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One O'clock Lectures

10 May 2022

Space Domain One O'clock lecture


Date: 10 May 2022

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 BST

This is a zoom meeting. For the link contact s.plattard@ucl.ac.uk

Speaker: Professor Marek Ziebart, Professor of Space Geodecy, UCL. 

Position, navigation and timing derived from satellite systems have evolved steadily from the early days of the 1970s into an embedded and pervasive technology upon which major elements of civilian, military and scientific infrastructure rely. Did you know that global financial transactions rely upon GPS to provide timing information at the level of a millionth of a second? That low earth orbiting satellites can be positioned to an accuracy of 1cm on orbit by using GNSS? Emerging challenges like driverless vehicles, space traffic management and drone-based technologies present new requirements for safety of operation, accuracy and continuity of service. Our increasing reliance on all this also provides opportunities for criminals and divisive regimes to wreak havoc on the world. How can we protect ourselves against this? Please tune in, and contribute to the discussion as well.

Marek Ziebart is Professor of Space Geodesy at University College London. He has worked for over twenty years with NASA, ESA, the US Air Force and the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory on various aspects of space technology. He developed international standards for flight dynamics of GNSS spacecraft used routinely by space agencies and research institutes such as MIT, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. He was a recent co-author of the UK government Blackett Review on PNT resilience and a USAF academy book on Space Domain Awareness.


16 May 2022

Scaling Life in Space

Scaling Life in Space

Date: 16 May 2022

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 BST

This is a zoom meeting. For the link contact s.plattard@ucl.ac.uk

Speaker: Dr Ariel Ekblaw, Director, MIT Space Exploration Initiative

Ariel Ekblaw is the founder and Director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative (SEI), a team of over 50 graduate students, staff, and faculty actively prototyping the artifacts of our sci-fi space future. Founded in 2016, the Initiative includes a portfolio of 40+ research projects focused on opening access to life in space, and supports an accelerator-like R&D program for payload development and spaceflight testing across MIT and many outreach communities. For the Initiative, Ariel drives space-related research across science, engineering, art, and design, and leads an annually recurring cadence of parabolic flights, sub-orbital launches, and missions to the International Space Station. Ariel graduated with a B.S. in Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and designed a novel space architecture habitat for her MIT PhD in autonomously self-assembling space structures.

24 May 2022

Space Domain One O'clock lecture

BRAIN IN SPACE: How altered gravity influences human behaviour.

Date: 24 May 2022

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 BST

This is a zoom meeting. For the link contact s.plattard@ucl.ac.uk

Speaker: Dr Elisa Rafaella Ferre, Seniour Lecturer, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University London

Dr Elisa Raffaella Ferre is an Experimental Psychologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist. She completed a BSc and a MSc in Psychology at the Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italy) where she also obtained a PhD in Psychology in 2012 for the investigation of multisensory integration between vestibular, somatosensory and visual function in humans. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London (UK) from 2012 to 2015. Dr Ferre took up her first faculty position at Royal Holloway University of London (UK) in 2015. Since September 2021, she is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Vestibular Neuroscience laboratory at Birkbeck University of London (UK). Dr Ferre’s research combines experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, vestibular physiology and space science methods to understand how the human brain represents Earth gravity and adapts to non-terrestrial gravitational environments, such as weightlessness or the partial gravity on the Moon or Mars. Her work is supported by  national and international project grants, including the UK British Academy, UK Royal Society, BIAL Foundation, European Low Gravity Research Association and European Space Agency (ESA).

7 June 2022

7th June one o'clock space lecture poster

Robust uncertainty quantification of tsunami ionospheric holes for the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake using satellite data.

Date: 7 June 2022

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 BST

This is a zoom meeting. For the link contact s.plattard@ucl.ac.uk

Speaker: Ryuichi Kanai, University College London Department of Statistical Science: Ph.D. student and Visiting Scientist at the Alan Turing Institute

Ryuichi KANAI is a Ph.D. student at UCL statistical science department and a visiting researcher at Alan Turing Institute. His research theme is mainly analyzing data detected by GPS satellites related to tsunamis. By applying statistical techniques, he quantifies uncertainty in estimated data. Ryuichi received a master's degree in MSc data science from UCL and also has a master's degree in applied physics from the University of Tokyo. He has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo.  Before starting his PhD study, Ryuichi worked in the industry as a data scientist. Earlier, he worked in the Japanese government in its financial authority where he was involved with the legislation of new regulations and laws related to financial transactions and supervising financial institutions.


UCL Space Week 2021/22 Presentations

Find the presentations given at Space Week 2021 here:

Space Week 2021 presentations
Monday 8 Nov 2021 - Looking Ahead   
Prof Alan SmithUCL Space WeekUCL
Prof Pascale EhrenfreundInvited LectureIAF / ISUNot available
Claire BarchamNational Space StrategyUK Space Agency
Prof Serge PlattardInternational Space PolicyUCL
Dr Joseph AschbacherEuropean Space AgencyESAview
Prof Alan SmithSpace at UCLUCL
Prof David PriceResearch and Innovation at UCLUCLNot available
Lucy EdgeSatellite Applications CatapultSACNot available
Estelle JaninUCL Space SocietyUCL Space Soc
Prof Sarah MatthewsSolar-C missionUCLNot available
Prof Mark CropperGAIA missionUCL

Prof Tom KitchinEuclid missionUCL
Prof Chris OwenSolar Orbiter missionUCL
Prof Graziella Branduardi-RaymontSMILE missionUCL
Dr David JeevendrampillaiCentre for Outer Space StudiesUCL
Tuesday 9 November - The Robotic Exploration of the Solar System   
Dr Joel DavisThe geology of MarsNatural History Museum
Prof Andrew CoatesExoMars missionUCL
Prof Geraint JonesComet Interceptor missionUCLNot available
Dr Dominic PapineauThe abiotic carbon cycle in [Mars] soils ...UCLNot available
Dr Annie WellbrockHeavy Negative Ion Growth in Titan's Polar WinterUCLNot available
Affelia WibisonoSeeing Jupiter in a New LightUCL
Prof Ian CrawfordThe Lunar Surface as a Recorder of Astrophysical ProcessesBirkbeck
Tuesday 9 November - Humans in Space   
Prof Andrew EdkinsUCL's Off World Living InstituteUCL
Malica SchmidtBiology InspiredUCLNot available
Dr Aaron ParkhurstOff World AnaloguesUCLNot available
Dr Romain CharlesMars 500MEDES
Dr Iya WhiteleyVoice & Wellbeing from Space to EarthUCL
Miles HarrisAnalogue Space Research Mission: a UK PilotUCL
Prof Keith SiewCan your kidneys make it to Mars and back?UCLNot available

Wednesday 10 November  Space Policy Workshop

The Future role of academia in the space sector

Prof Sarah Matthews[Skills and Education]UCLNot available
Dr Steve Welch[Skills and Education]KTN
Natasha CallensESA AcademyESANot available
Dr Lorrain HanlonA Physicist's Perspective on Space EducationUniversity of Dublin
Prof Nabil Aouf[Innovative technologies]City UniversityNot available
Prof Martin SweetingSmall Satellites - changed the economics of spaceSurrey University
John Spindler[Innovative technologies]Capital EnterpriseNot available
Kemil ThomasRole of academia in teh Space sectorUCLNot available
Roger WardIndustry and academia can be a winning combination...ThalesNot available
Dr Barbara GhinelliCollaboration through ClustersUKRI
Dr Eddie RossThe future role of academia in the space sector: CollaborationSAC
Dr Chris CastelliCollaboration in the field of Space ScienceUK Space Agency
Prof Martin BarstowCollaboration in Space Research & InnovationUniversity of Leicester
Pallab Ghosh[Inspiration]BBCNot available
Prof Lucie GreenThe future role of academia in the space sector: inspirationUCL
Doug MillardEngaging to Inspire: Exloring Space with the Science MuseumScience Museum
Rachel VennInspiration in the space sector - a student's perspectiveUCL
Thursday 11 November - Exoplanets   
Prof Suzanne AigrainA golden age of exoplanet explorationUniversity of Oxford
Dr Vincent van EylenScience with PLATOUCLvanEylen
Prof Alan SmithPLATO TechnologyUCL
Prof Giovanna Tinetti (given by Prof Giorgio Savini)Science with ArielUCLNot available
Prof Giorgio SaviniThe ARIEL space missionUCL
Thursday 11 November ESA_Lab   
Isabelle Duvaux-BechonMake space for EuropeESA
Prof Alan SmithESA_Lab@UCLUCL
Prof Simon JackmanESA_Lab@OxfordUniversity of OxfordNot available
Prof Rick WylieESA_Lab@LancLancaster University
Prof Nigel BannisterESA_Lab@LeicLeicester UniversityNot available
Dr Ingo WaldmannAI@UCL ESA_labUCL
Prof Kasia BalakierSatellite communications @ ESA_Lab@UCLUCLNot available
Prof Kwang-Leong ChoyMaterial Science @ ESA_Lab@UCLUCLNot available
Prof Marek ZiebartOrbital Dynamics @ ESA_Lab@UCLUCLNot available
Ian RaperPM & SE @ ESA_Lab@UCLUCL
Prof Lucie GreenSpace Weather @ ESA_Lab@UCLUCL
Dr Michel TsamadosEO @ ESA_Lab@UCLUCL
Thursday 11 November Conference Debat   
Prof Cathy ClerbauxTemperature and climate gases, what can we see from space?CNRS, ULB
Dr Michel TsamadosClimate Change from SpaceUCL
Prof Dan OsbornAdapting to Climate Change: A key role for satellite observationsUCL





Call for Speakers


woman sitting at laptop

Our One O’clock lunchtime Webinar series is intended to be an informal platform for sharing on Space related topics to a general, non-specialist audience including UCL undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff members, and is open to the general public. All lectures now take place via Microsoft Teams virtually between 13:00-14:00. Time permitting, we open up the chat for questions at the end of the lecture. 

We are looking for either 20 minutes (in which we would have two speakers to fill the slot with 10 minutes for Q&A each) or 40 minutes presentations with 20 minutes for Q&A, time permitting. We welcome contributions related to Space Research/Projects/Competitions/Interests taking place at UCL. Although definitely not exclusive, we are particularly interested in topics which fit within the following Themes:

  • Earth/Climate Change
  • Humans in Space
  • Space as a Natural Asset
  • Science in, about and from Space
  • “Living with a Star”
  • ‘The Exploration conversation: Robots or humans or both?’
  • Local Space
  • ‘Propulsion; from rockets and motors to the future’
  • National and International Space Policy
  • What is New Space: Privatization, commercial exploitation of space, or democratization?
  • How to get involved in space – career paths and journeys
  • Space and culture – a historical relationship
  • Xenobiology/Astrobiology – Learning from extreme environments on Earth

This is a fantastic opportunity for Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate Students at UCL to engage, communicate and reach out to a wider audience with their research. As well as providing excellent exposure for their research and showcasing future leaders in the Space Sector this series offers a supportive, collegiate environment for sharing ideas/research and the potential of constructive comments/feedback/insights from a wide audience including senior academics at UCL, leaders in the Space Sector, student peers, industry professionals and the wider interested general public. 

Speakers can be very diverse, including senior academics describing their research, post docs describing recent result and students outlining an area of current interest. We particularly encourage the participation of Early Career Researchers, postgraduate students and other researchers particularly those who identify as underrepresented groups including Women, BAME, LGBT + community and disabled individuals at UCL. In this spirit, we would like to reach out to our senior UCL colleagues and staff and ask them to actively encourage their Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate Students who may not normally feel confident presenting or sharing their work to come forward and apply. 

To be considered to speak please fill out the form or email an abstract (of approximately 250-300 words) or alternatively a graphical/video/audio abstract to the organising committee.  Please note that we encourage all postgraduate students to discuss this opportunity with their supervisor/s before submitting an abstract.    

Past One O’clock Space lectures can be found here.

Additional Requirements 
If you anticipate having any additional requirements when presenting, please make us aware of these when you register. These may include accessibility, access, caring responsibilities or other additional requirements that will enable you to present. 

It is expected that presentations and handouts adhere to Advance HE’s accessibility requirements and we will provide presenters with the relevant guidance material.

If you use Microsoft Teams at your institution, please sign in to your Microsoft Teams App with the
credentials issued by your host institution.

You do NOT need to possess an Office 365 or ‘Teams Licence’ to attend this event. Click the meeting link
to join the meeting at the time of the event.

Please note that the session may be recorded and retained as per UCL’s retention schedule. The Chat
function within the meeting will be retained as per UCL’s retention schedule.

Please note we are unable to offer technical support to participants external to UCL.

Blogs and Video Blogs Wanted!


The Space Domain is looking for blog or video blog posts to host on our website. We are particularly interested in the following themes but welcome all topics on Space. 

  • Off-World Living
  • ESA
  • Satellite Applications
  • AI and Space

We want to particularly encourage ECRs. Postgraduate students are also welcome to submit posts with the permission of their supervisors. Please email submissions. 

Space Images Wanted!

The UCL Space Domain is looking for your best Space images to create a mosaic image of London taken from the ISS and put on our new Space Domain T-Shirts and Tote Bags. If you have a great image that encapsulates the Space Domain or the research that is going on at UCL please add it to our mosaic here. 

London at Night image
Please note that the images will not be attributable as part of the mosaic but will be fully attributed if used in any other way.