800 Years of Space at the University of Padua

UNIPD Palazzo Bo

UNIPD Palazzo Bo

Via VIII Febbraio, 2, 35122 Padova PD

Aim of the conference

The conference, inserted in the program of events celebrating the 800 years of the University of Padova, is jointly organized by several Departments and the Centre for Space Studies and Activities ‘Giuseppe Colombo’ (CISAS) of the University of Padova and by the INAF Astronomical Observatory of Padova, together with the EuroMoonMars programme.

The conference aims to bring together distinguished lecturers celebrating the immense legacy of the past 800 years in Science, Technology, Humanities, Art and Innovation of Padova, its University, Astronomical Observatory and entire City, a legacy that paves the way to further great achievements in a bright future.

To this end, the conference, besides presenting the complexity and risks of space travel, aims to emphasize the impact of Space research in everyday life and the progress of human exploration of deep Space, in order to create conditions for more comfortable life and work.

Sessions will be devoted to Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geodesy. Other sessions will treat habitats in Space, from the International Space Station (ISS) to the Moon and Mars. Several aspects of the life on such habitats will be examined, from biomedicine to nutrition to psychology to political interactions among nations and private consortia. Students will expound their experience in Space simulants.

A dedicated session will underline the specific role of women in Space science, technology and life.

Among such diverse aspects, the conference will touch on humanities and art in Space, for the better well-being of astronauts in long duration flights and sojourns. These sessions have been organized with the support of the EuroMoonMars and ArtMoonMars programmes and of the Moon Gallery Foundation.

The conference aims to involve the public as well. An exhibition, organized with the support of the City of Padova, will display models of scientific instruments realized by Academy and Industry, conceived for important Space missions where the University of Padova had and will have a leading role. Moreover, the exhibition will show a copy of the Moon Gallery artworks presently in flight aboard on the ISS. Several of such miniature masterpieces have been provided by Padova artists. Among these, a golden cube reminds of the eighteen years of Galileo Galilei in Padova, the happiest years of his life.

A public conference is foreseen with the Italian astronaut Maurizo Cheli, during which a live conversation will be attempted with Italian astronauts on the ISS and at the NASA Space Center in Houston. In the Social Event at the Specola, Apollo trees seeds will be donated to our University.




    • 8:45 AM 9:30 AM
      Registration Palazzo Bo

      Palazzo Bo

    • 9:30 AM 11:20 AM
      Opening ceremony
      Convener: Piero Benvenuti (UNIPD)
      • 9:30 AM
        Welcome Address and Remembrance of Prof. Stefano Debei by the Rector of the University, D. Mapelli 10m
      • 9:40 AM
        Welcome address by the Mayor of Padova, S. Giordani 10m
      • 9:50 AM
        President of Italian Space Agency (ASI), G. Saccoccia 20m
      • 10:10 AM
        President of Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), M. Tavani 20m
      • 10:30 AM
        Director ILEAWG & EuroMoonMars program 10m
        Speaker: B. Foing (ILEAWG & EuroMoonMars)
      • 10:40 AM
        The significance of the conference in the frame of the 800 years celebrations 20m
        Speaker: S. Pavanello (UNIPD)
      • 11:00 AM
        The historic perspective, 800 years of Comet Halley in Padova 20m
        Speakers: C. Barbieri (UNIPD), I. Bertini (UNIPARTHENOPE)
    • 11:20 AM 11:40 AM
      Coffee break 20m
    • 11:40 AM 1:20 PM
      Opening ceremony
      • 11:40 AM
        The Space Science Programme of ESA 20m
        Speaker: L. Colangeli (ESA)
      • 12:00 PM
        Space Activities at CISAS 20m
        Speaker: G. Piotto (UNIPD - CISAS)
      • 12:20 PM
        Space programs at the INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Padova 20m
        Speaker: R. Ragazzoni (INAF - OAPD)
      • 12:40 PM
        Space and Biomedicine at the University of Padova 20m
        Speaker: M. Narici (UNIPD)
      • 1:00 PM
        The Space Programs of ASI in Medicine: Global Exploration Roadmap 20m
        Speaker: G. Mascetti (ASI)
    • 1:20 PM 2:30 PM
      Lunch Break 1h 10m
    • 2:30 PM 3:30 PM
      Science, Technology and Innovation in Space
      Convener: L. Benacchio (INAF)
      • 2:30 PM
        Space and Innovation at the University of Padova 20m
        Speaker: F. Dughiero (UNIPD)
      • 2:50 PM
        From Hubble to Webb: international collaboration at its best 20m
        Speaker: M. Sirianni (ESA)
      • 3:10 PM
        25 years of Research Projects on Space Data, Instruments and Astronautics 20m
        Speaker: B. Foing (ILEAWG & EuroMoonMars)
    • 3:30 PM 3:50 PM
      Coffee Break 20m
    • 3:50 PM 6:40 PM
      Science, Technology and Innovation in Space
      Convener: U. Trivelloni (Regione Veneto)
      • 3:50 PM
        From Mercury to the Medicean Moons: BepiColombo and Juice 20m
        Speaker: G. Cremonese (INAF)
      • 4:10 PM
        The ESA PANGAEA training program for astronauts (by video connection) 20m
        Speaker: M. Massironi (UNIPD)
      • 4:30 PM
        Giuseppe Colombo and Space Geodesy 20m
        Speaker: A. Caporali (UNIPD)
      • 4:50 PM
        The “Giuseppe Colombo” Matera station of ASI 20m
        Speaker: G. Bianco (ASI)
      • 5:10 PM
        The Galileo Navigation Satellite System: status update and tribute to Galileo Galilei 20m
        Speaker: P. Buist (Galileo Reference Centre, EUSPA)
      • 5:30 PM
        Round Table Discussion on Space Future 1h 10m

        convener G. Caprara (journalist)

        P. Benvenuti (UNIPD),
        P. Cooper (economist),
        V. La Regina (president NanoRacks UE),
        V. Giorgio (Thales Alenia Space),
        R.Ayazi (Nereus),
        S. Di Pippo (Bocconi University),
        M. Praet (ESA)

    • 9:00 PM 10:30 PM
      Public conference of Astronauts at Sala dei Giganti: From Space Shuttle to the future Moon and Mars exploration. 1h 30m

      Public conference at Sala dei Giganti with Telmo Pievani:
      • Roberto Ragazzoni presents Maurizio Cheli (Space Shuttle Columbia STS-75 mission)
      • Video connections with Italian astronaut Luca Parimtano at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston

    • 9:30 AM 11:10 AM
      Spaceflight, Human factors
      Convener: A. Porzionato (UNIPD)
      • 9:30 AM
        Human factors in space: why and how to measure them 20m
        Speaker: F. Babiloni (UNIROMA)
      • 9:50 AM
        Preserving muscle function in space 20m
        Speaker: G. Ferrigno (POLMI)
      • 10:10 AM
        Nutritional aspects of Human Space Flight 20m
        Speaker: G. Biolo (UNITS)
      • 10:30 AM
        Psychological aspects of Human Space Flight 20m
        Speaker: A. Angrilli (UNIPD)
      • 10:50 AM
        Changes in astronauts' brain after long duration space missions 20m
        Speaker: M. Marino (UNI Leuven)
    • 11:10 AM 11:40 AM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:40 AM 1:00 PM
      Space and Plants
      Convener: A. Berti (UNIPD)
      • 11:40 AM
        Photosynthesis under simulated exoplanetary conditions 20m
        Speaker: N. La Rocca (UNIPD)
      • 12:00 PM
        Space Farming 20m
        Speaker: S. De Pascale (UNINA - Federico II)
      • 12:20 PM
        Do plants move differently in space? 20m
        Speaker: U. Castiello (UNIPD)
      • 12:40 PM
        The Apollo Moon Trees 20m
        Speaker: D. Williams (NASA Goddard)
    • 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
      Lunch Break 1h 30m
    • 2:30 PM 4:10 PM
      Living in Space Habitats, resources and dangers
      Convener: S. Zaggia (INAF - OAPD)
      • 2:30 PM
        Solar Radiation Phenomena, from SoHO to Solar Orbiter 20m
        Speaker: G. Naletto (UNIPD)
      • 2:50 PM
        Genomic Changes Driven by Radiation-Induced DNA Damage and Microgravity in Human Cells 20m
        Speaker: M. Mognato (UNIPD)
      • 3:10 PM
        Lunar and Martian Resources 20m
        Speaker: E. Flamini (U. Chieti)
      • 3:30 PM
        The Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) experience on space habitats analogues 20m
        Speaker: R. Albrecht and G. Groemer (OeWF)
    • 4:10 PM 4:30 PM
      Coffee Break 20m
    • 4:30 PM 6:10 PM
      Innovation on Space Systems at CISAS
      Convener: G. Piotto (UNIPD)
      • 4:30 PM
        Programs of ASI Science Directorate for Universities and Research Institutes 20m
        Speaker: Mario Cosmo (ASI)
      • 4:50 PM
        Electrodynamic tethers to help the sustainability of near-Earth space 20m
        Speaker: E. Lorenzini (UNIPD)
      • 5:10 PM
        Enabling propulsion technologies at University of Padua for future mini satellite missions 20m
        Speaker: D. Pavarin (UNIPD)
      • 5:30 PM
        Research activities in the field of space debris at the University of Padova 20m
        Speaker: A. Francesconi (UNIPD)
      • 5:50 PM
        Solar pressure on spacecraft: problems and opportunities 20m
        Speaker: P.F. Brunello (UNIPD)
    • 6:10 PM 7:00 PM
      Session on Young Professionals and Students experiences and ideas
      Convener: Maurizio Pajola (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF))
      • 6:10 PM
        Young Professionals 50m

        L. Barilaro (MCAST): Space activities at the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology
        S. Crotti (PoliMi & EuroMoonMars): Habitat Internal Design and Human Factors Studies
        M. Campisi (UNIPD): Space and Biological ageing
        T. Giacon (UNIPD): Astronaut analog EMMPOL EXPERIENCE
        N. Sztajnkrycer (UNIPD): Astronaut analog CHILE EXPERIENCE
        G. Schievano (UNIPD): Satellite Navigation
        A. Barbaro (GEOS): Shock origin of diamonds in ureilitic meteorites
        I. Tomasi (UNIPD, GEOS): Earth-Moon-Mars analogues: lavatubes and possible underground settlements.

    • 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
      Social Event at the Specola: Donation to the Garden of the Biodiversity of Apollo trees seeds by David Williams, NASA Goddard Space Center. “Stellar Apericena" with the Chef of the Astronauts Stefano Polato (Place limited, reservation needed).¶
    • 9:30 AM 11:30 AM
      Session on Policy in Space
      Convener: P. Benvenuti (IAU)
      • 9:30 AM
        Space Diplomacy: a new paradigm for international relations? 20m
        Speaker: D. Burigana (UNIPD)
      • 10:10 AM
        Microelectronics and the global race to space 20m
        Speaker: A. Paccagnella (UNIPD)
      • 10:30 AM
        Quantum Communications in Space 20m
        Speaker: P. Villoresi (UNIPD)
      • 10:50 AM
        Theology to the test of the extraterrestrial life 20m
        Speaker: J. Arnould (CNES)
      • 11:10 AM
        Possible Future Developments in Space, Science, and Universities 20m
        Speaker: R. Albrecht (OeWF)
    • 11:30 AM 12:00 PM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
      Session on Humanities and Art in Space
      Convener: A. Autino (Space Renaissance International)
      • 12:00 PM
        ArtMoonMars program and ITACCUS projects bridging Space and Arts 20m
        Speaker: B. Foing (ILEWG & EuroMoonMars)
      • 12:40 PM
        Saints and Sinners in the sky (video talk) 20m
        Speaker: M. Mendillo (Boston Univ.)
    • 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
      Lunch Break 1h 30m
    • 2:30 PM 3:00 PM
      Video Talks: SPACE4WOMEN
      Convener: F. Ferri (UNIPD)
      • 2:30 PM
        Space Image Processing 7m
        Speaker: E. Bonora (Freelance)
      • 2:37 PM
        Biology and Radiation Research in Space and Analogues 7m
        Speaker: S. Baatout (SCK Leuven)
      • 2:44 PM
        Women and Poetry in Space 7m
        Speaker: D. Sobel (Scientific American)
      • 2:51 PM
        Astronaut analogs 7m
        Speaker: I. Cinelli (AIKO)
    • 3:00 PM 4:00 PM
      Round Table discussion and closing ceremony
      Convener: L. Benacchio
      • 3:00 PM
        Round Table: L'importanza dei distretti regionali Italiani nella new space economy 1h

        M. Barbarossa (Sidereus),
        V. Cafaggi (Dainese Dairlab),
        G. Dal Lago (Officina Stellare),
        G. Marchiori (E.I.E. Group),
        F. Zoppas (Regione Veneto, Rir-Air)

    • 4:00 PM 5:30 PM
      Conveners: L. Benacchio (INAF), S. Pavanello (UNIPD)
    • 5:30 PM 7:00 PM
      Introduction to the Moon Gallery and Guided tour of the Exhibit "Lo Spazio di Padova - Scienza, tecnologia, arte e storia"