RAES Summer conference: Space Traffic Control 2 July


Excellent choice of topic by the RAES for this year’s conference. I hope to attend myself, but also will be looking for someone to review the event for Space Policy–please email me if you’re interested!

Registration isn’t open quite yet–I’ll update this blog once it is…

–Dr Jill

(Creative Commons image added by Dr Jill Stuart)
(Creative Commons image added by Dr Jill Stuart)

From the RAES website:


Space Traffic Control

Further details and a full programme for this Space Traffic Control Conference will be available shortly.

Space debris is a man-made threat to the continued use of space for commerce, science, exploration and security.  The threat has manifested itself in accidental damage to, and even destruction of, objects in space, as well as requiring increasingly regular avoidance manoeuvres by threatened satellites.

This conference will bring together experts in the field to discuss the evolution of the threat, the implications for the various stakeholders and the actions that can be taken to resolve the situation. The conference is timed to inform the community about ongoing political initiatives and to encourage informed participation in those initiatives. The choice of London as the conference venue is designed to ensure maximum participation by stakeholders from the financial world – both insurance and banking – since they have the potential to quantify in financial terms the scale of the threat and thus complement the more highly publicised political and technical initiatives.

The speakers (both civil and military) will include space lawyers and financiers, public sector space officials, and representatives from the space industry and space academia.

If you are interested in reading more about ‘Space in 2013‘ you can via the Space specialist group website.

In addition, there is a range of space related audio available via the Society podcast including, ‘Curiosty, The Next Mars Rover and ‘Europe’s Human Space Flight Programme’.



Event venue:
Royal Aeroanutical Society

No.4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ

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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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