6 October 2014 “Public Access to Space” London


Cubesat imageI’m registered to attend this and looking forward to it—though it’s the first day of term at my university so I will have to dip in and out (luckily the conference is held nearby in Central London). I look forward to feedback from others who are able to attend fully—it’s certainly a timely subject!

6 October 2014
1 Plough Place

Nesta is organising a workshop exploring public access to space in light of new cheaper technological advances (e.g. Cubesats) and the possible applications for monitoring, modelling and disaster response. Working with the Satellite Catapult, TSB, UKCDS and UKSA, Nesta is bringing participants together from multiple areas such as government, industry, humanitarian disaster organisations and academia to explore the future of nano-satellite technology and its potential role in disaster resilience and response.

The workshop is being run in collaboration with Nelly Ben Hayoun, an experienced designer who has recently developed her Disaster Playground series and has worked extensively with both NASA and ESA. Nesta is keen for the workshop to promote connections early in the development of this technology and explore its future in disaster resilience, especially in light of a number of possible funding strategies such as the UKSA’s £80m programme to use space technology for international development or the £375m Newton Fund, to promote economic development though science and innovation.

Nesta is holding this workshop as part of a series of experiments in technology foresight to encourage responsible innovation and good technology governance. The aim is to create an event that supports the policy and technology communities to take anticipatory actions. If there is anything specific you think this workshop should achieve, please email [email protected].

To see more and register, please click here.

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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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