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Kosmica event in Mexico City

Kosmica event in Mexico City

Assuming the UKBA has given me back my passport by then... I am terribly excited to be going to present with the Kosmica gang in Mexico City at the end of September: Dear Space Colleagues, I am delighted to announce KOSMICA Mexico from the 27th to 29th September. After organising...

Basic FM August 2012 programme dedicated to all things Space

Basic FM August 2012 programme dedicated to all things Space

This August, the net radio Basic FM, a project of Pixel Palace (Newcastle, UK)  is dedicated to Space. The schedule is ongoing and refreshes every Sunday. Personally I shall be most interested in listening to The Space Shuttle Flies No More piece, though there is plenty else here of interest,...

Make it to the Moon. Workshop at the Science Museum 2012 (children)

Make it to the Moon. Workshop at the Science Museum 2012 (children)

I'm in the United States at the moment so won't be able to attend this, but thought it looked great--particularly for those with children interested in space... *** During August and early September, Helen Schell will be running her MAKE IT TO THE MOON workshops during the MAKE IT IN GREAT BRITAIN...

Curiosity: the Next Mars Rover at RAES 17 July

Curiosity: the Next Mars Rover at RAES 17 July

I hope to make this event at the Royal Aeronautical Society next week as it looks quite interesting. Curiosity: the Next Mars Rover Matthew Wallace, MSL Flight Systems Manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 18:00-19:30 at RAES headquarters (No.4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ ) From the RAES webpage on this...

Space Policy in Developing Countries by Robert Harding published

Space Policy in Developing Countries by Robert Harding published

A colleague and friend, Robert Harding (Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama) has just published a new book usefully covering an under-developed area of research and discussion: Space Policy in Developing Countries: The Search for Security and Development on the Final Frontier...

Great new free app: "Politics and Government Spotlight App"

Great new free app: "Politics and Government Spotlight App"

Hello loyal readers--this app also includes content from our wonderful journal Global Policy! Read on below: Wiley-Blackwell’s Politics & Government Spotlight App has launched and is available for free download from the Apple Store! We’re proud to present an exciting new app for political scientists and public administration scholars and...

Elon Musk: SpaceX

I was sent this graphic by Katherine Long, who works with a team of designers and researchers--it's a graphic about Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX. Entertaining and worth sharing. Created by: OnlineGraduatePrograms.com

Kosmika 20 June in London

Kosmika 20 June in London

Wednesday 20 June 2012, 7-10pm June's KOSMICA - the Microgravity Sessions will feature exclusively speakers who have floated in the air in zero gravity. We can guarantee that all participants have undergone at least 10 parabolas in a diving aircraft! Previously a resource solely available to trainee astronauts and scientists,...

IISS Event on Outer Space Security: 30 May 2012

IISS Event on Outer Space Security: 30 May 2012

I look forward to attending the following: The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London is hosting Frank A. Rose, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy, from 10:30-11:30 AM for a lecture on: Maintaining the long-term sustainability and security of outer space 'The benefits of space-based...

Extraterrestrial Life- Beyond Our Expectations?

I'm looking forward to traveling to Vienna next week to present at what looks to be a great interdiesciplinary conference, as follows: EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE - BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS? Vienna, Austria, May 21-22, 2012 http://www.univie.ac.at/eph/exolife Monday, May 21 08.30 Registration 09.10 Welcome 09.30 Introduction: Extraterrestrial Life – Beyond our Expectations? Maria...

Liberty & Security: Human Rights in an Age of Terror

Dr Omar McDoom and I are co-organising the LSE Department of Government annual conference at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for the weekend of 4-6 May 2012.* I'm afraid this one is for our faculty and students only! Liberty & Security:  Human Rights in an Age of Terror Friday...

Next Kosmica Event 20 April 2012

Next Kosmica Event 20 April 2012

The next Kosmika event at Arts Catalyst is coming up. (I presented at one of these last summer--they're good fun!) I'll miss it as I'll be on holiday which is a shame but encourage other space cadets out there to go! 20 April 2012 at their Clerckenwell Road space 50-54...

The Impact of Sex in Space

The Impact of Sex in Space

I am gutted that I will be on holiday when this lecture is held at Imperial College, London on 17 April 2012 from 18:30-20:00. But well worth promoting anyway... The impact of sex in space THE SENSUAL UNIVERSE: Astrophysics for the five senses A new public lecture series from the Astrophysics...

Space Tourism Conference: 19 June 2012 at RAES HQ London

Space Tourism Conference: 19 June 2012 at RAES HQ London

I attended the First Space Tourism Conference at the Royal Aeronautical Society's headquarters in London several years ago and it was worthwhile. I hope to set aside exam marking for the day (a Tuesday from 9:00-17:00) and attend this summer! 3rd European Space Tourism Conference: Open for Business The Space Tourism...

Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Moon Goose Analogue

Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Moon Goose Analogue

I met Agnes Meyer-Brandis several years ago at an International Aeronautics Congress conference, when this project was in it's early stages. It's great to see it come to full fruition. Quirky and brilliant! She has created a film/ installation based on a story from 1603 of a man who flies to the moon...

Challenges for the EU’s space policy

Challenges for the EU’s space policy

It's a shame that I'll be missing this as it looks good... Challenges for the EU’s space policy Results and perspectives from the Polish EU Council Presidency for European space policy and programmes  Date: 8 March 2012 Time: 15:00-17:00, followed by a reception Venue: ESPI, Schwarzenbergplatz 6 (entrance Zaunergasse 1-3),...

Best Job Websites for UK-Based Humanities Students

Best Job Websites for UK-Based Humanities Students

This post targets students at the London School of Economics specifically, but may be of use to other London- or UK-based students completing degrees in the humanities. The websites listed are primarily focused on work (including internships) in the UK, though not exclusively so. There are dozens of websites out there--these...

China's Expanding Space Programme: RAES Lecture

China's Expanding Space Programme: RAES Lecture

An upcoming Royal Aeronautical Society event- I'm registered and hope to see some other colleagues/ friends there! Free to attend, at London HQ (4 Hamilton Place), speaker Karl Bergquist, International Relations Administrator of the ESA. Thursday January 26th from 17:30. The event's webpage. Online registration. China’s Expanding Space Programme   In October 2003 China...

Risks Associated with Space Activity

Risks Associated with Space Activity

A seminar at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law that may be of interest to some of my readers... Policy and Regulatory Risk Seminar IV-II of the Practitioner and Industry Seminar Series: Risks Associated with Space Activity Thursday 27 October 2011 By its very nature, space activity can...

Urban Stargazing constellations

Urban Stargazing in London

This is a provoking project by the artist Oscar Lhermitte and his team, engaging with (well, this is my re-wording) light pollution in urban environments and how it prevents our ability to see stars (with the subtext of those stars representing the universe, distance and time, and organic rather than...

Money saving websites for London students

Money saving websites for London students

Websites and a few extra tips on saving money in this expensive city that we call home... For All London Students (LSE-specific tips are further below) Perhaps the best website I've come across out there with advice for students on saving money--from the best bank accounts to ways to reclaim...

1 October 2011: Power in Outer Space, University of Brighton

This promises to be a lively event--I've been on panels in the past with colleagues involved in this area and it's always time well spent. I will be there and presenting on the Galileo Satellite Navigation system and its implications for Europe in terms of geopolitics and power. Free to...

19 Sept 2011: Europe's Future Spaceflight Programme: Current Planning and Future Options

19 Sept 2011: Europe's Future Spaceflight Programme: Current Planning and Future Options

Europe's Future Spaceflight Programme: Current Planning and Future Options This looks like a very good event, indeed, with Thomas Reiter, who is Director of ESA’s new Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations (D/HSO), responsible for managing Europe’s contribution to the International Space Station, ESA's human spaceflight activities, the operations of...

"Macabre" pretty young females and the sexist media

"Macabre" pretty young females and the sexist media

Rebecca Leighton, the so-called "Saline Death" nurse has been released due to lack of evidence. I haven't been following this case, and am not saying whether I think she is guilty or not... however I do think there is a propensity for the media to give a disproportionate amount of...

The Soyuz Crash: What does it mean for the ISS?

The Soyuz Crash: What does it mean for the ISS?

On August 24 a supply vehicle headed to the International Space Station went down over Siberia due to a problem with the Soyuz rocket powering it. Which is a shame for all the goods lost, but more concerning is the fact that these rockets are the sole means to get...

Free study guide audio clips from Palgrave Macmillan

Free study guide audio clips from Palgrave Macmillan

Students: Palgrave Macmillan is running a promotion allowing you to download clips for free from some of their study guides. You might want to stick them on your MP3 player for your commute? This is clever marketing on their part, but 'meh', I don't mind so long as my students...

Human Spaceflight After the Shuttle - 19th September 2011

All are cordially invited to a free workshop at the London School of Economics, sponsored by the journal Global Policy. The event will be held on the afternoon of Monday 19 September 2011. This event will feature a roundtable discussion with (full biographical further details below) Thomas Reiter - (experienced astronaut...