Ilaria Cinelli

President, Aerospace Human Factors Association, Aerospace Medical Association

Region:          Europe 

Field:              Medicine; Science 


Profile:     Ilaria Cinelli PhD AFAsMA has a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy), and a structured PhD in Neural Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway (Republic of Ireland). She is also a graduate of the Space Studies Program run by the International Space University at TU Delft (The Netherlands). More recently, she has completed a Postdoc at Tufts University (USA) in Neuromodulation.
Ilaria is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, President of the Aerospace Human Factors Association, Member-at-Large of the Aerospace Medical Council and Member-at-Large of the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch. She is also Co-Leader of the Space Exploration Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council. In addition, Ilaria is an invited member of The Mars Society Steering Committee, thanks to her extensive experience gained in isolation while conducting several analogue missions at the Mars Desert Research Station. ​


Network Activities: I propose to raise awareness on existing challenges by sharing lessons learnt of (self-identifying) women of the space sector anonymously for overcoming possible limitations. Indeed, it is essential to provide written evidence that there are gaps between spoken and unspoken facts on equality. 

Also, I intend to stress the importance of transferring knowledge from space to Earth for addressing equality and gender empowerment. There are efforts to promote equality in an operational scenario, such as that of the International Space Station and simulated space missions on the ground. Indeed, it is found that mixed-gender in-flight crews reach higher operational performance than single-gender in-flight crews, suggesting a greater level of efficiency and success. It is essential to anticipate how the concept of equality is evolving over time to identify or anticipate aspects that could have implications on human exploration of space and on human life on Earth.