International Health Research Institute

International Health Research Institute

Interdisciplinary Centre for Space Research (ICSR)​


To be a leading applied research Centre dedicated to advancing human sustainability, performance, and survivability in all environments, both on and off Earth, by conducting groundbreaking research, fostering collaboration, and shaping the future of human exploration.


Conduct rigorous and innovative applied research across various disciplines relevant to human well-being in extreme environments, including space, deep-sea exploration, and extreme terrestrial environments.

Develop practical solutions to address the challenges of human sustainability, performance, and survivability in these environments.

Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to share knowledge, accelerate scientific progress, and ensure the ethical and responsible advancement of human exploration.

Disseminate research findings through publications, conferences, and educational programs to inform policy decisions, inspire future generations, and contribute to the global body of knowledge.

Core Values

Scientific Integrity: Uphold the highest standards of research ethics, transparency, and objectivity in all endeavours.

Collaboration: Foster a culture of open communication, teamwork, and mutual respect among researchers, partners, and stakeholders.

Innovation: Encourage creative thinking, embrace new technologies, and explore unconventional approaches to meet the challenges of the future.

Sustainability: Develop solutions that are mindful of their long-term environmental and societal impact.

Inclusiveness: Promote diversity in the research workforce and actively engage with a global audience.

Key Research Areas

Human Physiology and Adaptation: Investigating how the human body adapts to extreme environments like microgravity, radiation exposure, and isolation, and developing countermeasures to mitigate their negative effects.

Human-Machine Interaction: Designing user-friendly interfaces and automation systems that optimize human performance and decision-making in complex environments.

Behavioural Health and Performance: Understanding the psychological and social factors impacting human well-being and performance during long-duration space missions and other extreme environments.

Analog Environments: Utilizing terrestrial environments with similar challenges to space (e.g., high-altitude & underwater habitats) to test and refine technologies and research methods.