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Space summer school

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04/05/2020 - 15/05/2020
SCK CEN Mol
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Boeretang 200
Mol
English

Overview

For more than 15 years, SCK CEN plays an important role in the pioneering research to enable future human space exploration, for example to the Moon or Mars. We are actively contributing to several space flight experiments as well as to numerous Earth-based space analogs.

The space summer school is a multidisciplinary and international learning event for highly-motivated PhD students, early-stage researchers and professionals with a diverse range of educational and professional backgrounds (biomedical scientists, physicists, (bio-)engineers,…) and with an interest in life sciences and physical & medical health challenges associated with human space exploration. It combines theoretical classes, practical exercises and technical visits in several domains related to space research and development. The summer school also gives the opportunity to network with experts in space research.

Topics

  • Impact of the space environment on human health
  • Space radiation, radiation dosimetry and radiation protection
  • Life support and habitation in space
  • Instrumentation, hardware and nuclear energy in space

Audience

The space summer school is aimed at PhD students, as well as early-stage researchers and professionals from industry and agencies, who wish to gain insight in the state of art results in research on space conditions on living matter and materials as well as to discuss the future challenges. A minimum MSc level is required.

The number of participants will be limited to 20.

Programme

The full programme can be downloaded here:

AC_draft programme_Space Summer School_20200504.pdf

Required Knowledge

A minimum MSc level is required. 

Preparation

No specific preparation is needed.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the training course, participants will be able to:

In terms of knowledge:

  • List the impact of space (stressors) on human physiology in space;
  • Explain the biological effects of ionizing radiation;
  • Give examples of the different space radiation resistance mechanisms;
  • Define the control and use of microbes to support human life in space and earth;
  • Define the hardware and instrumentation issues in space;
  • Classify the different space radiation types;
  • Illustrate the radiation detection and shielding principles in space;
  • Analyze results from radiobiological assays on cells of the human immune system;
  • Interpret the different units in radiation dosimetry;
  • Understand and interpret the concepts of radiation protection;
  • Describe the use of nuclear energy in space applications;
  • Explain the characteristics of different Life Support Systems currently used in space;
  • Describe the different space analogs on earth to study space health effects and understand the specific characteristics and advantages of these analogs;
  • Describe how medicine and pharmacology are applied in space.

In terms of skills:

  • Observe the effects of space stressors on cells of the human immune system;
  • Detect radiation with the use of simple dosimeters;
  • Recognize the different Life Support Systems currently used in space;
  • Discuss how Life Support Systems can be based on plants;
  • Produce the methods to monitor microbial contamination during space missions.

Price

Professionals: 2400,00 EUR (VAT included 2904,00 EUR)

Students: 1100,00 EUR (VAT included: 1331,00 EUR)

These prices include courses, lunches at SCK CEN cafeteria, coffee breaks and transport between Corbie hotel and SCK CEN. 

Accommodation is pre-booked at Corbie hotel in Mol from Sunday May 3 until Thursday May 14, 2020 (breakfast included -12 nights).
Hotel booking must be confirmed before April 10, 2020 by email to mol [at] corbiehotel [dot] com and academy [at] sckcen [dot] be.
Please mention your contact data, the check-in and check-out date and the name of the course 'Space summer school'. Indicate whether you wish to stay in a twin (594 EUR) or single (888 EUR) room. In a twin room (2 single beds) you will share the room with a person of the same gender.

Cancellation requests must be sent by email to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be no later than April 20, 2020. No shows and cancellations after deadline will incur the full cost of registration (for summer school and hotel).

Registration for one day: 300 EUR (VAT included 363,00 EUR)

Registration info

You can register online using the registration button above until April 3, 2020.

Cancellation with total refund is only possible until April 20, 2020. Cancellations must be sent via e-mail to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be. 
No shows and cancellations after April 20, 2020 will incur the full cost of registration (course and hotel).

The registration fee for the two-week course includes;

  • Participation to the course, practical exercises and technical visits;
  • Welcome reception on Monday evening May 4, 2020;
  • Coffee breaks and lunches during the course;
  • Training material and documentation;
  • Stargazing evening (depending on the weather conditions);
  • Certificate of attendance.

The registration fee per day includes:

  • Participation to the indicated course day;
  • Coffee breaks and lunche during the course day;
  • Training material and documentation of the attended course day.

SCK CEN reserves the right to cancel a training course or event (e.g. in case of low number of registrations) without reimbursement of already made travel and accommodation arrangements.

Accommodation

Accommodation is pre-booked at Corbie hotel in Mol from Sunday May 3 until Thursday May 14, 2020 (breakfast included -12 nights).

Hotel booking must be confirmed before April 10, 2020 by email to mol [at] corbiehotel [dot] com and academy [at] sckcen [dot] be.
Please mention your contact data, the check-in and check-out date and the name of the course 'Space summer school'. Indicate whether you wish to stay in a twin (594 EUR) or single (888 EUR) room. In a twin room (2 single beds) you will share the room with a person of the same gender.

Cancellation requests must be sent by email to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be no later than April 20, 2020. No shows and cancellations after deadline will incur the full cost of registration (for summer school and hotel).

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