Here is the first report from Southern Hemisphere SHSSP20 Program Director Goktug Karacalioglu.
G’day and greetings from Adelaide, Mawson Lakes!
Alex, Sebastien and myself arrived in Australia on the first week of January and were warmly welcomed by the University of South Australia (UniSA) team members, Ady, Amanda, David, Hannah, Lindsey, and Teneille and by our very own Michael Davis, Chair of the joint ISU-UniSA Management Committee.
After meeting a brilliant (and fluent in French, for some!) SEAC class lead by Philomena Bonis and Anderson Liew, the entire SHSSP team (to include Mina, Femi, Tom, Eamon, and Anisha) assembled on Sunday to register the biggest SHSSP class ever with 53 Participants representing 14 different citizenships.
Once we have declared SHSSP20 open on Monday 13th, the high pace of the program immediately kicked in with the Core Lecture Series and the Team Projects “Lunar Farming” lead by Gary Martin and “Access to Space in Southern Hemisphere” lead by Jan Walter Schroeder with the assistance of Associate Chair Scott Schneider.
Our distinguished astronaut Paolo Nespoli joined us on Tuesday and already gave one lecture on being an astronaut and run one workshop on team building. Paolo will run a full-day astronaut training simulation workshop tomorrow and participate in the Human Spaceflight Panel, moderated by Walter Peeters on Saturday evening. In parallel, we had two excellent sessions of “My Space Journey” where all the participants shared with their classmates and our staff members their stories about how they met with space and ISU.
The team and Participants very much look forward to the first Cultural Night of SHSSP20, where our first four countries will be presenting their culture and serving the food of their cuisine.
As every year, our Teaching Associates will be posting blog articles with pictures every week on the ISU website, so please check them out and monitor the ISU social media accounts if you wish to follow the latest news about our Ozzy summer program!