Our Recent Activities

Guest Editor for ‘Frontiers’
‘Frontiers’ Guest Editor
Editor for “Skin microbiome considerations for long haul space flights” (published September 2022)

Journal Activities

Co-author on “The Impact of Weightlessness on Lymphatic and Endothelial Glycocalyx Function; A review of current data” by Hettrick et al, submitted to Comprehensive Physiology in August 2022.

Guest Associate Editor for the Frontiers Research Topic: Space Mechanobiology and Medicine – Volume II.

Reviewer for npj Microgravity.

Reviewer for Acta Astronautica.

‘Space health’ tertiary education in Melbourne
New space education subjects in Melbourne
Appointment as a Lecturer in Medical Education

University of Melbourne profile
Awards from the AsMA Associate Fellows Group, May 2022
A22 Aviation/Aerospace AustraliaAirspace Awards Finalist
Medsmos – Exploring Space Medicine

Interviewed for the Medsmos – Exploring Space Medicine podcast (developed by Aki Miyazawa, a final-year high school student in Japan):


Jus Ad Astra – Space for all Humankind: Gendered Perspectives in Health

An online blog for the Jus Ad Astra website from Jane Andrews and our founder Dr Rowena Christiansen (PDF available for download):


Humanity’s growing presence in outer space underscores the imperative for global leaders to accelerate and fulfil gender equality and inclusion from a human rights-based approach. When Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon in 1969, the famous quote uttered as he first stepped onto the lunar surface marked a watershed moment for humanity – “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”. More than fifty years later, the time is ripe to both acknowledge and expedite the role of women across human space exploration…

Singapore SPLCR – SLS
Keynote speaker talk given on 04 February 2022
Voluntary activities

Recent appointments to the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) Ad Hoc Committee on Commercial Spaceflight and the AsMA Education and Training Committee.

In early 2022, informal support for an interstate Australian university wishing to incorporate a ‘humans in space’ element into one of its healthcare courses.

In late March 2022, interviewed by a ‘COSMOS‘ journalist about space analogs and Antarctica’s importance in this context.

Judge for the 2022 AsMA/Space Medicine Association Scholarships.

KCL Letter of Thanks
Australian Space Awards 2022 Finalist
Accepted AsMA 2022 abstract – Co-Chair
Accepted AsMA 2022 Panel abstract
Accepted AsMA 2022 abstract – Co-Author
Presentation on “Human reproduction in space – challenges and conundrums”
Presentation for medical students at King’s College London in a fundraising event for ‘Aeromobility’.

SGAC Asia-Pacific Workshop 2021

SGAC Asia-Pacific Workshop 2021

Colbrow Medics MCI Triage Presentation
AIAA ASCEND Human Rights in Space Panel Session
AsMA Scientific Program Committee Remote Review 2021
PhD Evaluation

PhD evaluation for Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University Uttar Pradesh, (Formerly UP Technical University)
Sector-11, Jankipuram Vistar Yojana, Sitapur Road,
Lucknow (UP) India -226031

UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
Space Health Risks Research Group
New member of the University College London UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction Space Health Risks Research Group
Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA)
ASBX 2021:
Australian Space Biology x Health Summit
GOWME – Global Organization for
Wilderness Medicine Education
Presentation for GOWME, Wednesday 6 October 2021
Aviation/Aerospace Australia
Space Health Webinar Co-Organiser
Co-organiser of the Aviation/Aerospace Australia and Swinburne Space Industry Virtual Conference Series | Space Health webinar held on Tuesday 5 October 2021
Women’s Health in Space Group
Supporting Manager for the new Women’s Health in Space LinkedIn Group (July 2021)
Global Space Health Network Convenor
New LinkedIn Group – The Global Space Health Network (August 2021)
Parliamentary Inquiry Advocacy

Public Hearing Invitation: Inquiry into Developing Australia’s Space Industry

Extract from the invitation to address the Inquiry. Dr Christiansen appeared before the Australian Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Developing Australia’s Space Industry to advocate for the development of aerospace medicine post-graduate university qualifications and training and career pathways.
September 2021 Newsletter
Giving Birth in Space
Contributor to the “Giving Birth in Space” Report, September 2021
AsMA Denver – Service Awards (AFG)
Service Awards from the AsMA Associate Fellows Group, August 2021
AsMA Denver – Space Surgery Panel
Co-presenter for the Space Surgery Panel at the 2021 AsMA meeting in Denver, Colorado
AsMA Denver – Service Award (AsPS)
Service Award from the Aerospace Physiology Society
The Space Show
The Space Show, Saturday 14 August 2021.

The Space Show Ep#58 Video
AsMA Denver – Space Surgery Panel
Presentation for the Space Surgery Panel at the 2021 AsMA meeting in Denver, Colorado
AIAA Adelaide Professionals Chapter Space Medicine Panel
AIAA Adelaide Professionals Chapter, Saturday 7 August 2021
Women in Space Chapter (WiSC)
Women in Space Chapter of the National Space Society of Australia

Honourable mention in the Australian Space Awards 2021 ‘Hall of Fame’

Space Doctors‘ ‘Hall of Fame’
Acta Astronautica Reviews
ISU 2021 Space Studies Program Mentor
ISU Space Studies Program 2021 Mentor
‘Ticker News’ Interview
Friday 2 July 2021 – Interviewed by Ticker News about ‘space tourism’.
Australian Academy of Science Report
Australian Academy of Science Rapid Response Information Report
(1 July 2021) What are the growth areas in domestic STEM skills to support jobs in the space industry, and how can these be addressed by the tertiary (university and relevant VET) sector?
University of Melbourne Medical Staff Newsletter
UNOOSA ‘Space4Women’ Mentor 2021-22
Selected as a UNOOSA “Space4Women” Mentor for 2021-22
‘The Space Show’ Team 2021
The Space Show Mission Control Team 2021

Australian Space Awards 2021

Dr Rowena Christiansen of the ad astra vita project

Australian Space Awards 2021

Dr Rowena Christiansen of the ad astra vita project

Australian Space Awards 2021

The ‘dearMoon’ Project
ABC Radio Sydney “Drive” Program
Interview with Richard Glover, Thursday 18 March 2021
COSMOS Magazine 90, March 2021
Interviewed for the “A shot at the Moon” article by Tory Shepherd in Cosmos 90.
Review for Acta Astronautica
April 2021
Ormond College Fellow
Reconfirmed as a Fellow of Ormond College, University of Melbourne, for 2021
Hacker Noon Interview
Interviewed for an article on human reproduction in space (06 May 2021)
She Runs Space
The “She Runs Space” initiative from Dr Ilaria Cinelli

Submission to the Parliament of Australia Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and ResourcesInquiry into Developing Australia’s Space Industry” (February 2021)

University of Melbourne MD Discovery Subject Expression of Interest (February 2021). As of mid-March, the Discovery Proposal Appraisal Group (D-PAG) has now assessed all the EOI for the Foundation (year 1) discovery modules and allocated them to a relevant Discovery Themed working group.


International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program 2021

International Space University Interactive Space Program 2020


Abstracts accepted for the IAC conference in Dubai, October 2021

IWD 2021 Monash Women in STEMM #choosetocelebrate
Kudoboard post – 25 February 2021
Send your name to Mars
Boarding Pass for Mars 2020
February 26, 2021
This artwork is etched on a metal plate attached to a crossbeam near the back of the Mars Perseverance rover. Three silicon chips containing 10.9 million names of Mars fans are mounted to the actual plate. In the center of the anodized plate, the Sun shines brightly, giving light to both Earth and Mars. The Sun’s rays feature some hidden Morse code, spelling out a message of unity for our global community: “Explore as One.” (February 26, 2021)

Presentation for ISU Alumni Space Careers Panel – Saturday 6 February 2021

Presentation on Human Reproduction in Space – Challenges and Conundrums – Sunday 7 February 2021

Two submissions to the European Space Agency’s COMMUNITY CONSULTATION – ESA HRE SCISPACE RESEARCH ROADMAPS (February 2021). Both submissions were accepted for further consideration.

Doctorpreneurs: Dr Rowena Christiansen
Interview for doctology.com.au
Published 14 December 2020
ABC Radio “Nightlife”
ABC Radio Nightlife program – Sunday 8 November 2020

Presentation on Space Tourism – A Cautionary Tale for the Aviation and Aerospace Australia and Swinburne University Virtual Conference Series on 10 November 2020

Presentation on Principles of Triage for Mass Casualty Incidents for the Colbrow Medics CPD Session on 9 November 2020

~ Dr Mae Jemison quote and image: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalAstroSoc/photos/on-iwd2020-were-thinking-of-this-quote-from-astronaut-mae-jemison-dont-let-anyon/10158134550064521/.

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