Biographies of the ESA Reserve Astronauts




Amelie Schoenenwald

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Personal data

Birthdate:  05.10.1989
Birthplace:  Karlsruhe
Marital status:  
Selection date:  23.11.2022
Position:  MSP
Status:  active

Additional information

Between 2009 and 2015, Amelie graduated from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biotechnology, a master’s degree in industrial biotechnology and a master’s degree in biochemistry.
She completed her doctorate in integrative structural biology from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, in 2020, where her research was in structural biology, virology and immunology.
In 2021, Amelie earned a master’s degree in business administration at the Collège des Ingénieurs in Germany, France and Italy.
While pursuing her doctorate, Amelie was a scientific project lead at the Max Perutz Labs in Austria, Singapore and Israel.
In 2020, she worked as a protein scientist at a biotech start-up and worked as an external consultant at an Austrian-German private university.
Between 2020 and 2021, Amelie became a business development manager and a process manager for a large healthcare company in Germany. She also gained experience as a part time freelancer and consultant for several German Start-Ups from 2021 to 2022.
At the time of her selection, she was a medical expert manager in the field of rare immunological diseases.
Amelie has diverse experience with jungle and speleological expeditions i.e., cave exploration and volunteer work as a mentor and for humanitarian projects. In 2022 she was selected as the president of her MBA alumni association.
Her favourite activities include travelling, mountaineering and motorcycling.
For the first time, ESA has established a reserve pool of astronauts. This reserve list is composed of astronaut candidates who were successful throughout the entire selection process but cannot be recruited at this point in time. Astronauts in the reserve remain with their current employers and will receive a consultancy contract and basic support. They will start basic training in case a flight opportunity has been identified.
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Last update on December 26, 2022.