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



The GNOSIS network will shortly be hosting a 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 online on:

Date: Wednesday 13th October 2021

Time: 13:30 – 18:00 GMT


13:30Welcome from the team, statement of intent and discussion of possible outputsRalph Dinsley, NORSS
14:00Introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and COP26Ralph Dinsley, NORSS
14:30How do these SDGs apply to space activity?Professor Chris Newman, Northumbria University
15:00Comfort Break 
15:15Feedback to the main groupLauren Napier and Mert Evirgen, Northumbria University
16:00Sustainable development in SpaceProfessor Chris Newman, Northumbria University
17:00Not all that glitters is gold: the darker side of satellites and the UNSDGsFionagh Thomson, Durham University
17:55Conclusions: What’s next? COP26, Glasgow and Space SustainabilityRalph Dinsley, NORSS

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