“Microgravidade: I&D espacial para benefício de todos”


Seminário Online

“Microgravidade: I&D espacial para benefício de todos”

Um ambiente de microgravidade cria um laboratório singular, onde os fenómenos e processos físicos podem ser observados sem a distorção sentida na Terra.

Através da investigação em microgravidade têm-se realizado, entre outras, experiências para novos fármacos, tratamentos ou dispositivos médicos e novos materiais.

De modo a dar destaque ao tema da microgravidade e à forma como a sua utilização pode beneficiar Indústria e cidadãos, surge o Seminário Online “Microgravidade: I&D espacial para o benefício de todos”, que contará com um painel internacional de reputados especialistas que prometem trazer grandes novidades acerca das potencialidades da exploração espacial no âmbito da Investigação e Desenvolvimento de produtos farmacêuticos.

Mas será de facto exequível utilizar o espaço e a microgravidade para I&D? Os custos associados serão comportáveis? Que benefícios e resultados têm obtido os pioneiros da IF nesta área?

Todas as intervenções serão em inglês.


Puneet Tyagi

Puneet Tyagi

Cientista Sénior, AstraZeneca

Lígia Fonseca Coelho

Lígia Fonseca Coelho

MIT Portugal

Thais Russomano

Thais Russomano

Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa & InnovaSpace UK

Markus Wehland

Markus Wehland

Universidade Otto-von-Guericke

Dava Newman

Dava Newman

Diretora MIT Portugal e antiga vice administradora da NASA

Olympia Kriopoulos

Olympia Kriopoulos

CEO da OLYMPIASPACE pela Blue Origin

Paul Kamoun

Paul Kamoun

Responsável do Departamento de Marketing e Desenvolvimento de Negócio, SpacePharma

David Zuniga

David Zuniga


Jennifer Ngo-Ahn

Jennifer Ngo-Ahn

Responsável de equipa de Exploração Humana e Robótica, Agência Espacial Europeia

Joan Manel Casalta

Joan Manel Casalta

Director do Programa Comercial, SENER

Didier Schmitt

Didier Schmitt

Coordenador da Exploração Humana e Robótica, Agência Espacial Europeia

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  • Puneet Tyagi

    Puneet Tyagi is a senior scientist at AstraZeneca, based in Maryland, USA. Puneet received his bachelors and Masters in pharmaceutical sciences from India and his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Colorado. His area of research is biologics formulation development, with a focus on sustained delivery systems and oral delivery of biologics.

    Puneet Tyagi is co-inventor of several U.S. and international patents and has published extensively in the field of drug delivery.

    Puneet is a member of various professional organizations including the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), and the Controlled Release Society (CRS), and is serving as a steering committee member of the AAPS Nanotechnology Community since August 2015.

  • Lígia Fonseca Coelho

    Lígia F. Coelho obtained her MSc degree in Microbiology in 2017 from Instituto Superior Técnico. The same year, she co-authored a project of a medical device for the diagnosis of UTI’s. The project was awarded the first prize in the European commission’s entrepreneurship competition.

    In 2018, she became a PhD candidate in Astrobiology and an MIT-Portugal Program (MPP) Bioengineering fellow. Her work is focused on the integrative study of ice and water samples from the Arctic as a proxy to extra-terrestrial life on the icy moons of our solar system.

    In 2019, Lígia was the co-author of a payload project to study the effect of microgravity on photosynthetic microorganisms. The project won the Blue Origin student’s competition, sponsored by MPP, and flown on the same year on-board of the New Shepard.

  • Thais Russomano

    Prof. Thais Russomano, MD MSc PhD has +30 yr of experience in Aerospace Medicine, Space Physiology, Telemedicine & Digital Health. She is an MD from Brazil, specialised in internal medicine, has an MSc in Aerospace Medicine (USA) and PhD in Space Physiology from King’s College London (UK).

    She worked for 3 years as a researcher at DLR, Germany, before establishing and coordinating the Microgravity Centre, PUCRS for 18 years.

    She is academically linked to several universities, such as King’s College London-UK, University of Lisbon-Portugal, Aalto University-Finland, Deggendorf Institute of Technology-Germany and UFCSPA-Brazil.

    Thais is an Elected Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, and the International Academy of Astronautics (Board of Trustees). She is a Board Member of companies, holds patents related to Space Sciences, and currently acts as a voluntary Mentor for Space4Women, an initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

    Thais is co-founder & CEO of InnovaSpace (UK).

  • Markus Wehland

    Dr. Markus Wehland-von Trebra received his diploma in chemistry from the Technical University Berlin and his PhD degree in biochemistry from the Free University Berlin. Since then he has been active in medical research.

    He is interested in clinical pharmacology, space medicine and tissue engineering. Since joining the group of Prof. Grimm in 2010, he was responsible for the planning and execution of parabolic flight missions, sounding rocket experiments and experiments on the ISS.

    His expertise comprises a comprehensive array of modern molecular biological techniques, he has (co)authored 115 scientific publications with a current h-index of 39 (google scholar) and is guest lecturer at the Aarhus University.

  • Dava Newman

    Dr. Dava Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at MIT and Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member.

    She served as NASA Deputy Administrator (2015-17), the first female engineer in this role, and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. Her research and teaching expertise include aerospace biomedical engineering, astronaut performance, advanced space suit design, leadership development, innovation and space policy.

    Newman has been principal investigator (PI) on four spaceflight missions flown aboard the Space Shuttle, Russian Mir Space Station and the International Space Station, and is best known for her revolutionary BioSuit™ planetary spacesuit.

    She is the author Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design, has over 300 publications, and has supervised 90 graduate students and mentored more than 200 undergraduates. Regarding this proposed collaboration, she was the faculty advisor for a novel functional electrical stimulation biomedical device.

  • Olympia Kriopoulos

    A native of Darmstadt, Germany, Olympia grew up in a multicultural family of Greek and Polish parents. With an innate passion towards space, Olympia is a mechanical engineer (TU Darmstadt/University of California, Berkeley, 2000-2005) holding a Ph.D. in the field of applied physics research under microgravity (TU Darmstadt, 2006-2010).

    In recent years Olympia has led international aerospace projects in the fields of microgravity, satellite structures, space debris, manned and unmanned space exploration. She has been monitoring the rapidly developing market of commercial suborbital spaceflight for more than 15 years and has actively promoted the new spaceflight industry.

    In recognition of her passion, professionalism and her contributions to the aerospace sector, she has been awarded with the Young Professional Women in Aerospace Award (WIA) and with the Woman of the Year Award in Greece for space ambassadorship and diversity.

    Her main vision is to bring space and space exploration closer to the common man. With this in mind Olympia seeks to motivate and inspire everybody from the man on the street to professionals about space exploration through conferences, symposiums and TEDx talks.

    Dr. Olympia Kyriopoulos is the Founder and CEO of OLYMPIASPACE, a modern commercial space agency with the goal of easing access to space and official payload sales partner of BLUE ORIGIN, as well as the Founder of the OLYMPIASPACE Foundation, with the goal of inspiring children for STEAM and space exploration.

  • Paul Kamoun

    Paul holds an electrical engineering degree in Radiocommunications and Radar from Centrale-Supelec in Paris, France, and a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA.

    He has more than forty years of experience in the Space domain, having worked on more than 150 space programs and for most space agencies. He worked at ESA ESTEC before joining industry at Aerospatiale in Cannes as senior engineer then Head of Advanced Projects, overseeing new developments in Earth observation, Planetary Science, Astronomy, Fundamental Physics and Telecommunications. He was later appointed Vice-President for European Business at TAS (Thales Alenia Space), the leading European company in the development of satellite systems.

    He was Chairman of EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies) from 2004 to 2010, head of the EUROSPACE Earth Observation – GMES Working Group from 2010 to 2013 and founded and chaired numerous international conferences. In addition, Paul has served as an expert evaluator in the EU Framework Research Program and was part of the Space Advisory Committee of FP 7 and of H2020 for the definition of the EU Space Program.

    Since 2017 he is the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer for SpacePharma, a Swiss-based company developing space laboratories for life sciences and commercial applications in microgravity.

  • David Zuniga

    Mr. Zuniga has over 20 years of experience through a combination of engineering, and business development in human spaceflight and the department of defense. Mr. Zuniga’s had the opportunity to develop system architectures and technology for deep space systems via the constellation, Orion, and Gateway programs. In certifying hardware, he was a Certified Principal Engineer for Orion’s Air Revitalization System, and subsystem manager for NASA’s Gateway program for the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) where he developed requirements and certification criteria.

    Mr. Zuniga’s also had the opportunity to help further the conversation and strategic growth around LEO commercialization through CASIS where he developed and managed a portfolio for data driven remote sensing, and aerospace technology development. He’s served in numerous committees around human spaceflight safety and commercialization, has been an invited speaker to brief NASA HQ on strategy for the ISS NL, and was the recipient of the top prize at NASA’s Ignite the Night competition through NASA iTech when serving as the managing director for the Danish Aerospace Company’s North American Division.

    Mr. Zuniga’s research and technology development focus resided on metallurgy of light-weight aerospace metals, air revitalization, and biomimetic water processing systems for deep space exploration.

    Mr. Zuniga’s currently involved with the Space Resources graduate program at the Colorado School of Mines where he provides a lecture on human spaceflight and is business development manager for in-space manufacturing and research for Axiom Space.

    His focus for Axiom resides in the manufacture of in-space products that provide benefit to both ground and space applications, physical science research, and technology demonstration for exploration architectures that enable future spacecraft systems via of remote sensing, in-space resource utilization, and life support systems development.

  • Jennifer Ngo-Ahn

    Dr. Jennifer Ngo-Ahn has more than 10 years of experience in field of Human and Robotic Exploration.

    Her background is focused on the medical field, since she graduated from the Neuroscience Graduate Programme of Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland (USA) and did her Phd thesis at the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research.

    She has different publications that explore the impact of space in the human body, as well as some researches related to biomedicine.

    In 2014 Jennifer Ngo-Ahn became Associate Member of the SCAR COMNAP joint exert group on human biology and medicine and by 2016 was elected Member to the International Academy of Astronautics.

  • Joan Manel Casalta

    Since 2019, Joan Manel Casalta holds the position of science programs commercial department Director at SENER, an engineering and technology group with a workforce of 2.400 persons, revenues of 589 M€ (2018 data) and renowned for its capacity of innovation and its international development.

    Joan Manel Casalta has 20 years of professional experience managing complex multidisciplinary projects in the field of Space payloads and ground science facilities. Sixteen of them as Project Manager of mechatronics and instrumentation and Science and Astronomy Business Development Manager. Before joining SENER, in the year 2000, he worked at Technical Center of SEAT and at Johnson – Iberelco

    At SENER, he has led several microgravity payloads for the International Space Station, like BIOLAB Freezers TCU and ATCS, protein crystallization facilities (GCB) and biological experiments payloads (FIXBOX) , as well as quality assurance for the Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System (MARES) in for research into the effects caused by zero gravity on human muscles.

    He has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) by the Catalonian Polytechnic University (UPC) and an MSc as Telecommunications Engineer by the Barcelona Technical School ETSI (UPC), in the Electronics specialty.

  • Didier Schmitt

    From 2009 to 2018 Didier Schmitt was stationed in Brussels, successively in the European CommissionSpace Policy Unit, as adviser to the President of the EC on science technology foresight, and at the EU diplomatic service dealing with space and security. Previously he was head of Life Sciences for human spaceflight at ESA-ESTEC, Associate Professor at the Toulouse medical school and at the International Space University.

    His educational background is PhD in biosciences and certified medical doctor (including mountain emergency medical care and aerospace medicine). His academic work brought him to Cape Canaveral and Star City in Moscow for experiments on Shuttle-Spacelab and Mir space station.

    Extreme environments are his passion, like a recent Antarctic inland logistics expedition, plane parabolic flights, mini-submarine deep sea dive or space-habitat simulator. Author of books and opinion writer, he has also started a fiction science comic series and a magazine-book series on exploration.