Paving the road
to living in space
Asgardia’s First Space Science
AND Investment Congress
Asgardia moon congress


Conference centre of Best Western, Am Kavalleriesand 6, 64295 Darmstadt, Germany

The vision behind the first Asgardia Space Science and Investment Congress is to bring 250 people together from academia, aerospace industry, as well as investors, who are eager to shape the future for living in space. The time has come to create space environments besides the ISS where humans can live for extended periods. The congress will focus on the science and technology required to support these first permanent space habitats, including:

  • Overcoming cosmic radiation /
  • Living in artificial and lunar gravity /
  • Procreation and growing up in space

Other topics include life support systems, space tourism, energy harvesting, recycling, human performance, commercial space transportation, space physiology, new materials, space architecture, counter measures, astrobiology, water and oxygen supply, space debris, space weather.

ASIC offers a unique new forum to bring together experts and scientists from multiple disciplines, from all space agencies, universities and industries worldwide, to address these challenges as we look towards the future of humanity. The congress is for everyone who is curious about human spaceflight and paving the road towards permanent space inhabitation. The programme will include topic-led sessions with top level key-note lectures, panel discussions, and individual lectures/presentations. There will also be poster areas in which PhD students and others are encouraged to present their work.

Congress Registration Fee

The registration fee grants you participation to all scientific sessions during the three days of the congress, food and drinks during the breaks as well as the Gala Dinner. Congress participants also receive special accommodation deals.

Prof. Floris Wuyts
President of the Congress
University of Antwerp, Belgium
Dr. Luca Sorriso-Valvo
Science Committee Chair
National polytechnic Institute, Equador
Frank de Winne (Belgium)
Astronaut, Head of European Astronaut Center
Bob Thirsk (CANADA)
Astronaut, CSA
Dr. Elena Tomilovskaja (Russia)
Russian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Sayaka Wakayama (Japan)
University of Yamanashi
Frank Preud'homme (Belgium)
Sales & Business Development Director, QinetiQ Space
DR. Mark Shelhamer (USA)
Former NASA Chief Scientist Human Research Program
Dr. Walter Tinganelli (Germany)
Clinical Radiobiology Group Leader, GSI Helmholtz Centre
Prof. Laurence Young (USA)
MIT, Professor of Astronautics
DR. Satoshi Iwase (Japan)
Professor, Aichi Medical University
Dr. Klaus Slenzka (Germany)
Head of OHB Life Sciences - Chief Scientist of the Blue Horizon Companies
Prof. Ram Jakhu (Canada)
McGill University
Mark Boggett (UK)
CEO, Seraphim Capital
PD Dr. Christine Hellweg (Germany)
Head of the Biology Radiation Department, German Aerospace Center
Dr. Mark Belakovsky (Russia)
Russian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Dr Sarah Baatout (Belgium)
Head of the Radiobiology Unit, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre
Dr. Michael Gillon (Belgium)
Astrobiology Research Unit, University of Liege
Markus Blase (UK)
Evolution Financial Services
Jeffrey Manber (USA)
Nanoracks, CEO
Dr. Joseph Parker (USA)
Chief Science Officer of Advanced Research Concepts Ltd
Achim Schwarzwälder (GERMANY)
Space Cargo Unlimited, Head of Space Operations
Prof. Jeffrey Alberts (USA)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Preliminary programme

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
09:00 – 13:00
Arrival and registration at the venue Best Western Plaza, Darmstadt
13:00 – 14:00
Opening ceremony
14:00 – 14:30
Keynote: Artificial Gravity overview
Speaker Prof. Laurence Young, MIT, USA
14:30 – 14:50
Keynote: The gravity continuum
Speaker Dr. Jack Van Loon, the Netherlands
14:50 – 15:05
Investigation of The Coriolis Effect in Rotating Space Platforms for Space travel
Speaker Tigran Mkhoyan, the Netherlands
15:05 – 15:35
Keynote: Artificial gravity on-board the ISS
Speaker Prof. Satoshi Iwase, Japan
15:35 – 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30
Keynote: Procreation in space – results of an experiment in the ISS
Speaker Dr. Sayaka Wakayama, Japan
16:30 – 16:45
Missions planned for human conception and childbirth in space
Speaker Dr. Egbert Edelbroek, the Netherlands
16:45 – 17:20
Keynote: Protection necessary to gestate and raise children in orbital or lunar colonies
Speaker Dr. Joseph Parker, CSO Advanced Research Concepts Ltd, USA
17:20 – 17:45
Keynote: Life Cycles in Space — considerations on leaving “Cradle Earth”
Speaker Prof. Jeffrey Alberts, USA
17:45 – 18:15
Round table: Procreation in space
18:15 – 19:00
Posters and drinks-get together
09:00 – 09:25
Keynote: Manual for scientists to approach investors
Speaker Marcus Blase, UK
09:25 – 10:05
Keynote: Venture investment in space tech
Speaker Mark Boggett, CEO of Seraphim Capital, UK
10:05 – 10:35
Round table: The problems of investing in long term space projects
Moderator Achim Schwarzwälder, Germany
10:35 – 11:00
Coffee break.
11:00 – 11:20
Keynote: LEO and Columbus 2030
Speaker Frank De Winne, astronaut, Belgium
11:20 – 11:45
Keynote: Space law anno 2019
Speaker Prof. Ram Jakhu, Canada
11:45 – 12:05
Space issues and rights
Speaker Angela Dennis, Australia
12:05 – 12:20
Round table on Space Law
12:20 – 14:00
Lunch break. Group picture.
14:00 – 14:15
Award ceremony.
14.15 – 14.35
Keynote: Exoplanets
Speaker Dr. Michael Gillon, Belgium
14:35 – 15:00
Keynote: ISS 6 months of hazardous life in space
Speaker Dr. Robert Thirsk, Canada
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00
Keynote: Life support systems in space
Speaker Frank Preud'homme, Commercial Director of QinetiQ Space, Belgium
16:00 – 16:25
Keynote: Bioregenerative Life Support – status and future requirements for living off-Earth
Speaker Dr. Klaus Slenzka, Business unit head in OHB, Germany
16:25 – 17:00
Keynote: Populating the Solar System with commercial in-space laboratories
Speaker Dr. Jeffrey Manber, CEO of Nanoracks, USA
17:00 – 17:30
Round table: Life support systems in Space
17:30 – 18:30
20:00 – 23:00
Gala dinner (Orangerie)
09:00 – 09:25
Keynote: Effect of spaceflight on human performance
Speaker Dr. Elena Tomilovskaya, IBMP, Russia
09:25 – 09:50
Keynote: Human physiology affected by spaceflight
Speaker Dr. Mark Shelhamer, Former NASA chief scientist, USA
09:50 – 10:05
Effect of space on the human brain
Speaker Steven Jillings, Belgium
10:05 – 10:30
Round table. Spaceflight and human physiology
Moderator Dr. Mark Belakovsky, Russia
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break.
11:00 – 11:25
Keynote: The Space Habitat Guidebook — Chapter Space Radiation Effects
Speaker PD Dr. Christine Hellweg, DLR, Germany
11:25 – 11:50
Keynote: Protection against space radiation
Speaker Prof. Sarah Baatout, SCK, Belgium
11:50 – 12:15
Keynote: Could the Synthetic Hibernation be used as an alternative method to overcome the space radiation issue?
Speaker Dr. Walter Tinganelli, Clinical Radiobiology Head in GSI, Germany
12:15 – 12:30
The combined effect of psychological stress, ionizing radiation and microgravity: hind limb unloading animal model in mice
Speaker Bjorn Baselet, SCK, Belgium
12:30 – 13:00
Round table on Radiation
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 – 14:25
Understanding Gravitational Dose Responses on Human Physiological Function using Ground Analogs
Speaker Ana Diaz Artiles, Texas University, USA
14:25 – 14:40
Artificial Gravity experiments
Speaker Ilya Gulko, USA
14:40 – 14:55
Abstract TBD
14:55 – 15:10
Abstract TBD
15:10 – 15:30
Abstract TBD
Closing of the congress

Abstract Submission

You are invited to submit a paper for presentation at the congress. A one-page abstract of maximum 500 words is needed.
Student papers are welcomed and encouraged.

Please indicate if you prefer poster or oral presentation.
Posters should be max 1.2m width x 1.5m height . Minimum size is A1 .

Submit an Abstract

Science Committee

Dr. Luca Sorriso-Valvo, EQ - Chair
Marco Durante, GER
David Green, UK
Jack Van Loon, NL
Jeremy Saget, Fr
Victor Demaria-Pesce, Fr
Clive Simpson, UK