WIA-E 2018 grant winners announced

Dear members,

WIA-E is pleased to announce the 2018 WIA-E grant winners:

  • Congratulations to Vasiliki Kondyli!


Vasiliki's research work is developing in the interface of design computing, environmental psychology, and spatial cognition, while she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Science and Technology at Örebro University, (Sweden).

Her research interest includes design, usability, interaction, and psychology; towards the development of evidence-based advanced design systems that can better anticipate the impact of human behavior in limited space and resources, during long-duration missions.

For the last couple of years, she has been establishing together with three more Ph.D. students an interdisciplinary international initiative, developing a project named ANTHEMS inspired by the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Melissa project.

With the WIA grant, Vasiliki supports her participation in the ESA parabolic flight campaign in 2018.

  • Congratulations to Audrey Berquand!


Audrey Berquand is a PhD candidate from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK). Within the Intelligent Computational Engineering (ICE) lab she is studying the use of artificial intelligence to support the early stages of space mission design.

With another PhD Student from the same laboratory, she is developing a Design Engineering Assistant, an expert system to enhance decision making and knowledge reuse in the frame of concurrent engineering studies for space missions feasibility assessments. Her PhD is half-funded by ESA and involves industrial partners (Airbus, RHEA and satseach) in the frame of a Networking/Partnering Initiative.

Audrey obtained her engineering diploma from EPF, Sceaux (France) and her MSc in Aerospace Engineering from KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden). She also graduated from the International Space University Space Studies Program in summer 2017. Before joining the ICE lab she worked for three years as a
space system engineer for Earth Observation future missions at ESTEC, ESA. She has been involved into WIA-Europe since 2015. She is also an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council and the current French National Point of Contact.

Outside of work, Audrey enjoys traveling around the globe, discovering new landscapes, cultures and food.

  • Congratulations to Paula Mas!


Paula's space career started in 2014 when she joined the French Space Agency CNES. Between 2014 and 2015, she worked for the Directorate of Launchers in Paris as a structural engineer.

She then moved to the space industry where she is currently working as a system engineer at ArianeGroup in Les Mureaux, France. Her current job focuses on ensuring that all technical aspects of a system are considered and integrated into a whole. Since 2017, she is part of the team developing the future Dual Launch Structure for the upcoming Ariane 6 launcher.

Her working experience started in the aeronautical industry where she worked as a stress engineer for Airbus in Madrid, Spain. Within the Research and Technology department, Paula was involved in the development of new technologies to be implemented in Airbus╩╝ future generation of aircraft.

Paula graduated as an Aerospace Engineer from the Politécnica de Madrid University. Throughout her international studies in Spain, France and England, she had the chance to study a wide range of topics related to the aerospace field, especially in the field of space thanks to her MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University.

Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, running the marathon and, as a space passionate, reading about all space-related topics.


  • Congratulations to Marta Cortesao!


Marta Cortesao is a PhD student at the Space Microbiology research group at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), investigating how filamentous fungi adapt to space
conditions such as low gravity or radiation. In her research she uses mostly space simulation devices, but is also undertaking real space experiments on the
International Space Station, as in the NASA-funded project “Biofilm in Space (BFS)”.

Passionate about space sciences and astrobiology, she is a member of WIA-E Cologne, SELGRA, EANA and AbGradE, and is involved in science communication and outreach through public talks and the blog Space Microbes.

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