Author Submission

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paper upload

Papers for oral presentations and posters must be uploaded on the submission web site (same as for the abstract submission, use the "Upload file" link on the author page, your password can be regenerated on the basis of paper Id and email in case it was lost).
For the conference proceedings there is no limitation to the the papers length. The proceedings will be edited on CD format, and distributed after the conference


Word Template

You can download a Word template here. Paper must be uploaded in pdf format.
We will apply a strict "No paper, no podium" policy for oral presentations.

Special Issue of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets

A special issue of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets will be devoted to the 13th International Symposium on Materials in the Space Environment.  Symposium participants will be invited to submit manuscripts that report advancements in the science and technology associated with spacecraft and missile systems and subsystems.  These manuscripts will undergo peer review and must meet the usual standards of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets before they will be accepted for publication.  The anticipated submission window is July 1 – September 30, 2015.  Further details will be announced during the Symposium.
Information about the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets may be found at


"As announced on the program, posters can also be introduced in very short oral presentations, limited to 1 slide, to be presented in 1 minute.
The 1-slide presentations must be brought on a USB stick and uploaded on the presentation PC before the beginning of these Poster introduction slots (check on the program to find yours among the 6 slots)."

Papers related to posters are also very welcome for submission to Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets special issue, provided they meet the journal editorial standards.
Posters should be printed in A0 format (80 cm width, 120 cm height), and in "portrait" style.
Scotch tape will be available on site to fix them.


abstract submission

Abstract deadline 15th November 2014

Materials can be directly exposed to the space environment. Missions meet increasingly severe environments, e.g. close to the Sun or inside giant planets magnetospheres. Mission durations and material performance requirements are also constantly increasing. This is why, in spite of our efforts and achievements, the behaviour of materials in the space environment remains a major concern.

Further constraints make the task of material engineers even more complicated. International regulations are increasingly constraining. Reduction of all types of costs is also a main driver, costs of material design, production, testing, etc. While design margins should be reduced to control budgets, reliability and safety must be improved…This symposium shall promote all types of exchanges between scientists and engineers involved in space environment effects on materials. It will cover the various fields of knowledge relevant to this issue as listed below.


You are invited to submit abstracts 300 - 500 words in length for papers covering the following topics:

  • Performance and technology drivers for space applications of novel materials, including composites, ceramics and optical materials.
  • Space environment interactions (atomic oxygen, UV and particle radiation, micrometeoroids and debris, contamination, vacuum, thermal cycling) and synergistic effects
  • Modelling the interaction of materials with the natural and induced environment. This includes also degradation due to contamination
  • New methods and procedures for ground tests to characterise space environment effects on materials
  • Standards related to the evaluation of space materials
  • In-flight experiments and lessons learned from the exploitation of in-orbit data
  • New materials, processes and technologies including material aspects of micro/Nano-Technology and material problems related to miniaturisation
  • Materials and processes that are technology/mission enabling, in particular for extreme environments
  • Qualification of new materials, coatings and processes
  • Impact of standards and regulations, such as REACH


  • Oral presentations (20-25 minutes including Q&A)
  • Poster session with short oral introductions
  • Round table discussion on a current topic(s) of interest: please submit your wished topic as soon as possible to
  • Technical exhibition

The working language of the conference will be English.