“Should we colonise space?” 28 May 2015, LSE Campus London


Electric fingersYours truly was among 5 other researchers taking to the “Social Science Soapbox” for this evening event.

There’s a post on the LSE Spoapbox Event 2015 here (I’m looking fetching in my LSE shirt!)

I introduced the topic of “Should we colonise space?” and then the audience was free to give input, heckle, question, etc. It was part of the wider LSE Research Festival 2015. It’s free to attend but they ask you to pre-register.

The Soapbox events are from 19:00-21:00, in the Weston Cafe: 6th floor of the Saw Swee Hawk building on the LSE campus (map). (The building, our new Student Union building, itself has gotten a lot of attention for its architectural design.)

This event is in the same series as the previous Soapbox event I did at the Natural History Museum. A colleague of mine wrote up a blog about that one.

(Photo is one of mine, taken at Shoreditch Town Hall–I’m using it as it looks a bit spacey!)

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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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