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BEEP - Biology for human space exploration

Beep - Seasonal School


Deadline for registration

June 10th, 2024

The outcome of the application will be communicated to all candidates by email after the deadline.


July 22nd-26th, 2024

Learning objectives

The Seasonal School will offer an overview of specific topics of experimental biology and biomedicine in support of human exploration of space.
With the dawn of commercial access and exploitation of space, the major space agencies including the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency are planning, with industrial support and investments, outposts for human crews to live and work in space.
This course represents a unique opportunity to learn about how space exploration has provided experimental biology a new and unprecedented way to study life, and also will highlight the most compelling issues for a safe and productive inhabiting of space.
Moreover, since space exploration is by definition a collective endeavor, it will be discuss how work in space may represent an inclusive opportunity.

Teaching methodologies

Multidisciplinary seminars and lecturers from Academia as well as from space agency and industry will introduce the most critical biomedical challenges to human space exploration, in a lively, interactive environment. Topics include gravitational biology, with reference to molecular and cell biology for microgravity and hypergravity; physiology and chronobiology in extreme environments; ground simulations of microgravity; hybernation for long duration missions; a broad overview of life support systems: from robotics applied to telemedicine for remote medical interventions, to production of vegetable foods, fertilization of extraterrestrial soil, architectures for humans on celestial bodies. A site visit to Kayser Italia, srl (Livorno) will end the course, with demonstration of hardware and software for biology and physiology experiments in space missions.

Who should attend this Seasonal School

Undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students from different backgrounds (e.g. biology, medicine, engineering) who are interested in understanding the key issues of biology and biomedicine in support of human space exploration.

About us

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