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Space technology for Earth applications

The Space for Inspiration event was hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration, September 14-15, 2016 in London, UK.

ESA welcomed leaders from within and outside the space community for discussions on the broader implications of space-based research. The event was aimed at those working with science and technology on Earth who wanted to learn about the International Space Station as a major research and development laboratory. The event gathered colleagues from international space agencies and space-focused businesses, scientists, politicians, academics, journalists, public servants and representatives from the private sector.

In the session "How space research helps to solve global challenges: Feeding the planet", the TIME SCALE representatives Roy O'Mahony (CleanGrow Ltd.) and Øyvind M. Jakobsen (CIRiS, NTNU Social Research) contributed with a talk on "Growing plants in space", illustrating the potential for application of space technology in land-based food production industry.

Full videostreams from the various sessions of the ESA Space for Inspiration event can be found at, and photos from the event are available at

September 15, 2016. Illustration, photo and video: ESA/