IMP Keynote Seminar - European Research in Space: the ELIPS programme of ESA


Sanderson CR3


Friday, March 21, 2014 - 15:30

ESA runs the European Life and Physical Sciences in Space programme on behalf of its member states. The programme addresses a vast variety of topics in life sciences, including the reaction of living organisms - from cells to  astronauts - to the space environment (reduced gravity, radiation etc.). In physical sciences, the programme spans solar physics, atmospheric physics, fundamental physics, fluid physics and materials sciences. Gravity has a pervasive effect on a variety of physical processes and experimenting under reduced gravity conditions enables scientists to accede to regimes and conditions not achievable on Earth.
Dr. Minster will provide a brief overview of the programme and delve into some details of prominent projects and results in physical sciences and future perspectives in basic and applied research, utilising the International Space Station in particular.

Dr. Minster has a background in physics and holds a PhD in Materials Sciences. European by heart, he joined ESA in 1988 to support the scientific coordination of the ESA research in space programme.  He currently heads the Physical Sciences Unit in the Human Spaceflight and Operations Directorate at the ESA Technical Centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Dr Olivier Minster
Dr Olivier Minster, Physical Sciences Unit, Human Spaceflight and Operations Directorate, ESA (The Netherlands)

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