The ESA-FAIR Space Radiation School 2021

Cosmic radiation is considered the main health hazard for human exploration and colonization of the solar system: crewmembers may be exposed to different doses and qualities of radiation, threatening life quality and individual survivability, thereby disrupting mission success.

Radiation risk is characterized by a high uncertainty and lack of simple and efficient countermeasures. Most of the uncertainty on space radiation risk is associated with the limited knowledge of biological effects of cosmic rays. This creates a need for investigations into biological effects of space radiation in order to allow more accurate risk assessments, which in turn leads to more accurate planning of countermeasures.

For many years, ESA has been implementing space radiation research at the GSI particle accelerator in Darmstadt, the only one in Europe able to simulate cosmic radiation. GSI is now building FAIR, a new facility with even higher energy for cosmic ray simulation. Under the recently signed Cooperation Agreement between ESA and GSI-FAIR (ref.: ESA/C(2017)130), the ESA -FAIR Radiation Summer School has been established to train students in basic heavy ion biophysics for both terrestrial and space applications. The ESA -FAIR Radiation Summer School will contribute to research and development in the field of biomedical and biophysical applications of heavy ions in Europe and will highlight ESA’s commitment to stimulate the pursuit of education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as to foster interest and generate expertise relevant to Human Spaceflight activities. The school will be unique worldwide and is expected to attract large attention from the international community.


Webpage ESA-FAIR Space Radiation School 2019 and photo gallery

Special “space radiation day” September 2021

Didonna Maria
Biophysics Secretariat
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Planckstraße 1
64291 Darmstadt
Tel. +49-6159-71 2139
Fax +49-6159-71-2106
Office: SB2 3.130
E-Mail: bio-sekretariat(at)


Nicole Saleh
Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH
ESOC Secretarial Service
Robert-Bosch-Str. 5
64293 Darmstadt, Germany
Tel:  +49-6151-90-2613
Fax: +49-6151-90-495
E-Mail: nicole.saleh(at)

Joint Project Team

For ESA:
Dr. Thomas Reiter (Thomas.Reiter(at)
Dr. Dr. Jennifer Ngo-Anh (Jennifer.Ngo-Anh(at)

Dr. Marco Durante (M.Durante(at)
Dr. Corinna Kausch-Blecken von Schmeling (C.Kausch(at)