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  • POMP II call is closed

    The second MELiSSA Call for Doctorate and Postdoctoral Proposals (POMP II) is closed.

About

  • About the MELiSSA Foundation

    The MELiSSA foundation is a non-profit organisation created by the MELiSSA consortium for the purpose to manage a fund dedicated to finance a pool of MELiSSA PhD students and postdocs. The board of the the Foundation consists of Prof. Dr. Max Mergeay (Director) and Rob Suters LLM (Managing Director). The committee in charge of evaluating PhD applications consists of representatives of the MELiSSA community, ESA and independent scientists.

    The MELiSSA Foundation PS is a private foundation (private stichting) based in Brussels incorporated under Belgian law registered under nr. 0547759097

    For contact details please visit contact.

  • MELiSSA PARTNERS

    The MELiSSA consortium consists of 14 partners including ESA, several universities and CRO's and private companies and is internationally recognized as the most advanced effort to develop biological closed loop life support systems. Our partners are from Belgium, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands and Canada.

     

     

     

MELiSSA

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    The MELiSSA Space Research Program

    The acronym MELiSSA means 'Micro Ecological Life Support System Alternative'. It refers to a space research program aiming to develop an artificial ecosystem for regenerative life support systems for long-term space missions to lunar bases or flights to Mars. The MELiSSA Project is managed by the ESA ESTEC and is part of the 'Physical Sciences Instrumentation and Life Support section (TEC-MMG)'. The project started 25 years ago and is based on a collaborative development program between 14 partners and a large number of supporting sub-contractors and international partners. 

    The MELiSSA initiative is internationally recognized as the most advanced effort to develop artificial life support systems. For more information please visit the ESA website.

Workshop Rome 2018

  • Agrospace workshop Rome 2018

    Joint AgroSpace - MELiSSA Workshop

     

    The 2016 edition of AgroSpace and MELiSSA Workshop demonstrated that common fundamentals are shared by the respective communities: air, water, waste recycling, food production and preparation, regenerative life support, closed loop systems,…
    As a logical follow-up, organizers decided to team up to organize the

  • 1st Joint AgroSpace-MELiSSA Workshop.

    The Workshop will highlight the research and development activity performed in the various matters related to regenerative systems and foster the collaboration and matching between researchers, companies, public administrations and experts.

    For this first edition of the Workshop, 11 main topics have been selected:

    1.     Organic wastes processing and refinery
    2.     Urine treatment
    3.     Water recycling (grey water and condensate)
    4.     Edible biomass production
    5.     Food quality, processing and human nutrition
    6.     Physical, chemical and microbial contaminants
    7.     Modelling and system design
    8.     Flight experiments and space technology demonstrators
    9.     Ground demonstration and analogue testing
    10.     Terrestrial applications
    11.     Societal impacts and education

    Location:
    The workshop will be held in the Headquarter of the Italian Research Council (CNR) located at:
    Piazzale Aldo Moro 7,  00185 - Roma, Italy

    Registration information:
    Registration is mandatory for all (included invited persons) and will be confirmed upon payment. Do not forget to fill in your promotional code if you received one. Payment receipt will be sent to you together with your registration confirmation.

    Organising Committee:
    Christophe Lasseur (ESA), Brigitte  Lamaze (ESA), Rob Suters (MELiSSA Foundation), Marco  Adami (AresCosmo), Alessandro Petrini (AresCosmo), Sara Piccirillo (ASI)

    Scientific Committee:
    Francesc Gòdia (University Autònoma de Barcelona), Stefania De Pascale (University of Napoli), Emmanuel  Frossard (ETH Zurich), Alberto Bemporad (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy), Siegfried Vlaeminck (University of Antwerp), Christophe Lasseur (ESA), Gene Giacomelli (CEAC, University of Arizona), Daniel Schubert (DLR), Alberto Battistelli (CNR-IBAF)

  • Workshop News!

    HOTELS information:

    Some hotels (15 min walking distance from workshop venue) have been checked for you ( see global map attached) but no pre-booking was possible so go fast!

    Mention "AgroSpace-MELiSSA Workshop" and get 10% discount on Starhotel Metropole (https://www.starhotels.com/en/our-hotels/metropole-rome/) and Starhotel Michelangelo (https://www.starhotels.com/en/our-hotels/michelangelo-rome/)


    Recommendations for the transfer from/back to the airport

    By train:
    From Fiumicino Airport reach the centre of Rome quickly by train with Trenitalia. (you can purchase preferably at a Trenitalia machine, cost is around 14 euros). DESTINATION : Rome TERMINI, walking distance from workshop location.
    From the railway station, located in the airport, near the Arrivals and Departures terminals, you can reach the city centre with many, frequent Trenitalia's connections:

    Leonardo Express, a non-stop service exclusively for airport passengers to/from Rome Termini railway station leaving every 15 minutes* with a journey time of 32 minutes
    Regional FL1 trains to/from other stations in Rome, including Rome Tiburtina, with departures every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays
    * - departures every 30’ from Fiumicino Airport before 07.08 and after 21.08 and between 10.08/10.38 and 14.08/14.38
    - departures every 30’ from Rome Termini before 06.20 and after 20.20 and between 09.50/10.20 and 13.50/14.20

    by taxi
    Taxi service is available at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 Arrival areas. 
     
    Authorized Taxi vehicles are white with a “TAXI” sign on the roof. The symbol of the Municipality of reference is fixed to the front doors and the licence number is on the doors, on the back and inside the vehicle.  
    Be aware that you may be guided to white cars, with taxi signs on the roof BUT without the municipality symbol on the doors--> these are NOT official taxis

    Fixed fares (each way) for some destination, including all supplements, are as follows:
    - Rome city center (within the Aurelian Walls): € 48,00
    - All the above fares are fixed by the responsible municipality and may change, even without notice. 
    For further information please check the website of the Municipality of Rome and the Municipality of Fiumicino.
    - Rides departing from the airport travelling to a destination within the Grande Raccordo Anulare (and vice versa) cannot exceed € 70.00.

  • Draft Programme

    You can download the program and the schedule


    Programme_Print_180420.pdf

    draft_schedule.pdf

  • Session topics

    1. Organic wastes processing and refinery
      Review and characterization of processes and technologies enabling to transform organic wastes (i.e. biological, physical, chemical transformations) into relevant resources for photosynthetic processes, crew metabolic needs (i.e. oxygen, water) and mission consumables (e.g. nitrogen).
      Keywords: waste collector, waste preparation, waste degradation, waste separation, carbon dioxide purification, reverse microbial fuel cells, microbial degradation, wet oxidation, fibre degradation, space environment effects (modified gravity, radiation, vacuum, etc..)
    2. Urine treatment
      Review and characterization of processes and technologies enabling to transform Urine (i.e. biological physical, chemical transformations) into relevant resources for photosynthetic processes, crew metabolic needs (i.e. oxygen, water) and mission consumables (e.g. nitrogen).
      Keywords: collector, stabilisation, nitrification, denitrification, electrodialysis, filtration, electrolysis, anammox, space environment effects (modified gravity, radiation, vacuum, etc..)
    3. Water recycling (grey water and condensate)
      Review and characterization of processes and technologies enabling to transform grey water and condensate (i.e. biological, physical, chemical transformations) into relevant resources for photosynthetic processes, crew metabolic needs (i.e. oxygen, water)
      Keywords: Grey water collector, condensers, storage and buffering, biocide, antimicrobial surfaces, electrodialysis, membrane filtration, electrolysis, water quality monitoring,  space environment effects (modified gravity, radiation, vacuum, etc..)
    4. Edible biomass production
      Review and characterization of processes and technologies enabling to produce edible biomass (i.e. higher plants, microorganisms) from relevant resources (i.e. CO2, VFAs, N-sources)
      Keywords: bioreactors, lighting systems, biomass characterization, biomass quality, green-house, hydroponics, aeroponics, plant physiology, stress and pathogen detection/control, space environment effects (modified gravity, radiation, vacuum, etc..)
    5. Food quality, processing and human nutrition
      Review and characterization of raw material quality, processes and technologies enabling to transform edible biomass (i.e. higher plants, microorganisms) into food products and recipes within the nutritional requirements.
      Keywords: food processing, food safety and quality, food storage, diet, recipes, food management systems, nutrigenomics, prebiotics, probiotics
    6. Physical, chemical and microbial contaminants
      Review and characterization of risks and hazards for the crew, bioprocesses, and materials, related to physical, chemical and microbial contaminants in closed systems.
      Keywords: Pathogens, phages, virus, SMACs, modelling, risks assessment, risk management, human toxicology, emerging pollutants, radiation effects (space environment)
    7. Modelling  and system design
      Characterization, model elaboration, simulations, testing and control of regenerative processes at sub-system and system levels, leading up to closed life support system.
      Keywords: system engineering, stoichiometry, mass-balances, ALISSE criteria, control design, simulations tools, CFD modelling, concurrent engineering, knowledge management
    8. Flight experiments and space technology demonstrators
      Flight experiment (at payloads and system level) and associated flight hardware development for data collection, process demonstrations, control validation, ECLS H/W development and overall operations.
      Keywords: ARTEMISS, URINIS, MELONDEAU, WAPS, ACLS, MODULES, PFPU, space greenhouse, cold plasma, water recovery unit, ANITA2, hardware development
    9. Ground demonstration and analogue testing
      Development and tests of life support processes and systems using ground facilities and terrestrial analogues.
      Keywords: technology validation, operation testing, crew psychology, field testing remote monitoring and control, MELiSSA Pilot Plant, Concordia, EDEN, LUNA, BIOS, FIPES
    10. Terrestrial applications
      Spin-in and spin-off of life support developments.
      Keywords: Commercial applications, spin-off companies, closed habitats, water recycling, smart cities, circular economy, industrial ecology, extreme environments, resource recovery and reuse
    11. Societal impacts and education
      Closed Life Support systems as providing models and tools to understand ecologies and ecosystems, and rethink contemporary aspects of human relationships to living beings and systems.
      Keywords: Citizen science, solar system exploration, ecology, ecosystems, anthropology, recycling, models, artificial vs. natural ecosystems, controlled environments, public perception, acceptability, history of science and technics, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) activities

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