In future, extended human missions into space will be focussed on reaching the Moon and potentially onto Mars, and thus meeting the food and nutritional needs of these missions will be critical to their success. Terrestrial based sources are presently used for the provision of food and nutrition to astronauts, which needs appropriate treatment and suitable packaging for space travel. In the future though this will not be cost effective, given increasing terrestrial demands along with the costs of space exploration and materials transport. It is evident that present terrestrial agricultural science and practice will need transformation to meet these extra-terrestrial demands to provide palatable products which will meet the nutritional needs as well as health and related psychological well-being of future explorers. A new discipline, etriculture (extra-terrestrial agriculture), will be needed to assist with the food and nutrition demands required for space exploration; a discipline which, in part, can transform existing terrestrial products for extra-terrestrial needs. Initially, it will be important to address the present needs of terrestrial food production for space exploration, but the longer-term project view is etricultural food production, based in space.


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Event date: 12Feb 2020

Wednesday 12 - Thursday 13 Feb 2020

CSIRO Werribee, Food Innovation Centre (Hub)

  • 9.00am to 5.00pm

671 Sneydes Road, Werribee VIC
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Time Activity
Day 1 (Feb 12)
9:00 Registration
10:00 to 10:30 Introduction, overview + housekeeping
10:15 to 11:15 International perspective
  • NASA - Dr. Grace Douglas
  • European Space Agency - Christophe Lasseur
30 min (videocon/recording)
11:15 to 11:30 Morning tea
11:45 to 12:15 CSIRO perspective
  • Space FSP - Dr. Kimberley Clayfield (Webex)
12:15 to 12:30 Off Earth Agricultural Challenge - Ross Dungavell, CSIRO
12:30 to 13.30 Lunch
13:30 to 15:00 Round table discussion
15:00 to 15:30 Afternoon tea
16:00 to 17:00 Facilitated discussion - identify opportunities.
17:00 to 17:15 Day close

Day 2 (Feb 13)
8:30 to 9:00 Presentations
  • Robotic constructed and maintained environments - Ross Dungavell, CSIRO
  • Urban farming - Cathryn O'Sullivan, CSIRO
9:00 to 11:00 Facilitated discussion/breakout sessions (incl. morning tea)
11:00 to 12:30 Facilitated session - groups report back - iterative brainstorming sessions
12:30 to 13:30 Lunch
13:30 to 14:30 Facilitator - identify key ideas
14:30 to 15:00 Workshop actions/wrap-up - identify proposal focus and steps forward
15:00 to 15:15 Final remarks
15:15 Close