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Changes in store for space life sciences

Representatives of space biomedicine and space life sciences in the UK plan to increase collaboration and make better use of facilities by creating further organisations.

The UK Space Biomedicine Association, which focuses on students and education, is set to merge with the UK Space Biomedicine Consortium, a group of academics and industry representatives developing a space biomedicine strategy. The consortium’s coordinator, Simon Evetts, says the merger will reduce external confusion and lend weight to the lobbying. “With numbers and weight comes strength,” he says.

Andrew Kuh, programme manager for human exploration and microgravity at the UK Space Agency, says: “It’s very confusing for stakeholders, including the UKSA, to distinguish between an association and a consortium; they’re really two sides of the same coin. It makes sense for them to merge into something more coherent.”

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