Space Sexology - Mars Society Convention

24th Annual International Mars Society Convention - 4 Days


Space poses significant challenges for human intimacy and sexuality. Life aboard confined and remote space habitats during long-term travel, exploration, or settlement may detrimentally affect the sexual and reproductive functions of astronauts. It can also restrict privacy, limit access to intimate partners, impose strict hygiene protocols and abstinence policies, and heighten risks of interpersonal conflicts or sexual harassment. Together, this may jeopardize the health and well-being of people living in space, along with crew performance and the success of our space endeavours. Yet, little attention has been given to human eroticism in space—e.g., love, sex, and intimate relationships. This situation is untenable considering our upcoming space missions and expansion. It is time for space organizations to embrace a new discipline, Space Sexology: the comprehensive scientific study of extraterrestrial intimacy and sexuality. To make this case, the presentation draws attention to the current lack of research on space intimacy and sexuality; discusses the risks and benefits of extraterrestrial eroticism; and proposes an initial biopsychosocial research program framework to envision a broad, collaborative scientific agenda on Space Sexology.

The 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention is Thursday-Sunday, October 14-17, 2021. This convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in the planet Mars to come together and discuss the science, technology, social implications, philosophy and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration.

You can register on the main website After you register, you can access the convention's main application Attendify at using code "TakingFlight".

More info and session listings are in the hub world, code PDK958

This meeting is interactive. Most of the time the speakers and members are appearing on a Zoom screen. You will be able to grab the mike so you can talk to the people in Zoom.

The Mars Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Established by Dr. Robert Zubrin and others in 1998, the group works to educate the public, the media and the government on the benefits of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet.

Speaker: Simon Dubé

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