Ann-Iren Kittang Jost

Ann-Iren Kittang Jost
Head of Department, PhD

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS)
NTNU Social Research

Mobile phone: +47 928 80 298


Ann-Iren Kittang Jost holds a PhD within plant biology, emphasizing plant responses to Space conditions such as microgravity. She is currently head of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS).

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Kittang Jost has extensive experience with integration and operations of research on the International Space Station (ISS). She has lead and participated in several international projects, including coordination of the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project TIME SCALE developing next generation plant cultivation systems for Space and Earth applications.

In 2019 she received the Spaceport Norway Award for her “work within manned spaceflight and life support systems, and for her contributions to the next steps towards the return to the Moon and the journey to Mars”.

Since 2020, Kittang Jost has been part of the European Space Science Committee (ESSC) and Life and Physical Sciences Panel (LPS).

She is inspired by the vison of human space travel and colonization of Moon and Mars, and the know-how and technology synergies between Space to Earth applications – through global cooperation, across academic disciplines and industry sectors.