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Mars Mission Social Sciences Workshop

May 30 - May 31

Buzz Aldrin Space Institute (BASI)
Mars Mission Social Sciences Workshop

Human missions to Mars will last a minimum of 3 years.  Many mission concepts could have crew working together in isolation from earth for much longer periods. At the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute, we are considering missions which will involve permanent transfer to Mars.  Even at a minimum stay, these missions will pose challenges to crew performance. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute and the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at Florida Tech are co-hosting a 2-day workshop to address the future of social science research needed to prepare for permanent colonization of Mars. This workshop will bring together leading scholars from across a wide variety of social science disciplines to develop common characterizations of the psychological, sociological, and human performance challenges of permanent Mars colonization, and to consider the approaches and research needed to cope with these challenges. The outcome of this workshop will be a report outlining a potential research agenda for these subjects. 

AGENDA

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
(8:30am – 4:00pm)

TIME EVENT
08:00AM Breakfast
08:30AM BASI Mission and Vision: Dr. Andrew Aldrin
09:00AM Exploring the Mars Mission Context: This session will introduce attendees to the complex and unique context of missions aimed at permanent Mars colonization. It will consist of brief presentations and an interactive Q&A-based panel discussion. Topics will likely include the impact of human-systems interactions, cultural diversity, distance, dispersion, confined spaces, isolation, etc.
10:15AM Coffee break
10:30AM Individual Health in Space: This set of state-of-the-science presentations will inform the audience of several streams of research focused on understanding and improving individual health and functioning. Topics will likely include common stressors and strains of space travel, neuroscience aspects of sleep in space, adaptability, and resilience.
 12:00PM Lunch
01:00PM Team Health in Space: This set of state-of-the-science presentations will inform the audience of several streams of research focused on understanding and improving team-level health and functioning. Topics will likely include team shared cognition, team self-maintenance, applications of virtual teamwork to spaceflight contexts, and studies of team dynamics in long duration spaceflight analog environments.
 02:15PM  Coffee break
02:30PM Intersections of the Social Sciences: This Q&A-based panel discussion will feature experts with decades of experience in diverse disciplines (i.e., individual performance, team performance, anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, human-systems integration) focused on finding areas of intersection and overlap between these disciplines that may be crucial to solving Mars mission challenges. The audience will also be encouraged to contribute their unique and innovative perspectives.
 03:45PM End of day wrap-up and announcements

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
(8:30am – 4:00pm)

07:30AM Breakfast
08:00AM Working Group Pre-brief: The second day of the workshop will be structured around a working group approach in which attendees will be broken out into smaller sub-groups that will engage in facilitated brainstorming discussions and activities. During this pre-brief, the expected goals, deliverables, processes, materials, and all other instructions will be provided.
08:30AM Working Group Break-Out #1: The first working group session will likely broken up by disciplinary topic area (e.g., individual performance, team performance, role of technology, mental health and wellness) with each sub-group focused on brainstorming the key research questions and needs within that topic area.
10:15AM  Coffee break
10:30AM Working Group Break-Out #2: The second working group session will have attendees switch from topic-oriented groups into groups specifically designed to have multiple disciplinary perspectives represented. These groups will likely be broken up to brainstorm the research agenda for various phases of Mars mission (e.g., pre-departure, during transit, during colonization) with a goal of combining the topic-focused information from the morning sessions across disciplines to create a truly interdisciplinary research agenda.
 12:00PM Lunch
01:00PM Working Group Brief-Backs: Afternoon working groups will be asked to prepare brief summaries of their final ideas to present back to the audience as a whole. These brief-backs will be aimed at stimulating further integrative discussion among workshop attendees regarding the intersection and integration of disciplines, methodologies, perspectives, and mission phases, in terms of tackling the social science research problems necessary to improve permanent Mars colonization efforts.
02:30PM Workshop wrap-up and next steps

Participants

Confirmed BASI Workshop Participants (in alphabetical order by last name)

 

DATES:

Tuesday May 30 – Wednesday May 31, 2017

LOCATION:

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Kennedy Space Center, SR 405, Titusville, Florida 32899

LOGISTICS:

The workshop will be free to attend, and light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be provided. However, no other travel-related costs will be covered.

STRUCTURE:

The 2-day workshop will be structured such that the first day will primarily consist of introductory sessions outlining (1) the mission and vision of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute, (2) the context to which research will need to be applied, and (3) brief “state of the science” presentations and/or panel sessions that will summarize what is currently known, and what is not known, at the intersection of social science and permanent Mars colonization. Possible topics covered should include, but are not limited to:

  • Psychiatric health and disorders
  • Group and team dynamics
  • International and cultural issues
  • Human factors and human-centered design
  • Historical, sociological, and anthropological perspectives on colonization

The second day will be centered around forming small, multidisciplinary working groups focused on developing clear research agendas within the various sub-topics identified as critical during day one. The second day will begin with a thorough pre-brief providing instructions and clear criteria for the outcomes of the working groups, and will conclude with formal brief-backs from each of the working groups, which should facilitate a productive wrap-up discussion and next steps. The intended final product of the workshop is a research agenda report that is truly integrative and interdisciplinary. All workshop attendees will be encouraged to contribute to the writing and development of the final report.

Hotels

Hotel
& Website Link
Address Distance to KSC Avg. Nightly Room Rate Amenities
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson 9009 Astronaut Blvd, Cape
Canaveral, FL 32920
10 miles $101 Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking
Days Inn Titusville Kennedy Space Center 3755 Cheney Highway, Titusville,
FL 32780
12 miles $58 Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking
Fairfield Inn & Suites Titusville Kennedy Space Center 4735 Helen Hauser Blvd,
Titusville, FL 32780
12 miles $99 Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking
Holiday Inn Titusville – Kennedy
Space Center
4715 Helen Hauser Boulevard,
Titusville, FL 32780
12 miles $129 Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking
Hampton Inn Titusville/I-95 Kennedy Space Center 4760 Helen Hauser Blvd,
Titusville, FL 32780
13 miles $114 Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach 9000 Astronaut Blvd, Cape
Canaveral, FL 32920
17 miles $119 Free Wi-Fi, Self-Parking = $6
Radisson Resort at the Port 8701 Astronaut Blvd, Cape
Canaveral, FL 32920 
18 miles $99 Free Wi-Fi, Self-Parking = $6
Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach 8959 Astronaut Blvd, Cape
Canaveral, FL 32920
18 miles $157 Free Wi-Fi, Self-Parking = $6
The Best Western Cocoa Beach Hotel & Suites 5600 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa
Beach, FL 32931
20 miles $127 Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking
Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral 3425 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa
Beach, FL 32931
20 miles $149 Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking

Please forward this invitation to anyone you know that may be interested. If there are any remaining questions or concerns, please contact the organizing chair of the workshop, Dr. Jessica L. Wildman, at jwildman@fit.edu or 321-674-7130.

Details

Start:
May 30
End:
May 31
Event Category:

Organizer

Dr. Jessica L. Wildman
Phone:
321-674-7130
Email:
jwildman@fit.edu

Venue

Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Kennedy Space Center, SR 405,
Titusville, FL 32899 United States
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Website:
buzzaldrinspaceinstitute.com

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