At the invitation of Linnaeus, more than 30 European experts from various fields will come together in Berlin between 22 April and 28 April 2024 for a symposium on the application of hemp-based components in the aerospace industry.

In several workshop and learning formats as well as side events, the experts will provide information on the latest product developments, innovations in research and the practical integration of materials made from industrial hemp – from natural fibre-reinforced plastic components to radiation-absorbing textile components for spacesuits, food components for spacecraft crews and the decontamination of soils tested for heavy metals in the vicinity of airports and spaceports.

The discussions will focus on the integration of industrial hemp in areas that are considered to be technology drivers with a simultaneous focus on future challenges of value creation within the framework of circular economy principles – from production processes, application in self-sufficient systems to future requirements in vocational training and further education.

The use of industrial hemp in aerospace is intended as a contribution to making the closed systems predominant in space travel more sustainable and to applying the experience gained from this to earthbound systems. “Ready for Outer Space” or “Made for Mars” are terms that do not propagate escape from Earth, but are explicitly aimed at protecting other celestial bodies. Components made from industrial hemp are sustainable and leave no space waste behind.