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



Paving the Road to Living in Space: Asgardia Science & Investment Congress 2019 Wraps Up

The third day of the first Asgardia Space Science and Investment Congress (ASIC) focused on issues that are key ...


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 program 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.

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 Chief Scientist of the NASA 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
Achim Schwarzwälder (GERMANY)
Space Cargo Unlimited, Head of Space Operations
Prof. Jeffrey Alberts (USA)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington
Dr. Jack Van Loon (Netherlands)
Amsterdam University Medical Center


Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Time (GMT+2)
09:00 – 13:00
Arrival and registration at the venue Best Western Plaza, Darmstadt
13:00 – 13:30
Opening ceremony
Artificial Gravity Session
Chairperson: Prof. Ana Diaz Artiles, Texas A&M University, USA
13:30 – 14:00
Keynote: Artificial Gravity – an overall antidote?
Speaker Prof. Laurence Young, MIT, Boston, USA
14:00 – 14:30
Keynote: The gravity continuum
Speaker Dr. Jack Van Loon, Amsterdam University Medical Center, the Netherlands
14:30 – 14:40
Investigation of The Coriolis Effect in Rotating Space Platforms for Space travel
Speaker Tigran Mkhoyan, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
14:40 – 15:10
Keynote: Artificial gravity on-board the ISS
Speaker Prof. Satoshi Iwase, Aichi Medical University, Japan
15:10 – 15:30
Round table on Artificial Gravity
Moderator Prof. Ana Diaz Artilles
15:30 – 15:50
Coffee break
Procreation in Space Session
Chairperson: Prof. Jeffrey Alberts, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
15:50 – 16:20
Keynote: Effect of space environment on mammalian reproduction
Speaker Dr. Sayaka Wakayama, University of Yamanashi, Japan
16:20 – 16:30
Missions planned for human conception and childbirth in space
Speaker Dr. Egbert Edelbroek, CEO & Founder SpaceBorn United, the Netherlands
16:30 – 17:00
Keynote: Life Cycles in Space — considerations on leaving “Cradle Earth”
Speaker Prof. Jeffrey Alberts, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
17:00 – 17:30
Round table: Procreation in space
Moderator Prof. Jeffrey Alberts
17:30 – 19:00
Posters and drinks-get together
Time (GMT+2)
Session on Investors
Chairperson: Achim Schwarzwälder, Space Cargo Unlimited, Germany
09:00 – 09:30
Keynote: Manual for scientists to approach investors
Speaker Marcus Blase, Evolution Financial Services, Harrow, UK
09:30 – 10:00
Keynote: Venture investment in space tech
Speaker Mark Boggett, CEO of Seraphim Capital, London, UK
10:00 – 10:30
Round table: The problems of investing in long term space projects
Moderator Achim Schwarzwälder, Space Cargo Unlimited, Germany
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break.
Session on Manufacture and Industry
Chairperson: Dr. Jeffrey Manber, CEO of Nanoracks, USA
11:00 – 11:30
Keynote: Life support systems in space
Speaker Frank Preud’homme, Qinetic Space, Antwerp, Belgium
11:30 – 12:00
Keynote: Bioregenerative Life Support – status and future requirements for living off-Earth
Speaker Klaus Slenzka, Business unit head in OHB, Bremen, Germany
12:00 – 12:10
LAPLaS (Laser Ablation Propulsion Launch System) a disruptive solution for SSTO on-demand low cost and safe access to space
Speaker Iouri Pigulevski, DLTECH Institute, Switzerland
12:10 – 12:40
Populating the Solar System with commercial in-space laboratories
Speaker Dr. Jeffrey Manber, CEO of Nanoracks, Texas, USA
12:40 – 13:00
Round table “Life support systems in Space”
Moderator Jeffrey Manber
13:00 – 13:05
Group picture
13:05 – 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 – 14:25
Award ceremony
General Session
Chairperson: Dr. Luca Sorriso, National Polytechnic Institute, Equador
14:25 – 14:55
Keynote: ISS — 6 months of living and working in space
Speaker Dr. Robert Thirsk, Astronaut, Canada
14:55 – 15:25
Keynote: Exoplanets
Speaker Dr. Michael Gillon, University of Liege, Belgium
15:25 – 15:40
Keynote: Biomedical research in Space and on Earth
Speaker Dr. Mark Belakovsky, Deputy Director of Institute for Biomedical Problems, Moscow, Russia
15:40 – 16:00
Coffee break
Space Law and LEO Session
Chairperson: Gennaro Russo, Center for Near Space, Naples, Italy
16:00 – 16:30
Keynote: LEO and Columbus 2030
Speaker Frank De Winne, astronaut, Belgium
16:30 – 17:00
Keynote: Space law anno 2019
Speaker Prof. Ram Jakhu, McGill University, Canada
17:00 – 17:30
Round table on Space Law
Moderator Gennaro Russo
17:30 – 18:30
Posters and drinks
19:15 – 19:45
Transportation to the gala dinner
19:45 – 23:00
Gala dinner at the Orangerie
Time (GMT+2)
Session on Space Physiology
Chairperson: Dr. Mark Belakovsky, Deputy Head of Institute for Biomedical Problems, Moscow, Russia
09:00 – 09:30
Keynote: Effect of spaceflight on human performance
Speaker Dr. Elena Tomilovksaya, Institute for Biomedical Problems, Moscow, Russia
09:30 – 10:00
Keynote: Human physiology affected by spaceflight
Speaker Dr. Mark Shelhamer, Former Chief Scientist of the NASA Human Research Program, USA
10:00 – 10:10
Effect of space on the human brain
Speaker Steven Jillings, LEIA, University of Antwerp, Belgium
10:10 – 10:30
Round table “Spaceflight and human physiology”
Moderator Dr. Mark Belakovsky
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
Session on Radiation
Chairperson: Prof. Sarah Baatout, SCK-CEN, Mol, Belgium
11:00 – 11:30
Keynote: The Space Habitat Guidebook — Chapter Space Radiation Effects
Speaker PD Dr. Christine Hellweg, DLR, Germany
11:30 – 12:00
Keynote: Protection against space radiation
Speaker Prof. Sarah Baatout, SCK-CEN, Mol, Belgium
12:00 – 12:30
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, Darmstadt, Germany
12:30 – 12:40
The combined effect of psychological stress, ionizing radiation and microgravity: hind limb unloading animal model in mice
Speaker Bjorn Baselet, SCK-CEN, Mol, Belgium
12:40 – 12:50
Physical treatment of Salmonella enterica hadar disrupts key aggregation processes
Speaker Dr. Nissem Abdeljelil, Faculty of Medicine, Sousse, Tunisia
12:50 – 13:10
Round table on Radiation
Moderator Prof. Sarah Baatout
13:10 – 14:00
Lunch break
General Session
Chairperson: Dr. Mark Shelhamer, Former Chief Scientist of the NASA Human Research Program, USA
14:00 – 14:25
Understanding Gravitational Dose Responses on Human Physiological Function using Ground Analogs
Speaker Prof. Ana Diaz Artiles, Texas A&M University, USA
14:25 – 14:40
Small-Scale Experimental Artificial Gravity Space Station in Earth Orbit
Speaker Ilya Gulko, Ohio State University, USA
14:40 – 14:55
Underground analogs for human planetary exploration: the Astroland Agency experience
Speaker Gabriel de la Torre, University of Cadiz, Spain
14:55 – 15:10
LiDis I/II – A Universal Spaceship Design Concept
Speaker Christian Zschoch, Projekt Spaceship, Germany
15:10 — 15:25
Space Colony Swarm Architecture
Speaker Jacob Mulder, MADmelange, the Netherlands
15:25 — 15:40
Expansion of Humanity in Space: The Cislunar City and the New Paradigm of OrbiTecture
Speaker Gennaro Russo, Center for Near Space, Naples, Italy
Closing of the congress

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