Summer School Food for Mars and Moon

Migration to planet Mars, is it just a day dream or a twilight of the next leap for mankind? With the fast developments in the space science and agrifood domain, it seems this dream is getting closer. This global summer school aims to bring young people, both students and professionals, together to work on this ambitious topic, by inspiring lectures and discussions from experts all over the world.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Mon 10 July 2023

Duration 2 weeks (10 days)
Price description We offer a discount for EWUU students & Non-EWUU students
Price EUR 1,250.00

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Why follow this summer school?

This program aims for young researchers and students come up with solutions to space farming, while energy, health, food and sustainability topics will be all taken into account.

Firstly, you will dive into a futuristic topic that perhaps, is not so far away as one might think. Students and professionals with different backgrounds from all over the world will unite during this Summer School and will learn by doing and think out of the box when we adress this challenge: can we produce food on Mars and on the Moon? What do we need? How could this work? Where to begin? Young generations will work together for our future food production. Experiments will be done together with Mars soil simulants at different locations in the world to test the effect of different levels of gravity on plant development. Summer School Food for Mars and Moon is an experience you don't want to miss!

Is this summer school for you?

This summer school is for students (Bsc., MSc, and PhD level) and young professionals and researchers from various fields, including but not limited to, agriculture, plant sciences, space sciences, biology, engineering, and nutrition. If you are interested in futuristic topics and want to think outside the box, this summer school is for you.

Programme & topics

During the two weeks you will enjoy online lectures in the morning. In the afternoon you can choose to join the experiment at different locations in The Netherlands, USA, China and other locations. Furthermore there will be a groupwork assignment, in which you and your teammates will work together on finding innovative solutions on how to produce food for and on Mars and Moon.

What you will learn and what we will explore together in the Summer School:

  • Overview of the lunar and Martian environments
  • Agricultural techniques and technologies for space environments
  • Plant biology and genetics in space
  • Food processing and preservation in space
  • Nutritional requirements for space travelers
  • Sustainability and resource management in space agriculture

This programme is sponsored by the Seed Fund Alliance of EWUU Alliance, which is a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research, TU Eindhoven, UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University, EWUU.

The alliance prepares its students and professionals for the future. They will increasingly be called upon to solve complex challenges in our society. The alliance brings together students working professionals from different institutions and disciplines, enabling them to work on these challenges. 

Practical information

The course fee is € 1250.- per person and covers tuition and course materials.


We offer a discount for students.

EWUU Alliance students course fee is € 450,-
Non-EWUU Alliance students course fee is € 750,-

During your registration, indicate whether you are a professional, EWUU student or non-EWUU student and the discount will be automatically applied.

More information & registration

This programme will start on 10 July 2023. You can register for this course via the button. Questions? Feel free to reach out! You can contact Wageningen Academy.