Health from Space conference in Cannes 4 and 5 March 2024

ESA invites journalists to join the Health from Space international conference on March 4 and 5 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes. Register now, free of charge, to find out how the space sector is transforming the health sciences.

Published on 21 February 2024

The Health from Space program and ESA's involvement

The event will be attended by ESA senior management, including Director General Josef Aschbacher, Daniel Neuenschwander (Director of Human Exploration and Robotics), Geraldine Naja (Director of Commercialization, Industry and Contracts) and Toni Tolker-Nielsen (Director of Space Transportation). Two members of the ESA Astronaut Reserve, John McFall and Anthea Comellini, are also expected to attend.
This exceptional conference will see the participation of over 80 speakers in 14 round tables covering a wide range of topics. Among the most fascinating sessions are “The emergence in space of a new era for pharmaceuticals”, “Bioconvergence between space and biology”, “Advancing cosmetics through space”, and expected advances in aging and longevity.
Each panel will conclude with a Q&A session, providing ample opportunity for dialogue with the press and exploration of key themes.
The program also includes media briefings and networking opportunities, providing a platform for one-to-one discussions with leading experts in space science and healthcare.
An exceptional evening conference-debate on the theme of“Space Missions and Life in the Solar System” will take place on the evening of March 4, with the participation of astrophysicist Professor Patrick Michel and astronaut Jean-François Clervoy.
For more information on the program and sessions, please visit: https: //

Media conference registration

Members of the press are cordially invited to register free of charge for the event.
Reserve your place on the website below:
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What can space offer life sciences and healthcare?
The increasing accessibility of space, marked by both affordable costs and expanding flight opportunities, opens up a remarkable field of innovation for researchers and industry alike.
As a result, the convergence of space technologies with the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, nutrition and biotech industries, as well as with medical technologies, is set to redefine the healthcare industry landscape in the coming years.
in the coming years. Breakthroughs in medicines, vaccines, antibiotics, cancer research, cardiovascular disease, aging, regenerative medicine, gene therapy and more are now on the horizon.

Why is scientific research in microgravity so important for the health sciences?
Everything on the Earth’s surface is subject to an average gravitational acceleration of 9.81 m/s2 (1 g). Gravity influences virtually all physical, chemical and biological phenomena on our planet. It is fundamental to all natural processes around us and within us, from the distribution of water and vegetation on the planet to the way living organisms appear and function. Gravity is also the main influence on all human technological developments, including those in the life and health sciences.
Scientific research in microgravity raises important questions. What happens to fundamental physical, chemical and biological processes in the absence of this directional force? What does this tell us about processes in the universe, on Earth and even inside bodies? Can this knowledge lead to greater awareness and technological advances? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed at the ‘Health from Space’ conference. In addition, it is important to note how microgravity research has contributed to various scientific advances, particularly on board the International Space Station, including the development of vaccine technology, antibiotics, oncology, osteoporosis and muscle loss, aging, longevity and much more.


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