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arts catalystArts Catalyst are crowd-funding their move to a new location.

As many of you will know, I have had a long, fruitful relationship with the Arts Catalyst, “A science and art agency which argues for and sets up genuine collaborations between artists and scientists.” I first chaired a panel for them at “Less Remote”, a symposium that ran directly alongside the IAC 2008 in Glasgow, and which “aimed to foster a dialogue and exchange between the cultural and space communities.” I later participated in several of their brilliant Kosmika events, including Kosmika Mexico City in 2013, and as part of their brilliant wider “Republic of the Moon” event behind the OXO Tower in London, in 2013.

Over the years they have been at the heart of the community that sits at the interface of art and science.

They are now moving to a new space (I went to see it a couple of weeks ago) embedded in a community very near Kings Cross station, London. They are hoping to crowd fund £15,000.

As is the way with crowd-funding, various levels of donation get you a thank you gift. For example, for £60 there are 2 tickets for an evening event presented by Dr Marek Kukula, Royal Observatory Greenwich’s public astronomer, where he will explain the mysteries of meteorites and shooting stars, and there’ll be a chance to handle rocks from outer space.

Or for a £25 donation there is a limited edition poster of Mars by the artist duo (and lovely friends of mine) “We Colonised the Moon”.

Amongst other things! And/or you get the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you’ve supported a great organisation.

If you’d like to donate, here is the Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science and Technology webpage.

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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.