possibly a future employer in the space operations industry.This event is energizing for both students and young space professionals as well as the senior mentors, providing both groups with a unique networking opportunity.
This workshop is open to students and young professionals. If you aspire to work for a company, an international space agency, or if you are interested in starting your own satellite operations company, then this one day workshop is a great opportunity to learn about the challenges and excitement of space operations, with focus on CubeSats.
Register here!

The premier event for students interested in space (6-7 March 2021):
The UKSEDS National Student Space Conference, now in its 33rd year, is the premier event for students interested in space, usually uniting them with academics and professionals from across the country to network, share knowledge, and discuss the challenges facing the sector.

Careers at the European Space Agency

Life as an ESA YGT: astronaut health and space medicine (23-02-2021)
Elsia Ndeckere-Ziangba

With the launch of the 2021 Young Graduate Trainee recruitment campaign, we’ve been talking to some of our current YGTs about the work they do, to give you a flavour of life at ESA and an idea of the range of opportunities currently on offer.

Amity University, India

Registrations for Earth and Space Exploration Program 2021, Ladakh are Open!

Amity University is collaborating with Cosmic Adventures to bring you a surreal experience of learning and inspiration in the Himalayas! Book your seat now! (June-Oct 2021)

Here is your chance to gain exclusive insights and in-person training from leading science mentors about our planet, the effects of Climate Change and how do we prepare to look for life on Mars! Check out the Explorer and Student options. The Themes for 2021 will cover:

  • Learning from the Past: Origins of Earth and Life
  • Observing the Present: Earth and Climate Change
  • Preparing for the Future: Mars Exploration

For queries, contact: info@cosmicadventures.co.in.
Book Now!
Amity Astrobiology Website

From ESA: Research on the International Space Station

Space snapshot (23-02-2021)

Does this image give you anxiety or are you already tracking where all the wires go? If the latter, you might have what it takes to be an astronaut!

It is an exciting time for space. With NASA’s latest rover safely on Mars and ESA’s call for the next class of astronauts and, in a first, parastronauts, the space industry is teeming with possibilities. This image taken in ESA’s Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station is a snapshot of the many opportunities in space research and exploration.  

In the centre is the Biolab facility, a fridge-sized unit that hosts biological experiments on micro-organisms, cells, tissue cultures, small plants and small invertebrates. Performing life science experiments in space identifies the role that weightlessness plays at all levels of an organism, from the effects on a single cell up to a complex organism including humans.

The facility has enabled researchers to make some remarkable discoveries, most notable that mammalian immune cells required a mere 42 seconds to adapt to weightlessness, prompting more questions but also an overall positive outlook for long-duration human spaceflight.  The pink glow in the image is from the greenhouse that has enabled many studies on plant growth in space. 

With plans to visit the Moon and Mars, future astronauts will need a regular, fresh source of food as they take on these missions farther away from home. In addition to providing much-needed vitamins and minerals, growing plants in space contributes to sustainability and adds a homey touch to exploration.

Growing plants in the microgravity conditions of the International Space Station has allowed researchers to fine tune the approach: European research showed plants respond best to red and blue light, giving the Columbus module a disco feel.

If you look closely, you can spot Astro Pi Ed to the left of Biolab. As part of ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission (2015–2016) to the ISS, two space-hardened Raspberry Pi computers, called Astro Pis and nicknamed Ed and Izzy, equipped with environmental sensors, were sent to the Space Station. They are regularly used to run students’ and young people’s programs as part of the Astro Pi Challenge. 

Of course, a whole host of researchers, ground control crew, and mission support specialists make space research and exploration possible. The excitement of space continues.  If you think you have what it takes, apply to be part of the team.

Updates from the GEO Health CoP

Upcoming Webinars & Workshops

  • USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) programPEER as a Catalyst for Fire Science and Policy in Colombia (by Dolors Armenteras, National University of Colombia) on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 11:00AM-12:00PM ET (GMT-5) (attached flyer). The speaker will present her research on integrated fire management and its journey to informing a new law in Colombia. This research was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer K. Balch at University of Colorado, Boulder, whose research was funded by NASA and NSF.
  • American Mosquito Control Association Virtual 87th Annual Meeting: This conference will be held virtually from March 2-5, 2021. This meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the mosquito control community – researchers, educators, vector control professionals, industry representatives, students, among others – to share expertise through plenary and poster sessions and symposia. Notably, the NASA Health and Air Quality Applications focus area will support one session (“NASA Earth Observations for Improved Vector-borne Disease Surveillance and Risk Characterization” session with five panelists on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 11:00AM-12:30PM EST (GMT-5)and one presentation in the Disease & Vector Studies session (“Using Satellite Data to Enhance One Health Networks in Vector Control” on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 4:00-4:10PM EST (GMT-5). To learn more about AMCA2021, please review the agenda and registration information.
  • National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences: The team is organizing a satellite session, Implementation Science to Support Public Health Interventions for Climate Change, at the upcoming Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Meeting 2021. This virtual session is free and will be held on March 9, 2021 at 11:00AM EST (GMT-5).
  • US Environmental Protection AgencyEPA Tribal Partnership Groups, highlighting the National Tribal Air Association and interests in Environmental Justice on EPA Tribal Partnership Groups on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 2:30-4:00PM ET (GMT-5). This webinar is part of the U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Webinar Series for Tribes and Indigenous Peoples – to build the capacity of tribal governments, indigenous peoples and other environmental justice practitioners, and discuss priority EJ issues of interest to tribes and indigenous peoples.
  • American Geophysical UnionStorytelling 101: Identifying and Crafting Narrative Themes on March 11, 2021 at 2:00-3:00PM ET (GMT-5) and Storytelling 101: Making Stories (and your Science) on April 15, 2021 at 2:00-3:00PM ET (GMT-5). Archived Webinars are available on the AGU Webinar YouTube channel.
  • US Environmental Protection Agency: Implications of Volatile Chemical Products (VCPs) for Ozone and Particulate Matter in Urban Atmospheres on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 3:00-4:00PM EDT (GMT-4).
  • NASA ACCP Air Quality Workshop from Tuesday, March 16 to Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 1:00-5:00PM ET (GMT-4).
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: As part of the Climate Conversations: Pathways to Action monthly webinar, the Climate Conversations: Climate & COVID-19 webinar will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 3:00-4:00PM ET (GMT-4). In this webinar, Laura Helmuth (Scientific American) will moderate a conversation between Georges Benjamin (APHA) and Kris Ebi (University of Washington) that is both reflective about the intersections between climate change and COVID-19 over the last year, and forward-looking at the state of progress on addressing these issues in the U.S.
  • US Environmental Protection Agency: Air Sensor Performance Targets on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3PM ET (GMT-4). During this webinar, EPA scientists will discuss recommended guidelines that they have developed for testing protocols, metrics, and target values for fine particulate matter and ozone air sensors.
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference 2021: This conference will be held virtually from April 7-11, 2021. More than 4,500 presentations and posters will be presented on topics including climatology and meteorology, land use, medical and health geography, and environmental science.

Upcoming ARSET Training

Upcoming Conference of Note

In a series of three half-day virtual meetings from March 16 – 18, 1:00- 5:00PM EST, the NASA A-CCP Air Quality Workshop will focus on current applications and future opportunities of Aerosol and Clouds, Convection, and Precipitation (A-CCP) observations to support air quality and disaster applications. The workshop will bring together representatives from federal and state operational agencies, private companies and boundary organizations to discuss how NASA A-CCP aerosol products could be better leveraged to inform decision-making activities. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for end users to engage with the A-CCP Designated Observable Applications Study Team to address current satellite uses and challenges as well as future satellite needs.

A tentative agenda will be posted to the workshop website soon, so please check back for details of speakers and panelists. Please register to receive telecon info. Registration is free and easy.

Updates from the GEO Health CoP

Past (Recorded) Workshop

Upcoming Challenge


From HAQAST Team Leader Tracey Holloway

It is my tremendous pleasure to announce the launch of the newest NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST)! We are a team of 14, hailing from research institutions across the US, from Florida to Alaska. And we’re headquartered here, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are at the outset of a four-year mission, which will conclude in late 2025. Our goal? To apply NASA satellite data and products to real-world, air quality and public health needs, wherever they may crop up. And this is where you come in.

While we have our core team, we are in the first stages of building the wider HAQAST community. And it is that wider community—you who are reading this!—who will help determine the course of our applied research. We will soon be looking for stakeholder partners for our Tiger Teams (short term, applied projects focused on specific end-user needs), and we are always looking for input from the stakeholder community on how best to connect NASA data and products with your needs.

So join our newslettercheck out our websitefollow us on Twitter and learn about our PIs’ exciting work.

Scientific Articles

Call for new ESA Astronauts

ESA Astronaut Application Requirements

If you are interested, or even just curious, the European Space Agency – ESA Astronaut Recruitment website is now live: https://www.esa.int/YourWayToSpace.

Some exciting developments include an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and a new “Parastronaut Feasibility Project”. If you might be eligible to apply, the FAQ page is a great resource.

Video of the press briefing in English:

For the first time in 11 years, ESA is looking for new astronauts to work alongside ESA’s existing astronauts as Europe enters a new era of space exploration.

Speakers include Jan Wörner, ESA Director General; Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA astronaut; Tim Peake, ESA astronaut; David Parker, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration; Frank De Winne, ESA Low Earth Orbit Exploration Group Leader, Head of the European Astronaut Centre; Jennifer Ngo-Anh, ESA Research and Payloads Programme Coordinator, Human and Robotic Exploration; Lucy van der Tas, ESA Head of Talent Acquisition.

Press briefings in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch, are available in the ESA video gallery.

CAPCOM News – January 25, 2021

Food for Thought

The planet is dying faster than we thought
By Brandon Specktor
A triple-threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and overpopulation is bearing down on the Earth.

Explainer: what influences air temperature? (Australian Bureau of Meteorology)
Air temperature matters to us all, every day. We dress to be comfortable in it. We carry out our business activities, from agriculture to construction, with it in mind. Extremes of temperature, such as heatwaves and very cold weather, can put lives in danger. While temperature is largely caused by the sun and weather systems there are other factors that influence it. So, what are the main influences and how might they affect where you are?


COSPAR. 28 January – 4 February 2021. ICC Sydney and virtual. https://cospar2021.org.

Today’s Features

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine offers a free Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Lecture Series and an outstanding Resources page covering a wide variety of topics relating to wilderness and environmental medicine. There is also a page for Archived Lectures.

One Health Lessons
Let’s talk about how the environment affects animal health and human health. Let’s talk about how people can collaborate to make the world healthier and more sustainable. This collaboration is called “One Health” and this site is full of One Health lessons for children and the general public.


Mars Society Executive Director Lucinda Offer will give an online talk at the Royal Astronomical Society about planning for Mars exploration and a human mission to the Red Planet, as well as an update about the Mars Society and its programs. We invite you to watch virtually on Tuesday, January 26th at 13:00 GMT. For full details, including how to register, please visit: https://bit.ly/396oX7O.

Space Health Updates – Reproduction

Houston, We Have a Baby
What’s the protocol for creating a healthy new human when you subtract Earth from the equation? By Hannah Thomasy

Populating a Mars Base Will Be Dangerously Unsexy By Brandon Specktor
In a new paper, titled “Biological and social challenges of human reproduction in a longterm Mars base, researchers dig into exactly what those challenges would be — and the morally questionable solutions that may accompany them.

Human Reproduction in the Space Environment – Challenges and Conundrums

The 2021 AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting has been postponed. It is now scheduled for August 29 – September 2, 2021. The AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting has also moved from the Peppermill Resort Hotel, Reno, Nevada to the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado. Read details on decision to postpone. For those who plan to attend but do not hold a meeting registration, the online registration system will open April 1, 2021. The online room reservation system for the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel will be available on the AsMA website soon.

The EPFL Space Center (eSpace) in Lausanne, Switzerland presents the 1st Sustainable Space Logistics Symposium on February 16-18th 2021. Register here.


Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic (January 27, 2021, 11:00 Eastern Time) In the inaugural session of the ORWH series, “Diverse Voices: COVID-19 and the Health of Women,” Ana Langer, M.D., the director of the Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jewel Gausman, Sc.D., M.H.S., a research associate at the W&HI, will lead a plain-language discussion of topics explored in their commentary article “Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health. Register: https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcu2vpj4rHBiFFgqUgfM1U24HWrN69Oo


The Space4Women Network is a mentoring platform run by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. It promotes gender equality and gender empowerment in the space sector. Space4Women Mentors are selected from leaders and professionals in the space industry and represent various fields and geographic regions.

One of the Space4Women Mentors, Ilaria Cinelli, is a co-leader of the Space Exploration Project Group of SGAC. Currently, she is running two activities a part of her duties under the network: a blog on Instagram, @SheRunsSpace, and an e-book, Unspoken. You can contribute to both activities right now and share your space story!


The British Interplanetary Society has opened a Call for Abstracts for its flagship conference, Reinventing Space 2021. The call will close on January 31st 2021. Abstracts should be a summary of the paper, rather than an introduction, and must be limited to 500 words.  More information, and the submission form, is available at https://www.bis-space.com/reinventing-space/  Early submission is encouraged.

UoAASMS Conference: ‘Space Medicine and its Benefits for Health on Earth‘. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of February 2021, we at the University of Aberdeen Aviation and Space Medicine Society will be hosting our very first interactive virtual student conference, with the theme of Space Medicine and its Benefits for Health on Earth. Online: eventbrite.co.uk.

International Astronautical Federation
Join us for the special event jointly organized by the IAF and IAF Member Israel Space Agency (ISA) – 26 January 2021 (online). REGISTER HERE. The Israeli Space Agency will be hosting the 16th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference as part of the 2021 Israel Space Week events on Jan 26-27, 2021. The 2021 Conference’s main theme this year will be ‘Pivoting to Space: New opportunities for Industries and Governments’.


Polar Medicine
On behalf of the AMSRO chapter at the University of Michigan Medical School, we would like to invite you all to a talk with two aerospace medicine residents at UTMB about their recent experiences training in Antarctica!! How cool! You will not want to miss this one to learn about extreme medicine being practiced in the most extreme of environments! We would love for all of you to join!
WHO? All AMSRO medical students and residents everywhere
WHEN? Jan 28th, 2021 @ 7pm-8pm EST
WHERE? Zoom: https://umich.zoom.us/j/95732294745
HOW? RSVP via our Google Form.

Liverpool Aviation and Space Medicine Society. January 28, 2021: “Aeromedical Preparations for OpMINCEPIES 2020: A seasonal introduction to aviation and space medicine”.

International Space University (ISU) “Discover ISU” (Jan 30 and Feb 6, 2021): https://discover.isunet.edu/. Visit ISU and discuss with faculty and alumni to learn the benefits of ISU’s educational and professional-development programs, and how to apply.

Deep Space Food Challenge
Deep Space Food Challenge

As NASA develops concepts for longer crewed missions to Mars and beyond, the agency will need innovative and sustainable food systems that check all the boxes. The Deep Space Food Challenge, a NASA Centennial Challenge, seeks ideas for novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions. Solutions from this challenge could enable new avenues for food production around the world, especially in extreme environments, resource-scarce regions, and in new places like urban areas and in locations where disasters disrupt critical infrastructure.
Open Date: January 12, 2021
Close Date: July 30, 2021
Prize Purse: Up to $500K for Phase 1 for U.S. citizens
Frequency: Potential for two phases
For more information, visit: www.deepspacefoodchallenge.org


GLEX 2021 (14-18 June, St Petersburg, Russia) – the call for abstracts closes on 29 January.

IAC 2021, 25-29 September, Dubai. The Call for Abstracts will be open until 28 February 2021. Abstracts must be submitted through the IAF platform at https://iafastro.directory/iac/account/login/. Abstract Submission FAQ.

The IAF Abstract Mentor Programme is open to anyone and is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process. (1) Prepare a draft abstract in accordance with the IAC 2021 abstract submission requirements: https://www.iafastro.org/assets/files/iac2021-abstract-submission-faq-04.11.2020.pdf. (2) Complete the Mentee Application Form and send it to amp@iafastro.org, requesting participation in the programme. The application deadline is 5 February 2021.

Prospective organizers interested in organizing Special Sessions for IAC 2021 are invited to submit an online proposal at https://iafastro.directory/iac/account/login/ by 12 February 2021. Before submitting your proposal, please take a look to the IAC 2021 Call for Special Sessions document to make sure it meets the requirements: https://www.iafastro.org/assets/files/special-sessions-iac-2021.pdf


Understanding the Origin of Life: A Geologists Perspective (Saturday 30 January via Zoom). How did life form on Earth? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? These fundamental questions drive scientists to explore other planets, as well as deep within our own Earth, in search for answers. Speaker: Luke Steller, PhD candidate from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA). Host: Centre of Excellence for Astrobiology, Amity University, Mumbai. RSVP: https://www.acoea.com/event-details/understanding-the-origin-of-life-a-geologists-perspective.

My name is Mark Rosenberg and I am the founder of the AMSRO interest group at the Medical University of South Carolina. On February 25th from 7:45-8:45pm ET, we will be hosting Dr. Erik Antonsen, assistant director for  Human Systems Risk Management at NASA Johnson Space Center and previous medical team member for Red Bull Stratos, as he shares his experiences practicing emergency/space medicine and its involvement in safety planning for long-duration space travel! This will be an amazing event to hear the inner workings of being a flight surgeon who works directly with astronauts.
This event is open for all; and we would love for you all to join! The event flyer can be seen below for additional information. The RSVP link can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3Y5FLYK. The zoom link to join can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88409893798?pwd=NS9zYm1Zd0xIdDVFaGk5Y1JSS1pkUT09. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out.


Earth and Space Exploration Resident Scientist Program: Ladakh 2021
Are you an Earth/Planetary Science Researcher experienced in field work? Are you passionate about mentoring and inspiring the next generation of explorers? Are you interested to live and work in the field in Ladakh, India for a month in June-Oct 2021, mentoring student teams? (travel, stay and meals covered) Read On! We seek applications from Astrobiology, Earth and Planetary Science Researchers for our Earth and Space Exploration Program in Ladakh, India starting June 2021. The opportunity allows the resident scientist to conduct their own research in Ladakh (Tso Kar and Puga region) and serve as mentors and role-models for incoming student teams. The program will cover return airfare, meals and stay expenses in New Delhi and Ladakh for the duration of residence for the scientist. (Visa application and COVID-related travel assistance will be provided for international scientists.) Interested persons please fill up the form: https://www.acoea.com/rsp Apply by Feb 15. Students, you can sign up the interest form here, https://www.acoea.com/mars registration will start Feb 1.

One week left: POSTDOC 2101: SPACE HEALTH FELLOWSHIP. TRISH is soliciting research proposals from postdoctoral fellows exploring space translatable health protections and performance optimization. Applications are due January 28, 2021. VIEW THE SOLICITATION.


SpaceCHI : Human-Computer Interaction for Space Exploration. A Workshop at ACM CHI 2021.
Saturday May 14, 2021| EST 09:00-13:00 / CET 15:00-19:00. Our one-day workshop will consist of a keynote lecture, research presentations, lively discussion, and group brainstorming. The workshop will be held online via Zoom. We invite researchers from both academia and industry to submit a short position paper on one of the topics listed on the website. Papers should be maximum of 4 pages, and should be submitted in the CHI format. The submission deadline is February 15th, 2021. Submission portal.

Paramedic/Pre-Hospital Medicine Conferences
  • Trauma on the Border, Tweed Heads, NSW
  • Friday 19 March 2021. One day paramedic conference covering all things trauma.
  • ROAR – Rural Outback and Remote Paramedic Conference, Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 May 2021 Designed specifically for paramedics and allied professionals working in rural outback and remote areas
  • ACP International Conference, Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 September 2021. An in-depth comprehensive paramedic conference that focuses on providing the education that paramedics of all levels need
  • See the Australasian College of Paramedicine Events page for more details.
  • Call for abstracts and posters now open. The ACP and the UK College of Paramedics are working together to present the first International Paramedic Education Conference. The virtual conference will have seven education based themes. Closing date for submissions: Sunday 31 January 2021. Get all the details here.

SciFi Hive: the Future of Health Care by ExO Execute. Sun, March 21, 2021. Collaborate with health experts around the globe to create the compelling story of the future we want in healthcare through SciFi Hive. Tickets:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/scifi-hive-the-future-of-health-care-tickets-132832394267?discount=EarlyBird.

Recorded Webinars

Crisis Standards of Care and Ethical Dilemmas: A Global Perspective. Dr. Gregory Ciottone, Harvard Medical School, discusses epidemic and pandemic history, crisis levels of surge, understanding surge capability and surge capacity, and ethics. The presentation was part of the All Levels Trauma Care International Conference which was held virtually from 7-8 November 2020.

Dr. Gregory Ciottone

On December 19, 2020, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Los Angeles / Las Vegas Section, hosted a session on Space Architecture. Speakers around the world came together. Recordings here: Part I – Simulations and Simulators | Part II – Space Architecture. Interested in the topic? More resources from the Moon Village Association.


CASIS Unveils Research Announcement in Technology Advancements to Leverage the ISS National Lab. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, has made public a research announcement soliciting proposals for technology advancements and applied research that would utilize the space-based environment of the orbiting laboratory. Learn more about this opportunity here. CASIS will host a webinar for interested proposers to discuss the facilities and capabilities associated with the ISS on February 11, 2021 at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
This research announcement will follow a two-step proposal submission process. Before being invited to submit a full proposal, all interested investigators must complete and submit a Step One concept for review by end of day on February 25, 2021. Full proposals (from those invited to submit) will be due by end of day April 26, 2021.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Karman Fellowship and close on 20 March 2021. The Karman Fellowship Programme is a one-year leadership programme designed to foster trust, independent dialogue and cooperation between 15 selected Karman Fellows who are below the age of 45 and have achieved outstanding accomplishments in space. Over the course of the Programme, Fellows strengthen personal relations, meet with global leaders in technology, science, business, politics and the arts, and take personal commitments to further advance space-related agendas for the betterment of humanity.

Conference Recordings:
Fallings Walls and Berlin Science Week 2020 recordings.


Patients, clinicians, seek answers to the mystery of ‘Long COVID’. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, public attention has mainly focused on the number of people who become severely ill and die from COVID-19. But what’s become clear in recent months is the large and growing group of people who continue to deal with prolonged symptoms long after their original illness.

Trying to make sense of ‘Long COVID’ syndrome. More than 400,000 Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-19. But thousands of others who’ve gotten sick and survived COVID-19 are finding that a full recovery can be surprisingly elusive. Weeks and months after seemingly recovering from even mild cases of COVID-19, many battle a wide range of health problems.

Taking a closer look at COVID-19’s effects on the brain. While primarily a respiratory disease, COVID-19 can also lead to neurological problems. The first of these symptoms might be the loss of smell and taste, while some people also may later battle headaches, debilitating fatigue, and trouble thinking clearly, sometimes referred to as “brain fog.” All of these symptoms have researchers wondering how exactly the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, affects the human brain.

GEO Health Community of Practice
  • Upcoming CoP TeleconTuesday, January 26, 2021 from 8:30-10AM EST (GMT-5), including an invited presentation by Bryan Duncan (NASA Goddard) on CityAQ, a pilot project and collaboration between NASA Goddard and World Resources Institute (WRI) that provides optimized air quality forecasts to city health and air quality managers.
  • Website Updates: We have updated the GEO Health CoP webpage with presentations from the GEO Health Community of Practice Annual MeetingSmall Work GroupsEO4HEALTHprojects, and Publications. Also, please read our recent GEO community blog article, Small Work Groups of the GEO Health Community of Practice.
  • Listserv Updates: Over the past year, if your information (e.g. affiliation, email) has changed, please send any revisions. Also, if you have colleagues who would be interested to learn more and join the GEO Health Community of Practice, please send the registration link.

Call for Manuscripts Remote Sensing journal: Special Issue on Human-Oriented Observation for Supporting Effective Decision-Making in Governance and Public Service (Deadline: December 31, 2021). Other upcoming deadlines for Remote Sensing special issues can be found on the journal website.

GEO Health Community of Practice

Request for InformationOGC Seeking Information Concerning The Capture And Use Of Spatial Data During Health Emergencies (Deadline: January 29, 2021).

Upcoming NASA ARSET Sessions – Hyperspectral Data for Land and Coastal Systems on January 26, and February 2, 2021.

CDC’s Zoonoses and One Health Updates (ZOHU). The next ZOHU Update will be on February 3, 2021 from 2-3PM EST/GMT-5. The agenda, after updates from CDC, is: (1) NASA and NOAA Earth Observations for Health and Air Quality Application; (2) Surveillance for Harmful Algal Bloom Events and Associated Human and Animal Illnesses — One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System, United States, 2016; and (3) SARS-CoV-2 biomarker identification and decontamination strategies to inform use of odor detection canines.

Upcoming Workshop – US Arctic Research Commission/CDC/Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation: Tracing the Pandemic through Wastewater: Using Sewage Monitoring to Investigate Infectious Disease from February 22-23, 2021 from 12:30-4:00PM EST/GMT-5. Please review the agenda and registration link


As future space explorers, we know too well how psychology and isolation will play a key role for the success of a space mission.
For this, we signal you this study! There is a second call to be part of the PROTECT Mental Health COVID -19 Study. This study is looking to understand risk and protective measures for mental health and wellbeing during long periods of social distancing.
Designed by Dr Elena Antonova of Brunel University London and Mr Karoly Schlosser of Goldsmiths University of London, the study has received ethical approval from Brunel University London (Reference number: 23223-MHR-May/2020-25658-2).
The first survey, which takes approximately 30-40 min to complete, explores how people respond to social distancing measures introduced in many countries to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Subsequent shorter surveys, which will take approximately 10-15 min to complete, will be administered monthly to monitor how participants are adjusting to the ‘new normal’ in terms of their coping strategies and emotional response.
You may choose to only participate in the initial 30-40-minute survey, but your continued participation will help us to learn more about the long-term impact of risk and protective factors for mental health and well-being during the pandemic. Read More and Join the Study!

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Research – Tumours in Space

Open access peer-reviewed chapter
Tumors in Space: Preparation for Spaceflight, by Tricia L. Larose
Published: September 2nd 2020. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.93465

Tumors in Space is a cutting-edge cancer research experiment at the intersection of stem-cell biology and space technology selected by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the China Manned Space Agency for a 31-day space mission on board the China Space Station. Anchored in Norway, Tumors in Space includes an international team of exceptional scientists at several European partner organizations including the University of Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway, the International Space University in France, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center in Belgium, and Vrije University Amsterdam as well as the Hubrecht Institute in The Netherlands. This chapter first presents our two novel hypotheses including the current state of scientific evidence upon which our hypotheses are based. Following, the seven main steps of our spaceflight preparation are discussed within the context of our 2025 launch date from China. Finally, some thoughts on impact, including support for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and commitment to science communication in the public domain, are given. Tumors is Space is under a programme of, and funded by the European Space Agency with the support of the Norwegian Space Agency.

CAPCOM News – January 18, 2021

From NASA – 2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record

By most accounts, 2020 was a rough year for the planet. Globally, it was the warmest year on record, just barely exceeding the record set in 2016. Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s. More About Our Warming World.

Featuring the “Space4Women Show”

The Space4Women Show offers a weekly webinar on a wide range of space-related topics, usually in the afternoon European time. The S4W Show has been built upon the Space4Women initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) with the objective of facilitating access to the benefits of space exploration, science and technology, STEM education, and STEM careers for women and girls around the world in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5.

Webinar Series – Empowering Health Leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic

This webinar series is being offered by the Israeli Ministry of Health, Nursing the World to Health, and the WHO Collaboration Center for Leadership and Governance in Nursing. Remaining topics are scheduled for 18 and 28 January, and 4 and 8 February (usually held in the afternoon GMT+2). For further details click here.

Medical Student Rotation at SpaceX (US citizens/residents only)


SpaceX is currently building the world’s next human spaceflight capability. We’re actively supporting a wide array of mission types – revolutionizing access to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with cargo and crewed Dragon missions, returning humans to the Moon by developing a Human Lander System (HLS) for NASA’s Artemis program, and rapidly developing Starship, the first rocket and spacecraft designed to support crewed trips to Mars. As a medical student at SpaceX, you’ll assist in clinical care, public health promotion, and clinical research at SpaceX. You’ll work under the supervision of SpaceX flight surgeons and fellows and assist with their responsibilities including working collaboratively with NASA and other customers. SpaceX is seeking excellent, team-oriented medical students who have a passion and interest in human spaceflight.

Jus Ad Astra: A Pioneer Human Rights Project in Space Law

Join us on 25 January for the first face-to-face meeting of the Space Association of Australia for 2021 – all welcome! If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please register to join us remotely via Zoom or watch the live stream on YouTube. Our monthly public meetings are streamed online and then uploaded to the SAA YouTube channel – SAA.TV

Date: Monday, 25 January 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm AEDT
Venue: Golden Gate Hotel, 238 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
Details & Zoom reservations: http://thq.fyi/se/0ba15a8367b5

Getting there:
By car: Car parking is best in Coventry Street west of Clarendon Street.
By tram: Route 12 (via Collins Street), Stop 127 (York Street, then walk south) or Stop 128 (Dorcas Street, then walk north).

Our Guest Speaker:
Jonathan Lim – Project Co-Lead, is an Australian lawyer, geopolitical analyst, and cybersecurity analyst. He holds a Juris Doctor, Master of Legal Practice, Bachelor of Arts, and Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from Monash University, the Australian National University, and RMIT University. His specialisation spans cyber warfare, cybersecurity, Chinese foreign policy, Australian foreign policy, and international space law.

Join an Australian Youth Aerospace Association State Committee

We are excited to announce that the AYAA is now recruiting new members to join the State Committees! Have a passion for Aerospace and are keen on sharing? You’re in luck! Multiple positions are currently available within the various committees and are seeking applications! Applications will close on the 25th of January 2021. For more information and individual State committee vacancies click here.

As an AYAA committee member, you have the opportunity to:

  • Access an established national network of exceptional peers with heavy roots within the Aerospace industry
  • Develop strong interpersonal skills relevant to your career
  • Access invaluable work experience with opportunities to work with some of Australia’s largest Aerospace companies such as; Boeing, BAE Systems and DST
  • Make a long-lasting impact by working closely with primary, high-school and university students.

AYAA is an Australian NFP volunteer organisation, run by and for the next generation of the aerospace industry. We provide a networking service, connect youth with industry, and inspire ourselves and our peers through a mutual sense of community and camaraderie – united in our passions and interests. Our purpose is to enrich the aerospace industry by providing the youth of Australia with awareness and opportunity.

To stay in the loop, please follow us on Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/YouthAeroAssoc/. For any questions please contact Matthew Berry at matthew.berry@ayaa.com.au or message AYAA on Facebook.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Join the US National EMS Advisory Council

Applications to serve a 2-year term are due Monday, January 25, 2021. Joining the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) is an excellent opportunity to get involved in EMS at a national level and make a difference in your community. Complete applications must be received on or before January 25, 2021, at 5 pm EST.

The NEMSAC was established by the Department of Transportation to provide information, advice and recommendations on matters relating to all aspects of development and implementation of EMS. The council is comprised of 25 members that collectively represent all sectors of the EMS community. The broad-based membership ensures that it has sufficient EMS system expertise as well as geographic and demographic diversity to accurately reflect the whole EMS community.

Sectors with expected openings due to term limits include:

  • Fire-based (career) EMS
  • Private EMS
  • Hospital-based EMS
  • Tribal EMS
  • Air Medical EMS
  • Local EMS Directors/Administrators
  • Trauma Surgeons
  • Highway Safety Specialists/Directors
  • EMS Data Managers
  • EMS Researchers
  • Hospital Administration
  • Public Health
  • EMS Practitioners
  • Consumers
  • State and Local Legislators.

Members serve 2-year terms and may be reappointed for one additional successive term. The council meets in plenary session approximately three to four times per year. Members will not receive pay or other compensation for their service, but are entitled to reimbursement for their travel expenses, including per diem.

How to Apply
Applicants must submit a resume or CV and at least two (2) letters of recommendation via email or mail at the addresses below. Applicants should also identify which sector or discipline they hope to represent. Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status or sexual orientation.

Email: NEMSAC@dot.gov
Mail: Use only overnight mail such as UPS or FedEx to:
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Emergency Medical Services
1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E., NTI-140
Washington, D.C. 20590

For further details about the application process, read the Federal Register Notice or contact Clary Mole with the NHTSA Office of EMS at Clary.Mole@dot.gov or 202-366-2795. Visit EMS.gov for more information about current NEMSAC members and activities. Learn more. The next NEMSAC meeting will be held February 10-11, 2021. Click here to register to attend the virtual meeting.
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2021 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 2021 Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme that provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress.

Students and Young Professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 on 1 January 2021 with space-related career interests are encouraged to apply for the programme. Up to twenty-five students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2021 programme.

  • Who should consider applying?
    • Individuals interested in pursuing careers involving the development, application and use of space systems, space science research, the policy, legal, social and cultural aspects of space activities, international cooperation on space programmes and other similar subjects.
    • Persons who – for financial, sponsorship or other reasons – would not otherwise be able to attend an International Astronautical Congress.
    • Note: Candidates may apply regardless of their home country or current residence. While all applications will be considered, through this programme the IAF seeks to encourage the participation of young people in nations with emerging space capabilities and interests who would otherwise not be able to attend an International Astronautical Congress.
    • Young people who wish to meet and interact with other colleagues from around the world with similar interests.
    • Individuals who hope to utilize the knowledge and experiences they gain during the IAC in their own careers and in enhancing space and related activities in their home countries.
  • What does the grant include?
    • Round trip air fare between the candidate’s home/residence country and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    • Support (in kind-services or funding) for local transportation, lodging and meals during the candidate’s stay in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    • Assistance with visa arrangements provided by the IAC Local Organizing Committee and the Government of United Arab Emirates;
    • Registration to the 72nd International Astronautical Congress as well as the Space Generation Congress or the 2021 UN/IAF Workshop.
    • Mentors will provide advice on presentations at the IAC and on activities before and during the IAC to help grant recipients benefit fully from the Congress and related meetings and meet with the grant recipients during the IAC.

For more information on the 2021 ESL Grant Programme please click here
Application Deadline: 12 February 2021 15:00 Paris Time / UTC + 1:00
For detailed information, application process and requirements please download our “2021 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme Handbook”.

Space Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Webinar

Liverpool Aviation and Space Medicine will present a webinar called “Space Health and Disaster Risk Reduction” with guest speaker Myles Harris on 16 February 2021 at 19:00 GMT. “Providing healthcare during deep space missions is exceptionally challenging. Access to telemedicine conference is limited, resources are finite and, in the event of an acute medical emergency, rapid aeromedical evacuation to Earth is not an option. Consequently, healthcare providers need to be autonomous when providing healthcare; therefore, minor injuries and illnesses require prolonged care in space. Myles will be presenting an overview of his research that is investigating interdisciplinary healthcare and disaster risk reduction in remote environments on Earth and in space.”

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference – Call for Abstracts

The disaster risk and resilience landscape is constantly evolving, and so too are the approaches we take. Meaningful community engagement and community-led approaches are essential to effectively support disaster resilience. So too are the systems, frameworks and enabling environments created through well-considered policy and coordination. 

To find the right balance, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference returns in 2021 to explore the theme “Meeting in the middle: community voices and complex choices“. 18-19 August 2021 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney

Be part of the national conversation. Submit an abstract of no more than 300 words before 28 February 2021. Submit your abstract now.

Earth Observation and One Health Workshops

Upcoming Training Sessions

Scientific Workshop

New Safety Data Tool Available on FAA.gov Website

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making it easier to research aviation safety guidance material from the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS).

The Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS) combines more than 65 document types from more than a dozen different repositories into a single searchable application. This comprehensive knowledge center centralizes the FAA’s aviation safety guidance material from the Flight Standards Information System (FSIMS) and the agency’s Regulatory Guidance System (RGL).

Each guidance document includes a link to the Code of Federal Regulations provision on which the document is based. DRS contains more than 2 million regulatory guidance documents, which can be browsed or searched. A search engine allows for basic or advanced searches and different ways to sort and view the results. The system includes pending and current versions of all documents along with their revision history. Information in the DRS is updated every 24 hours.

The DRS exceeds the requirements of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-254), to establish a centralized safety database. DRS is constantly evolving, and in the future will provide even more features, functionality and document types. It will allow the agency to eventually sunset legacy systems such as FSIMS and RGL. Subject matter experts across the global aviation community collaborated on this project.

The tool represents a giant step forward in providing consistency and standardization of regulatory interpretation by expediting research of aviation regulations and related documents. In the past, complex research projects could sometimes take days. DRS has consolidated all of this information so projects can be completed in minutes.

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The Space Health Symposium Program Page contains links to most of the presenter PDFs from the Symposium together with details about the program and links to the souvenir Program Booklet with details of all the presenters and their topics.

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CAPCOM News – January 15, 2021

Test Firing the World’s Most Powerful Rocket

NASA is testing the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s 212-foot-tall core stage — the tallest rocket stage the agency has ever built — with a Green Run Hot Fire test on Earth before launch day. Green Run is a series of eight tests that includes several first-time events for the world’s largest rocket stage, culminating in the first firing of all four RS-25 engines, the Hot Fire. Join virtually for this historic NASA event. The test, scheduled for 5 p.m. EST (with a two-hour test window) on Jan. 16, 2021, can be watched live on NASA TV at https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv/.

Click here for more details about the SLS Green Run Hot Fire test and NASA’s Artemis program. Download materials and activities to share the excitement of SLS and the Artemis mission

The ISU Adelaide Conference 2021: Friday 5 February – Saturday 6 February 2020

Theme: International Collaboration in Asia-Pacific Space Activities. Online – tickets $20 to $100 but two free sessions are available at the conclusion of the formal program.
Website: https://www.adelaide.isunet.edu/program
Call for Speakers: https://www.adelaide.isunet.edu/callfortalks (closes on 25 January 2020).

smarttraveller.gov.au Travel Update – United States of America

From 26 January 2021, if you’re flying to the USA you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of your departure, or proof that you have recovered from COVID-19. This applies to all passengers aged two years and older, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. Various restrictions and public health measures are in place and vary by location. Monitor the Australian Embassy website for further COVID-19 related information (see ‘Local Contacts’).

As previously advised, widespread protests and demonstrations are likely to continue in the weeks ahead. Avoid areas where protests and demonstrations are occurring due to the continuing potential for disorder and violence. Follow the instructions of local authorities and abide by any curfews and stay at home orders (see ‘Safety’). Monitor the media for information and updates.

We continue to advise: Do not travel to the United States of America, including Alaska, Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. Read the full travel advice.

TRISH Post-Doc Space Health Fellowship Solicitation Closing Soon!

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is soliciting research proposals from postdoctoral fellows exploring space translatable health protections and performance optimization. Selected fellows will receive a stipend for salary support, an allowance for health insurance and funds for travel to related scientific meetings.

Applicants must submit research proposals together with an identified mentor and institution. Applications are due January 28, 2021. View the solicitation here.

Message from the COSPAR President (28 January – 4 February 2021)
Government Inquiry into developing the Australian Space Industry

The Australian Government has announced an Inquiry into developing the Australian Space industry  Broadly, the Inquiry will report on a number of activities, including:

  • Development of space satellites, technology and equipment;
  • International collaboration, engagement and missions;
  • Commercialisation of research and development, including flow on benefits to other industry sectors;
  • Future research capacity, workforce development and job creation; and
  • Other related matters.

The Committee will focus on how the Australian Government can support and encourage the space industry while preserving and protecting the space environment.

Here are the Terms of Reference. Submissions to the Inquiry are due on 29 January 2021.

International Space University Discovery Day – 30 January

About this Event
Learn about the International Space University and talk about your higher education options in person online. Meet ISU faculty members, alumni and potential employers at our event! Tickets via Eventbrite.

Australian Space Agency Future SMLS Capability Consultation

The Australian Space Agency aims to grow and transform a globally respected national space industry. To achieve our broader goal of tripling the size of the space sector to $12 billion and creating up to 20,000 extra jobs by 2030, we are helping businesses participate in new local and global markets with funding and programs. We are consulting on the nature of current or planned near-term Australian space medicine and life sciences (SMLS) capabilities. This will help us develop an overview of the ambitions and plans of the Australian space industry and inform a roadmap for SMLS investment, collaboration and growth. Your information will also ensure opportunities align with the space industry’s current or planned activities, and shape other potential future opportunities for space access or funding.

Below you will find a link to an online consultation where you can provide input about the capabilities you are developing and the work you are undertaking in SMLS. You may also be aware of others working on SMLS in Australia or overseas, and you are encouraged to share this consultation link with them and your relevant networks.

The online consultation will be open for your input until midnight Canberra time, Sunday 7 February 2021. We look forward to your participation and ongoing engagement with this important and iterative process.

Future SMLS Capability Consultationhttps://consult.industry.gov.au/space/future-australian-space-medicine-and-life-sciences

Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative Forum

First, we extend New Year Greetings to you all during this challenging COVID environment and hope 2021 will bring forth a healthy and new normal. Following last year’s successful MUDRI Forum, our first for 2021 will again be an interactive format using Zoom.
Date & time: Tuesday 16 February, 2021 9.00am – 1.00pm

The Forum will include the 15th Professor Frederick ‘Skip’ Burkle Annual Keynote Lecture, presented by Mr Jonathan Abrahams who is based in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Unit in Health Security Preparedness Department of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme in Geneva, Switzerland.

This Keynote Lecture advances/carries forward the theme of working together for the health, safety and wellbeing of communities, highlighting the evolution and directions for health emergency and disaster risk management (Health EDRM) and its potential applications in Australia and Oceania. The WADEM Oceania Chapter will co-host the Keynote Lecture.

We are honoured to announce Mr Abrahams as our Burkle Keynote Lecturer as he has played an instrumental role in global developments in Health EDRM over the past 10 years and brings the added benefit for us in that Jonathan is an Australian citizen with experience of working in emergency management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

  • The program includes:
    • A reflection on the process and direction of community resilience in the emergency and disaster setting, as we mark 10 years since the release of the influential COAG National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, in February 2011. This topic will include a panel-led discussion about the implications of the Final Report of last year’s Royal Commission for community resilience;
    • A panel-led discussion on how to better integrate health and primary health care with emergency management arrangements – a recommendation from last year’s Royal Commission; and
    • Highlighting a rich potpourri of current developments and innovations in the sector.

The detailed program and further details will be available on the MUDRI website at https://www.monash.edu/muarc/research/research-areas/home-and-community/disaster-resilience or by contacting Samantha Bailey.

Please register your interest in participating in this free, on-line Forum by emailing Samantha Bailey at Samantha.bailey@monash.edu. Once you register your interest, we will provide you with the details about how to access the Forum.

Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.
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Virtual symposium on human spaceflight – bioastronautics@hopkins

You are cordially invited to attend a virtual symposium on human spaceflight, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, starting at noon EST. This is the first event of a new Special Interest Group at Johns Hopkins University, known as bioastronautics@hopkins. Expected speakers include physician and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and N. Wayne Hale, Jr., Director of Human Spaceflight at Special Aerospace Services and former Space Shuttle Program Manager at NASA. Hale’s tenure as Program Manager included seven successful space shuttle flights. 

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, noon – 5 p.m., EST
Where: Microsoft Teams (a link will be forthcoming to those who RSVP)

The symposium will be the inaugural event for bioastronautics@hopkins, led by Mark Shelhamer, JHU Professor of Otolaryngology and former Chief Scientist of the NASA Human Research Program. This group will focus on bioastronautics, space medicine, and space life-sciences research, including habitat design and related engineering. Speakers will include Hale and Auñón-Chancellor, as well as faculty from various JHU organizations doing work in the field of human spaceflight. Johns Hopkins brings a broad range of expertise across several divisions, and plans to expand activities in this field of study, through its internal expertise and through collaborative efforts with other institutions.

This event is sponsored by the Commercial and Government Program Office in the JHU School of Engineering. A link through Microsoft Teams will be forthcoming to those who RSVP.

If you are interested in attending and have not responded already, please RSVP to lmclean@erg.jhu.edu. (RSVP is not mandatory or binding.) For more information about bioastronautics@hopkins, please visit the CGPO website.

One Planet – One Health

The resources on this page are all related to the inter-relationship between our precious blue planet, the space around it, and the good health and well-being of all creatures who live on and in the Earth. The satellites which we send into space and the applications drawn from them provide much valuable data for environmental monitoring and for use in disaster and infectious disease management (amongst other things). As our climate becomes more extreme and unpredictable, it is increasingly important to increase awareness and education about the impact that climate has on health (not just for humans) and biodiversity. The resources provided are related to Space4Health, the One Health initiative, and climate and environmental health.

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Our YouTube Channel contains all published videos from the recent Space Health Symposium plus additional videos and links. The remaining videos from the Symposium will be added in the near future.

The Space Health Symposium Program Page contains links to most of the presenter PDFs from the Symposium together with details about the program and links to the souvenir Program Booklet with details of all the presenters and their topics.

We also have many other fabulous Resources pages, so please explore our website, and if you would like to participate in any of our initiatives please contact us.