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ESA's new Continously Open Research Announcement for Investigations into the Biological Effects of Space Radiation

Exposure of crewmembers to cosmic radiation and its effects on the human body is considered as the main showstopper for long-duration exploration human missions and future colonisation of the solar system. To advance our knowledge of the effects of cosmis radiation and to promote identification of appropriate countermeasures, ESA invites interested scientists to apply to the new Continuously Open Research Announcement CORA-IBER programme . This open call allows scientist to make use of beamtimes available at 5 European state-of-the-art radiation facilities in Europe (GANIL, France, AGOR KVI-CART, The Netherlands, HIT, Germany, UPTD, Germany and TIFPA, Italy) to address topics related to Biological Effects of Radiation. Information on the programme, details on the participating facilities and how to apply can be found in the links below. 


Research capabilities offered by ground based facilities not only improve the preparation of space experiments, but can also further scientific knowledge of the basic influence of gravity or other space or planetary conditions on life-, physical-, and interdisciplinary- processes in general.

The advantage of using ground based facilities will also considerably increase the potential for experimenting under simulated space conditions as compared to real space and microgravity access possibilities, which at present are still limited.

This will allow for more comprehensive research programmes, making them compatible with Earth-based research activities, and will favour the development of a strong community of scientists from all disciplines keen to include space-relevant research into their daily scientific activities.

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