GNOSIS Management Team

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Don Pollacco
Co-PI

Don Pollacco has held the position of Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Warwick since 2012, having held a similar role at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was the co-founder of the WASP Project which has been the most successful ground-based transiting Exoplanet discovery facility with some ~190 discoveries to date. The WASP project won the RAS Team Award in 2010 and some of its earliest discoveries were ranked in the top 10 in the Times/CNN ranking of scientific discoveries for 2008. Pollacco is the Science Coordinator for ESA’s M3 PLATO Mission and, with the aid of the PLATO Science Office he has established at Warwick, has responsibility for the PLATO contributions of over 200 scientists across Europe. Pollacco has recently established the Warwick Centre for Space Domain Awareness and is the Co-PI of the STFC funded Global Network for Sustainability in Space.
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Bob Mann
Co-PI

Bob Mann is Professor of Survey Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His original research interests were in cosmology and galaxy evolution, but, for the past two decades, he has focussed on data management and computational support for sky surveys, as a member of the Wide-Field Astronomy Unit (WFAU) at Edinburgh, of which he is now Director. He is Project Leader for UK participation in the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time, which will be the leading optical sky survey for at least the next two decades. Bob’s interest in space situational awareness (SSA) and space traffic management developed through a collaboration between WFAU and the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Centre that started with the use of the UK Infrared Telescope to study the infrared properties of satellites and debris. That experience led him to appreciate the potential synergies between SSA and survey astronomy, which are now being studied through the GNOSIS network.
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Stuart Eves
Programme Manager

In 2018, Stuart founded his own space consultancy company, SJE Space Ltd, after spending 16 years with the UK Ministry Of Defence, and 14 years with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). He has been involved with a wide variety of space missions, including TopSat, which set a satellite world record for “resolution per mass” when it was launched in 2005, and which was featured in the Space Gallery at the Science Museum in London. Stuart’s recent book “Space Traffic Control”, describes the measures needed to maintain the space environment and protect satellites from both natural hazards and man-made threats. He serves on the Advisory Panel for the ESA Space Safety Programme, and is a founder of the GNOSIS network on sustainability in space. He has been involved in a diverse range of media activities on all aspects of space, (including most recently on “SSA Warfare”), and has previously been a recipient of an Arthur Clarke Award for space education and outreach.

Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in satellite constellation design, and has been a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society for more than 25 years.
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Ralph ‘Dinz’ Dinsley
Programme Manager

An RAF veteran with 16 years in monitoring of outer space. This includes satellite tracking, space situational awareness, domain awareness, and operational management. As an Aerospace Battle Manager, his role included national air defence, close air support and managing multi–domain operations. Dinz’ roles in the RAF included Staff Officer for Space Situational Awareness and Staff Officer for Space Operations, and experience of working across the military and business divide. Qualified in leadership (Chartered Management Institute) and project management (PRINCE2 Practitioner), Dinz has the necessary skillset to orchestrate significant policy improvements, successfully engaging with UK and international military, government and industry. Passionate about ensuring sustainable access to space for all who need it and extremely keen to explore emerging opportunities supporting the international space community.
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Theresa Harrison
Network Manager

Theresa comes from a research background in particle physics combined with Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation experience, most recently as an STFC IPS Fellow at the University of Warwick. She is focused on enhancing the communications and expanding the reach of the Network to all areas of the SSA community.
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James Blake
Secretary

James is a research fellow within the Space Domain Awareness Group at the University of Warwick. His research focuses primarily on the application of astronomical tools and techniques to the growing problem of situational awareness in space. He recently submitted his PhD thesis on the optical imaging of space debris in low and high altitude orbits. His thesis made use of data acquired by several instruments on the Canary Island of La Palma, including the Isaac Newton Telescope and the repurposed SuperWASP-North array. As an undergraduate student, he undertook multiple research projects in the fields of exoplanetary science and astrobiology, predominantly working with data from NASA’s Kepler satellite. James serves as Secretary for the GNOSIS Steering Board and contributes to the organisation and management of events.

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Paul Strom
Technical Advisor