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Call for ideas: Biology Experiments in Space

on 06 February 2020

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites interested researchers to submit biology research ideas to be conducted on the International Space Station. The European Space Agency (ESA) issued a call for ideas to ramp up biology experiments in space and take findings further. The deadline is 12 February 2020.

In this call, ESA is focusing on moving research from investigations on individual cells to larger tissues, and from individual plants to investigating how to harvest crops in space.

Larger-scale experiments could help astronauts become more self-sufficient as we explore farther from Earth. With destinations such as the Moon and the lunar Gateway in view, this is essential as astronauts have less access to supplies from Earth.

All ESA experiments that run on the Space Station are chosen with benefits for people on Earth in mind. The outcome of research we do in space is directly applicable back home where resources are limited and circular economies are the next logical step. In space all resources are limited and recycling is necessary.

European researchers are invited to submit their ideas for the future of biology in space by 12 February and join ESA’s workshop at ESTEC in Netherlands two weeks later.

More information about the call can be found here.

Image credit: ESA–L. Parmitano