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Courses are planned, coordinated and implemented by the partner universities of the Alliance. They take place on the campuses of the institutions in Toulouse, Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, Kraków, Lulea and Kiruna. You can attend the courses in person, distant or blended. To access a course, you should send an email to the responsible coordinator mentioned in the course description.

The courses are typically delivered in English as well as in other languages such as French, German, Polish and Swedish.

As an UNIVERSEH student, you will have the opportunity to combine courses across Universities and access foreign language classes in a multilingual environment.

* Recognition of  ECTS credits as part of your study programme depends on the policies and procedures of each UNIVERSEH member university. For more information about the policy on credit recognition, please contact the UNIVERSEH Team at your home university.

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Offered by Heinrich Heine Univsersity Duesseldorf in cooperation with UNIVERSEH

Teachers:

  • Tobias Winnerling
  • Stefan Reiners-Selbach

Duration:

  • October 2023 - January 2024

Teaching modalities:

  • On campus

Requirements:

  • Students of an advanced semester
  • German level B2 (course language will be German)

How do we know what we know about space? And how did we come to know it as we do today? Knowledge about the natural world and its interrelationships not only increased at an accelerated rate during the early modern period. New attempts were made to make this knowledge accessible in at least a somewhat manageable form. New encyclopaedias, lexicons and other forms of knowledge literature were produced, in which the most important things to know were to be reproduced in ever more volumes. What forms and structures emerged in this process? What happened to areas of knowledge when they not only had to be pressed between two book covers, but also into the form of encyclopaedic articles?

Using the holdings of the ULB Düsseldorf and digitised works, this course attempts to reconstruct the forms and structures knowledge of outer space took in European encyclopaedias, lexicons, dictionaries and other textual forms of information storage between the 17th and early 19th centuries. In doing so we aim to trace the development of a shifting body of popular(ized) knowledge as it became increasingly informed by the results of the emerging natural sciences on the one and the changing needs to adapt to the time-specific prerequisites for communication to a broader literate public on the other hand. To be able to do so while handling a massive amount of textual material the application of digital methods as well as the reflection on their respective possibilities and limits will form integral parts of the course.

Registration:

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Offered by Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf in cooperation with UNIVERSEH

Lecturer:

  • Rolf Kailuweit

Duration:

  • 11. October 2023 - 31. January 2024

Teaching modalities:

  • On campus

Requirements:

  • Open to all interested Master students

As part of the European Space University for Earth and Humanity (UNIVERSEH) project, cultural aspects of dealing with exocultures are to be examined. On the one hand, we will deal with the narratives to be located at the interface of factuality and fictionality, which report on the encounter between humans and extraterrestrials. What are the differences between entertaining science fiction and politically explosive conspiracy ideologies that refer to very similar plots? On the other hand, these narratives should be compared with ideas about possible contact with exocultures that shape public and private space programs. The aim is to determine the discursive function that references to exocultures have in our society. The focus should be on the Romance-speaking countries as well as on the German- and English-speaking area.

Registration:

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Offered by Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf and University of Toulouse - Jean Jaurès

Lecturers:

  • Claire Cazajous-Augé
  • Jens Temmen

Duration:

  • October 2023 - December 2023

Teaching modalities:

  • Online + on-campus

Requirements:

  • Open to all interested Master students
  • English level B2
  • Willingness to travel to Rome (December 2023)

Our class “Critical Space Studies: The Second Space Age and the Anthropocene” takes its cue from the 21st-century reinvigoration of space exploration via both state-led, but particularly private enterprises that seek to explore, exploit, settle, and own outer space and its celestial bodies. The project follows the demand that increasing space exploration activities in combination with privatized modes of exploration and plans for permanent settlement warrants the conceptualization of a “Second Space Age” (or “NewSpace”) that can be distinguished from a state-led “First Space Age“ centering around the Cold War race for the Moon. Even though space exploration retains its role as an important avenue to imagine critical futures for humanity across these separate yet connected historical eras, our class pays particular attention to how the exploration and colonization of outer space has been specifically reframed as not only progressive and desirable, but also as inevitable to ensure the survival of humanity in face of the multiple crises of the Anthropocene. Within this “astrofuturist” framework that pervades literature and popular culture as much as scientific and legal frameworks, destructive scenarios of global warming are met with the idea of exodus to or resettlement on other planets, prospects of resource scarcity with plans of expanding resource extractivism to other planets and moons, overpopulation with the terraforming of Mars, and terrestrial landscapes desolated by exploitative industries with off-world heavy industry. Beyond being a guide to mere human survival, this “Second Space Age” also includes hopeful if not utopian visions of space colonization as a transformative posthuman experience of breaking with humanity’s terrestrial history and even of promoting humanity’s potential immortality. The promise of space exploration as a way to transcend humankind’s terrestrial and bodily limitations and simultaneously as a safeguard against the effects of climate change, pandemics and nuclear war, has become a powerful narrative that garners both global attention and excessive funding, and has invigorated both state-led and private enterprises to capitalize and militarize outer space, from Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to the U.S. Space Force as a new military branch.

Through the course material and the invaluable contribution of our guest speakers, our class will approach the subject through the lenses of the environmental humanities, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and transnational American Studies. It will explore the ways in which the notion of humanity’s salvation in outer space relies on a dangerous reframing of the multidimensional crises of the Anthropocene as irresolvable, and will refocus instead on the entanglement of space colonization discourses with unequal structures of capitalism, extractivist colonialism, territoriality, gender, and racialization/eugenics. The project aims at a structured analysis of current narratives of the reinvigoration of space exploration and colonization across different media (from popular science books to space activist websites and Hollywood) through the lenses of contemporary humanities research which addresses these entanglements beyond questions of mere technological feasibility or teleological notions of progress often circulated in science and technology. 

The class will be divided in three blocks schedueld through the course of the semester. The class will be reading intensive, requires the students to work independently in groups, and will feature guest lectures and group presentations in the final weeks of the class. Enrolled students will be able to participate in a fully-funded class excursion to Rome, to visit our partner university Tor Vergata.

A detailed reading list, a class syllabus and description of class requirements will be circulated before the beginning of the semester in September.

Registration:

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Offered by Luleå University of Technology and University of Toulouse

Lecturers:

  • Victoria Barabash
  • Hassan Sabbah
  • Rene Laufer

Duration:

  • October 2023 - June 2024

Teaching modalities:

  • On campus + online

Requirements:

  • Students of an advanced semester (minimum 180 ECTS)
  • Scientific and engineering profile
  • English level B2
  • Willingness to travel to Toulouse during the finale stages of balloon preperation and launch (~ March 2024)

This is a project-based course in which students run a regular high-altitude balloon program going through an entire cycle of a space mission. They start by analyzing previous stratospheric balloon missions developed by students. Then in small specialized teams they tackle the various aspects of a space mission: mechanical, thermal, electric architecture; attitude control and navigation (passive), power generation and management, on-board data handling, data telemetry, payload operation and data acquisition, as well as project management. After having chosen one or several science objectives, the students design, build and test (including vacuum and cryogenics) their payload to study the atmosphere or to test a new technology in space. By the end of the first semester, the balloon payload is then launched from Aire-sur-l'Adour in collaboration with the balloon division of CNES (and/or in Kiruna with SNSA).

The main goal of this course is to create an environment in which students can plan and perform a balloon project mission with a scientific payload and critically select and evaluate relevant scientific and technical information within the subject. After completing the course, the students will be able to define primary and secondary objectives for their mission by writing detailed specifications and an efficient working flow package. Students will be also able to analyze and propose future improvements and developments and identify further knowledge needs and take responsibility for self- knowledge progress. Students will also have experience of writing proposals to the French Space Agency (CNES), and/or Swedish Space Agency SNSA.

Skills:
Systems engineering, project management, solving conflicting constraints, writing space documentation and reports.

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Lecturers:

  • Anne Pavy-Le Traon
  • Florent Destruhaut
  • Safouane Hamdi
  • Sara Laurencin
  • Laure Boyer
  • Claire Laurens
  • Veronica Pereda-Loth
  • Mateusz Daniol
  • Agneta Larsson
  • Pia Elbe

Duration:

  • February 2024 - May 2024

Teaching modalities:

  • On campus or online

Requirements:

  • Students of an advanced semester
  • Scientific and engineering profile with a specific interest in health and medicine
  • English level B2

This introduction to Spatial Medicine is designed for non-specialists and will offer an introduction to the space environment. It will subsequently provide an insight on space physiology and medicine, considering the impact of space flights on health and the associated adaptations and modifications of the human body (metabolism, bone and muscles, sleep, cells and molecules...). It will also give an overview of the different types of risks for health existing in Space environments and on possible solutions to monitor and solve a health problem during space flights (use of medication, oral biology...). The different models for ground simulation of spaceflight effects will also be presented. Finally, it will help students to better understand the link between Space, Medicine technology and cognitive sciences. Thanks to an introduction to space applications for health on Earth, the students will be involved in practical cases on how to collect health data in spaceflights and simulation experiments.

The course level and contents will be adapted according to the existing programmes in which it will be integrated (most probably Bachelor last year/Master 1 level) but a scientific background is needed. The idea is to offer this introductory course to future engineers or entrepreneurs who will work on space applications linked to Health and Medicine and who will need a global overview combining basic knowledge of medicine and of the major issues/challenges regarding Health and Space.

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Offered by the University of Luxembourg and INP Toulouse

Lecturers:

  • Mahulena Hofmann
  • Marie-Laure Boucheret

Duration:

  • October 2023 - December 2023

Teaching modalities:

  • Hybrid

Requirements:

  • You have to postulate for acceptance.

Nowadays, with the emergence of new space technology, to stay competitive in the space industry, students need to develop an expertise and knowledge in the fields of business and law. This interdisciplinary course will combine technical with law and business aspects of satellite communication systems. Students will submerge themselves into an interdisciplinary work environment and collaborate with other students from either a law or technical background. They will work together to solve problems in teams, which is also an asset from the societal point of view.

For the technically educated students, the courses are eye-opening in presenting the regulatory and business aspects of space activities. For the law students, the exchange with the technically trained students is enriching as they will cooperate with technical experts in the practice and must at least understand the problems which they are expected to solve. For both groups, the business aspect of satellite communications systems will be new and enlarge their competences. The interdisciplinarity of the course is a simulation of situations in a real employment world.

Our goal is to build the bridges between the different fields to reach a common goal and break the silos of traditional work environments.

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Offered by University of Toulouse

Lecturer:

  • Guillaume Loizelet

Duration:

  • 23. October 2023 - 20. December 2023

Teaching modalities:

  • Hybrid

Requirements:

  • Open to all interested students, as long as you are not afraid of mathematical considerations.
  • English level B2

This is a project-base course in which students put themselves in the position of ancient astronomers and try to develop their own mathematical models in order to predict the position of one of the five planets that can be observed with the naked eye.

The main goal of the course is for students to experiment the scientific method: confronting tough questions, making small but incremental progress and taking advantage of feedback.

The historical field will be the students' playground. The first courses will explain some of the ancients findings on mathematical astronomy such as the neo-babylonians’ zig-zag functions and Ptolemy’s geometrical models. Then students will choose one planet, one location, and one period of time and will produce their own models and confront them to the real motions of the planet using the Stellarium software.

The range of the historical discussion will go from the middle of the third millennium BP to Einstein’s breakthrough in the early twentieth century: the questions of the ancient astronomers may be seen as natural ones, their answers may be seen as cultural ones, but what is really at stake in this course is about the search for understanding what might not be understood and the long term process of mankind trying to figure it out.

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Offered by AGH University of Science and Technology, Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Luleå University of Technology and University of Toulouse.

Lecturers:

  • Mateusz Danioł
  • Florent Destruhaut
  • Safouane Hamdi
  • Josef Kozak
  • Agneta Larsson
  • Jessica Ljungberg
  • Anne Pavy-Le Traon
  • Laure Boyer

Duration:

  • October 2023 - December 2023

Teaching modalities:

  • Online

Requirements:

  • Students of an advanced semester
  • Scientific and/or medical profile with knowledge in e. g. computer science, electronics or material engineering, physics and instrumentation or participating in an business-oriented professional project
  • English level B2

It’s hard to imagine long-lasting manned space missions without personalized healthcare provided onboard, and it is hard to imagine modern space healthcare without engineering and technology. In this course students will get an overview of current trends and challenges in medical technology for space. The course focuses on the technologies which are currently in use and on technologies which might make long-term space-flights possible in the near future. All the aspects are presented both in a general and a specific manner through several practical scenarios.

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Offered by Luleå University of Technology, INP Toulouse, ENM Toulouse and TBS Toulouse

Lecturers:

  • Olivier Pannekoucke
  • Laurent Borrel
  • Gilles Lafforgue
  • Mathias Milz

Duration:

  • October 2023 to January 2024

Teaching modalities:

  • Online

Requirements:

  • Master Student (level 1)

The course proposed here will focus on the economic impact of weather and the cost associated with climate change. Initially, scientific generalities on meteorology and climate will be described in order to provide students with main concepts and basic knowledge on the subject. A focus on the polar regions, where the impact of climate change is a strong marker of the phenomena, will be provided to highlight the effects of human activities on climate.

Following this, the economical dimension will be addressed and this course will focus essentially on two aspects. The first aspect addressed is the risk management of weather-sensitive activities and the second part will focus on the understanding of the economic aspects of climate change.

The final target is to give students the capacity to understand climate issues, to understand and assess the associated public policies and to take appropriate decisions in their personal and professional activities.

To address these questions, this course consists of lectures given by experts of ENM, Lulea University and Toulouse Business School, active learning and personal projects requiring an answer by students to a problem elaborated by an expert of socio-economic activities.

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Offered by University of Luxembourg, TSB Toulouse and ISAE-Supaero Toulouse

Lecturers:

  • Eric Tschirhart
  • Christophe Benaroya
  • Emmanuel Zenou

Duration:

  • October 2023 to April 2024

Teaching modalities:

  • Blended

Requirements:

  • Demonstrate a documented interest in the field
  • English level B2

In a fast-growing space environment, there is a crucial need to cross-combine skills and expertise to speed up space project development, be it in terms of technical/technological, business or legal acumen. Time has come to interact and work in a collaborative and comprehensive way and from the outset between all key stakeholders.

This course aims at providing to the participants, whatever their educational or cultural background, not only a "common language" but also an efficient working culture combining technical, legal and business dimensions, enabling them to work more efficiently on the design and development of space-related projects, with a shared mindset.

A key feature of the course is the blend of students of different backgrounds, combined with eye-opening course material; with this configuration, interdisciplinarity is total. The subjects treated will focus on giving the students the opportunity to engage in both the entrepreneurial challenges associated with innovation and start-up marketing; as well as the legal and business issues associated with space economy and intellectual property.

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Past courses

The course “Critical Outer Space Studies“ will explore the complex field of study that is the science and exploration of outer space through a variety of disciplinary lenses such as environmentalism, posthuman studies, mobility studies, astroethics, or postcolonial studies.
Participating students will have the unique opportunity to engage with the work of leading scholars and scientists in all of these fields through seminar sessions and their discussions of texts, films, reports and other material, as well as via the accompanying Lecture Series.
The course curriculum includes two field trips to HHU Düsseldorf and Université Toulouse -Jean Jaurès for the first and final sessions of class, respectively, which will be fully funded for enrolled students.

30 hours, 3 ETCSCo-modal teaching - October 10th — December 12th 2022

HHU Düsseldorf • Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès

Teachers:

  • Marcus Liwicki
  • Hamam Mokayed
  • Andrzej Skoczeń
  • Maciej Wielgosz

The course provides a wide insight into neural network (NN) algorithms and their hardware implementation. The development of NN applications is typically carried out using GPUs and requires a long calculation time. The course gives participants the ability to accelerate and shorten inferring latency using dedicated hardware with limited resources. Although this idea can be adopted in many different applications from many disciplines, the course demonstrates practical examples from space-related research projects. The main goal is to motivate, illustrate, and experience the impact of Machine Language (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the space sector.

Besides the emphasis on creating practical design on the available hardware platforms, the course presents a survey of commercially available (and recently introduced by leading manufacturers) systems for hardware implementation of neural algorithms. A survey of dedicated processors with neural architectures currently being developed is also covered.

Another fascinating subject in the course concerns emerging technologies dedicated to future hardware neuromorphic systems currently in the R&D stage.

The huge innovation potential of ML is strongly emphasised during the course. Practical examples of innovative projects are presented to illustrate the impact of ML and AI in business activity.

 

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Hybrid Lecture Series open to non-specialists

March 28th and April 13th 2023

Join the UNIVERSEH’s space crew and take a ride to discover the perspectives around this passionate theme, proposed by specialists from different fields of science.

UNIVERSEH invites you to the multidisciplinary conference cycle: "Sustainability and Space Sector". Whether it is in the field of launch vehicles, the sustainability of the earth as seen from space, sustainability in critical space studies, or ethical issues related to space debris, there are many interpretations.

The Sustainability and Space Sector: Multidisciplinary Lecture Series, open to non-specialists, will be held live and online from the Université Toulouse Jean Jaures.

Please find below the lectures and here the links to the registration forms.

Mar 28th, 2023

16:30 – 17:30

Online

Margot Clauss & Bernd M Weiss

Luleå University of Technology

Towards a Sustainable and

Circular Space Economy

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Apr 13th, 2023,

16:30 – 17:30

Room PM1

Philippe Malrieu building

Dagmara Stasiowska,

AGH University of Science and Technology

Can Student-Built Rockets Benefit Science? Register here

Past Lectures

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dunning
Miami University, FL USA

When?   Tuesday, June 27th, 2023, 18h

Where?  Online via WebEx

Who?      Open to the public

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