GNOSIS Events Programme 2021
The GNOSIS Network will hold two workshops in 2021. The first of these will be held virtually, while we hope that the second will take place as a physical event later in the year.
There will be two sandpit events this year, and we will host our Annual Conference in September.


Workshop on Novel/Non-traditional Observation Techniques

Venue – virtually hosted

Date – early June 2021 (TBC)

This virtual workshop will aim to invite presentations on Novel SST techniques including, but not limited to:

  • Wide Field of View Sensors (WFoV)
  • Unresolved Optical Surveillance Techniques.
  • Resolved Optical Surveillance Techniques.
  • Radar Space Object Identification (SOI)
  • Micro-Doppler Processing.


Space Sustainability/Sustainability Development Goals (SDG)

Venue – TBC

Date – early October 2021

This workshop will be an ‘Educational Workshop’, linking to COP 26, and emphasizing the need to include space sustainability with the sustainability development goals both as a sustainability goal and the benefits space provides in support of the SDG.

Space sustainability will also include the ‘Outer Space Treaty Part II’, with the overall aim to discuss the legal conundrums for space operations, debris liability, space salvage and ownership transfer.


Sandpit on SSA Data Management, Standards and Ethics

Venue – virtually hosted by The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Date – Thursday 15th April 2021, 1330-1830 GMT


How we collect, manage, analyse and distribute data has historically been ignored. However, as orbital population rapidly grows it is an increasing focus of the SSA community and cannot rely on the analogy of “always done it that way”. Following on from the SSA Data Management virtual workshop hosted by the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, in November 2020, the aim of the sandpit is to facilitate a deeper discussion on standards for data management, norms of behaviour and ensuring/enabling the responsible use of space.


Sandpit on Precision SSA Technologies

Venue – TBC

Date – TBC

The SSA Technologies virtual workshop hosted by Warwick University in July 2020 featured a wide range of talks from members of the observational and modelling communities. Following on from this workshop, the sandpit aims to develop this subject matter material further through facilitation and discussion by exploring in more depth some of those potential technologies discussed that can be used to derive information on space systems.

GNOSIS Annual Conference

Annual GNOSIS Conference

Venue – virtual event

Date – early September 2021

This conference is part reflective looking back at the previous year’s events as well as looking forward to the new programme.

The event organisers will approach GNOSIS members through a proactive online survey, a short questionnaire, inviting them for feedback on their preferred style and format of the event and to propose sessions they would like to lead on. More information on this to follow.

Longer Term Workshop Proposals

For 2022, the GNOSIS network is considering:

Space-based SSA Workshop – early 2022

We welcome suggestions from our members on any subjects they believe the workshops/sandpit discussions should/could cover.