At its regular meeting on 18 February, the International Space University (ISU) Board of Trustees recognized the high quality of the competitive proposal submitted by the Portuguese Space Agency and the University of Lisbon’s Instituto Superior Técnico Engineering School and decided to hold the nine-week Space Studies Program of 2022 (SSP22) in the greater Lisbon area, Portugal, in the June-September period.
The Portuguese proposal includes access to national expertise in space-related matters at universities, research centers, government agencies and private companies. These resources, combined with top level academic and residential facilities and a welcoming and safe environment, make for a very promising SSP in 2022.
About the SSP program
The SSP is an intense, live-in professional development experience lasting two-months, designed for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. A typical SSP class gathers some 120 participants from 25 or more nationalities.
Since the founding of ISU in the late 1980s, each year the SSP is held in a different location across the globe. Moving to a new city and country adds an exciting dynamic as well as new resources and expertise to the program.
The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical and ranges from policy, economics and law, business and management, humanities, engineering, physical sciences, space applications and human performance in space. A typical SSP benefits from the knowledge and expertise of some 150 members of the ISU global faculty and other experts from around the world.
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 comprising the program’s alumni, faculty members and visiting lecturers.
Through the exchange of ideas and information, this network has been successful in advancing projects in such areas as disaster warning and mitigation systems, human health enhancement using space technologies, and has even significantly contributed to the creation of a national space agency.