GNOSIS Management Team

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Don Pollacco
Co-Investigator
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Bob Mann
Co-Investigator

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
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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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Paul Strom
Technical Advisor
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Theresa Harrison
Communications

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.