Off-World: How the Voyage to Mars Will Evolve Earth

We are living in an unprecedented era of development in science and technology, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach. Human settlement of the Moon and Mars in the coming decades is increasingly realistic, however, this all depends on the way we use technology.
Join this session and learn about an Off-World settlement simulation experiment that will demonstrate how to build a functional and sustainable technology layer from life-support to communication.


  • Learn how 4IR technologies such as IoT, blockchain and edge computing can facilitate sustainable living in some of the world’s harshest environments
  • Understand how these projects can boost research and innovation within technical companies
  • Learn how to implement successful resource management

Date: Friday 17 July

Time: 11:30 – 12:30 BST 12:30 – 13:30 SAST

Presented By

Dr Adriana Marais

Founder @ Proudly Human

Adriana is the Founder of #ProudlyHuman, as well as Director at the Foundation for Space Development, an initiative of which is Africa2Moon, to inspire the youth of developing nations, in particular Africa, to "Reach for the Moon" through education and science. She is also a member of the South African government advisory task team on the 4th Industrial Revolution, Faculty at the Singularity University and Duke Corporate Education, and an astronaut candidate with the Mars One Project.

Previously, Adriana was Head of Innovation at SAP Africa between 2017 and 2019. Her career began in academia, and she has authored numerous articles on her research in theoretical quantum physics, as well as won awards including the L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award in 2015 and the Royal Society of South Africa Meiring Naude Medal in 2016. She is an alumna of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in physics and a Global Women’s Forum Rising Talent, both 2016.

Adriana holds an MSc (summa cum laude) in quantum cryptography and a PhD in quantum biology. Her postdoctoral research focused on quantum effects in photosynthesis as well as the origins of prebiotic molecules and life itself. She is currently pursuing a second PhD in economics in resource-constrained environments at the University of Cape Town.