The DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Cologne, Germany, offers in cooperation with several partners an excellent and interdisciplinary training for up to 25 doctoral students from different fields.
Members and partners of SpaceLife in Germany are the universities of Aachen, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Frankfurt, Hohenheim, Kiel, Köln, Magdeburg, Marburg, Regensburg, München, the German Sports University Cologne and the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Rheinbach. Partners abroad are the University Zurich, the Beihang University and King’s College London.
Together with these cooperating institutions we intend to qualify a new generation of internationally competitive young scientists in the field of space life sciences research. They will be prepared to take over leading positions in research, management and policy, industry, or consulting and education.
SpaceLife aims to improve the qualifications of the participating doctoral students and provide them with an optimal research environment for their doctoral degree. Students will learn to develop integrated concepts to solve health issues in human spaceflight and in related disease patterns on Earth, and to further explore the requirements for life in extreme environments, thus enabling a better understanding of the ecosystem, the Earth and the search for life on other planets in manned and unmanned missions.
SpaceLife is funded in equal parts by the "President’s Initiative and Networking Fund" (“Impuls- und Vernetzungsfonds des Präsidenten”) of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers and by the DLR (Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology and Institute of Aerospace Medicine).
SpaceLife gives the opportunity to carry out a full-time doctoral thesis, at the end of which the doctoral students will receive a “German PhD” (Dr. rer. nat., Dr. hum. biol., Dr. oec. troph., Dr. med. vet., Dr. rer. medic., Dr. Sports Sciences).
Start of Program:
The first generation of SpaceLife doctoral students commenced the program in May of 2009. Their introductory Summer School, entitled “Living with a star: Basics in Space Life Sciences,” took place in the “Physikzentrum,” located in Bad Honnef, Germany, on August 24-28, 2009. The second generation started in October 2012 – April 2013.
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