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Mars Science and Engineering
Cohosted by:
Mars University
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon

International Space University
August 28 - September 3, 2022
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The 7-day online Mars Science and Engineering Program unites up to  20 students, 15+ lecturers, and 5+ professors/researchers the week after ISU’s Space Studies Program (SSP) from Sunday, August 28 - September 3, 2022 at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) Engineering School in Portugal. The 1-Credit online Program explores the engineering, technologies, organisms, planetary science, and materials involved in sustaining a settlement on the Martian surface.  With hands on R&D projects,labs, workshops  with mars Regolith Simulant,  MSE Program includes an intensive curriculum with intermediate-level lectures and topics about how in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU), settlement systems, bioengineering, 3D printing, agriculture and more will support the development of a Mars settlement and help make life multiplanetary.


400€ Program Tuition

Estimated 30-40 hours


Intermediate Level

Small class sizes, Labs

Contact Information

Kolemann Lutz
Program Co-coordinator,


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Organising Team

Assistant Professor, IST

Senior researcher at Institute for Systems and Robotics

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Kolemann Lutz

Cofounder, Mars University

Program Co-coordinator


Ales Nohel

Teaching Associate

Inperson Lecturers

Assistant Researcher at LIP IST

Topics: Plasma Physics, Nuclear Reactor 

Associate Professor (IST)

Evolutionary Systems and BME Lab 

Topics: Greenhouse Sensor, Data collection/monitoring 

Associate professor, Physics Department, IST

Topics: CO2 Conversion, ISRU

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Astrobiologist and Exobiologist

Topics: Space and Mars Agriculture

Aerospace Human Factors Association

Topics: Human Factors, Space Medicine

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The Certificate course provides up to 20 hours per week of live synchronous instruction for a total of 30-40 hours of effort. With 50/50 Lectures/Projects(research), students are immersed in lectures in the morning and have free time to work on research, experiments, and projects in afternoon. With special guest lecturers and instructors, the Course designed to fit the schedule of full-time students in between academic semesters. The Program Open for students, faculty, staff, and the local community, the Program hosts classes and lectures in-person primarily in the morning and afternoon CET and is accessible to enroll in online, allowing students to continue residing in their home communities and maintaining their full-time employment. Attendance for most lectures and labs is mandatory to receive the Mars Science & Engineering certificate.

Program Timeline

Applications Close: Saturday, July 16
Letters of Admissions: July 17

Tuition Payment Due: Aug 7
7day Mars Program: Aug 28 - Sep 3


Individual Research & Team Projects

Students attending and online participate in research, workshop, and team project that are focused on making and improving life to become multiplanetary. Students are immersed in Independent or Collaborative Team Projects to design and/or build a system that holds potential to make life multiplanetary. To pass this Program and receive a Certificate, you are expected to present a project and complete a final Project Report. Up to 25kg of MGS-1 Mars Regolith Simulant from Exoliths Labs, spectroscopy equipment, and other local IST facilities/labs may be accessible for biotic and abiotic testing and experiments.

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Ways to Get Involved

Many opportunities are open for interested ISU participants, alumni, locals, and the community to get more involved. We are looking to collaborate with Teaching Assistants, IT Assistants, Research/Graduate Assistants, and Interns. We encourage you to join Groupchat and to subscribe to Google Event Calendar and to participate in our monthly biweekly team planning meetings on Friday 5:30pm CET on Zoom​.

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