Professor Li-Fan Zhang (1927-2021)

Li-Fan was born in Tianjin, China, in March 1927. He studied biology at the National Central University in Nanjing. After graduation in 1948, he worked as an Assistant Lecturer in physiology at the same university. He was promoted to Lecturer and move to Xi’an in 1954 when the medical school was merged with the Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU). In the 1960s, he established new discipline of aviation physiology at FMMU, and since then he had led its development to a strong scientific research base.

His main research was high altitude physiology and gravitational physiology. He supervised 24 PhD and 22 Masters students, published around 300 papers, and was commended several times by the national science and technology advancement awards.

Li-Fan was also recognised by the international space physiology and space medicine communities. He attended many scientific meetings and conferences since 1980s, especially the International Symposium of Gravitational Physiology (ISGP) series. In 2006 he co-chaired the Sino-German Symposium on Space Life Sciences in Xi’an. In the ??th ISGP in 2009, which was also held in Xi’an, he was awarded the prestigious “Nello Pace Award”. He served as editorial board member for two international journals: News in Physiological Sciences and Journal of Gravitational Physiology.

Very much missed by his widow Jinglan, son, daughter, grandson, and granddaughter.

From Xiang


Asgardia 2019

Dear colleague,

You are warmly invited to the first Asgardia Space Science and Investment Congress (ASIC) which takes place at the ESA Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, on 14-16 October 2019.

The vision behind ASIC is to bring together people from academia and the global space industry, as well as investors eager to shape the future for living in space.

The time has come to create space environments besides the ISS where humans can live for extended periods.

ASIC will focus on the science and technology required to support these first permanent space habitats.

Visit our web site!

Prof dr Floris Wuyts
Science Committee Chair

Head of the Lab for Equilibrium Investigations and Aerospace,
University of Antwerp, Belgium


Summer Schools – University of Angers

Vascular Summer School – 2 to 6 July 2018/ Angers – France

This program is scheduled over one week of intensive courses including plenary lectures, workshops, hands-on-sessions and live demonstrations and laboratory visits to provide an overview on the various techniques in both fundamental and clinical fields.

This summer school is accessible to national and international students from the 2nd undergraduate up to PhD in Medicine, Pharmaceutics and Life Sciences.

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