UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Space Health Risks Research Group

Welcome to UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Space Health Risks Research Group. We investigate risks to health in space to promote good health and well-being on Earth.


The Space Health Risks Research Group is a multidisciplinary community of researchers and practitioners who are investigating how the mitigation of risks to health in space can contribute to promoting good health and well-being in remote environments on Earth.


To rigorously investigate the risks to health in space from a holistic perspective, and how to reduce the risk of disaster, to promote good health and well-being for life in remote environments on Earth.

Objectives (2021-2022)
  • Grow our network of members, collaborators and industry partners. 
  • Bring together expert practitioners and researchers from related fields.
  • Produce high-quality research outputs and reports to influence public/private policy.
  • Engage in public outreach to educate aspiring students, scientists and researchers. 
  • Provide a platform for cross-UCL grant proposals in space health risks and disaster reduction.

Research group projects


Space health and disaster risk reduction symposium

During our symposium we explored how prolonged, holistic healthcare could be provided during a deep space mission by an interdisciplinary practitioner, and how this could benefit life on Earth. A consensus paper is now in development. Please see Dr Robert Thirsk (Canadian Space Agency ex-astronaut) keynote speech below.

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The first UK analogue space research mission 

An analogue space mission is a simulation, during which research in space can be rehearsed. This project is the first analogue space mission involving humans to take place in the UK, developed by an international steering group. The mission will evaluate the symposium consensus and explores how to reduce risks to health in space and remote environments on Earth.

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Research group events

UCL Institue for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Institute for Global Health and Human Security Centre: space and health webinar series


Astronaut's health is paramount to ensure safety during long-duration orbital spaceflights and future settlement of the Moon and Mars. Furthermore, space medicine research and technology has made substantial contributions to global healthcare, such as communication satellites supporting humanitarian relief across the globe. This collaborative webinar series will examine the latest developments in these areas, exploring the contributions of space to remote health. The webinar series will run from May 2021 to March 2022. For more information, please email info@hscentre.org.

Click here for more information on the webinar series


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Prof Ilan Kelman 

Myles Harris 

Affiliate members (UCL)
Associate members (non-UCL)
  • Prof Kate Robson Brown (University of Bristol, Jean Golding Institute director and Senior Fellow of Alan Turing Institute)
  • Dr Pete Bradley (Medical Doctor, faculty member of Remote Area Risk International)
  • Dr Pete Hodkinson (King's College London, Head of Aerospace Medicine – clinical and education)
  • Dr Rochelle Velho (Medical Doctor)
  • Dr Bonnie Posselt (Royal Air Force, Space Medicine Registrar)
  • Dr Nathan Smith (Research Fellow, University of Manchester)
  • Dr Ilija Rasovic (Break Off Labs)
  • Dr Li Shean Toh (University of Nottingham, Asst Prof Medicines Management and Astropharmacy)
  • Dr Philip Brady (Assistant Professor and Senior Registrar in General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry)
  • Dr Joshua Chou (EXPLOR Space Technologies CEO)
  • Dr Rowena Christiansen (The ad astra vita project founder)
  • Dr Nandu Goswami (Medical University of Graz, Austria)
  • Dr Tovy Haber Kamine (Assistant Professor & Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon)
  • Hamish Magoffin (Break Off Labs)
  • Mathew Davies (Lawyer, director of Remote Area Risk International)
  • Alex Owens (Founder and Director of UK Analogue Mission)
  • Dilan Kaplan (Founder and Director of UK Analogue Mission)
  • Charlie Clarke (Founder and Director of UK Analogue Mission)
  • Eleonor Frost (Space Generation Advisory Council)

Industry partners