Space Health Symposium Program Page

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.

This is the program page for the inaugural Australian virtual Space Health Symposium (including Human Rights in the Space Environment) held on Monday 5 October and Tuesday 6 October 2020 via Zoom (free registration). The Symposium was jointly sponsored by the ad astra vita project and Mars Society Australia to celebrate World Space Week 2020, and was also supported by the Jus Ad Astra human rights in space project. As the theme of World Space Week this year was #satellites improve life, Space4Health was also one of the featured topics.

On this page you will find the Space Health Symposium Outline Program as well as the souvenir Full Program Booklet which contains the biographies of all the guest speakers and their abstracts.

Further down the page you will find the links for the YouTube videos of each session (coming soon!) and presenter PDFs (where these have been made available). Further PDFs will be added as they become available.

The souvenir Symposium Program Booklet containing a full list of speakers and their biographies and abstracts can be opened and downloaded below.

The key topics for each day were:

Day 1 (Monday 5 October)

  • 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)

  • 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

Links to the available videos and presenter PDFs appear below.

Day 1 Sessions

Day 1 – Opening Session (YouTube Video)
Aude Vignelles (Australian Space Agency): Australian Space Agency Updates
Dr Josef Schmid (NASA): NASA Flight Surgeon: Medicine in Extreme Environments (and Flying with your Patients!)
Professor Andy Koronios (SmartSat CRC): SmartSat CRC: Building the Australian space ecosystem through cooperation, collaboration and partnerships
John Haynes (NASA): Utilizing Earth Observations to Inform Health and Air Quality Management
Dr Helena Chapman (NASA): Using Earth Observations to Enhance Public Health Surveillance

Day 2 – “Space Surgery” Panel Session (Session Chair: Dr Tovy Kamine) (YouTube Video)
Professor George Pantalos (University of Louisville): A brief history of efforts to develop surgical capabilities for exploration spaceflight
Dr Danielle Carroll (University of California): Prophylactic Surgery and Deep Space Travel
Dr Danyal Fer (University of California): How Can We Do Surgery on Mars?
Dr Arthur Formanek (Harvard Medical School): Avoidance of Venous Air Embolism in Spaceflight: Development of a Novel Microgravity Air-Trap
Dr Peter Lee (Brown University): Considerations for the Development of an Advanced Medical and Surgical System for a Future Lunar Base

Day 1 – “How to live on the Moon and Mars” Session (Session Chair: Earl White)
Dr Jonathan Clarke (Mars Society Australia): Selecting sites for the first crewed missions to Mars
Dr Michaela Musilova (HI-SEAS): Missions to the Moon and Mars at the HI-SEAS research station
Guy Murphy (Mars Society Australia):
Expedition Boomerang
Dr James Kurrle: Bridging the gap: bringing space medicine and engineering together at the Mars Desert Research Station
Dr Siddharth Pandey (Amity University, India): Analogue Research in India
Dr Shane Usher (University of Melbourne): “Rowing in Space”: Proposed research at the Institute of Biomedical Problems, Moscow

Day 2 Sessions

Day 2 – “Human Rights in the Space Environment Panel” Session (with members of the Jus Ad Astra Project) (Session Chair: Dr Shane Usher) (YouTube video)

Jonathan Lim: The Right to a Breathable Atmosphere
Andrew Simon-Butler: Freedom of Movement and Mobility Rights in Outer Space
Theodore Nastase: Human rights violations within the Soviet space program

Day 2 – “Space Radiation Research” Panel Session (Session Chair: Dr Jonathan Clarke)
Dr Anne Weiss (Educator Professional Development Specialist, NASA Langley Research Center): Countdown to NASA Artemis – One Small Step to the Moon, One Giant Leap to Mars
Professor Christopher Porada (Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine): TRISH-supported work investigating the effects of Mars mission-relevant doses and ions of simulated space radiation on the hematopoietic and gastrointestinal systems
Dr Daniel Liang (CSIRO): Space Radiation Shielding
Dr Gail Iles (RMIT University):
Lightweight, active shielding technologies to protect astronauts against radiation
Dr Shane Usher (University of Melbourne):
“Radiation, Vacuum and Microgravity”: Addressing the shortcomings of terrestrial space analogues

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