Mars Science and Engineering
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon
International Space University
August 28 - September 3, 2022
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
Small class sizes, Labs
Assistant Professor, IST
Senior researcher at Institute for Systems and Robotics
Cofounder, Mars University
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
Astrobiologist and Exobiologist
Topics: Space and Mars Agriculture
Aerospace Human Factors Association
Topics: Human Factors, Space Medicine
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.
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.
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.