Making space more human



ODIS Design for Space offers personalised training and courses ranging from general
introduction to design thinking, to more in-depth, specialist courses applying design
to the space industry.

All the courses are in English. For other languages, please contact us for more details.
Training can be delivered remotely or in person.

Duration: half a day introduction to a 3 day full-time course


Introduction to Design Thinking at all levels. This course focuses on user- and planet-centred approach to innovation and introduces participants to an easy-to-use toolkit of methods that help define and test the concepts beyond their technical feasibility by integrating the needs of stakeholders, end-users, society and planet at large while making them viable as a business.

Key outcomes

Duration: half a day introduction to a full day workshop


Outer space is known to be associated with a huge amount of risk due to uncertainty whether it is financial or technological. Those uncertainties might leave industries uncomfortable in making strategic decisions, specifically with the limitation of funding, which may discourage space commercialisation. They need to be identified and limited for the industry to be consciously competent in the surrounding commercial environment.

Future Foresight can equip organisations with the tools to have strategic readiness to mitigate future challenges and uncertainties. Strategic readiness can be achieved by aligning business and sector strategies with those identified in plausible future scenarios which will be demonstrated at the end of the exercise.

This workshop has been developed in collaboration with Sumaya Al Hajeri: Future Foresight expert and creator of future scenarios for Space Accessibility for the UAE Space Agency. This session forms part of the elective workshop curriculum at the International Space University, Space Studies Program.

Aleksandra teaching in a classroom,

Key outcomes

DURATION: one day or 2 half-days


A new course that takes a step further and focuses on applying design to the requirements definition in the space industry. Drawing from our experience in projects involving software development for ESA sponsored initiatives, we realised there is a need for support in writing both qualitative and quantitative requirements that are anchored in real user and stakeholder needs, and that can be tested during the development process.
This course helps the participants to discover and understand the needs that are behind the product, teaches how to analyse and translate them into actionable requirements based on value and proposes ways to quickly prioritise them collaboratively.

ODIS Instructor discussing with the students

This course is in collaboration with the Designers in Space Community.

“When I was just starting out in product...the product manager’s job was to define the requirements and the engineers were supposed to build it...what you learn over time is that you don’t know those things and what you need to do is acknowledge that, admit that and get very good at discovery - that’s why it’s called discovery instead of requirements definition.”