International Space University // SSP06 Space Studies Program, Strasbourg FR 2006
International Space University
Pôle Universitaire Européen de Strasbourg, France
Summer Session Program SSP06
From July 3 to September 1, 2006, the 19th Summer Session Program (SSP) was held for the 3rd time in its history in the beautiful city of Strasbourg. The 104 enthusiastic participants had backgrounds ranging from physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, information technology, business and management, policy and law, humanities, space applications and architecture with over 53% of them possessing masters or doctorate degrees. Their ages ranged from 20 to 52 years old (with an average age of 30) and this summer 30% of the class was female.
The SSP is an intensive mix of lectures, hands-on activities, professional visits, panel discussions, team projects, workshops, theme days, and assignments. It has been held annually since 1988, in partnership with educational and research institutions around the world. ISU also delivers Masters and professional development programs at the graduate level. All programs reflect the '3I' educational philosophy - interdisciplinary, international and inter-cultural. Additionally ISU graduates are introduced to a strong professional network of more than 2400 ISU alumni in 93 countries.
The nine-week curriculum included a series of core lectures (60 hours), panel discussions (9 hours) and theme days (7 hours) with distinguished speakers, hands-on workshops (33 hours), departmental activities and professional visits in one discipline of choice (33 hours), and culminating in team project work (at least 122 hours).
Participants interacted with over 170 faculty members, visiting lecturers and teaching associates from ISU's own teaching staff, but also from other universities, governments, space agencies and space industry around the world. These experts contributed to the curriculum with lectures, panel discussions, project review boards, workshops and hosting professional visits.
Teams of 30 to 40 worked in an interdisciplinary environment to produce a comprehensive professional level report, present and publish it.
TP Luna Gaia: A closed loop habitat for the Moon.
TP SOL: Earth Observation Systems for Small Countries and Regions
TP MINI: Micro and Nanotechnology Initiative
International Astronaut Panel - 11 July 2006 Astronauts Oleg Atkov, Jeffrey Hoffman, Yang Liwei, Andre Kuiper, Chiaki Mukai & Robert Thirsk
Electro-oculography (Spin the chair experiments) Dr. Sarah Jane Pell (AU), Tim Roediger (DE) Dr. Shabnam Oslatti (US) Dr. James Chartres (AU) Dr. Jessica Scott (CA) Dr. Noriyuki Onoue (JP). ISU SSP06 Life Sciences Practical Laboratory, led by Dr. Jeffrey Jones JSC NASA.