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One O'clock Lectures

1 February 2022

Space Domain One O'clock lecture

Picture Credit: hutterstock & International Space University

Date: 1 February 2022

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

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

Spealer: Professor Nicolas Peter, Head of the International Space University Space Policy and Entrepreneurship Laboratory

Nicolas Peter is Professor of practice in Space Policy and International Affairs at the International Space University (ISU). He is also the head of the newly created “Space Policy and Entrepreneurship lab” at ISU that is a dedicated research laboratory addressing the issues and trends in the domains of space policy and the space economy, including New Space worldwide. 
Prior to his appointment at ISU, Nicolas has been the first Head of International Affairs at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He has also been working at the European Commission supporting among other the 2016 EC Space Strategy development. Nicolas has also been working at ESA in the Director General’s Cabinet and Strategy department, as well as the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) and GWU’s Space Policy Institute. 
Mr Peter has 20+ years of international experience in space policy on 4 continents and 8 countries. He has published over 100 reports, book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at international conferences related to space activities. He has also co-edited three books on space affairs and is a regular peer-reviewer for the Journals Space Policy and Acta Astronautica. He is also Board of Director of the Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) in charge of corporate relations and partnerships and an Honorary Board Member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and a winner of the inaugural IAF Young Space Leader award.

UCL Space Week 2021 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 MuseumNot available
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.