UKSEA and UK Space LABS Launch

On Tuesday 14 July 2015, Conceived in 2012, the UK SPACE ENVIRONMENTS ASSOCIATION officially launches, bringing with it a unique multidisciplinary community dedicated to the advancement of space research, underpinned by three key pillars of collaboration:

  1. Enhancing coordination between research entities.
  2. Supporting cooperation and joint activity.
  3. Facilitating, through new lines of communication, translation of space R&D output to terrestrial markets.

This session will showcase the Space Environments Resource Centre and Space Solutions Marketplace and present UK Space Environments R&D and associated activities. Designed with the three pillars in mind, these resources provide an easily accessible online platform for professional evolution of existing research concepts alongside the creation of new research propositions.

The Young Space Investigators Award

The UK space environments association (UKSEA) is running a ‘Pitch your research idea’ competition aimed at young (<35years) investigators, researchers and entrepreneurs entitled ‘Enabling future long-duration human spaceflight’.

Key points in your pitch

The proposal aims must be to investigate and address a current barrier faced by astronauts on long-duration missions focussed within the scope of life and biomedical science (e.g countering muscle deterioration, bone loss, radiation exposure, infection control, food growth). Solutions are encouraged from across the scientific domains i.e. engineering, logistics, psychology, chemistry, physics etc, with the solution aiming to be as novel (as possible) and clearly emphasise any transferrable terrestrial benefits (i.e. medical/clinical advances).

What’s the prize?

The top 3 submissions will win full registration to the conference, £75 towards conference travel expenses and signed memorabilia from Astronaut Tim Peake. The winner will get to talk with astronaut Helen Sharman about their research idea and to add to their prize, we will also be organising a day-visit to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne (with £150 towards travel). The competition is sponsored by King’s Health Partners, Academic Health Science Centre.

When’s the deadline?

Deadline for submission is now 22nd June 2015, with the three winners being informed in the first week of July. Full T&Cs are on the website, however applicants must either have UK citizenship, or be enrolled full-time in a higher degree/post-doc position at a registered UK institution (with a valid visa).

How can I enter?

There are several ways you can methods enter the competition – which one you choose is up to you!

  1. Video Pitch: You can create a 2-3 minute video, showing or talking your research idea through to the camera (feel free to be creative!), you can then submit it either by:-
    a. Sending it directly to our email (even directly from your camera phone if the video is below 20-25mb).
    b. Submit it through our online submission form (max 25mb).
    c. Upload your video to youtube and then send the link to our email above.
  2. Powerpoint: You can create a 1 slide powerpoint presentation pitch and embed a 2-3 minute audio voice over. Then send this directly to us at our email address above or the online submission form.
  3. Written abstract: Write a 250 word abstract of your pitch, and then if you are in the lucky three to attend the conference we can film you talking through your research pitch before the main event! You can email this to us or submit via the online submission form.

Good Luck!!!

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