This 34th annual Space Studies Program is a nine-week interdisciplinary immersion in the study of humankind’s evolving Experience of space provided by the International Space University and hosted by Portugese Space Agency, Technico Lisboa and Oeiras Valley. Dr Niamh Shaw, global faculty member of ISU, is co-chair of the Core seminar series of 46 lectures, delivered by the very best in the space sector. For the last six months she has worked alongside former NASA Chief Scientist Dr Jim Green, and Dr. Mike Simpson co-founder of Secure Space Foundation and former President of ISU to pull this curriculum together, which forms the first third of the summer programme of space in Portugal.
The core curriculum of the SSP consists of the core lectures and fundamental workshops. The Core Lecture Series and associated workshops ensure that participants have a basic grounding and common knowledge in the fundamentals of all the disciplines that are relevant to space programs. It also serves to ensure that participants understand the relationships among the various disciplines in any space-related activity. All participants attend the core lectures and fundamental workshops, which create the basic framework of knowledge to prepare them for informed and balanced judgment and subsequent teamwork.