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A Solent University academic will take part in an event organised by the United Nations with space agencies from across the world to share existing practices and experiences which were discovered in a recent report.

15th June 2021
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Following the launch of the UK Space LABS position paper, ‘Why Space? Opportunities for Health and Life Sciences Innovation’, Dr Adam Hawkey, will be presenting to the United National Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on Tuesday 15th June 2021.

Dr Adam Hawkey, Associate Professor of Sport Science and Human Performance at Solent University, says: “The ‘Why Space?’ paper was commissioned primarily to look at how we can more effectively utilise space research in a terrestrial environment and how the technology used in health and life sciences can benefit society on earth.”

“The impact of this position paper has not only been to bring together researchers and industries from the UK to develop the UK space agenda alongside the UK Space Agency, but also help capture interest in a far wider audience.”

The report, ‘Why Space?’ of which Adam is a co-author, contains a Solent University case study specifically about the transferability and application of space research to sport and health on Earth.

“I am delighted to have been invited to present the findings from the report at the UNOOSA, space and global health workshop.

“This event has been organised by a working group of the United Nations which has been formed particularly to look at sharing existing practices and experiences in collaborative knowledge management in the domain of space and health. It will be attended by (UNOOSA) national representatives, but also officials from various space agencies including NASA, ESA, Roscosmos (Russia) and JAXA (Japan).”

The full report, ‘Why Space?’, produced by the UK Space LABS (UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences) group on behalf of both the Space, and Health and Life Science sectors in the UK can be read here: