9 March 2015 “Debating Matters: Space Exploration is a Waste of Time and Money” London


Debating MattersThis is an Institute of Ideas event called Debating Matters, which is a prestigious school debating competition. I’m a judge on the final “Space Exploration is a Waste of Time and Money”–but the whole day should be good fun.

The space topic relates to two opposing Viewpoints published in Space Policy in 29(4) where we published

“The Essential Role of Human Spaceflight” by Robert J Rovetto
“Response: Against Maned Space Flight Programmes” by Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg

(Note–these Viewpoints related to manned spaceflight and the debate is about space exploration more generally.)


Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience
King’s College London
16 De Crespigny Park

Entrance: Free

The full day’s schedule:

9:30-10 Registration and Coffee
10:05-10:15 Welcome
10:20-11:30 Round 1: “Nobody has the right to not be offended”
11:40-12:50 Round 2: “The UK should liberalise its drug policy”
12:50-13:50 Lunch
14:00-15:10 Round 3: “We should embrace the advent of three parent IVF”
15:10-15:40 Tea and Coffee
15:40-17:00 Final: “Space exploration is a waste of time and money”

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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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