08 November 2021–12 November 2021, 1:15 pm–5:00 pm
UCL Space Domain is back with another interesting Space Week from 8 -12 November 2021.
This event is free.
We're kicking off the week with a session exploring the future of UK Space juxtaposed against the aftereffects of Brexit and Covid, followed by a discussion with Dan Curry - popular for his designs and concept art from the renowned Start Trek. The next day of space week gives us an insight on the robotic exploration of the solar system and the multitude of ideas uncovering settling down on Mars. The week continues its adventures with a session about Exoplanets and the workings of ESA Labs, a scheme created by the European Space Agency. The week also includes a conference Debat on how satellites help us monitor or adapt to climate change. The week ends with a rigorous Pecha Kucha and culminates in an enthralling debate on whether settling on Mars is essential for the future.
Space week is full of events exploring ongoing topics of Space research and studies, delivered through a mixture of face to face and online events. With extensive precautionary measures in place on UCL's campus, the events are organized to offer the best of the sessions. The entire schedule for all the events and their details are given below.
|Monday||8 November||13:15 – 18:00||8.1||Gustav Tuck||Looking ahead|
Brexit and Covid have the potential for significant disruption to the long-term future of the UK Space Sector.
However, in this session we will be looking forward, rather than backwards. What will the sector look like, and which missions will be making the scientific headlines in the coming years?
The first half of the afternoon will comprise forward looks from ESA, Satellite Applications Catapult, UCL, UK Space Agency, and the UCL student community.
This will be followed by a description of some of the very exciting space missions that UCL central to: Euclid, Gaia, Solar Orbiter, and SMILE. Other missions will be described later in the week (Ariel, Comet Interceptor, ExoMars, PLATO).
UCL is proud of the breadth of its interest in space and the session will conclude with a description of its new Centre for Outer Space Studies by the department of anthropology.
Professor David Price - Vice Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement)
Chair: Professor Alan Smith - Director, Space Domain (SD)
Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund - President International Space University, President IAF
Claire Barcham - UKSA Strategy Director
Professor Serge Plattard - Deputy Director, UCL SD
Joseph Aschbacher - ESA Director General
Stuart Martin - Space Application Catapult CEO
Estelle Janin - President UCL Space Society
Chair: Professor Serge Plattard - Deputy Director, UCL SD
Professor Sarah Matthews - Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), UCL
Professor Mark Cropper - MSSL, UCL
Professor Tom Kitchin - MSSL, UCL
Professor Chris Owen - MSSL, UCL
Professor Graziella Branduardi-Raymont - MSSL, UCL
Dr David Jeevendrampillai - UCL Anthropology
|Monday||8 November||18:30 – 20:00||8.2||Gustav Tuck||The Artistry of Dan Curry|
Dan Curry & Ben Robinson with Rachal Hill - Public Lecture
Star Trek is one the most recognisable works of science fiction in popular culture and seven-time Emmy award winner Dan Curry is one of its most enduring talents. His amazing contributions have ranged from directing, title design and concept art to practical on-set effects and weapon design. From The Next Generation to Enterprise, Dan's far-ranging work for Star Trek has resulted in some of the series' most memorable moments.
Together with Ben Robinson, a foremost expert on all things Star Trek, they have recently published a book ‘The Visual Artistry of Dan Curry’ which outlines Dan’s significant influence on the aesthetics of science fiction in the public realm. His visual effects work on Star Trek has been recognized with multiple awards including 7 Emmys and 19 nominations.
The Centre for Outer Space Studies (COSS), with its commitment to generating debate around the social implications of the cosmos, is excited to host Dan and Ben’s discussion around the intersections of art and science, science and fiction.Find out more and register here.
|Hosted and chaired by Rachel Hill|
|Tuesday||9 November||10:00 – 13:00||9.1|
Anatomy G29 JZ Young Lecture Theatre
Chair: Professor Andrew Coates, UCL
Deputy: Professor Alan Smith
To understand our solar system better humans have sent probes to its farthest reaches, and our nearest neighbours. This session showcases some of the research at UCL associated with this robotic exploration.
A goal for human space exploration is Mars but before we can visit ourselves, we need to know a great deal about that very hostile environment. Guests will give an overview of Mars followed by a description of the ESA mission EXOMars being readied for launch – and for which UCL is providing the ‘eyes’ of the rover.
Comet Interceptor will also be highlighted, another of our mission with very strong UCL involvement. Exciting UCL/Birkbeck Research related to the Moon, Titan and Jupiter will also be presented.
Organised jointly with the UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Science.
Professor Lewis Dartnell - University of Westminster
Professor Andrew Coates - MSSL, UCL/CPS
Professor Geraint Jones - MSSL, UCL/CPS
Professor Dominic Papineau - Earth Sciences, UCL/LCN, CPS Director
Dr Annie Wellbrock - MSSL, UCL/CPS
Affelia Wibisono - MSSL, UCL/CPS
Professor Ian Crawford - Birkbeck, University of London/CPS
|Tuesday||9 November||14:00 – 17:00||9.2|
Anatomy G29 JZ Young Lecture Theatre
Chair: Individual sessions
Humans are returning to the Moon (at last!) and plan to go on to explore at least Mars. However, neither of these endeavours is easy and many questions remain unanswered.
UCL, based on its breadth of space experience, has created an Off-World Living Institute, we’ll tell you about it in this session along with some of the research being undertaken here.
We’ll also look at some of the issues associated with travel much further afield (i.e. Mars). To give context two experts from the European Space Agency will describe Europe's lunar and Martian ambitions and progress.
Chair: Dr Iya Whiteley - Director UCL Space Medicine
Dr Aidan Cowley - ESA
Professor Andrew Edkins - Director UCL OWLI
Malica Schmidt - UCL
Dr Aaron Pankhurst - Anthropology/UCL
Chair: Prof Andrew Edkins - Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Dr Romain Charles - MEDES
Professor Iya Whiteley - Director UCL Space Medicine
Miles Harris - Institute of Risk and Disaster Management/UCL
Professor Keith Siew/Prof Stephen Walsh - Department of Renal Medicine, UCL Medical School Royal Free Hospital
|Wednesday||10 November||10:00 – 17:00||10.1||Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre||The future role of academia in the space sector|
Space Policy Workshop
This event is invite only. If you are interested in attending please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Alan Smith
Rapporteur: Serge Plattard
|Thursday||11 November||10:00 – 13:00||11.1||Gustav Tuck||Exoplanets|
Just as our Earth orbits a star (the Sun), so do many other planets orbit other stars. In fact, we know of nearly 5000 ‘Exoplanets’ and expect that the true number is vastly larger than this.
Indeed, Exoplanets are rather common-place – but definitely not boring. The variety of planetary environments is huge.
Following a guest speaker from Oxford, (Prof. Suzzane Aigrain) we will describe the science and technology around two Exoplanet mission in which UCL has a very influential involvement: PLATO and Ariel.
Professor Suzzane Aigrain - Introduction to Exoplanets
Dr Vincent Van Eylen -
Alan Smith - MSSL/UCL, Co-I PLATO
Professor Giovanna Tinetti - Ariel Mission Leader/CPS
Professor Giorgio Savini - Ariel Payload Scientist/CPS
|Thursday||11 November||13:30 – 17:00||11.2||Gustav Tuck|
Some years ago, the European Space Agency created a scheme called ‘ESA_Labs’ which seeks to align the research and teaching of space subject within European universities with the needs of the European nations (please do not confuse this with the EU, while we have left the EU, we haven’t left ESA!).
ESA’s head of the Development and Strategy Office will open the session with their perception of the ESA Lab. We will then have general presentations from the four UK ESA labs (the first time they’ve come together!), UCL, Oxford, Lancaster and Leicester.
Within the ESA_Lab@UCL we have 17 themes (an extraordinary breadth) and we’ll be describing six of these also. Others are covered at other times during the week.
Chair: Prof Serge Plattard
Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon - Head of Development and Strategy Office
Professor Alan Smith - Director ESA_Lab@UCL
Professor Simon Jackman - Director ESA_Lab@Ox
Professor Rick Wylie - Director ESA_Lab@Lanc
Professor Nigel Bannister - Director ESA_Lab@Leic
Dr Ingo Waldmann - AI Theme Lead/UCL/CPS
Professor Kasia Balakier - Sat Comms Theme Lead/UCL
Professor Kwang-Leong Choy - Material Science Theme Lead/UCL
Professor Marek Ziebart - Orbital Dynamics Theme Lead/UCL
Ian Raper - Space Project Management and Systems Engineering/UCL
Professor Lucie Green - Space Weather Theme Lead/UCL
|Thursday||11 November||18:00 – 19:30||11.3||Gustav Tuck|
We have been observing our planet from space for over half a century. During this time the global average temperature increased by 1 degree. From melting ice caps, thawing permafrost and sea level rise, to increased temperatures, precipitations, draughts and ocean acidity, the warming signals are clearly visible from space thanks to a wide range of remote sensing techniques and instruments.
Using recent examples from the European and US ice monitoring satellites CryoSat-2 and ICESat-2 our speaker Michel Tsamados will show:
(a) how the field of Earth Observations has revolutionized the way we are monitoring climate change including in the most remote locations of our planet and
(b) will propose some ideas on how this ever-expanding amount of satellite data can help us create forecasting and policing systems to fight climate change and other environmental disasters.
Another perspective on the topic will be presented by our other speaker, Dan Osborn about how adaptation to climate change has become a necessary. He puts forth, that although satellites have been assisting with weather predictions for decades, more could be done with the data they can provide to help successful adaptation to climate change.
Systems such as Copernicus already provide relevant information and existing and upcoming instruments could help with issues as diverse as
(a) improving urban structures (so that shading and cooling can occur)
(b) refining understanding of coastal change and
(c) anticipating and managing extreme events such as droughts and storms.
How can satellites help us monitor climate change?
Speaker: Dr Michel Tsamados - Earth Sciences, UCL
How can satellites help us adapt to climate change?
Speaker: Professor Dan Osborn - Co-Chair Environment Domain, UCL
Temperature and climate gases: what can we see from space?
|Friday||12 November||10:00 – 13:00||12.1||Gustav Tuck||Pecha Kucha|
As a part of UCL Space Week, the Centre for Outer Space Studies (COSS) invites PhD students from across the UCL community, whose work concerns outer space, to present their work at an interdisciplinary Pecha Kucha.
|Friday||12 November||15:00 – 17:00||12.2||Gustav Tuck||Debate|
Settling on Mars is essential for the future of humanity.
More details available soon.