Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blasts off at UniSA

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) officially opened at the University of South Australia on 14 January 2019, bringing together 45 participants from 13 countries. Now in its 8th year, the prestigious program is conducted by UniSA in partnership with ISU.

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ISU and UniSA Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program - Follow Us

We are excited to announce that the International Space University will be continuing the traditional Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blog!

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ISU Representatives Awarded World Famous Legion of Honor

France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or "Legion d'Honneur", was recently awarded to two representatives of ISU for their outstanding and many years of service:

  • Alain Wagner, MSS98 and ISU Trustee
  • Walter Peeters, President Emeritus of ISU
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Two-month course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical. The shared experience of an international, interactive working environment is an ideal networking forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network.

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ISU Master of Space Studies Poster Competition – 15th Edition

Learning to design an effective poster is just another skill that ISU students develop during the Master of Space Studies (MSS) program. It can in turn help them qualify for conference travel bursaries and prepare them to face future professional challenges.

ISU’s Prof. Hugh Hill who is leading this assignment said:

“This poster competition has been running continuously since 2002. We added a new element to this 15th edition. Students will be carrying out research on a topic linked to Astrobiology. They will then design a clear, academically rigorous and attractive poster suitable for an Astrobiology and Outreach conference, a Science Education conference or an appropriate session at the annual IAC meeting.”

This activity aims to gain an additional insight into astrobiology by undertaking research on a selected topic including, amongst others, “The future of SETI” and “Carl Sagan: the man and the legacy”.

Meredith Campbell, an MSS17 student really enjoyed working on this task:

“This assignment was not just about writing. It included design and visuals. Using a Microsoft software like Publisher allowed us all to work collectively on the design.” Although Meredith’s team did not come first, she concluded: “Presenting and defending the conference poster was a little nerve wracking. It was a fun and enjoyable activity from which we learnt a lot”.

The jury was composed of astronomy and biology experts, Prof. Hill (ISU), Chaitra Koragappa (of MSS15 and now working at Strasbourg Observatory) and Prof. Volker Damann (ISU).  They stated that the level of the competition was very high this year. And, for the first time in fifteen years, two teams were awarded joint first prize: “Searching for life on Mars: present and future endeavors” and ‘The Future of SETI”. 

Congratulations to both teams!

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