1 February 2014 “Global Lunar Day” London


19_Private_Moon_web-945x315Image: “Private Moon in Formosa” by Leonid Tishkov,

I’ll be moderating this event. I’m afraid that tickets are already gone, but you can put your name on the waiting list, or it’s also being livestreamed at http://bambuser.com/channel/The+Arts+Catalyst

These are the details from the website “Global Lunar Day”:

Global Lunar Day, symposium

Joanna Griffin, Dr Jill Stuart, Professor Bernard Foing, Bee Thakore, Dr Marek Kukula

Oxo Tower Wharf
South Bank
London SE1 9PH



The launch of India’s Chandraayan-1 and the (projected) first soft landing on the moon since 1976 by the Chinese Space agency’s Chang ‘E-3 has shifted the global perspective on lunar exploration. What are the implications of the new wave of lunar missions by former developing countries? How does this affect the cultural perspective worldwide on the Moon and what does this mean to people who live in non-western countries? A panel of commentators from the science, engineering and art worlds give their opinions during the final weekend of The Arts Catalyst’s Republic of the Moon exhibition.

Moderator: Dr Jill Stuart (Executive Editor of Space Policy)

Prof Bernard Foing (Executive Director, International Lunar Exploration Working Group)

Bijal (Bee) Thakore (engineer and member of Board of Directors, Planetary Society)

Dr Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich)

Joanna Griffin (artist and researcher Srishti School of Art, Bangalore, Transtech).

NOTE: There is a stairlift to the exhibition galleries and the symposium venue. The event will be recorded and every effort will be made to livestream the talks.

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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