peetersProf. Walter Peeters
Space Business and Management

Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, MBA (University of Louvain, Belgium), Doctorate of Engineering in Industrial Organisation (Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands).


Has been with ESA since 1983 after initial activities in industry (construction, petrochemical). In ESA : project control and coordination on the Hermes project and the EUROMIR flights with Russia, among others. Former Head of the Coordination Office of the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.

Lecturer in Space Marketing (Technical University of Delft) and former visiting professor in Non-profit Marketing (Catholic University of Louvain).

Publications include:

Peeters W.A. and in 't Veld J., The Use of Alternate Contract Types in Europe as Protection Against Overruns. National Contracts Management Journal, Vol. 23 (1), pp. 23-34, 1989.

Peeters W.A., Incentives in Government Procurement Contracts. Public Procurement Law Review, No. 4, 1993.

Peeters W.A. and Sciacovelli S., Communication related aspects in Multinational Missions. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 49, pp. 113-120, 1996.

Peeters W.A., Astronaut Support during Euromir 95. In "Euromir 95" ESA-SP-396, pp. 57-62, Aug. 1996.

Willekens P. and Peeters W.A., Space Marketing, ESA bulletin No. 94, pp. 88-94, May 1998.

Peeters W.A., The International Space Station: An affordable step into the orbit. Journal of University of Applied Sciences, Mittweida No. 3, pp. 35-42, 1999.

Peeters W.A., Financing of Space Programmes : Future Trends. Paper presented at Fourth International ZPK Symposium (Russia). March 2000.

Peeters W.A., Utilisation Aspects of ISS. Proceedings of the Project 2001 Workshop on the International Space Station (Berlin). pp. 31-38, June 2000.

Peeters W.A., Space Marketing. A European Perspective. (Kluwer publ., Dordrecht/Boston), 340p. (ISBN 0-7923-6744-8), 2000.

Peeters, W., International Space Cooperation: Economy As A Main Driver. Ad Astra, July-August 2001, pp. 19-23.

Peeters, W., Marketing the Commercial Exploitation of Space Stations. Paper presented at IBA Conference, Cancun, 30 Oct. 2001.

Other Activities:

Member, Project 2001 Working Group (Commercialisation of Space Stations)

Co-chairman of WSC session (Houston, 2002)

dedalmauMr. Juan de Dalmau

Juan de Dalmau was selected President of the International Space University (ISU) and took office in September 2018. He brings a multidisciplinary background in mechanical engineering, business administration, space studies, and languages, as well as over 35 years of international management experience in engineering, operations, technology development, education and communications.

He has worked in the private sector, in university and in space agencies. He attended ISU’s Space Studies Program (SSP) in 1989 thanks to a joint scholarship from the French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

He retired from ESA in July 2018.


hillDr. Hugh Hill
Space Science

B.A. Physics and Computing, The Open University, U.K.
M.Sc. (by research) Meteoritics, University of Dublin (Trinity College)
Ph.D. Astronomy, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale/CNRS, Orsay, and Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris


National Academy of Sciences Resident Research Associate, Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, U.S.A. (1999-2002)
Associate Lecturer (Astronomy and Planetary Science) and Adviser for The Open University (1995-1998)
Visiting Researcher, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris (1994)
Staff member, Armagh Planetarium, Ireland (1986-1994)

Research and teaching interests:

(i) Laboratory Astrophysics especially synthesizing and characterizing interstellar dust grain analogs; (ii) Nebular and protoplanetary physics and chemistry especially relating to Herbig Ae/Be stars; (iii) Solid-state physics especially nanophysics of diamond, silicates, and oxides; (iv) Astrobiology including panspermia theory, prebiotic chemistry and the origin of life; (v) Meteoritics including presolar grains, interplanetary dust particles and cometary chemistry; (vi) Experimental microgravity; and (vii) Educational outreach and long-distance learning development.

Publications include:

Dai, Z. R., Bradley, J. P., Joswiak, D. J., Brownlee, D. E., Hill, H. G. M. and Genge, M. M. (2002). Possible in situ formation of meteoritic nanodiamonds in the early solar system. Nature, 418, 157-159.

Nuth, J. A., Rietmeijer, F. J. M. and Hill, H.G.M. (2002) Condensation Processes in Astrophysical Environments: The Composition and Structure of Cometary Grains. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 37, 1579-1590.

Hill, H.G.M. and Nuth, J.A. (2003). The catalytic potential of cosmic dust: Implications for prebiotic chemistry in the solar nebula and other protoplanetary systems, Astrobiology, 3, 2, 291-304.

Jones, A.T., d'Hendecourt, L.B., Sheu, S.-Y., Chang, H.-C., Cheng, C.-L and Hill H.G.M. (2004). Surface C-H stretching features on meteoritic nanodiamonds. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 416, 235-241.

Nuth, J.A. and Hill, H.G.M. (2004). Planetary accretion, oxygen isotopes and the central limit theorem. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 39, 1-9.

Hadamcik, E, Renard, J.-B., Rietmeijer, F.J.M., Levasseur-Regourd, A.C., Hill, H.G.M., Karner, J.M. and Nuth, J.A. (2007). Light scattering by fluffy Mg-Fe-SiO and C mixtures as cometary analogs (PROGRA2 experiment). Icarus (accepted for publication).

Other activities:

Evaluator for various NASA-funded proposals, e.g. NASA's Astrobiology Institute (NAI). Referee for eight peer-reviewed journals including Astronomy & Astrophysics, Astrobiology, and Nature.
Member of several scholarly organizations including the Meteoritical Society and the European Astrobiology Network Association.

nakaharaMr. Junijiro Nakahara
JAXA Visiting Professor - Space Engineering
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology
Master of Information Technology, Kyushu University


Has been with NASDA/JAXA since 1976.
Engineering management of satellite ground system and satellite development (1976-1987)
Project management of Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) operations system (control system, training system, engineering support system, etc) development and others (1988-2004)
Deputy project manager for JEM (operation) (2002-2004)
Director of Consolidated Space Tracking and Data Acquisition Department (2005-2008)
Director of Tsukuba Space Center (2008-2009)

Research and teaching interests:

Space system engineering

Publications include:

Space Suits Structure and Extravehicular Activity (Japanese); Journal of the Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan Vol. 56 No.1 pp25-28, 2000
Space Suits Structure and Extravehicular Activity (Japanese); Journal of the Textile Machinery Society of Japan Vol.54 No.10 pp401-407, 2001
JEM Operations Training System Development; ISTS-f-25, May 2002, Matsue, Japan
Robotics Training for International Space Station; ISTS-f-33, May 2002, Matsue, Japan
Operation of Japanese Experiment Module “KIBO” and Operations System(Japanese); Journal of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences Vol.51 pp170-178, June 2003
Lunar Navigation – Japan’s experience and the future - ; SpaceOps 2010 Conference, April 2010, Huntsville

Other activites:

Program committee member for International Space Station session of International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) May 2002, Matsue, Japan
More than 30 educational lectures on space to the public in 2009-2012.