Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers


Audrey Bergouignan is a permanent researcher at the French Research Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (IPHC) in Strasbourg where she leads the Team Physiological Adaptations to Gravity & Health. For the last 13 years, she has been investigating the physiological adaptations to gravity-dependent activities and their applications to human health. She has served as an expert in Nutrition and Metabolism for the project THESEUS (Marie Curie FP7) that aimed at defining the European roadmap for Space Exploration, and participates to the ESA topical team on the regulation of Energy Balance in Space. Her team has led the protocol ENERGY (PI: S. Blanc) that has measured the energy needs of the astronauts while on the ISS for the last 10 years.



Medical Inspector for Public Health.

Winter-over at Kerguelen Island in 1976 as station doctor. Participation to many summer parties in Antarctica and in french sub-antarctic islands. Participation to the International Biomedical Expedition to the Antarctic (IBEA) in 1980-81 studying human adaptation to life in Antarctica and polar environments. Senior Medical Officer of Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF) and Paul Emile Victor French Polar Institute (IPEV) from 1981 to 2014, in charge of:

-medical screening, information and preparation of the personnel applying to expeditions organized by TAAF and the French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV);

-organization of TAAF/IPEV field medical units: doctors recruitment and hospital equipment;

-development of remote medicine equipments and technics;

-applied studies in the field of adjustment to Isolated and Confined Environments (ICE);

-coordination of research programmes in human biology and medicine (cooperation with ESA on studies conducted at the French-Italian Concordia station, an inland Antarctic station.
Research in the field of man adaptation to life in long term missions in isolated an confined environments as associated member of the Laboratoire de psychologie appliquée de Reims. Most of the studies were applied studies dealing with: – remote medicine -psychosocial adaptation to life in isolated and confined situations (selection, training, follow-up, care…) – topics related with extreme situations such as future planetary missions (analogs and simulations).

French member at the Joint SCAR COMNAP Expert Group in human Biology and Medicine. Past chairman of the Expert Group. Member of the French National Committee for Antarctic Research (CNFRA). Past Secretary of the CNFRA.


Jean-François Bottollier-Depois studied physic at the Grenoble University. He prepared a PhD in nuclear physics, speciality instrumentation and measurements. He went to CERN as a Fellow for 3 years. Employed since 1992 at the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN, France) in the field of Radiation Protection. He was the Head of external dosimetry department from 2003 to 2015 in charge of dosimetry research and expertise in various sectors of activity (industry, medicine, aeronautic, space…). Involved in dosimetric system R&D; dosimetric studies for workers, patients and public; and dose reconstruction in case of radiological accident. Since 2016, he is Deputy Director of Radiological Protection and Health. Member of various organisations: ISO, ICRU, ICRP, EURADOS. Particular interests are dosimetry in complex fields (cosmic radiation, neutrons, photons) and dose assessment in case of radiological accident.  



David Brutin received his M.Sc. / Engineering diploma in mechanical engineering in 2000 with a semester spent at the University of Iowa, College of Engineering. In 2003 he obtained his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Provence, France. He became Assistant Professor at Aix-Marseille University, France in 2005, and Associate Professor 2009, after completing his Habilitation. In 2015, he were promoted Full Professor at Aix-Marseille University, Polytech’ Marseille and got also an excellency fellowship from the « Institut Universitaire de France » for the period 2015-2020. His work focuses on phase change heat transfer, pure and complex fluids physics (refrigerants, blood, nanofluids), soft matter, with applications in space science, aeronautics, biomedical, forensic science, and printing technology. He is author of 45 papers in peer reviewed journals, member of the editorial board of « Colloids and Interface Science Communications » publishe by Elsevier and « Interfacial Phenomena and Heat Transfer » published by Begell House. He is editor of a collaborative book, « Droplet Spreading and Evaporation » published by Elsevier. David Brutin is also the director of the french research group on microgravity (GDR 2799 MFA) hosted by CNRS.




After studying at INSA Lyon and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Bioinformatics and Artificial Intelligence, respectively), Ugo worked in software, before joining the Shadow Robot Company in 2009 as a Software Engineer. Ugo worked his way up to the role of Chief Technical Architect, where he drove technical roadmap for Shadow. He joined Spoon in December 2017 as the Director of Research. Passionate about AI, robots and remote work, he’s helping to bring more intelligence to the creatures developed at Spoon. 


Frank De Winne holds a master’s degree in telecommunications and civil engineering (1984) and is a graduate from Empire Test Pilot school (1992). He also commanded the BAF 349 Squadron and  the Deployable Air Task Force during operations Allied Force in 1999.

In 2002 he flew his first 10 day mission to the ISS. In 2009, Frank flew a six months mission to the ISS, during which Frank became the first European Commander of the ISS.

Currently, Frank is the head of the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.


Claude-Gilles DUSSAPS

Prof Claude-Gilles DUSSAP graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toulouse in 1978. He did his PhD degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department, focusing on development of bioreactor at the University Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand). He is presently head of the team Chemical Engineering, Applied Thermodynamics and Biosystems in the Institut Pascal (University Blaise Pascal – CNRS). He has been much involved in the analysis of the relationships, which exist between the physiological responses of microorganisms and bioreactors environment. This includes insightful investigation in metabolic engineering (metabolic fluxes distribution, control and regulation of metabolism) and thorough analysis of bioreactor performances regarding the mass, heat, light-energy transfer and mixing properties of reactors. He has a strong experience in mathematical modeling of biological kinetics, thermodynamic equilibrium properties of aqueous solutions and of reactor characteristics.  He has a track record experience in the design and the mathematical modeling of MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) ecosystem, which is the biological life support system developed by European Spatial Agency (ESA) for long duration spatial missions. He is involved in the definition of European priorities for Life Support issues associated with Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee with European Space Agency (HESAC board). His main domain of expertise covers all the process engineering aspects of the bioreactors design, modeling, scale-up and control in relation with the food quality and nutritional properties of food recipes for astronauts. His interests have been extended to bioenergy production processes and assessment of environmental impact of biotechnology processes regarding 2G and 3G biofuels. The results of these research works have been published in 150 papers. He has supervised 30 PhD students and 70 MSc lab works.


With more than 20 years’ experience as a digital and online entrepreneur, since 2014 Emmanuel Etcheparre and his partner Nicolas Gaume have paid particular attention to the evolutions taking place in the space sector, most notably in terms of the possibility for private initiatives, as well as the very real opportunities for industrial development provided by what is now called New Space. Emmanuel graduated from the European Business School of Bordeaux 1993 (INSEEC Group), and has also attended sessions at Polytechnic, Newcastle University and NYU, as well as having worked around the world. As a self-learner, Emmanuel has initiated numerous innovative projects including France’s first web agency dedicated to the wine sector in 1994 (Ludexpress), the first real-time extranet for the wine trade in Bordeaux, as well as the first BtoB real time platform for online wine trading (…  

Emmanuel is now entirely invested in Space Biology Unlimited alongside his partner Nicolas Gaume, with the assurance that this project is at the cutting edge of a sector that will be as revolutionary as was the internet sector in the 1990’s, fostering new actors, ideas and methodologies that will in turn develop new business models adapted to the challenges of New Space.

Michel FAUP

Michel FAUP was graduated from Ecole Supérieure d’Optique in 1983. He joined CNES in 1984 as responsible for the development of sensors for robotics, rendez-vous and docking, non-destructive control and microgravity experiments. In 1989, he was appointed System responsible in an integrated team between ESA and CNES in charge of the development of Silex project (Intersatellite optical experiment between Spot4 and Artemis). From 1997 to 2004, he was head of various teams in charge of constellation engineering, application engineering, radiocommunications engineering. He was then head of the service in charge of CNES radiocommunications projects during ten years. In January 2016, he joined the CNES Directorate for Innovation, Applications and Science as Manager of of Innovation and Prospective.


 Akos Hegyi is currently Head of ISS Services within the Space Systems Unit of Airbus Defence and Space. He leads the Industrial Team responsible ISS Columbus Operations, Sustainability and Evolution. Prior to that, he has built up and led the EDRS SpaceDataHighway, a  Public-Private-Partnership program with ESA, for Airbus DS’ Communication, Intelligence & Security Unit. EDRS SpaceDataHighway provides laser communication services from geostationary orbit to Earth Observation Satellites and UAVs. Akos was previously also Head of Strategy at Astrium Services as well as Senior Manager for Corporate Development Space at Airbus HQ.


Date of birth: 27 October 1965 – Graduated from Military Medical Academy in 1988 (Clinical medicine. Physiologist. MD), Military flight school in 1998 (Pilot-engineer) and The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in 2013 (Government and municipal administration. Manager).

Since 1988 through April 2016 worked in Gagarin cosmonaut training center (GCTC), Federal Space Agency State Company for performing the training of cosmonauts and astronauts for space flights, as 1988-1990  Leading doctor assistant,

1990-1996  Leading doctor. Medical support of the cosmonauts training.

1996- 2016 Cosmonaut. Participation in International Space Station program. 3 long duration space flights as Soyuz vehicle commander and ISS 23 and ISS 38 crew commander. Spent 526 days in space. Performed 6 EVA’s.

Since May 2016 through October 2017 Central Institute of Machine Building, Russian Federal Space Agency worked in position – Head of Human space flight program center, responsible for planning and implantation of space experiments on the International Space Station.

Since November 2017 by this time has been working for Institute biomedical problem , Russian science academy. Current position-Deputy director for science, responsible for biomedical science program aboard International Space Station.

Area of expertise – implementation of the experiments on manned space stations.

Chaouqi MISBAH

Chaouqi MISBAH Joined the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris for a Phd in 1985, and has been recruited  after his Phd as a research assistant by the National French Scientific Center. In 1993 he moved to Grenoble and built a new group working on soft matter and complex and biological fluids. In 2002 he received a major award of the French Academy of Science and Gold medal of University of Grenoble for his achievement in nonlinear science and soft matter. In 2017 he has been promoted as a Research Director of Exceptional Category in CNRS. His research interest span the fields of nonlinear pattern formation, blood flow and endothelial dysfunctions on earth and in microgravity, cell motility and microswimming.  He published over 200 articles referenced in ISI web of Science. His major contributions are discovery of parity breaking in eutectic growth, the extension of the Einstein and Taylor results of viscosity to the vesicle problem (a model of red blood cells), and derivation of constitutive laws, as well as the explanation of why do red blood cells have asymmetric shapes even in a symmetric flow. He holds many national and international responsibilities. He is now a member of the editorial board of the French Academy of – Director of Research of Exceptional Category

Xavier ROSER

1995, Join Thales Alenia Space (then Aerospatiale satellite division), as attitude and control engineer for observation and science program. Responsible for developing and deployment of new modelling and simulation environment.

2000, Avionics advanced studies section manager for observation and science. Architecture of multi-mission modular avionics.

2002, Avionics Product Line Manager for Exploration, Science & Earth Observation

2005-2015, Section Manager of Satellite System Engineering for Observation, Science and Exploration Satellites, with major role on Architecture and Proposals:

  • EXOMARS Trace Gas Orbiter
  • Meteosat 3rd Generation
  • SWOT

Since 2015, Product Line Manager for  Science Orbiter and In-Orbit Servicing applications. This encompasses the coordination of the module ESPRIT for the  future international manned exploration program, Gateway, preparation of technologies for exploration orbiter, in-orbit servicing.

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