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Materials for Space Exploration

MAPEX Symposium 2020 - 31 August - 2 September

COVID-19 update – SpaceMat 2020 also virtual

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to hold the SpaceMat 2020 Symposium as a hybrid event – on site and virtual.

We are currently working hard on the digital implementation and will keep you updated here.

The key features will be

  • all talks will be broadcasted via zoom to the registered conference participants;
  • no registration fee – register today;
  • the "on-site hub" will be set up in a large meeting room at the campus of the University of Bremen;
  • poster sessions will take place online only, instructions will follow soon.

Invited speakers

For the complete programme click link above


Lutz Mädler, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering (IWT), Bremen

High-throughput with particle technology for materials discovery


Giovanni Pulci
© Giovanni Pulci

Prof. Giovanni Pulci, Rome La Sapienza

Nanocomposite ablative materials for thermal shields of re-entry vehicles


Gernot Grömer
© Gernot Grömer

Gernot Grömer, Administrative Director of the Austrian Space Forum, Innsbruck Austria

Spacesuit Development and Testing Strategies


Loredana Santo
© Loredana Santo

Loredana Santo, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Shape Memory Polymer Composites and Cosmic Ray Shielding Materials in Space Environment


Yinglu Tang
© Yinglu Tang

Yinglu Tang, Chair Metals for Space Exploration, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Thermoelectrics for space applications - from defect study to structural design


Silvio Sandrone
© Silvio Sandrone

Silvio Sandrone, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Building the ecosystem for space resource extraction and utilization


Frank Kirchner
© DFKI GmbH, Foto: Felic Amsel

Frank Kirchner, DFKI Bremen

AI enabled Robotics


Scott McCormack
© Scott McCormack

Scott McCormack, University of California, Davis

In-situ Phase Equilibria and Thermal Expansion up to ~3400 ˚C


Kaline Furlan
© Kaline Furlan

Kaline Pagnan Furlan, Hamburg University of Technology

Ceramic-based photonic materials for high-temperature applications


Patric Seefeldt
© Patric Seefeldt

Patric Seefeldt, DLR Institute of Space Systems, Bremen

Artificial Solar Wind for Space Material Developments


Aims and Scope

The symposium will bring together highly distinguished members of academia and industry, who are shaping worldwide the research landscape on the discovery, synthesis, manufacturing and use of materials for present and future space exploration endeavours. Limited to no more than 80 to 100 participants, including about 20 invited speakers, it will provide a platform for exchange of the latest ideas and presentation of novel results in this rapidly evolving and highly inspiring field. The symposium will cover four main subject areas:

  • space exploration applications,
  • new materials engineering and manufacturing,
  • physical chemistry of new materials,
  • automated new materials discovery.

The talks will span a wide range of topics, including: materials for habitats; materials for spacecrafts; materials for space suits; regolith and dust; gravityless manufacturing; abrasion, heat and radiation damage.


The MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes of the University of Bremen is hosting the first Symposium on Materials for Space Exploration.


31 Aug. to 2 Sept. 2020

University of Bremen, Germany

Registration is open



For all questions regarding the SpaceMat Symposium please don't hesitate to contact us: spacemat@uni-bremen.de.

Find out more about the organizers of the SpaceMat 2020 or follow us on twitter @SpaceMat2020

Aktualisiert von: MAPEX