More than 200 ISU Alumni at IAC19 in Washington DC

The International Astronautical Congress IAC has been a major opportunity for ISU to showcase its growing alumni base: dozens of them presented papers with strong connections to recent Team Projects. Here is a summary of the most salient highlights of the week.

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Research lunches at ISU – come and discuss the latest space research!

The Central Campus of the International Space University ISU has started a new seminar series to discuss research related to space, performed within its walls, on the Parc d’Innovation d’Illkirch-Graffenstaden, or by our visitors and lecturers. Please join us for informal discussions!

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ISU Alumnus Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu Nominated SHSSP20 & SSP20 Director

The International Space University ISU is pleased to announce the appointment of Arif Göktuğ Karacalıoğlu as director of the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program SHSSP 2020 and Space Studies Program SSP 2020. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this demanding role.

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The ISU’s 28th Space Studies Program is kicking off, on Monday 8th June at 17.30 EDT, on Ohio University Campus, Walter Hall Rotunda! SSP15 is drawing more than 110 participants from 30 countries – and 150 more faculty members – to Athens, Ohio, from June 8-August 7, 2015.

They are engineers, scientists, and legal and medical professionals, from government and space agencies, academia and aerospace companies.

According to SSP15 director John Connolly, who was most recently NASA’s chief exploration scientist:
“We're now in the transformation from years of planning to nine weeks of intense activity. Along the way, we'll invite the OHIO community to join us at special events with astronauts and the heads of space agencies, and noted scientists, space entrepreneurs, film makers, authors and rocket scientists from around the world,” Connolly said. “After our program ‘blasts off’ June 8, our international, interdisciplinary and intercultural ‘crew’ will spend two months absorbing both their space studies as well as the American hospitality of southern Ohio.”

Additional Opening Ceremony speakers include:

• Sunita L. Williams, Captain, U.S. Navy; Astronaut, NASA
• Walter Peeters, President, ISU
• Roderick McDavis, President of Ohio University
• James Free, Director of NASA Glenn Research Center
• Dennis Irwin, Dean of Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Ohio University
• Peter Diamandis, Co-founder of ISU

ISU is a beacon that attracts people from all countries who are interested in dedicating their lives to pursuing careers in space. It brings them together in one place to meet and learn about the latest cutting edge developments in space.

Recent SSP sessions have convened in Montreal, Strasbourg, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Barcelona and Beijing. SSP16 will be held in Haifa, Israel; and SSP17 will be held in Cork, Ireland.
The conference partner is NASA Glenn Research Center. The prime sponsor is NASA. Major sponsors include Aerospace Corporation, Boeing, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, the Chinese Aerospace Corporation, the European Space Agency, the Indian Space Research Organization, Lockheed Martin Corporation and the UK Space Agency.

A live webcast of SSP15 opening ceremony is available under

For more information about ISU SSP15, visit


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