9 September 2013 “Our Living Solar System” Meeting at UK Parliament tonight


Oops, it’s a bit late to highlight this as it is TONIGHT but maybe someone out there who didn’t know about it already will want to attend. I’ve been away all of August so am just catching up on blogs and emails now…
–Dr Jill

THE PARLIAMENTARY AND SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE (Chairman: Andrew Miller MP, www.scienceinparliament.org.uk)


PARLIAMENTARY SPACE COMMITTEE (Vice-Chairman Science & Exploration: David Morris MP, www.parliamentaryspacecommittee.com)
On behalf of Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, and David Morris MP, Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Space Committee, you are invited to a joint discussion meeting on Our Living Solar System.
This will be held on Monday 9th September from 14.00 – 16.00 in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster.
Each talk is scheduled for 10 minutes in order to allow time for Q and A, as well as wider discussion.
2.15pm – 2.45pm


Mars ~ did life ever evolve there and what will future exploration reveal?

Lewis Dartnell, University of Leicester

Outer Planets
Jupiter and Saturn’s moons ~ new hopes for finding life in the Solar System
Michele Dougherty, Imperial College

2.45pm – 3.15pm
Comets and asteroids
Time capsules, space hazards or mineral resources: Opportunities for NewSpace entrepreneurs
Prof John Zarnecki, Open University

Visions of the future
Answering the big questions about our planet’s place in the Universe
Fabio Favata, European Space Agency

RSVP: [email protected] by Friday 6 September 2013.

If you are attending this event from outside Parliament, please enter Portcullis House on the Victoria Embankment and allow at least 20mins to pass through security.

In association with European Planetary Science Congress 2013.

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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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