Space summer school

May 4 - 15, 2020   Mol (BELGIUM)

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.