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GNOSIS Annual Conference 2022

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

This year's Conference took place over two days, 30th November – 1st December 2022, and was hosted by the University of Warwick, UK, as a 'hybrid' event (both in-person and online). It provided 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

Recordings of all the sessions in the Programme are available here.

Day 1: 30th November
9:00 Registration and Tea/Coffee
9:30 Welcome and Keynote Katherine Courtney
10:00 Environmental Issues

Understanding the space environment

  • Ian McCrea
  • Lee-Anne McKinnell
  • Raffaele Tarone
  • Luke Cornwell
Don Pollacco
10:45 Space Law, Policy and Regulation

How to encourage international policy alignment/collaboration with regards to space sustainability. Where are the evidence gaps? How to ensure more established space nations develop policies that support the global growth of the space economy – without excluding newer emerging space nations.

  • Tania Celani
  • Jérôme Barbier
  • Lauren Napier
  • Olavo Bittencourt Neto
Katherine Courtney
11:30 NextGen School Exhibit and Tea/Coffee
  • Katherine Courtney
James Blake
12:00 Inspiring Future Generations

How to engage young people to raise their awareness – and the awareness of their schools, teachers, parents and communities – of the importance of space to our lives here on Earth and the future opportunities STEM studies can unlock for them.

  • Joshua Bernard-Cooper
  • Victoria Southgate
  • Charles Mwangi
  • Michael Holmstrom
Katherine Courtney
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Morning sum-up
  • Bob Mann
Bob Mann
14:00 Environmental Issues

Space Sustainability Rating, Sustainability Kitemark and other standards – How do they work together? How do they drive progress towards safer, more sustainable use of space?

  • Florian Micco
  • Fionagh Thomson
  • Joanne Wheeler
Katherine Courtney
15:00 Fostering International Collaboration

Key international collaboration priorities from a scientific, commercial and security perspective

  • Jonathan McDowell
  • Dan Oltrogge
  • Natalie Moore
Stuart Eves
16:00 Posters and Tea/Coffee
16:30 Security Sustainability: Sensors Around the World Panel

In its purest form Space Situational Awareness is a global requirement for space sustainability – in fact it is foundational to all types of space operations. How do we balance the national military [Space Domain Awareness] need with that of future space traffic manangement/space sustainability.

  • Ian Christensen
  • Brien Flewelling
  • Darren McKnight
  • Toby Harris
  • Thomas Berger
  • Tim Davies
Ralph Dinsley
17:15 Keynote
  • Richard DalBello
Katherine Courtney
17:40 Wrap-up
  • Katherine Courtney
Katherine Courtney
17:45 End
19:30 Networking and Social Event at St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry

Day 2: 1st December
8:30 Registration and Tea/Coffee
9:00 Welcome and Keynote
  • Lord David Willetts
Katherine Courtney
9:30 Fostering International Collaboration

SDA across the globe.

  • Paddy Neumann
  • Sudo Katsuya
  • Gidon Gautel
James Blake
10:15 Space Security and Sustainability

The Role of Defence in Space Sustainability: Are the world’s “space forces” budgeted for space sustainability and if not how do we balance the need for security with the sustainability requirements?

  • Will Feline
  • Akiko Hama
  • Ali Stickings
  • Peter Death
  • Alan Thompson
Ralph Dinsley
11:00 Posters and Tea/Coffee
11:30 Inspiring Future Generations

Focus on Early Career Researchers – Why sustainability is a great career choice and how to support people in their early careers.


  • Jacob Smith
  • James Blake
  • Julia Astley
Bob Mann/Chiara Moenter
12:15 Lunch
13:15 Morning sum-up
  • Bob Mann
Bob Mann
13:30 Space Law, Policy and Regulation

How other legal frameworks (spectrum, military, environmental, etc) intersect with space law in support of sustainability.

  • Ram Jakhu
  • Rajeshwari Suryakanth Nagamarpalli
  • Poorvi Ganjoo Kantroo
Katherine Courtney
14:15 Fostering International Collaboration

Engaging across borders to share knowledge and promote sustainability and access to space for all.

  • Thomas Schildknecht
  • Grant Thomas
  • Angus Stewart
Stuart Eves
15:00 Posters and Tea/Coffee
15:15 Environmental Issues

The importance of preserving the night sky. How can industry and policy makers work together?

  • Dan Hawk
  • Andy Williams
  • Benjamin Winkel
Don Pollacco
16:00 Closing Remarks from the Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), George Freeman
  • Minister George Freeman
Katherine Courtney
16:30 Summing-up
16:45 End

Lord David Willetts, President of Advisory Council and Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation

Richard DalBello, Director, Office of Space Commerce, NESDIS, NOAA

Toby Harris, Head of Space Situational Awareness, Astroscale

Natalie Moore, Head of Space Policy, Ministry of Defence, UK

Thomas Schildnecht, Vice-Director of Astronomical Institute, University of Bern

Katherine Courtney, Chair of Steering Board, GNOSIS

Darren McKnight, Senior Technical Fellow, LEOLabs

Paddy Neumann, Chief Scientist, Neumann Space, Australia

Andy Williams, External Relations Officer, European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Chiara Moenter, Young Graduate Trainee, ESA

Dan Hawk, Principal Scientist, United First Nations Planetary Defense

Joanne Wheeler, Director, Alden Advisors, and Chair, Satellite Finance Network

Ram Jakhu, Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, USA

Gidon Gautel, Project Manager, Bryce Tech

Grant Thomas, International Program Officer, United States Air Force

Kristina Tamane, Space Business Development Executive, University of Edinburgh

Raffaele Tarone, Research fellow in Aerospace Engineering, Federico II University of Naples

Declan Dundas, LLM Space Law Candidate, Northumbria University

Ian McCrea, Head of Space Physics and Operations, STFC

Rajeshwari Suryakanth Nagamarpalli, Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh

Benjamin Winkel, Support Scientist, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie

Charles Mwangi, Director Space Sector and Technology Development, Kenya Space Agency

Tania Celani, Deputy Director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Jonathan McDowell, Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

Florian Micco, Project Manager Space Sustainability Rating, EPFL Space Center, Switzerland

Joshua Bernard-Cooper, Orbital Analyst, Raytheon NORSS, UKSEDS Vice-Chair
Julia Astley, Mission Systems Engineer, ClearSpace


Lauren Napier, Lecturer, international law of outer space, cyber, and telecoms, Northumbria University

Ian Christensen, Director of Private Sector Programs, Secure World Foundation

Lee-Anne McKinnell, Managing Director, Space Science, SANSA, South Africa

Dan Oltrogge, Chief Scientist and Director, Center for Space Standards and Innovation, COMSPOC Corporation

Brien Flewelling, Director Strategic Program Development, ExoAnalytic Solutions

Olavo Bittencourt Neto, Catholic University of Santos, Director of International Institute of Space Law

Victoria Southgate, World Space Week Coordination Manager, British Interplanetary Society

Thomas Berger, Director, Space Weather Technology, Research, and Education Center, University of Colorado

Jacob Smith, Coordinator at ESA Academy, SpaceCareers, ESA

Angus Stewart, UKSA, Deputy Ambassador to the Czech Republic

Will Feline, Principal Adviser – Space Domain Awareness, DSTL

Akiko Hama, Client Executive, Space and Aerospace, Global Aerospace

Luke Cornwell, PhD Student, Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, University of Kent

James Blake, Research Fellow, Centre for Space Domain Awareness, University of Warwick

Sudo Katsuya, Director of Paris Office, JAXA

Poorvi Ganjoo Kantroo, Chairperson – Global Compact for Space Task Force, International Academy of Space Law

Ali Stickings, Defence Space and Space Strategy Lead, Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Michael Holmstrom, Founder and CEO, STEM Punks

Peter Death, Director, CGI Space, Defence and Intelligence

Jérôme Barbier, Head of Outer Space, Digital and Economic Issues, Paris Peace Forum

Fionagh Thomson, Senior Research Fellow, Physics Department, Durham University

Tim Davies, Head of Capability, UK Defence Solutions Centre

Alan Thompson, Head of Government Affairs, Skyrora

Stuart Eves, Director, SJESpace Ltd.

Robert Mann, Professor, Royal Edinburgh Observatory

Ralph Dinsley, Raytheon NORSS Senior Advisor

Don Pollacco, Professor, University of Warwick

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 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
  • Mid-morning tea/coffee break
  • Lunch in Radcliffe restaurant
  • Afternoon tea/coffee break

GNOSIS Social and Networking Evening

We invite you to join us for a food and drink reception at the beautiful and historic St Mary’s Guildhall for socialising and networking. Wednesday 30th November, 7:30pm – 10:30pm

A coach to St Mary’s Guildhall will leave from Radcliffe at 7:00pm.

GNOSIS thanks our sponsors, Astroscale and CGI, for kindly supporting this event.

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
11th November 2022 Registration for in-person attendance closes
29th November 2022 Registration for virtual attendance closes

Sponsors and Partners

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