GNOSIS Annual Conference 2022

"Space Sustainability for the Next Decade (and Beyond)"

This year's Conference will take place over two days, 30th November – 1st December 2022, and will be hosted by the University of Warwick, UK, as a 'hybrid' event (both in-person and online). It offers opportunities for sharing knowledge, raising awareness and making new connections to encourage collaboration in tackling the challenges of space sustainability.

Conference Themes

This theme will encompass the latest developments in SSA/SST/STM research and innovation, and examples of successful industry-academia collaboration. Discussions will include innovative SMEs/entrepreneurs/startups, and the latest news from international agencies. International issues include cross-border funding challenges and opportunities, how to ensure the involvement of emerging space nations, and a review of the various international bodies and working groups.

This theme will explore the extent to which various National Space Strategies are aligned, and the latest update from Norms of Behaviour Working Group. What is the state of play in developing technical standards?  and what stands in the way of reaching binding international agreements?

Following on from COP27, we will explore topics including Net Zero Space, the interface between space sustainability and the UNSDGs, debris characterisation/monitoring/removal, and the importance of space weather.

Discussions will include reflecting on space sustainability lessons from the war in Ukraine, Understanding hazards vs threats, international Space Domain Awareness capabilities, and the role of Defence in space sustainability.

Looking to the future of space sustainability needs engagement with the next generation. This theme will focus on the inclusion of the next generation in this area, with direct participation of students and early career researchers. We will also explore space sustainability as a topic for STEAM engagement and to drive up diversity and inclusion, including a discussion of how to support teachers/schools.

Practical Information

We have a broad and exciting range of subject areas for the 2-day programme, and some excellent speakers and experts in their field to deliver the programme, including:

  • Lord Willets, House of Lords
  • Richard Dal Bello, US Department of Commerce
  • Ram Jahku, McGill University
  • Thomas Schildknecht, AIUB
  • Jonathan McDowell, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Dan Hawk, First Nations Planetary Defence
  • Rajeshwari Suryakanth Nagamarpalli, University of Edinburgh Law School
  • Fionagh Thompson, Durham University
  • Luke Cornwell, University of Kent

See the programme below for the latest updates:

Day 1: 30th November
9:00 Registration and Tea/Coffee
9:30 Welcome and Keynote
10:00 Environmental Issues – Space weather
10:45 Space Policy – panel
11:30 NextGen School Exhibit and Tea/Coffee
12:00 Inspiring Future Generations – Young People – panel
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Morning sum-up
14:00 Security
15:00 Fostering International Collaboration
16:00 Posters and Tea/Coffee
16:30 Environmental Issues
17:15 Summing-up
17:30 End
Day 2: 1st December
8:30 Registration and Tea/Coffee
9:00 Welcome and Keynote
9:30 Fostering International Collaboration for Space Sustainability
10:30 Space Security and Sustainability
11:15 Posters and Tea/Coffee
11:45 Inspiring Future Generations – Early Careers
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Morning sum-up
13:45 Space Law, Policy and Regulation
14:45 Fostering International Collaboration
15:30 Posters and Tea/Coffee
15:45 Environmental Issues – Constellations
16:30 Summing-up
16:45 End

Registration for the Conference is now open.

Attendance at the event is free, and tickets are available to attend in-person or online.

We encourage early registration, especially if you plan to attend in-person, as this will help us greatly with venue and catering arrangements.

Tickets are available here:

The GNOSIS Network encourages active participation from our members, and we are keen to include contributors to the organisation, structure and content of the Conference.

  • If you would like to contribute to the content of the Conference then please see our call for abstracts:

The venue for the Conference is Radcliffe House on the University of Warwick campus.

The venue provides excellent conference facilities and meeting spaces.

Free parking is available for in-person attendees.

A limited number of rooms for overnight stays will be available at the Conference venue.

Rooms are priced at £110 +VAT for bed and breakfast.

You can book accommodation once you have registered for in-person attendance at the Conference. You will need to use the PROMO CODE supplied to you in the email confirmation of your registration.

The following hospitality will be provided for all in-person attendees on both days:

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

    St Mary’s Guildhall
  • Mid-morning tea/coffee break
  • Lunch in Radcliffe restaurant
  • Afternoon tea/coffee break

Our celebration Conference dinner will be held at the historic StMary’s Guildhall in Coventry. This event is kindly sponsored by the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD) and others.

April 2022 Call for Abstracts opens
end of May 2022 Registration opens
end of May 2022 Accommodation booking opens
end of September 2022 Abstract submission deadline
end of October 2022 Registration for In-person attendance closes

Sponsors and Partners

We appreciate the generous support for this event from our sponsors and partners.

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