EDEN ISS — Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies for Safe Food Production in Space

Educational outreach

EDEN ISS plans to engage the next generation of space explorers through an educational outreach program that will offer to teachers and pupils information and activities related to the cultivation of plants for the purpose of growing food in space, either on the International Space Station or further destinations like the Moon and Mars.


PLEASE NOTE: The following material will only be made available from late 2016 onwards.

Lecture material

Lecture material for schools (age range between 6 and 12 years) and universities will be  made available, upon the request of teachers and/or professors within EU member states and Canada. It will offer information and suggest activities in the topics of space, biology, and growing food under specific environmental conditions appropriate to learning abilities.

Antarctic seed campaign

DLR personnel will take a number of seeds to the Neumayer III station. These seeds will be brought back to Europe after they have stayed in Antarctica for a number of weeks. The seeds will then be made available to classrooms in Europe and Canada. These will also be included in the Experiment Toolkit.

Experiment Toolkit

‘Plant growth experiment tool kits’ will be delivered to a select group of classrooms throughout EU member states and Canada. The kits will be developed by DLR and will highlight the key issues of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) technologies and different growth procedures related to cultivating plants in space. Here, the pupils can learn different aspects about BLSS and the role of higher plants in human space exploration endeavors. Seeds from the Antarctic seed campaign will be included in the Experiment toolkit. Additionally, a construction manual and a do-it-yourself video will be made available for everybody through the website.