I am here at the 6th International Conference of Aerospace Medicine, kindly organized by the Greek Aerospace Medical Association, in conjunction with the International Academy of Astronautics.
Given the current world financial climate, and knowing in particular how hard Greece has been hit, I take my hat off to Dr. Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli who we must all thank for organizing and obtaining the funding for this event.
The meeting, which is usually held every two years, brings together many leading names from the world of aerospace medicine and this year is no exception. Speakers will include ESA astronaut Frank De Winne whose first Space flight was in 2002, and Dr. Chiaki Mukai, the first female Japanese astronaut who flew in 1994, to name but a couple – with the collective experience of those involved being immeasurable.
And all taking place in a city bathed in Greek sunshine – always a bonus!