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UK-based friends -At no extra cost to you- Please consider supporting the charity for which I am a Trustee: Luton All Women's Centre If you shop online through for example John Lewis, Argos, Waitrose, Amazon, eBay and Booking.com, you can do a simple thing to donate to charity, at no...

28 Nov 2019: Space Ethics & Planetary Care, London

I am thrilled to be speaking next week at the Royal Museums Greenwich for this evening lecture alongside the brilliant Farhana Yamin. Space Ethics and Planetary Care From the website: Apollo’s Earthrise image enabled us to see our fragile Earth floating in space. Over the next 50 years we are...

11-20 October 2019 Bloomsbury Festival, London

The Bloomsbury Festival is going on this week and themed around the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings. There are a lot of things to explore and I suggest checking out the Bloomsbury Festival 2019 Brochure.  Of particular interest to me will be the Mirroring the Moon event by my...

28 November 2019 "Space Ethics and Planetary Care" London

I am excited to be speaking at this event alongside the amazing Farhana Yamin. From the event website: "Maritime Lecture Series - Space Ethics and Planetary Care" Space Ethics and Planetary Care Apollo’s Earthrise image enabled us to see our fragile Earth floating in space. Over the next 50 years...

9 October 2019 "Space Psychology" London

I hope to make it to this event With Dr Iya Whiteley next Wednesday 9 October 2019 from 13-14:00 at the Wellcome Collection. I very much enjoyed hearing Dr Whiteley speak when she and I presented together at the Royal Institution "The Human Martian" event: she does fascinating research. Tickets...

Book "Dr Space Junk Vs The Universe" by Dr Alice Gorman

Long-term colleague and friend Alice Gorman (aka Dr Space Junk) has a new book out! I haven't received my copy yet but can assure that anyone interested in technology, culture and history will appreciate this interdisciplinary foray. "Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the future" Paperback Published Apr...

19 March 2019 "The Human Martian" The Royal Institution

I am absolutely thrilled to be speaking within this amazing line-up in the Faraday Theatre at the RI in a couple of weeks: multi-Guinness World Record Holder adventurer Adrian Hayes; space medicine specialist, artist and author Dr Iya Whiteley; and our session chair: broadcaster, documentarian and author Dallas Campbell. (Some of...

4-7 December 2018: Galaxy Forum Hainan 2018 (China)

I won't be there, but this looks like a good session, worth promoting, with some great speakers (including colleague and friend Bernard Foing)... Text from the email flier; see the Galaxy Forum Hainin 2018 website for more details: October 5 Early Registrations Due Galaxy Forum Hainan 2018: China 4-7 December...

Documentary Movie: Nureyev

I am honored to have been at the premier of the new documentary film Nureyev last night (and honored to be one of the expert interviewees in it). IMDB for Nureyev the film  Tickets and showtimes Even if you don't follow ballet, this story may be of interest. Born into...

27 June 2018 "Spectral Power" screening, Royal Observatory (London)

This looks interesting--I plan to try and go, schedule willing! Full details available on artist Phil Coy's website and also the Royal Observatory's/ Royal Museums Greenwich website. 28 June 6:30pm - 7.45pm Price: Adult: £10.30 | Concession: £9.30 Book tickets Location: Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre Season: Evenings and Lates "The inaugral screening...

15 June 2018 "Kosmica: Ethereal Things" London edition

Very much looking forward to going to this event tomorrow night... I believe there are still tickets av available! KOSMICA: ETHEREAL THINGS (LONDON EDITION) 6.30pm - 10.00pm, Fri 15 June 2018 IKLECTIK ‘Old Paradise Yard’ 20 Carlisle Lane ( Royal Street corner ) next to Archbishop’s Park London SE1 7LG Book tickets...

New Book "Limiting Outer Space" Ed Alexander C.T. Geppert

There’s a great line up of authors in this new book, from NASA’s Roger Launius to the Science Museum’s Doug Millard: Limiting Outer Space: Astroculture After Apollo Edited by Alexander C. T. Geppert From the Palgrave Macmillan webpage on the text: “Limiting Outer Space propels the historicization of outer space by...

By 1 June 2018: "Graffiti Without Gravity" Vote

Like street art? Like outer space? You're in luck. On 18 May 2018 the European Space Agency (ESA) & The Hague Street Art joined forces for a unique crossover project between (street) art and space exploration. See the resultant artworks and vote for your favourite on Instragram Graffitiwithoutgravity. Full details...

14-15 April 2018 "Kosmica" Sunderland, UK

This Kosmica programme looks brilliant, as always! I'm gutted that I'll  be out of the country so will miss it, but look forward to hearing about it afterwards. From the website Kosmica: Ethereal Things 5.30pm, Sat 14 April 2018 - 5.00pm, Sun 15 April 2018 Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art c/o National...

13 December 2017 "Sixty Years in Space" ISPL/UCL London

I'm gutted that I'll be travelling out of the country for this! A free seminar with the full title: Space Serving Humanity: Celebrating Sixty Years in Space & Fifty Years of Lawful and Peaceful Use  Presented by the London Institute of Space Policy and Law, and UCL Space Domain To...

Until 12 November 2017 "Space Tapestry" Oxford

Aleksandra Mir is a brilliant artist, whose exhibition "Space Tapestry" I have blogged about before. It was a huge privilege getting to know her, and to be one of the subjects of her book We Can't Stop Thinking About The Future.  This Saturday I'm going to go to the Modern Art...

21-22 November 2017 "Commercialisation of Space" RAES

I won't be able to attend, but it's worth publicisng this event! Commercialisation of Space: Realising UK Goals for Innovation and Growth From The Royal Aeronautical Society website: "The 2017 President's Conference will provide a strategic view of the role of commercial space activities in contributing to government ambitions for innovation...

29 October 2017 "Who Owns Space?" Battle of Ideas, London

I'm looking forward to doing the Battle of Ideas  at the Barbican, London 28 & 29 October 2017 again this year!  I'm so grateful that Zulfikar Abbany (Senior Science Editor, Deutsche Welle) brought together our panel on "The Final Frontier: Who Owns Space?" With: Professor Ian Crawford (Professor of planetary science and astrobiology,...

12 October 2017 Arts Catalyst Event, London

The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Bringing Physics Into the Human Experience I'm very much looking forward to catching up next week on the research being done by dear friends and colleagues Nahum and Nicola Triscott!  From the Arts Catalyst webpage "The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Bringing Physics Into...

26 September 2017 "Flight by Light with Bill Nye LightSail™ & Innovations in Solar Sailing" Adelaide

Absolutely gutted to miss the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide this year, and of course there will be many great events... but I'd particularly highlight this lecture with my lovely friends and colleagues at the Planetary Society: Bill Nye (...does Bill even need a link!? He's ledge...) moderated by...

16-18 October 2017 "Space Policy & Law Course" ISPL London

My respected colleagues at the Institute of Space Policy and Law (ISPL) have a three day course coming up—the  below is from their website “2017 SPACE POLICY & LAW 3 DAY COURSE CPD” 16 – 18 October 2017 Through lectures, discussions and interactive case-studies we explore: The space environment and...

7 Sept - 12 Nov 2017 "Cloud Cores, Moon Geese and Wandering Trees" Basel

I have long followed the intelligent, fun and inherently engaging work of the artist/scientist Agnes Meyer-Brandis—we first overlapped at an Arts Catalyst exhibition at Oxo Tower many years ago. Here she presents a solo show at the HeK / House of Electronic Arts in Basel coming up in September.  ...

New Book "We Can't Stop Thinking About the Future" by Aleksandra Mir

I am incredibly flattered to be one of the people interviewed in this book. The author, artist Aleksandra Mir, contacted me some time ago and invited me to her studio where some of her incredible Sharpie murals were in various stages of completion. We had a brilliant conversation (the transcription of which...

"Shuffle Festival" 26-27 August 2017 London

I'm looking forward to speaking at this event, with a theme this year of "Public / Private". I'll be on a panel discussing access and ownership of space. The programme which covers Saturday and Sunday is incredibly diverse, taking in films, walks, food, music, and much more. It will also...

7-9 July 2017 "Bluedot Festival" (Cheshire, UK)

A friend/ colleague gave me a 'heads up' about this event... billed as "An intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space". A self-proclaimed 'geeky festival', hooray! From the Bluedot website: "Bluedot with OVO Energy is an award-winning festival of discovery at the grounds of a deep...

28 Sept to 1 Oct 2017: New Scientist Live (London)

Yours truly will be speaking! New Scientist Live is marketed as "The World's Most Exciting Festival of Ideas", held in London over the weekend of 28 September to 1 October at ExCel London.  I just got distracted in realising that Margaret Atwood will be there! Note to self: casually approach Margaret...

Summer 2017 "Space Tapestry" UK

I am so incredibly flattered to have been one of the subjects interviewed for this project by the artist Aleksandra Mir. The project is called Space Tapestry, and there are three main events (chapters) to it: Space Tapestry: Earth Observation & Human Spaceflight, Modern Art Oxford, 2017 24 June - 12 November...

"Near Earth Asteroids- Threats or Opportunities?" 19 October RAES London

I'll be amongst those speaking at this one day conference at the Royal Aeronautical Society on Wednesday 19 October 2016. You can read the Conference PDF or Register for this event Near Earth Asteroids ~ Opportunity or catastrophe? In the past decade there have been a number of Near Earth Objects...

"Women With the Right Stuff" BBC 'The Documentary' podcast

Hello all, from Burma (Myanmar), where I am catching up on a bit of work before I head out to do the Circle Line train around Yangon (Rangoon). Gender and space issues rolled into one topic: brilliant. This is a BBC World Service programme for The Documentary, available to listen...

Loss of Molly Macauley

It is with tears that I offer my sadness at the death of Molly Macauley Colleague Role Model Mentor Friend It pains me to even type this, but apparently she was stabbed to death last Friday 9 July 2016 whilst walking her dogs in a Baltimore Park. Professor Macauley was...

13 July 2016 "Assuring Access to Space" RUSI London

From the Assuring Access to Space event website:  13 July 2016, 9:00 to 17:00 RUSI Whitehall assuring_access_to_space_draft_programme.pdf We are on the cusp of a new space era. New technology poised to make dramatic changes to how and why we use space, and with increasing competition both in military and commercial...

"Above and Beyond" London until 29 August 2016

I can't wait to attend this event, it looks brilliant! Details from the Above and Beyond website "Experience what space flight is really like and glimpse into its future in our new family-friendly, interactive exhibition Above and Beyond, now open at the National Maritime Museum." Watch the Above and Beyond trailer...

Forthcoming documentary "Earthlings Quest" on SETI/METI

  I am proud to be a Trustee of the recently created METI International--Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence. This forthcoming documentary details the debate between the SETI and METI community...whether we should only be listening to extraterrestrials (SETI), or also actively making efforts to contact them (METI). My own position in favour...

10 June 2016 "Britain's Place in Space" Cheltenham, UK

The Queen’s Speech mentioned a UK SpacePort, and the Space Growth Innovation Strategy has been all the ‘buzz’ at UK space conferences this year. I’ll be on a panel at the Cheltenham Science Festival on Friday the 10th of June 2016, alongside Will Whitehorn and Louise Hughes—details below are taken...

Event 14-15 June 2016 "Cometary science after Rosetta" London

This event is meant for specialists, and may be of interest to some of you. I was on a panel with Dr Matt Taylor at the Bradford Science Festival and he's a really engaging speaker. "Cometary science after Rosetta" At the Royal Society, 14-15 June The following is from the...

What do they eat in space? Infographic

I was sent this infographic from labeley.com. It's a fun and interesting infographic about something all astronauts/ cosmonauts/ taikonauts need to think about... What to eat in space! Here is the website explaining the Evolution of food in Space  

Call for Artist in Residence at the ESA

Under the aegis of the European Digital Art and Science Network, Ars Electronica cordially invites artists to take part in a competition for a residency at the European Space Agency (ESA) and at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. This residency offers artists an extraordinary opportunity to experience the landing of the...

7-8 July 2016 Spaceland Conference, Mauritius

Oh how I would love to go to this! (Dr Jill starts plotting...) From the 4th SpaceLand Congress website (and I recommend downloading the PDF Flier for full details) 4th SpaceLand Congress : 7-8 July 2016 La Pirogue – Wolmar – Republic of Mauritius Meet investors, entrepreneurs, high‐tech & Space SMEs,...

"Jill Stuart on METI & Space Politics" February 2016

I was recently interviewed for the LSE Hotseat, on the subject of METI (Messaging International Terrestrial Intelligence), and other aspect of outer space politics as of February 2016. I am very happy to have recently become a Trustee of METI International.  

"Who Owns Outer Space?" Podcast available

I gave a lecture at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas in October 2015 on the topic "Who Owns Outer Space?" This is the lecture for which I was honoured to win the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture from the British Science Association in 2015. The podcast is now available. As governments and corporations...

2 April 2016 "Terraforming- terrifying or terrific?" Edinburgh

I'm looking forward to joining this panel at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. From the event webpage: Terraforming – terrifying or terrific? Saturday 2 April Terraforming is the process of transforming a hostile environment into one suitable for human life. Our best nearby candidate is Mars and many people are...

Call for papers "Space Settlement Symposium"

Forthcoming symposium: "The Pursuit of Space Settlement" When: 23 September 2016 Proposals due: 23 April 2016 Location: Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) The Philosophy Department, Ingram School of Engineering, LBJ STEM Education and the Department of Aerospace Studies invite proposals from all perspectives regarding the pursuit of space settlement. We...

"Space Laws" by Dr Stuart in the World Today

Yours truly is very flattered to be the cover story of this week's The World Today, the journal of Chatham House. It's a brilliant image that they used as well. The collection of articles on "Space, the final front line" includes a piece by Kazuto Sazuki, who has previously contributed...

16-17 March 2016 "Family Stargazing Event" Berkshire, UK

British Science Week 2016 is coming up this March! Of the many events are two evenings of stargazing, for a family-friendly night out. From the Stargazing website: A beginners Stargazing session for ORSA Space & Science Club pupils from Oxford Road Community School along with their parents & families. Local...

New Book: "What's It Like in Space?" by Ariel Waldman 2016

My colleague Ariel Waldman has a lovely new book out, forthcoming and available for pre-order. From Ariel's website: "Everyone wonders what it’s really like in space, but very few of us have ever had the chance to experience it firsthand. This captivating illustrated collection brings together stories from dozens of...

12 January "A Cosmonaut's Trip" London ICA

What a great event...I will be there! From the website for "A Cosmonaut's Trip" 12 January "A Cosmonaut's Trip" Cinema 1, 8:30pm BOOK TICKETS via ICA website (£7-£11) Focusing on the immensity of sights of deep space, ‘A Cosmonaut’s Trip’ features archival footage by pioneers of early cinema alongside animation and...

3 February 2016 "SpacePort UK" RAES, London

Who better to spearhead a discussion on a UK Spaceport than the Royal Aeronautical Society... All day 3 February at RAES HQ (No 4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ). Programme and registration info below. Taken from their SpacePort UK Conference Website: How can the UK generate economic value from a...

McGill PostDoc Opportunity: 2015

McGill PostDoc Opportunity: 2015

From the website of the respected McGill Institute of Air and Space Law: "The Institute of Air and Space Law of McGill University intends to appoint one or two Postdoctoral Research Fellow(s) during the 2016-2017 academic year. The position will pay a taxable minimum salary of C$50,000 per annum." See...

15 December 2015 "Tim Peake Astronaut launch events" London

On 15 December 2015 Tim Peake will become the UK's second ever astronaut, following in the footsteps of Helen Sharmon who flew to Mir in 1991. (See a recent BBC article about Helen Sharmon and Tim Peake.) (Those of you who know my work will know that I'm inherently inclined...

New Documentary "The Visit: An Alien Encounter"

I'm going to see this tomorrow night at the Dochouse in London.  "The Visit: An Alien Encounter" (2015) (IMDB) Director: Michael Madsen "With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, the military, and experts from leading space agencies, The Visit explores an event that has never in fact...

1 December 2015 "Human Spaceflight" London

As one of the many energetic events leading up to the launch of UK astronaut Tim Peake into space, the Royal Aeronautical Society is holding a conference, full title "Human Spaceflight: UK Strategy in the Run-Up to Tim Peake's Flight" 09:00-17:00, Tuesday 1 December 2015 RAES Headquarters No. 4 Hamilton...

Journey to Mars

"Should I Stay or Should I Go.... to Mars?" Naked Scientist Podcast

On 27 October 2015 I participated on a panel for a "Naked Scientists" broadcast/ podcast on the topic of "Should I Stay or Should I Go... to Mars?". My fellow panellists in this lively discussion included Dr Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College London), Dr Caroline Crawford (University of Cambridge), Ryan MacDonald (Mars...

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13 Nov 2015 "Are We Destined to Live in Space?" London

I'm very much looking forward to being part of this panel discussion on Friday--with cosmonaut Aleksandr Lazutkin and the impressive philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs. I believe there are still tickets available if you care to join! The 'Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age' exhibition itself is also meant to be stunning...

Reintegrating into life

Hi everyone, It has been a terribly long time since I posted anything, and I wanted to explain that my loving mother passed away just under two months ago. I spent some 5 weeks back in Oregon, dealing with both the emotional grief and the practicalities of losing a parent. I am...

18 September 2015 (ongoing) "Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age" London

The Science Museum in London is hosting a new major exhibition, featuring, "...the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK". I am very happy to be participating in an event related to the exhibition in November 2015, which I will give more...

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"Sky Full of Stars" video

This has nothing to do with space politics... but I can't help but loving this alternative music video for Coldplay's "Star Full of Stars"... I think it's quite lovely and portrays space in an aesthetic, romanticised way, and I am always interested in contemporary portrayals of engagement with outer space...

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9-13 November 2015 “Reinventing Space Conference” London

This will be a great conference with several different events over the three days. See full details at the RIS website. Highlighting the trends that will define space enterprise a decade from now. The global economic climate is creating demand to reduce expenditure, leading to new challenges and opportunities in...

Wither a Welsh Space Policy?

I was asked by a media agency to comment on the Wales Space Policy (the published article is behind a paywall but you can find it in my 'media engagement list). Here are my thoughts: I've just returned from the UK Space Conference in Liverpool, where the theme was 'Space-enabled Futures.' And...

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"Soviet Space Mythologies" by Slava Gerovitch 2015

To be reviewed in a future issue of Space Policy Soviet Space Mythologies: Public images, private memories, and the making of cultural identity By Slava Gerovitch University of Pittsburgh Press (2015) ISBN 9780822963639 $27.95 US Overview: Soviet Space Mythologies explores the history of the Soviet human space program within a political and...

10 July 2015, Monocle 24 Radio interview on space politics

I had a lovely studio interview this morning on "The Globalist" programme of Monocle 24 Radio (even if it meant getting up very early, at least by my nocturnal standards). From the Monocle Radio "Globalist" website: "The perfect way to start the day in Europe is with Monocle’s morning news...

7-10 September 2015 "British Science Festival" Bradford, UK

Thousands of people (including myself) will be descending upon Bradford this autumn for the British Science Association's annual Festival. This year there is also a 'Fringe' event running concomitantly that targets younger audiences. I will be delivering the Margaret Mead Award Lecture on the topic of "Who Owns Space", and...

Support Arts Catalyst/ receive one-off tickets and space gifts

Arts Catalyst are crowd-funding their move to a new location. As many of you will know, I have had a long, fruitful relationship with the Arts Catalyst, "A science and art agency which argues for and sets up genuine collaborations between artists and scientists." I first chaired a panel for them...

13-15 July 2015 "UK Space Conference 2015" Liverpool

I'm presenting on a panel the last day of this conference and am looking forward to it. From the UK Space Conference 2015 Events page: UK SPACE CONFERENCE 2015: Space-enabled Futures Held every two years, the UK Space Conference is the unmissable gathering for the entire UK space community; bringing...

15 July 2015 "An evening with former astronaut Michael Foale" London

Alas I will be at the UK Space Conference in Liverpool this day presenting on a panel about space commercialisation... but thought I'd give the event a plug as it looks like good fun! From the pint of science website: We’ve teamed up with the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) and the...

16-18 July 2015 "NewSpace 2015" Silicon Valley

I'm afraid I can't make this event, but hope to have a review of it written up in a future issue of Space Policy by one of my Editorial Board members... From the NewSpace 2015 website: Presented by the Space Frontier Foundation Bringing space startups, established companies, and government agencies...

"Should we colonise space?" 28 May 2015, LSE Campus London

Yours truly was among 5 other researchers taking to the "Social Science Soapbox" for this evening event. There's a post on the LSE Spoapbox Event 2015 here (I'm looking fetching in my LSE shirt!) I introduced the topic of "Should we colonise space?" and then the audience was free to give...

"Satellite Industry Must Invest in Cuber Security" Financial Times

The Financial Times is behind a paywall, but for subscribers, I had an article in the Special Section on 10 April 2015, regarding cybersecurity and satellites. It's an overlooked issue: satellites have computer components--onboard, and (more vulnerable) on ground. This makes them susceptible to cybersecurity issues, as with anything else....

Free Issue of Space Policy: Tribute to my Predecessor Brown

Frances Brown was Editor in Chief of Space Policy for a remarkable 26 years, and for this Special Issue she chose her 12 favourite articles from her tenure. Elsevier has made these 12 articles freely available for download, in front of the paywall, until December 2015. Frances Brown retirement Special...

"Art in Orbit" until 6 June 2015, Quito Ecuador

Art, postcolonialism, outer space... in my old stomping grounds of Quito! What I would give to be able to go! (The accompanying photo is my own, of the Quito skyline in 1999 when I studied there...) From the "Art in Orbit" website: Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito, Ecuador 07.03.15...

20 March 2015 "Solar Eclipse" UK

Those of us in the UK are set to see a unique phenomenon on Friday morning: a lunar eclipse of the sun. Here in London, I shall make an effort to be up at 08:30 when the eclipse starts. See, for example, this article from the Telegraph about the upcoming...

25 April 2015 "Astronaut Eileen Collins" West Yorkshire, UK

It feels timely that I noticed yesterday, on International Women's Day, that this lecture is happening in the UK next month... Full details on the Space Lectures website. I can't make it (gutted!), but astronaut Eileen Collins, first female pilot and commander of the US Space Shuttle (1995 and 1997),...

Space Policy: Special Issue on "Space Ethics"

I am very happy to highlight the publication of Space Policy 30(4). This is a Special Issue on “Space Ethics”, guest edited by Tony Mulligan, author of "Nobody Owns the Moon" (2014). The issue includes several Viewpoints and Full Research Articles relating to Space Ethics, as well as two Reports....

Space Commercialisation: My Thoughts

I was kindly invited to present on a panel at Pembroke College, Oxford on 23 February 2015. This was for the launch of the PIVT. Below is the outline of my presentation, which I am happy to share. Please note that these are my notes for the presentation, rather than...

23 February 2015 "Space: A New Entrepreneurial Frontier?" Oxford, UK

Yours truly is on the panel for this... 18:00 at Pembroke College Oxford, the "Pembroke Innovative Ventures and Technologies" society. The event is open to the public and free to attend, but please pre-register... From the Event Facebook Page: Come to the Pichette Auditorium at Pembroke College at 18:00 on...

Short online poll: Should we send/regulate messages sent into deep space?

An invitation to friends and colleagues (and strangers!) to take a very informal three-question straw-poll about human activity sending messages from Earth into outer space for potential interception by extraterrestrial life. You may briefly answer the questions (which would only take a minute or two) or add further comments if...

7 February 2015 "Interstellar Jam Session" Hamburg

This sort of thing is right up my alley--I wish I were going to be in Hamburg to join! Hans-Arthur Marsiske presents "Interstellar Jam Session" At 21:00  in Deep Space Souterrain, Clemens-Schultz-Straße 90, Hamburg, Germany Together with the visitors we are going to play a blues with 30 verses. Since...

20 May 2015 "The European Space Agency" RAES London

This is great--the Director General of ESA will be speaking (Jean-Jacques Dordain). Attendance is free but registration is now open here (I suspect this one will fill up). Venue: Royal Aeronautical Society No. 4 Hamilton Place London W1J 7BQ Keep an eye on the RAES events website as they'll be adding more details soon.

18 March 2015 "Rosetta: How we landed on a Comet" RAES London

This event at the Royal Aeronautical Society looks great and I hope to attend. Access the full Rosetta flier or see the event website. Lecture: Rosetta – How we Landed on a Comet Paolo Ferri, Head of the Mission Operations Department at the European Space Agency, will present an update to the...

23-25 June 2015 "Global Space Innovation Conference" Munich, Germany

Full details are available on the GLIC website. GLOBAL SPACE INNOVATION CONFERENCE (GLIC 2015) “From Government Programs to Entrepreneurial Actions” 23 – 25 JUNE 2015, MUNICH, GERMANY. GLIC 2015 is co-organized by the IAF, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs...

12-13 May 2015 "Space Situational Awareness" Baltimore, Maryland

Full details, registration, and updates and enquiries on this conference are at the website SSA2015 Below is the main text introducing the conference, taken from SSA2015. "Welcome to Space Situational Awareness 2015 Following on from yet another very successful conference in London in November 2014, Space Situational Awareness 2015 will...

4-5 February 2015 "Paris Space Week"

From the website for 2015 Paris Space Week: PARIS SPACE WEEK is Europe's premier global B2B space event dedicated to launch vehicles, satellites, and space-related technologies The Paris Space Week - B2B meetings, exhibition and conferences - brings together global decision-makers involved in the design, building and testing of spacecraft, satellite, launch...

New Book: "The Oracle of Colombo" by Joseph N Pelton

Written by a member of Space Policy's Editorial Board (Joseph N Pelton): "The Oracle of Colombo: How Arthur C. Clarke Revealed the Future" One of the pivotal minds of the 20th century was none other than Sir Arthur C. Clarke. No other forecaster of the future even comes close. This...

Video "Cosmic Hazards: How Dangerous if Your Neighborhood?"

Video "Cosmic Hazards: How Dangerous if Your Neighborhood?"

This video is to accompany a forthcoming book that is co-authored by a member of the Space Policy Editorial Board. Forthcoming in 2015: "Cosmic Hazards: How Dangerous is your Neighborhood" published by Springer. Dr Joseph N. Pelton and Firooz Allahadi.  

Forthcoming Book: "After Apollo" by John Logsdon

Forthcoming book from an esteemed member of our board, John Logsdon From the Palgrave Macmillan website: “After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program” By John M. Logsdon Hardcover (352 pages) £22.00 Forthcoming April 2015 ISBN 9781137438522 Palgrave Macmillan On July 20, 1969, U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong took 'one small step...

New Book "How Outer Space Made America: Geography, Organization and the Cosmic Sublime"

This will be reviewed in a future issue of Space Policy! From the Ashgate Webpage on this title: “How Outer Space Made America: Geography, Organization and the Cosmic Sublime” By Daniel Sage, Loughborough University, UK   Regular price: £60.00 Ashgate, November 2014 192 pages ISBN: 978-1-4724-2366-5 In this innovatory book Daniel Sage...

16-17 March 2015 "NewSpace Commercialization and the Law" Montreal

Taken from the IASL 2015 Conference Call for Papers Announcement: Call for Papers/ invitation for attendance 3rd Manfred Lachs International Conference on NewSpace Commercialization and the Law Organized by the Institute of Air and Space Law Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Venue:  Headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization...

19-22 December 2014 "Lumen" London

I'm looking forward to going to this- An art exhibition exploring astronomy-related themes. From the Lumen Exhibition Website: "Lumen are an art collective based in London. We explore themes of astronomy and light, and will be exhibiting works in selected churches around the UK. This show to marks the beginning...

12 November 2014 "What Does the Future of Human Exploration Hold?" London

I'm disappointed that I'll be travelling and therefore have to miss this, but it looks to be a great event. NASA lecture: Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan and Chief Technologist David Miller UCL Public Policy Wednesday, 12 November 2014 from 14:00 to 15:30 (GMT) London, United Kingdom Book now to hear...

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash: Some thoughts

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash: Some thoughts

US President Kennedy said in 1962: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." Although space activity is increasingly quotidian, events like the crash of SpaceShipTwo yesterday, and also the failure of Orbital...

18-21 November 2014 "Kosmica" Mexico City

This is such an amazing event and I am gutted that I won't be there this year! KOSMICA México es un encuentro internacional de cuatro días con una mezcla de arte, ciencia, debate, música, performance y video que explora los usos alternativos y culturales del espacio exterior. Este festival regresa...

"You Are Here" by Chris Hadfield 2014

The charismatic astronaut Chris Hadfield has published a book of photographs of Earth from space. How fun. Macmillan ISBN: 9781447278603 Publication date: 14.10.2014 Number of pages: 208 £20 From the Macmillan website on "You Are Here": From the author of the international bestseller An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth...

Blog on public engagement by Amelia Sharman

Last month myself and three other researchers from the LSE participated in the Natural History Museum's Soapbox: Science Uncovered. One colleague, Amelia Sharman (@AmeliaSharman), today published a blogpost titled "Leaving the comfort zone: Public engagement can help you think about your research from a fresh perspective" which gives a great overview...

Until 22 February 2015 "Astronomy Photographer of the Year" London

I'm not sure when I will manage to go and see this, but I look forward to it... It is running NOW until 22 February 2015... Free entry. From the Astronomy Photographer of the Year website: The Royal Observatory Greenwich is proud to present the winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the...