ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School
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The European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office co -organi se at the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre in ESA -ESEC, Belgium, a Summer S chool on gravity - related research since 2016. This Summer School explains the fundamentals of performing research at different gravity levels and offers an overview of current research activity under microgravity and hypergravity conditi ons in life and physical sciences. Over four and a half intensive days , 22 Bachelors or Masters students from ESA member and associate states attend stimulating lectures , and work within small groups to devise project ideas for prospective experiments. Gra vity -related research is introduced to these future scientists and engineers by experienced professionals from across the European space and research sector. These professional trainers are ELGRA and ESA experts, freely sharing their experience and know -ho w with the students, including their day -to -day work and research experience in biology, human physiology, and physics. Many different scientific topics are addressed during the school including: solidification , fluid dynamics , heat and mass transfer, spaceflight analogues, animal models, cell biology, growth of plants, a rtificial gravity for astronaut countermeasure s and s pace adaptation. Each year the programme incorporates new elements to enhance the experience for the students based on their feedback.
CitationGonzalez, R.; Callens, N.; Carvil, P. ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School. A: 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activites. "2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities". 2018, p. 1-3.