International cooperation for sustainable development

25 October 2017
Higher School of Economics
Moscow, Myasnitskaya 11
17:30 - 19:00
The view from space
Come on out if you:
Have always dreamed about space, read sci-fi books as a child with a flashlight under your blanket and want to meet a real astronaut;
Would like to understand how modern research works and the role that space plays in it;
Keep hearing about the necessity of international scientific cooperation but are still sceptical of its importance;
Worry about the future of our planet and would like to know what is being done to ensure its sustainable development.
The lecture will be in English without translation
"I saw blue paradise surrounded by the black Universe"
"During our space expeditions, I looked out the window and my heart skipped a beat," says André Kuipers. "I saw endless forests, beautiful islands and the vastness of oceans – blue paradise surrounded by the black Universe."

At the same time Kuipers saw how vulnerable and fragile our planet is, how thin its atmosphere is, which allows all life on Earth to develop and prosper. He saw how air and light pollution was increasing around big cities.

Kuipers, a doctor of medicine, scientist and researcher who has worked in the fields of physiology, biology, microbiology, physics, medicine and technology, and has been a participant of two space expeditions, will talk about the necessity of international cooperation for the sustainable development of our society and planet. He will focus on the importance of the collaborative efforts of scientists, doctors, governments and society in dealing with health issues.
André Kuipers
Doctor and astronaut at the European Space Agency.

André Kuipers received a medical degree from the University of Amsterdam. In 1987 and 1988, as an officer of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Medical Corps, he studied incidents caused by disorientation in pilots of high-performance aircraft. In 1989 and 1990 he worked for the Research and Development department of the Netherlands Aerospace Medical Centre in Soesterberg. He was involved in research on the Space Adaptation Syndrome, contact lenses for pilots, vestibular apparatus, blood pressure and cerebral blood flow in both high-acceleration conditions in a human centrifuge and in microgravity conditions in aeroplanes. In addition, he performed medical examinations on pilots and monitored human centrifuge training and also instructed pilots on the physiological aspects of flying.

In 2004 Kuipers went on his first space mission as part of the 9th main expedition. He was assigned as a Flight Engineer for a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station. His second mission was completed along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and NASA astronaut Don Pettit. He was launched on 21 December 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. In total Kuipers spent 203 days 15 hours 50 minutes and 36 seconds in space.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 17:30
Higher School of Economics
ul. Myasnitskaya 11, room 325