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- InnovaSpace short course: Medicine in Outer Space: Challenges and Achievements. Thursday 19 December 2020. Cost: 30 Euros (12 Euros for students).
- The European Space Agency’s ESA Academy offers an annual Human Space Physiology Training Course. Applications are closed for the online course in 2020, but the course is normally offered annually. There are some entrance requirements (aimed at medicine/life sciences university students and a degree of affiliation with ESA is required).
- The Aerospace Medical Association, in collaboration with the AsMA Foundation, is offering a webinar titled “Impact of COVID-19 on Aviation and Space Operations.” Details for this webinar: Date: December 2, 2020, Time: 1:00 – 5:45 PM EST, Cost: US$50.00, CME: 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Click here to register for the webinar.
- The Aerospace Medical Association, in collaboration with the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society will present a webinar – “Dilemmas of an Ethical Nature in Aerospace Medicine” on December 17, 2020 via Zoom. 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Cost: US$25.00. REGISTER NOW!
- Aviation/Aerospace Australia: A/AA has a special interest group for women in aerospace and the NextGenNetwork, and offers regular webinars and seminars. At present these are being offered free due to the pandemic. Check the website for upcoming events and for membership information.
- The November 2020 Newsletter of the the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Space Medicine and Life Sciences Project Group lists a number of upcoming webinars, conferences and other events.
- The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH)/Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) regularly runs a webinar series exploring the most pressing risks to human health in space – NASA’s Red Risks. The December 2020 series is called “TRISH Disruptions on Display“, looking at the boundaries challenging space health research and technologies. Hour long talks start at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT daily during the week of December 7-11.
- Fortnightly: The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Global Networking Forum Space Conversations Series: ONLINE, 14:00 Paris time. This will be a series of online, fortnightly live webinars regarding developments in space. Please visit https://www.iafastro.org/events/iaf-gnf-spaceconversations-series/ for more information.
- The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a web page for Seminars & Webinars. There is a huge number of events listed, and at present many of them are offered free of charge.
Conference Proceedings and Seminar Series
- The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health offers an Aerospace Seminar Series (recordings of all seminars from 2019-20 are currently available online).
- 2nd Australian Space Biology Symposium (online), 17-20 November 2020. YouTube channel with pre-recorded presentations.
- UNOOSA Space4Health webinars (14 May 2020).
- Recordings of a large number of the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH)/Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Red Risk School webinars for 2018-20 are available here. Alternatively, stream all the Red Risk School seminars with the Red Risk Playlist on YouTube. You can join the TRISH mailing list to stay up-to-date on the latest TRISH solicitations and happenings.
- A series of webinars from the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Space Medicine and Life Sciences Project Group can be found at the bottom of the November 2020 Newsletter.
- Recordings of the Project POSSUM/IIAS Space Medicine Group April/May 2020 “Astronaut Mentality Webinar Series” are available here.
Medical Student Electives
- For people who satisfy the country of origin requirements, the European Space Agency is recruiting for the next round of Student Internships (closes 10 December 2020). Internships last from three to six months and opportunities are available in engineering, science, IT, natural/social sciences, business and administration services. This year the program will be offered virtually due to the pandemic.
- The University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine offers a number of wilderness and space-related courses, including a medical student elective: Medical Student Elective IDPT 8059 – Space Medicine: Human Spaceflight Factors & Medical Risk Assessment – the remaining dates for 2021 are 15 March – 9 April 2021, and September 2021 (dates tba).
- The International Space University offers a variety of space studies courses.
- The International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program, will be conducted wholly online, 18 January – 19 February 2021. (Fees apply, and some admission requirements must be satisfied.)
Educator Space Resources
- Teaching Space With NASA (from NASA JPL). Join NASA experts and education specialists for live education webinars. Ask questions, get teaching resources and share the excitement of space exploration with students.
- NASA STEM Engagement. This website offers a huge number of resources for both educators and students and for home-schooling.
- NASA Express – Your STEM Connection newsletter.
Disaster and Emergency Medicine
- The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) Fellowship in Disaster Medicine is offered on an annual basis, and is open to international medical graduates.
- The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine is a one year fellowship program based in Boston, USA with an option for a second subspecialty year if approved. The admissions process runs from July – December 31st each year, and accepted Fellows begin their Fellowship July 1. Included in the fellowship is an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School.
- It is important to note that individual Fellows are responsible for a full year of tuition fees at Harvard University (over US$100,000) and their own living and travel costs.
Wilderness and Pre-Hospital Medicine
- For students or volunteers working in the pre-hospital area, consider joining the Australasian College of Paramedicine for access to a very wide range of events, webinars, online courses, conferences, access to the College’s quarterly electronic magazine, monthly eNews and peer-reviewed journal, as well as other benefits.
- The University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine offers a number of wilderness and space-related courses.
- 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.
- The Wilderness Medical Society is offering a free series of “Fireside Chat” webinars for members to discuss various facets of wilderness medicine research, as well as to engage with and learn more about the WMS. These hour-long, non-CME discussions will be moderated by committee members and feature presentations as well as open Q&A.
Critical Care Medicine
- Monash University Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine free 1.5 hour webinar on Lessons from COVID-19 in Critical Care (YouTube channel).
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard
old problems from a new angle, requires creative
imagination and marks real advance in science.”
~ Learning to Avoid Danger by Aurora Anna Kristiansdottir, 2020, image supplied by the creator.
~ Lithograph by an unknown author. The illustration, first appearing in a book by Camille Flammarion in 1888, was sourced from: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200405.html.