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Dear Science, Medicine & Engineering Students;

My name is Dr Marc Jurblum, I’m a member of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine Space Life Sciences Subcommittee. I’m writing you all this email to share with you the building momentum of the global human spaceflight programs, and the Australian opportunities in the next 6 months to explore the Space sector as part of your future careers.

NASA, China & Russia all have plans for a manned Mars mission in the 2030s and 2040s and in 2015. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Head of the European Space Agency (which offered membership to Australia) declared plans to begin planning a “lunar village” for a similar timeframe. In his talk, Director Wörner said “The future of spaceflight is too much for any one country. Our progress will need to be one of international cooperation.” Demonstrating that in order to function, a foundation of the Space Sector is the ongoing development of international and multicultural cooperation. Australian scientists & business start-ups have been enthusiastic participants in this new period of growth, and the Government has responded to this in recent months by starting an inquiry into an Australian Space Agency.

Space research brings together development of self-sustaining eco-systems and sustainability technology, a need for a deeper understanding of human health, physiology and psychology and many other fields from biotechnology, human-centred engineering, Earth sciences, Space Law and NewSpace commercial spaceflight. With commercially run crew flights beginning this year, reusable rocket technology and Mars Analogue Studies like HISEAS and MDRS being run around the world, the opportunities in Space Physiology, Biomedical technology, Engineering and Space Medicine are coming thick and fast.

Having set the world stage, we are keen to invite you all to several upcoming opportunities here in Australia to check out as you begin your careers and consider a role as part of the “Mars Generation”.

Space Medicine Australia Network

All students are invited to join the Space Medicine Australia Network on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The new network is designed to connect students, researchers and clinicians together in a cohesive network with the intent of encouraging career support, professional relationships and putting students in contact with potential supervisors across a range of fields.

We are attempting to bring health professionals & researchers of all streams together to support Australia’s national contribution to international research efforts.



Free Public Lecture: Space Medicine on the International Space Station

“Building a Better Sickbay for Dr McCoy: The Design of a Medical System for the International Space Station” – Dr Kira Bacal

26/8/2017 7pm-8pm
The Heritage Room – Rendezvous Hotel
328 Flinders St Melbourne.

You are all invited to a lecture being presented by the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine Space Life Sciences Committee where Dr Kira Bacal, formerly of Johnson Space Centre will be presenting a one hour lecture.

Dr Bacal’s Bio:

ASAM Humans in Space: Challenges for Exploration – Space Medicine Course

An introductory course in Space Medicine run by the Australasian Aerospace Medical Society (ASAM) with guest lecturers from NASA and the Australian Antarctic Division’s Polar Medicine Department. 

August 27-29

Rendezvous Hotel, 

328 Flinders St Melbourne

The public lecture is running alongside the HiS course, intended to introduce scientists, students and healthcare professionals to extreme environment medicine and encourage careers and research interests across Space, Aerospace and Polar Medicine in Australia.

We are incredibly lucky that this course’s main faculty include Astronaut/Physician Dr Robert Thirsk, Physiologist Gilles Clement who has run human physiology experiments on every space station since Russian Salyut in the 1980s and literally wrote the textbook on Space Medicine and NASA space systems engineer & lecturer Angie Buckley of the International Space University.

The course is intended to give insight into careers in space medicine and space physiology research and will touch on Australian projects such as Australian Antarctic Division Telemedicine, sleep physiology in extreme environments and spacesuit design. There will also be a broad discussion of the next few decades of Space Medicine research supporting Human Mars spaceflight in the 2030-40s.

The course is quite expensive for students so those interested may contact ASAM to inquire about student scholarship rates which may be available. I have attached the PDF flyer for the course.

Space Generation Congress 2017

Space Generation Advisory Council

21-23 September 2017

Adelaide, Australia

In association with the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, the Space Generation Advisory Council is a global non-government Young professional’s organisation which represents university students and young space professions and supports active participation in research, workshops and involvement with United Nations Space Policy activities.

International Astronautical Conference 2017, Adelaide Australia

25-29 September 2017

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide

The biggest human spaceflight research conference in the world is in Australia this year. With plenary discussion panel by the heads of the world’s major space agencies as well as a multitude of others by current Astronauts and Scientists and NewSpace entrepreneurs from across the Space sector.

With hundreds of talks applicable to all fields from Life Sciences to Engineering, Space Law, Commercial companies and Astronomy/Earth Sciences. Recently announced, Elon Musk of SpaceX will be presenting his Mars Transport System v2 plan for the early 2030s at the conference this year.

Student rates are available. Some of the program will be streamed over the internet.

Technical Program:

YouTube Channel:

International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP)

Scholarships now available

5 week course, January 2018

University of South Australia, Adelaide

The International Space University, based in Strasbourg, France has a longstanding reputation for its involvement with NASA, the European Space Agency and Russia’s ROSCOSMOS.

The SHSSP program is an intensive, five week, live-in experience in Adelaide at the University of South Australia Mawson Lakes campus based on the international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary educational philosophy for which the International Space University (ISU) is renowned. It involves participants from all over the world including undergraduates, researchers and young professionals.

The program provides a holistic understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today’s space professionals, including

  • space science and exploration
  • space applications and services
  • space security
  • human spaceflight and life sciences
  • space systems engineering and technologies
  • space policy and economics
  • space business and project management and
  • space law and regulatory issues

For scholarship forms shoot us an email and we will send one through 🙂