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Event: 22nd March 2013, Noordwijk

An important domain of the activities of the International Program/Project Management Committee (IPMC) is the critical subject of sharing Lessons Learned (LL). If space organizations cannot or do not share lessons they learn, then the all-important means of continuous improvement and avoidance of past mistakes is greatly diminished. The IPMC has recognized the importance of sharing Lessons Learned and has now organised a second workshop on this theme to be held at ESTEC on 22nd March 2013.

Event: 3rd December 2012, London, England

Once a year, since the inception of the Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology course, some 12 years ago at University College London (UCL), Dr Kass has delivered a two-hour workshop on Psychological Issues Encountered in Long-Duration Human Space Flight to students of the university.

Dr Kass recently accepted an appointment to join the board of advisers for the Mars One, which is a not-for-profit organisation whose plan is to take humanity to Mars in 2023, to establish the foundation of a permanent outpost. The Board of Advisers are made up of industry and scientific experts who bring real-world experience to Mars-One.

Event: 26th September 2012, Noordwijk

On request by Mr Roger Jegou, head of ESA’s Standards & Engineering Knowledge Division, Dr Kass carried out debriefing sessions with staff of this division concerning the operation of the newly designed ESA Lessons Learned System (ELLS) (which he had earlier designed) as well as on the organisation of so-called Lessons Learned Events.

Event: 11th July 2012, Noordwijk

Mr Franco Ongaro, Director of the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) and Director of ESA’s Directorate of Technical & Quality Management, invited Dr Kass to present the ESA Lessons Learned System (ELLS) to him in order that he could assess how to move forward on this project.

Dr Kass has accepted the appointment as Associate Consultant for F Moser Consultants (fmc12), a company comprising the diverse but related skills of a group of experienced professionals, providing services in the domains of communication, management, and information technology. He will serve the company in the role of Interface Manager between fmc12 and the European Space Agency (ESA).