ESA’s European Astronaut Centre have open up applications for the 2023 Space Physician training course, this time back in person:

The Space Medicine Team will host its annual Space Physician Training Course (SPTC) from 31 January to 2 February 2023 as part of a portfolio of educational activities aiming to prepare and integrate individuals – including medical doctors – in space medicine and operations-focussed research and development. Having held the course online for the past two years, we are delighted to welcome participants to the EAC again (subject to medical advice and regulations) for the 2023 edition of the programme. Read more ...

Dear colleagues and friends of the ESAM Member Associations,

After the closure of the nominations, the names for the positions, their photographs, CV’s and motivation letters are now published on our website, please have a look:

The elections will take place between 10 and 22 September via an electronic voting system, so that we can communicate the results during our General Assembly on Saturday 24 September at the ICAM in Paris; voting is reserved to Associations who have paid their dues, at least in 2021.

I need the e-mail address of the person who will vote for your Association, many thanks.

ESAM is very grateful for your support in this important voting process for the senior leadership of our common European Society!

All the best, amicaliter,

Roland Vermeiren
Chair of the ESAM Nomination Committee

EASA has been working on setting up a PhD scheme to develop partnerships with European Universities and academia, to share and disseminate knowledge in innovative, emerging fields relevant to aviation.

A Press Release was released on the EASA website to announce a call for abstracts from PhD students for the following domains:

• Artificial intelligence (AI) in aviation
1. Development of applications integrated into civil aviation products along EASA AI roadmap, including validation and verification solutions

• Impact of climate change and extreme weather phenomena on the air transport system
1. Methodologies and tools for assessing the impact of changes to weather phenomena on civil air transport system components and operations

• Environmental sustainability of air transport (emissions, noise, air quality, other nuisance, ...)
1. Methodologies and tools to assess the impact of aviation products and operations and the proposed mitigations

• New approaches and methods for safety risk management in aviation
1. New methods, tools to support safety analysis, risk identification and management, safety culture

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Dear Member Associations ,

Here is your Nomination Committee Chair again, this time with another request.

During our GA at the ICAM conference in Paris, we should also appoint a new Nomination Committee of 3 persons, and 2 new Auditors !

The actual ones were appointed at the congress in Prague and their replacement is overdue. It are not difficult tasks, for the Nominating Committee every year around this time the member associations must be reminded about the vote for a new President-Elect or a new Executive Committee (alternating) , the practical issues are handled by our webmaster and administrative assistant  ; for the auditors, at the GA they go through the (small) financial book-keeping together with our treasurer to check if it has been handled correctly.

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Dear friends, dear colleagues ,

It is again the time of year when ESAM must invite our member associations to propose nominations for the Executive Committee for the coming 2 years , according to the statutes : “Every two years the GA shall elect two deputies (First and Second Vice- Presidents), a Secretary-General, a Treasurer, a Director of Communication, and a Director without portfolio, to constitute the EC.

These shall be elected for a period of two years. Any officer may seek re-election after a two-year term, but no member shall serve for more than six years except in exceptional circumstances, and as agreed by the General Assembly.” I have to emphasise that nominations can only be made by member associations who have paid their annual dues , and not by individuals. Read more ...

The European Society of Aerospace Medicine’s Academy organizes an Advanced Aeromedical Examiners (AME) Course from 28 September to 21 October, 2022

We offer 42 hours of online lectures combined with 24 hours of practical training at the Norwegian Institute of Aviation Medicine in Oslo.

The online lectures start on 28 September 2022 and will be held each Wednesday and Friday (3 hours - late afternoon), Saturday (6 hours), and Sunday (4 hours). Sufficient breaks will be provided. Sunday 16 October is left free for travel to Oslo. The practical training will be given from Monday 17 till Friday 21 October 2022 and will be concluded with a written examination.

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Presented by The International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM) as part of the 2021-22 virtual series of webinars sponsored by IAASM, the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM), and La Société Francophone de Médecine Aérospatiale (SOFRAMAS) leading up to the 22-24 September 2022 International Conference of Aerospace Medicine (ICAM 2022).

Aeromedical Aspects of Mass Evacuations: Preparation, Reaction, and Response
9 March 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Central Standard Time (1600-1900 UTC)

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AsMA, in coordination with the Mission-Next Foundation, is offering a webinar titled "Dispatches from the Front: A Third World War...It's All About the Air." The webinar will be presented virtually via Zoom Webinar on Saturday, February 26, 2022

This webinar is the first in a series of webinars designed to provide physicians and other preventive health professionals accredited Continuing Medical Education units to educate them on the rationale and science behind providing clean air in indoor shared air spaces for both COVID response today and future resiliency of infrastructure (including medical and transportation) tomorrow.

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Per Harald Aarva was born 28.01.1939 in Rørås, Norway. He studied medicine in Göttingen, Germany where he graduated in 1968. He became a specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology in 1980, and occupational medicine in 1994.

He was Chief Medical Officer of CAA Norway from 1982 until 2009, and a Member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine from 1994. He was a participant in many ICASM congresses, and was central in the organization of the ICASM congress in Oslo in 1997.

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Dear Colleagues,

The next scientific webinar to be held as part of the virtual ICAM 2021 webinar series will be hosted by the Francophone Society of Aerospace Medicine (SOFRAMAS) on 23 September (in French) and again on 30 September (in English) during 17:00 - 19:30 hrs (Paris time).

The topic is "Tropical diseases and overseas missions in aircrew : an update in 2021", which will make an interesting change from the COVID-related webinars that have been provided lately. We encourage you to support this event, which is free and does not require registration.

The full programme is at the foot of this message and more information, including ZOOM links, is available at:

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Boothby-Edwards Award: Ries Simons

Established in memory of Walter M. Boothby, M.D., pioneer aviation medicine researcher, and Howard K. Edwards, M.D., clinical practitioner of aviation medicine, this award is presented annually for outstanding research and/or clinical practice directed at the promotion of health and prevention of disease in professional airline pilots. (The separate Boothby and Edwards Awards were given annually 1961–1973, and then alternately until 1985.) Sponsored by Harvey W. Watt and Company.

Ries Simons, M.D. is the 2021 recipient of the Boothby-Edwards Award for his wide-ranging contributions to the field of Aerospace Medicine. The award recognizes his research and efforts in preventing disease in professional pilots. His expertise and current research include: 1) medical and human factor aspects of aerospace medicine and working under extreme conditions; 2) effects of operational and environmental factors on health and performance of aviators and astronauts; 3) fatigue risk management for aircrew and military missions; 4) effects of alcohol, drugs, and medication on crew alertness and performance.

Dr. Simons is a consultant Aerospace Medicine and the cofounder of the European Pilot Peer Support Initiative (EPPSI). After earning his M.D. degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, he was licensed to practice medicine in 1973. He worked as General Practitioner, Senior Resident Internal Medicine, and practiced several years as Medical Officer in Zambia and Chad. In 1985 he became Senior Research Physician at the National Aeromedical Institute, and since 2002 has worked as Medical Advisor at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

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Dear colleagues, dear Member Associations of ESAM,

Voting for the new President-Elect is coming up very soon. We have one candidate, Dr Declan Maher from Ireland , so you can vote : YES , NO or ABSTENTION.

One voting slot will be given to each member association who has paid the membership fee, between 11 and 18 September midnight.

During the GA on Sunday 19 September starting at 14.00 , the result will be communicated.

Many thanks for your support to our Association!
The Nomination Committee of ESAM:
Roland Vermeiren (chair), Lilla Ungvary and Cristian Panait

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