Prof. Volker Damann
International Space University Strasbourg, Professor for Human Performance in Space
Prof. Volker Damann has dedicated his career and life’s work to Aerospace medicine. Beginning in 1989 he served for 6 years as a space flight surgeon at the German Aerospace Research Center (DLR). During that time, he supported 8 Shuttle and 2 Soyuz/MIR missions. In 1995 he became the Lead Flight Surgeon and in 1998 the Head of the Crew Medical Support Office at the European Astronaut Center (EAC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Cologne, Germany. Prof. Damann led the development of the ESA crew medical office from the ground up, including the development of the Flight Surgeon and Biomedical engineering mission support console in Cologne and both the astronaut physical training and behavior health and performance functions at the EAC.
In January 2016 he began work at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. As a full professor he is responsible for the educational activities for the “Space Studies” Master Program in the domain “Human Performance in Space”.
Volker also teaches as a visiting lecturer at the Technical University in Dresden (Germany) and the Technical University Berlin (Germany) on topics of human performance and space medicine for aero-space engineers and occupational psychologists. Volker Damann worked in close cooperation with King’s college, London, UK, to develop a new Master program “Space Physiology and Health” and enrolled the first students in the term 2010/2011. This program allows providing specialty education for the next generation of space health care providers.
Volker has been very active in Aero Space Medical Association (AsMA) serving in multiple functions both on the ASMA council and in constituent organizations. He is an AsMA Fellow since 2014 and member of the AsMA Executive Committee and Council and serves as the Vice President “International Services” since 2017. He is member of the “Pilot Mental Health Expert Group” and supported the recent revision of the expert group’s recommendations after the German Wings tragedy.
Volker Damann retired from ESA in September 2020 and remains a faculty member of the ISU. He is the current vice chair of the ISU Academic Council.