News and Events - archive


At a recent demonstration at Ampyx Power, the power of an elegant configuration and project management system – Xignum Aerospace – was clearly exhibited. Built by Xignum Sp. z o.o., an SME in Warsaw, Poland, for Ampyx Power, based in The Hague, Netherlands, this system is designed to meet the high demands of product lifecycle management in the aerospace sector.

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The Kosovo-based Health Center of Excellence (HCE), which is an interconnected collaborative centre of professional knowledge and skills, recently nominated Dr Kass as a member of its advisory team.

Event: 1st March 2014, Winterthur, Switzerland

A group of worldwide Mars enthusiasts who applied to go to Mars with the Mars One project have organised a one-day event in Winterthur, Switzerland. Dr Kass, who is an advisor for the project, was amongst the key guests invited.

Event: 6th February 2014, Kiruna, Sweden

At the international Arctic Light e-Health Conference - ALEC a satellite event: “Engaged Community for Active and Healthy Ageing” will take place on 6-February. One of the three themes at this event will be Mutual Learning using Lessons Learned, which will be chaired by Dr James Kass (ENGAGED_Newsletter_N2_January 2014 Edition - PDF).

Event: 11th November 2012, London, England

Dr Kass was once again invited by University College London (UCL Centre for Space Medicine), to conduct a two-hour workshop on psychological issues & group dynamics in extreme environments, particularly in the domain of long-duration human spaceflight. This workshop is part of an optional course on Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology.

With the closing of the first round of recruitment for settlers on Mars, Mars One has received over 200,000 registrations of interest from some 140 countries. Of course, once the analysis of these registrants commences, only a small number will enter the pool of serious applicants who have fulfilled all the requirements for this unique chance to become a member of the first team of humans to land on Mars.

After a successful opening of the Astronaut Selection Program, Mars One is now embarking on the second stage of finding the first humans to inhabit Mars -- setting up an independent selection committee. A call has been issued for the brightest minds with extensive experience in the field of human spaceflight to be part of the selection committee. They are looking for experts who possess the understanding of different cultures as well as many years of experience working with astronauts, extreme environments and isolated habitats.

Event: 22nd March 2013, Noordwijk

An important domain of the activities of the International Program/Project Management Committee (IPMC) is the critical subject of sharing Lessons Learned (LL). If space organizations cannot or do not share lessons they learn, then the all-important means of continuous improvement and avoidance of past mistakes is greatly diminished. The IPMC has recognized the importance of sharing Lessons Learned and has now organised a second workshop on this theme to be held at ESTEC on 22nd March 2013.

Event: 3rd December 2012, London, England

Once a year, since the inception of the Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology course, some 12 years ago at University College London (UCL), Dr Kass has delivered a two-hour workshop on Psychological Issues Encountered in Long-Duration Human Space Flight to students of the university.

Dr Kass recently accepted an appointment to join the board of advisers for the Mars One, which is a not-for-profit organisation whose plan is to take humanity to Mars in 2023, to establish the foundation of a permanent outpost. The Board of Advisers are made up of industry and scientific experts who bring real-world experience to Mars-One.

Event: 26th September 2012, Noordwijk

On request by Mr Roger Jegou, head of ESA’s Standards & Engineering Knowledge Division, Dr Kass carried out debriefing sessions with staff of this division concerning the operation of the newly designed ESA Lessons Learned System (ELLS) (which he had earlier designed) as well as on the organisation of so-called Lessons Learned Events.

Event: 11th July 2012, Noordwijk

Mr Franco Ongaro, Director of the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) and Director of ESA’s Directorate of Technical & Quality Management, invited Dr Kass to present the ESA Lessons Learned System (ELLS) to him in order that he could assess how to move forward on this project.