September 2nd & 9th, 2021
Invited Keynote Speakers
Nelson Vinagre (Germany)
Nelson Vinagre graduated in Physical Education (UFRGS, 1998), with a Master’s degree in Movement Sciences (UFRGS, 2002), and holds a PhD from the University of Göttingen (2013) in cooperation with the German Aerospace Agency (DLR).
His doctoral thesis focused on the study of paralympic alpine skiers, who underwent physiological testing on a treadmill and an evaluation process utilising a wind tunnel in order to assess physical performance and aerodynamic response. The results benefited the ski team through bringing an understanding of new training methods and equipment adaptation, which could be applied not only to this sport, but also in extreme environments or situations.
After completing his doctorate, he continues his teaching activities in Germany, contributing to a Master’s degree at the Faculty of Sports, University of Göttingen, teaching a discipline related to physical assessment methods by equipment, with an emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation. He has also worked on a project in the area of Occupational Medicine, a collaboration between that University and German Social Security System.
Jan Millsapps (United States)
Jan Millsapps, Professor Emeritus of Cinema at San Francisco State University, is a veteran filmmaker, a pioneering figure in the new media movement, an early web innovator, and a versatile and accomplished writer.
She has produced films, videos, and interactive media on subjects ranging from domestic violence to global terrorism and has written two space-themed novels. Her documentary, Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond, premiered at the U.N. and has been shown at the New York Academy of Sciences, Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the University of Cambridge in the U.K., and at numerous film festivals. In 2020-21 she and her film were chosen for the US State Department’s educational and cultural exchange program, the American Film Showcase.
Millsapps has spoken about the need for diversity in space at several Mars Society Conventions, the United Nations, and the SETI Institute. She is a founding member of the global Space4Women support and advocacy group and in 2020 was named a mentor for the Space4Women network, a new initiative by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).