Space Health Symposium

Jus Ad Astra

“How to thrive, not just survive”

That human space exploration is both expensive and dangerous is a given, but it also represents a unique set of circumstances where human beings are totally dependent on what is provided for them in order to be able to survive. However, as the good health (both physical and psychological) of expeditioners is essential for the success of the mission, spacefarers “need to thrive, not just survive”. As such, a strong human rights and governance infrastructure is necessary to support this.

To celebrate World Space Week 2020 the ad astra vita project and Mars Society Australia have joined forces to present an inaugural Australian virtual Space Health Symposium (including Human Rights in the Space Environment) to be held on
Monday 5 October and Tuesday 6 October 2020 via Zoom (free registration).

In conjunction with the Jus Ad Astra project, we are excited to feature Human Rights in the Space Environment during two sessions – the last session on Day 1 (which will include an interactive workshop) and the first session on Day 2 (which will include a panel Q&A).

As the theme of World Space Week this year is #satellites improve life, we will also be offering some sessions on Space4Health.

Members of the Australasian space life sciences and space law communities are especially invited to participate, but wherever you are in the world, you are welcome! The program will run 12 hours a day in order to cover all major time zones. University students are welcome!

The key topics for each day are:

Day 1 (Monday 5 October)

  • Program includes:
  • Australian Space Agency overview
  • Being a NASA flight surgeon
  • Space4Health
  • Space surgery
  • “How to live on the Moon and Mars”
  • Draft Constitution for Off-Earth Settlement workshop
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Space medicine and physiology
  • Space law for settlements and human rights workshop

Day 2 (Tuesday 6 October)

  • Program includes:
  • Human rights in space
  • Space radiation research
  • Cross-discipline STEAM education
  • Being human: health and culture
  • Human factors
  • Space and pandemics
  • Space and disaster management
  • Space4Health
  • Facing the future
  • Summary and conclusion

A Symposium Program Booklet containing a full list of speakers and their biographies and abstracts will be uploaded once all speakers are confirmed.

The exact session times are set out in the program, but as a guide:

  • Morning session e.g., 08:45 – 12:45 AEDT (UTC+11)
  • Afternoon session e.g., 13:30 – 16:45 AEDT
  • Twilight session e.g., 17:00 – 18:30 AEDT
  • Evening session e.g., 19:00-21:00 AEDT.
Time Conversion Table

To register for the Symposium, please click on the buttons below and complete the connected Google Form. The Zoom link for each day of the Symposium will be sent out at a later date.

If you have any questions please send an email to We are also able to accept registrations via email.

Thank you for your interest in the Symposium!

Perhaps if we “dream big” this may be a way of bringing us all together once a year to talk about the things we are passionate about…

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