beSPACE Session on Radiation – 04.12.2017 – ULB Campus Solbosch

It’s time for another beSPACE Session! The goal of the Sessions is to dig deeper into a technical topic with a limited number of speakers and a smaller audience.

For this Session we will focus on radiation, one of the most fascinating and difficult aspects of space. The following two speakers will guide us through this topic.


Sarah Baatout
Head of the Radiobiology Unit – Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN
Prof. Dr. Sarah Baatout is the director of the Radiobiology Unit at SCK•CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre). She is also Guest-Professor at Ghent University and maître de conférence at the University of Namur, teaching and directing research in the field of radiation biology, radiation protection, space biology and medicine. Sarah Baatout is a representative of Belgium at UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation) and is a member of the High Council for Health (Minister of Health). She is an alumni of the Royal Academy for Sciences and Arts of Belgium following the obtention of the prestigious Wetrems prize for the best discovery in the field of natural sciences. In 1991, she obtained a Master in Biology from UCLouvain followed by a PhD in Biochemistry at the UCLouvain in the field of oncology working on aggressive blood cancers. Presently, Sarah Baatout is also secretary/treasurer of the European Radiation Research Society. Since 2012, she is also member of the “Space” working group of the senate. She is also a member of various expert and audit groups as well as advising committees for the European Commission and the European Space Agency. She is/has been the promoters of 3 Postdocs and of 12 PhD students. She is the (co-) author of some 140 international papers.

Presentation: How does space radiation pose a threat to human space exploration?

Michel Mélotte
Radiation Expert – Thales Alenia Space in Belgium
Michel Mélotte received the qualification of Electrical Engineer from the Université de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, in 1981. He started his professional activities as designer of linear integrated circuits and finally became group leader. He has assumed various positions, inside Thales Alenia Space in Belgium in hybrid design, industrialisation and technology management. In 1993, Michel Mélotte has started his work on the effects of ionising radiation on electronics. Today it is an important part of his responsibilities in the space business. Michel is a member of the IEEE Nuclear science society, a member of the CA RADECS association and a member of the CTB radiation at ESA. He has organised, as general chairman, the conference RADECS 2000 and co-chair of the RADECS 2009. His current position in Thales Alenia Space is, as a member of the Research & Innovation team, the coordination of space radiation effects as senior expert.

Presentation: Space Ionizing Radiation Effects on Electronics


Important: admission is free but registration is mandatory. The number of seats is limited.

Date: Monday 04.12.2017

Programme:

  • 18:45 – Doors open
  • 19:00 – Presentation by Sarah Baatout
  • 20:00 – Presentation by Michel Mélotte
  • 21:00 – Snacks & drinks

Snacks & drinks: free of charge, but limited to simple refreshments. We advise you to have dinner beforehand

Location:  Université libre de Bruxelles, Campus du Solbosch, Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 50, 1050 Brussels – Building C, room C2.223 (https://www.ulb.ac.be/campus/solbosch/plan-en-C-en.html)

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