Educational Workshop on Space Sustainability and Sustainability Development Goals (SDG)


The GNOSIS network will shortly be hosting a hybrid workshop on ‘Space Sustainability and Sustainability Development Goals’.


This half-day ‘educational workshop’ has been designed to link to COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) summit in Glasgow, and focusing on the need to include ‘Space Sustainability’ both now and as part of future ‘environmental discussions’.

The space community should be leading with the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) both as a sustainability goal for the near earth environment and the benefits space provides in support of the SDG terrestrially.

Space sustainability naturally encompasses the governance of space operations, debris management, space salvage and ownership transfer. Notions of sustainability need to be embedded within every aspect of the space sector.


The overall aim is to engage in cross disciplinary discussions on the way in which sustainability can be embedded as a fundamental value, central to human exploration of space.

Meeting Details

The fifth event of the GNOSIS workshop series will be taking place in person and online on:

Date: Wednesday 13 October 2021

Time: 13:00 – 18:00 GMT, Hybrid event hosted by The North East Technology Part (NETPark), Sedgefield, Durham.


 Programme Outline (draft)

13:00 13:30

Arrivals at the Space Innovation Labs

13:30 14:15

Welcome             (Ralph Dinsley, NORSS, UK)

Introductions – ‘ICEBREAKER’

Afternoon programme and Content

14:15 17:00

Global Context  (Professor Chris Newman, Northumbria University)

Unpacking Space Development Goals (Lauren Napier and Mert Evirgen, Northumbria University)

17:00 17:30

Ethics (Fionagh Thomson, Durham University)

17:30 18:00

Conclusions        (Ralph Dinsley, NORSS, UK)

What’s next?

COP26, Glasgow and Space Sustainability