Space Food Workshops

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Space Food Workshops

Space Food Workshops

The Singapore Food Agency and Singapore Space & Technology Limited are jointly organising a workshop series to introduce the potential of space research for food innovation in Singapore.

The aims of the workshop are to

  • Raise awareness of the potential of space capabilities for food production and innovation
  • Build technical knowledge of existing resources in space-related food production for the food science and research community
  • Spark discussions that pave the way for possibilities in future Space Food collaborations and experiments


The second workshop in the SFA-SSTL Space Food Workshop series will be held on  22 April 2022, from 4pm – 6:30pm (GMT+8) and will explore the topic of Space Technologies for Sustainable Food Systems on Earth.

Register your interest below. *Please note that this workshop is a closed-door workshop and only confirmed registrants will receive the zoom link in their registered email.

key dates

All times are local Singapore Time (GMT+8).

  • 23 March 2022, 9am – 11:30am: Space Research Spinoffs in Food Sciences
  • 22 April 2022, 4pm – 6:30pm: Space Technologies for Sustainable Food Production on Earth

22 April 2022: Space Technologies for Sustainable Food Systems on Earth

Programme Overview:

4pm – 4:05pm ~ Welcome Remarks by SFA & SSTL

4:05pm – 4:35pm ~ Keynote: 3D Printing Nutritious Food for Mars and Earth (Pascal Rosenfeld, Director, New Ventures & Space, Aleph Farms)

4:35pm – 5:45pm ~ Panel: Bioregenerative Space Systems for Sustainable Food Production (Matthew Gilliham, Director, Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Australia; Tatpong Tulyananda, Team Leader, HyperGES Project, Plant Biology and Astroculture Lab, Mahidol University, Thailand; Christel Paille, Environment Control and Life Support Engineer, European Space Agency)

5:45pm – 5:50pm ~ Short Break (5 mins)

5:50pm – 6:20pm ~ Keynote: Space Technologies Across the Meat Value Chain (Victoria Alonsoperez, CEO & Founder, Chipsafer)

6:20pm – 6:25pm ~ Closing Remarks / Further Q&A

Keynote Speakers

3D Printing Nutritious Food for Space and Earth

Pascal Rosenfeld, Director,
Ventures & Space, Aleph Farms

Pascal is the Director of New Ventures & Space at Aleph Farms, who grew the world’s first meat in space in 2019. Pascal holds an MBA and has over 20 years experience in strategic partnerships, finance & venture projects. A lifelong Environmentalist, he believes Aleph Farms is one of the most powerful levers on Earth to lower our carbon footprint and reduce the use of natural resources. Pascal is managing Aleph’s Space programs and partnerships.

Space Technologies Across the Meat Value Chain

Victoria AlonsoperezCEO & Founder,


Victoria is an Electronics, Telecommunication, and Electrical Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor, United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. In 2012 she invented Chipsafer, a patented platform that can track cattle remotely and autonomously, to enable farmers to make environmentally conscious decisions while also improving farming productivity sustainably. Thanks to Chipsafer in 2012 she was the winner of the International Telecommunication Union Young Innovators Competition and in 2013 she won the Best Young Inventor Award from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In 2014 the MIT Technology Review selected Victoria as the Innovator of the Year – Argentina & Uruguay. In 2015 Chipsafer got second prize in Chivas Regal Global Competition The Venture and the BBC selected Victoria as one of the 30 female entrepreneurs under 30. From 2014 till 2016 she was Chair of Space Generation Advisory Council, a global NGO in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications.


Bioregenerative Space Systems for Sustainable Food Production

Dr. Matthew Gilliham,

Director of the Waite Research Institute

Matthew is Director of the Waite Research Institute, the University of Adelaide’s flagship for agriculture, food and wine innovation. As Director he is stimulating and supporting research initiatives across the spectrum of agricultural research (from policy and economics, to animal, soil, crop and food sciences).  As Professor of Crop Molecular Physiology, he also has a track record of research excellence with notable discoveries in plant stress signalling and salt and drought tolerance, and the deployment adapted crops into agriculture.

In recent years he has turned his attention to optimising plants for extra-terrestrial and controlled environments, which is required to enable long-term space habitation, and to improve sustainability outcomes on Earth. He is leading a large multi-national collaboration between academia, government, and industry to build international capability in Plants4Space.

Matthew is a current Clarivate Highly Cited Scientist, and he and his group have received honours, awards and funding which include SA Tall Poppy Awards, ARC Future Fellowships, Training Centres, and Centres of Excellence. Matthew is also convenor for the Adapting to abiotic stress and climate change special interest group of the Society for Experimental Biology, UK, and recent member of the South Australian Premier’s Science and Innovation Council.

Dr. Tatpong Tulyananda, Team Leader,
HyperGES Project, Plant Biology & Astroculture Lab
Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr. Tatpong Tulyananda received his bachelor’s degree in Plant Science from Mahidol University, Thailand, and a PhD in Biological Science in 2016 from Nilsen Lab, Virginia Tech, USA. His research was focused on plant adaptation to temperature, and his interests are in the physiology of plant adaptation to extreme conditions. In 2017, he established the Plant Biology and Astroculture Laboratory at Mahidol University and moved to the School of Bioinnovation and Bio-based Product Intelligence. In the same year, the lab was announced to be part of Thailand’s National Space Exploration Program (NSE), and he has also received the European Space Agency and UNOOSA HyperGES Fellowship to conduct research at ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands. The project is studying plant response to an extended hypergravity period.

Christel Paillé, Environmental Control and Life Support Engineer,
European Space Agency

Bio to come

Past Space Food Workshops

The workshop is now over. A recording might be available after the series has concluded.

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