We are pleased to invite you to the Skoltech Seminar.
And this week: “The DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine – Ready for the Future”.
Who: Prof. Rupert Gerzer
When: January 29, 2015; 14.30 – 16.00
Where: Beijing-2 Auditorium, China cluster; Skolkovo School of Management
To prepare for future challenges of human spaceflight and to better link space and terrestrial medicine, the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the German Aerospace Center has recently opened a novel research facility termed :envihab (www.dlr.de/me/envihab). This facility contains a worldwide unique combination of laboratories for studies on humans and can serve as a terrestrial analog facility to space stations. In addition, a local, regional, and global network of collaborations as well as a special Ph.D. program (www.dlr.de/me/spacelife), in which students from several countries as well as a variety of universities participate, are strengthening the ties between the Institute and its partners. All these activities have led to a strong increase in scientific output of the Institute during recent years (www.dlr.de/me/en).
Some of these successes include the participation in the radiation dosimetry on Mars through participation in the NASA Curiosity program, the participation in the MARS 500 study of IMBP in Moscow, direct collaborations with international partners on the topic of intracranial pressure and vision problems of astronauts, or the international collaborations with the DLR-coordinated facility MATROSHKA for radiation dosimetry in space. With :envihab it was recently also possible for the first time to host a Western European Astronaut in Western Europe for rehabilitation after his return from the International Space Station.
It is assumed that this way to concentrate on important challenges of the future, to link up with leading local and global institutions and especially to invest in educating highly-motivated talented young professionals, is an approach that can also be applied to other fields
Rupert Gerzer is Director of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Professor and Chairman of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Aachen, Germany, since 1992. He is also Head of the University Council of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhine-Sieg, Germany (www.h-brs.de/en), and is on the Board of Directors of the Scientific Council of the City of Cologne, Germany (www.koelner-wissenschaftsrunde.de/cologne-city-of-science/?lang=en). He is Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA; www.iaaweb.org), Member of the Medical Advisory Board to the German Minister of Defense and is Co-Editor of Acta Astronautica.
He received the Life Sciences Award of IAA in 2003, the Leonov Medal of the Association of Space Explorers in 2013, and the Gagarin Medal from the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics in 2014.
* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.