DIF Studio 54 Million Kilometres from Home

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  • Lucie Poulet

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Spoiler alert! In the 2015 film The Martian, the astronaut played by Matt Damon is stranded on Mars and has to make use of what few resources are at his disposal in order to survive. While the film is a work of fiction, the scenario is treated very seriously by space agencies. Every single item an astronaut takes into space is carefully considered, weighed, and reconsidered. There is nowhere to resupply when you're 54 million kilometres from home.

Join this show to hear from Lucie Poulet who has worked alongside the European Space Agency on MELiSSA: their closed-loop life support system designed for space travel. She’ll tell us how we could reapply the thinking behind MELiSSA to our planet, since Earth cannot resupply itself within any human timeframe. This DIF session represents a terrific opportunity to hear about how cutting-edge closed loop technology is being developed and applied in the harshest environment possible, and what that means for us terrestrials.

This is an abbreviated version of an interview that took place on November 8th. Want to watch the conversation in full? Watch it here.


Lucie Poulet

Lucie Poulet

European Space Agency

Lucie Poulet is a researcher and engineer in the field of life-support systems at Institut Pascal (France), who has worked for several years on the European Space Agency (ESA) MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life-Support System Alternative) project. She has also participated in 4 analog missions, among which one of 4 months. She holds a PhD in process engineering from University Clermont Auvergne done with CNES and CNRS, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University (USA), and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Nancy’s School of Mines (France). She firmly believes that closed-loop for space can help us live more sustainably on Earth.

Lucie Poulet was recently awarded a NASA postdoctoral fellowship to keep on working on life-support systems.


Ross Findon

Ross Findon

Media and Social Media Manager, Systemic Initiatives, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ross is part of the Digital team, helping to promote the Foundation’s work online; including across its social media accounts.

With more than fifteen years of experience working with local and national media, Ross joined the Foundation to help develop its relationships with external media, as well as its online presence.

Kinge Gardien

Kinge Gardien

DIF Programme Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Kinge is the DIF’s Programme Manager which means heading up the DIF team and contributing to and signing off on the comms, digital and editorial work that combines to create the online Festival. Kinge joined the Foundation as a DIF intern and blossomed so much in her role, that she went on to take the reins!

Originally from the Netherlands, Kinge holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Design from Delft University of Technology. Having held a particular interest in the human side of design, she decided to also study Social and Cultural Anthropology.

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