Welcome to the official website of #SpaceUpISU 2019

Here you will find all the info you may need regarding this event, which will happen from 23rd to 24th February 2019. Whether you want to apply to the session, to know who the other participants are, or how to come to ISU, this website has been designed and imagined in order to answer to all of your potential questions.

Scroll and discover the complete description of this amazing event!


Welcome to ISU

What is ISU?

Located in Illkirch, France, the International Space University develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment. As a neutral forum with its international network of experts on call, ISU is ideally positioned to conduct research studies to provide agencies, industry and public organizations with the impartial global perspective and advanced analysis needed to stay on the cutting edge of the space sector and respond resourcefully to future challenges.

What’s new

ISU’s Hydra-1 Experiment Launched to the International Space Station

On 5 December 2018 at 19:16 CET, ISU’s Hydra-1 experiment was launched from Florida onboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for delivery to the International Space Station (ISS). Hydra-1 is a plant synthetic biology experiment. It brings together personnel at ISU, the Universities of California, Berkeley and Utah, CNRS-Strasbourg and the NASA Ames Research Centre. Hydra-1 features two main parts, a plant-growth chamber and a control unit. Seeds travel to space inside the plant-growth chamber. Once on orbit, Hydra-1 will be installed in the Space Applications Services (SAS) ICE-Cubes Facility (ICF) in the European Space Agency (ESA) Columbus module where it will join two other ISU Hydra payloads launched last June.

Young Space Professionals Visit Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou

Two groups of 25 young space professionals have visited the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou in late October and early November, as part of the professional development activities offered by the Young ESA association of employees of the European Space Agency. The groups included a number of alumni from the Master of Space Studies (MSS) and Space Studies Program (SSP) from the International Space University (ISU). They met with local employees, attended briefings by the Spaceport’s management and visited the modern facilities where spacecraft and launch vehicles are processed prior to launch, as well as the Ariane 6 launch complex construction site, the ESA Diane ground station and the Jupiter mission control center.

Memories from SpaceUp ISU 2015

Discover what SpaceUp is via some memories of SpaceUp ISU 2015. Fun, meetings, discussion, passion, and last but not least enthusiasm are the key components of a successful SpaceUp! We are counting on you to make SpaceUp ISU 2019 an unforgettable event!

Click here to find out more about SpaceUp at ISU!

Previous Event Sponsors & Partners

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uk space agency ASE


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And our alumnus, Roger Pierce (SSP89).

Thank you to our sponsors and partners for making SpaceUp ISU 2017 a great event!

Coming to Strasbourg and ISU

Coming to Strasbourg

By plane

Strasbourg International Airport (SXB) is located in Entzheim (15 km South-West of the city center). Frankfurt (FRA) is 2,5 hours away using the Lufthansa Shuttle Service.

Zürich (ZRH) International Airport and Paris (CDG) are both a two-hour rail-ride away from Strasbourg.

The Euroairport in Basel-Mulhouse, located an hour away, makes Strasbourg even more accessible.

There are direct flights to Strasbourg from Amsterdam (KLM), Paris (Air France) as well as several other locations. Lufthansa flies to Frankfurt and offers a shuttle service to Strasbourg center.

By train

Strasbourg has direct connections to Paris, Lyon, South-Eastern France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Northern Italy and Eastern Europe. Strasbourg Central Station is located near the center of Strasbourg, and is linked with the city’s tram. The tram stop is below the train station and the line will take you to the city center or to Illkirch Graffenstaden.

By car or taxi

Strasbourg lies between two major highways: the A4 from Paris, Metz, Nancy and Luxembourg from the West, which turns into the A35 from Dijon and Mulhouse from the South. The second highway is the A5 (also labeled E35 and E52), and is the major axis between Frankfurt, Germany and Basel, Switzerland. This highway passes 17 kilometers east of Strasbourg.

Please note that between Paris and Strasbourg, you’ll have to pay approximately 30 euros in tolls. Credit cards are accepted.

A local taxi company to contact: Taxi 13

Coming to ISU

From the Airport

From Entzheim International Airport, it takes about 15-20 minutes by car/taxi. From the airport, a taxi will cost approximately 25-30 euros (rates are at the higher end at night, or during the weekend and holidays). There is a train shuttle to Strasbourg 4 times per hour, and it takes 9 minutes to reach Strasbourg train station. The ticket bought at the Airport (3,60 €) is valid for the complete journey (shuttle + tram). Then follow the directions given under “Public transport”.

From the Highway

From Strasbourg center, take the A35 (highway) south, direction Colmar.

From the Airport, take the same highway (A35) north, direction Strasbourg.

From either direction take exit 5, Illkirch Baggersee. At the traffic lights, go straight and continue straight until you reach the roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit into the Parc d’Innovation. Continue on Blvd. S. Brant until you reach the next roundabout. Take the first right, you will see the ISU campus on your right. Take the first right (the 7 Hotel & Fitness will now be on your left), two more right turns and you are in the ISU car park!

By public transport

The tram runs from 4:30 AM to 0:30 AM, with one tram every four minutes at peak hours. To get ISU take tram “A” from the railway station or from city center, direction Illkirch, and get off at the Campus d’Illkirch station (next to McDonald’s). Turn left (opposite direction from continuing tram journey) and to the roundabout, cross over to the opposite side. The building on your left is the pole API). Continue for about five meters on Blvd. S. Brant, cross the street to get to the pedestrian path adjacent to the ISU campus, which should be visible on your right.


9 essential questions to understand SpaceUp from A to Z!


Where & When?

This SpaceUp session will take place at the International Space University Central Campus, located in Strasbourg, France from 23rd February  at 09:00 – 18:00 to 24th February at 09:00 – 17:30 2019. 

Registration starts at 8:30 on 23rd February 2019.


What is an unconference?

It is all up to you! This is a participant-driven meeting, which means that you can talk about whatever topic you want, as long as it concerns directly or indirectly space or aeronautics.

Learn more about the SpaceUp Foundation.


Do I have to work in the space field to attend?

Not at all! Having an interest in space is largely enough to attend to SpaceUp. This is the wide panel of the participants’ backgrounds that makes all the interest of each SpaceUp session.

Do I have to pay?

Yes, the fee is 25 euros, which includes registration, lunches and coffee breaks.


Can I give a talk?

Sure! You can definitely go for it. All you have to do is to bring any material you will need (slides, laptop,etc). Each talk is supposed to last between 5 and 15 minutes, in this way every participant will be free to share his opinion and ideas. If everyone is encouraged to share and talk during SpaceUp, you don’t have to do your speech on your own! Talk to other participants and share interests with them are also part of the game.


Can I bring my children?

Yes, kids are encouraged to come and participate to the session. Children activities will possibly be organized. However, note that registration may be required for them too, and no childcare will be provided.

Can I be involved even if I can’t make it in person?

Yes, sure! You can send us a @60secondstoland video, or join us and discuss on Twitter and Facebook.

Will food and drinks be provided?

Yes, and they will be included in the registration fees.

What if I’m from out of Strasbourg?

Don’t worry about that! You’ll find on the website all the info to reach ISU, whether you will come by plane, by train, by car or by public transport. Moreover, the hotels listed below provide ISU guests with preferential rates. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel as early as possible, and mention that you will be attending an ISU event (in order to benefit from special rates).

MAISON ROUGE (city center)
LES CITADINES (city center)


They did SpaceUp ISU 2015, and they enjoyed it!

SpaceUp ISU was a great opportunity to both learn from talks given by fellow students, as well as external people who presented on very unexpected topics. It was great to hear about passions from my classmates I was not aware of, and getting in touch with people from different corners of the space industry.

Daphne, The Netherlands

The ISU SpaceUp is an incredible experience in which I was able to meet with tons of new people, all space enthusiasts and fans as myself. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about space and develop further my presentation skills with a friendly space-loving audience.

Juan, Guatemala

Our (amazing) team

MSS19 Candidates Committee Members

Fabio Zecca
        Farnoosh Sheini
     Andy Townsend
   Lotte Van Noetsele
Monika Lipinska
  Ignaty Chringovsky
  Charlotte Nassey
  Abhishek Diggewadi

ISU Faculty Committee Members

Nassim Bovet
Geraldine Moser  
Chris Welch