AgroSpace-MELiSSA workshop
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Register for AgroSpace-MELiSSA workshop 16-18 May, 2018

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The first joint AgroSpace-MELiSSA workshop will take place 16-18 May 2018, highlighting research and development related to life support regenerative systems and fostering collaboration between researchers, companies and public bodies. You are invited to register and consider presenting related research.

The long history and experience of the Agrospace workshop and MELiSSA programme are teaming up to share knowledge on regenerative life support system, and paving the way for the  International development of closed loop systems. 

The 2016 AgroSpace and MELiSSA workshops demonstrated that common fundamentals are shared by these respective research communities, including air, water, waste recycling, food production and preparation, aiming to develop regenerative life support and closed loop systems. As a logical follow-up, the organisers have decided to combine in organising a joint event.

11 main topics have been identified: 

  • Organic wastes processing and refinery                  
  • Urine treatment
  • Water recycling (grey water and condensate)        
  • Edible biomass production
  • Food quality, processing and human nutrition      
  • Physical, chemical and microbial contaminants
  • Modelling and system design
  • Flight experiments and space technology demonstrators
  • Ground demonstration and analogue testing
  • Terrestrial applications
  • Societal impacts and education

Conference Venue

The workshop will be held in Rome, at the Headquarters of the Italian Research Council (CNR).,12.5103243,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x13258f5b10932861:0xa780306d3810fcec!8m2!3d41.9007218!4d12.512513?hl=it

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7,

Draft programme

16 May 2018 17 May 2018 18 May 2018
9H Start 9H Start 9H Start
Official opening and introduction: TBD Main Talk: Thomas Pesquet (EAC) Main Talk :  TBD 
Words from Dr Franco Ongaro, ESA Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality Sessions Sessions
Main Talk: Christophe Lasseur (ESA)
Lunch (1h) Lunch (1h) Lunch (1h)
Sessions Sessions Sessions
Workshop wrap-up and conclusions
18h End 18h End 18h End
Social Dinner

Workshop updates


Confirmed main talks:


May 16,2018:
- Dr Franco Ongaro, ESA Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality
- Dr Christophe Lasseur, ESA, MELiSSA Programme Manager

May 17, 2018:
- Dr Sogo Nakanoya, JAXA, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, Manager for Pressurized Systems and Payloads

May 18, 2018:
- Dr Mark Kliss, NASA Ames Research Center, Space Biosciences Division, Chief of Bioengineering Branch

Confirmed key speakers:

Organic wastes processing and refinery: Dr Joël Doré, INRA France , research director in the Joint Research Unit for Food and Gut Microbiology for Human Health and scientific director of the MetaGenoPolis

Urine treatment: Dr Kai Udert, EAWAG Switzerland, senior scientist in the Process Engineering Department

Physical, chemical and microbial contaminants: Dr Christine Rozand, bioMérieux Inc, Research and Development Senior Doctor Novel Analytical Development

Modelling and system design: Prof. John Doyle, US Caltech, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems Electrical Engineering and BioEngineering

Flight experiments and space technology demonstrators : Cesare Lobascio, Thales Alenia Space Italy, Space Infrastructure Systems Innovation Lead and Expert Life Support and Habitability

Ground demonstration and analogue testing: Prof. Francesc  Gòdia, University Autonoma de Barcelona, Head of the MELiSSA Pilot Plant

Societal impacts and Education: Prof. Valerie Olson, UC Irvine, Department of Anthropology

To be confirmed very soon:
Water recycling (grey water and condensate)
Edible biomass production
Food quality, processing and human nutrition
Terrestrial applications

Call for abstracts

Technical papers and posters addressing the topics of the workshop are welcome.

The submission deadline is 24 January 2018. The abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the outcome communicated to the authors by email by 21 February 2018.


Registration is mandatory and can be done here.

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