UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Space Domain

The UCL Space Domain fosters interdisciplinary research, teaching and impact across a very wide range of disciplines.

Research groups and departments include:

Space Domain Events:

7 February 2019. UCL-France Conference Debat Public Lectures

18:00 – 19:00, G03, Bedford Way 26, London WC1H 0AP

Title: Climate change, ground truth - from space

Dr Anny Cazenave, formerly at CNES, member IPCC and lead writer, member French academy of sciences, foreign member of  US National academy of sciences and Indian academy of sciences. She will be speaking on “Ocean warming, sea level rise monitored from space”.

Prof Andrew Shepherd (Leeds), Director of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling-CPOM (NERC). He will be speaking on “Earth’s ice loss from space: 30 trillion tons and counting”.

6 March 2019, Satellite Applications Interest Group Sandpit

10:00 – 18:00. Bartlett Real Estate Institute, Here East, London, E15 2GW

This SAIG one-day Sandpit will help UCL staff to develop Proof-of-Concept project proposals, ideas for demonstrators and potential industry or sector secondments. The event will be held in conjunction with UCL Innovation & Enterprise and the Satellite Applications Catapult. Potential external partners (industry and others) will also be present. Institutionally, supported by the EPSRC, UCL and the Catapult have agreed to set aside £200k funding to support a range of modest Satellite Applications projects. Successful proposals developed at the Sandpit will be encouraged and assisted to access this funding.

Contact alan.smith@ucl.ac.uk

13 – 17 May 2019. UCL 2019 Space Week – Space the Enabler

UCL (venues to be announced)

Monday 13 May          09:30 – 13:00 Enabling Science, Transport, Weather forecasting

Monday 13 May          14:00 – 17:30 Enabling Environmental/Climate change, Global Communications, Security, International Relations

Tuesday 14 May          09:00 – 13:00 Case study: Shipping

Tuesday 14 May          14:00 – 17:30 Special Applications Interest Group: Disaster prevention
                                       14:00 – 17:30 Institute of Space Policy and Law Seminar

Wednesday 15 May    09:00 – 17:45 Space Policy Workshop*

Thursday 16 May        09:00 – 13:00 50 years since Apollo - returning to the Moon

Thursday 16 May        14:00 – 17:30 Lunar Exploration, Living off-world

Friday 17th May           09:00 – 12:00 ESA_LAB@UCL, Rapporteurs' remarks, close        

Registration details to follow on 5 March 2019

*See below for further details. Space Policy Workshop is by invitation only for staff, by registration (to follow) for students

Space week 2019

15 May 2019 – UCL Space Policy Workshop – Enabling Space

Venue: UCL, London. Room to be announced

09:00 – 18:00

The theme of this years Space Policy Workshop is ‘Enabling Space’ – providing a counterpoint to the Space Weeks theme of ‘Space the Enabler’. The workshop will explore how space activities can be better enabled (enhanced, facilitated, re-risked etc.). The presenters will be a mix between external (mainly) and internal speakers. The outcomes will be reported in a Rapporteur’s report following the event.

Topics covered: Past and Current enablers of space; political support; public engagement; policy; law; capability, capacity and technology; Security and Safety

Attendance is by invitation only except for students who can register. There will be limited places and the registration details will be provided on 5 May at the 2nd Announcement.

Our Research Themes:

  • CubeSats and Nanosats
  • Earth Observation
  • Economics, Innovation and Public Policy 
  • Education
  • Exoplanet Research
  • Materials Science
  • Off-world Living
  • Orbital Dynamics and Space Situational Awareness
  • Planetary Science
  • Project Management and Systems Engineering
  • Space Astrophysics
  • Space Law and Regulation
  • Space Medicine
  • Space Policy, Governance and Security
  • Space Weather


Contact us:

Director:Prof Alan Smithalan.smith@ucl.ac.uk
Deputy Director:Prof Serge Plattards.plattard@ucl.ac.uk