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10 March 2022 - 10 March 2022

9:15AM - 5:00PM

Collingwood College (and online)

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As part of a Durham Institute of Advanced Study project, Enabling Responsible Space Exploitation, Dr James Osborn (Physics), Dr Atanu Chaudhuri (Business School) and Prof Jim Ridgway (Education) cordially invite everyone interested in the topic of sustainability in space exploitation to a workshop on 9th and 10th March 2022 in Durham (and on-line).

Sustainable exploitation is crucial if we want to maintain our reliance on space capabilities, to avoid global political disharmony, and for the success of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. For example, thousands more satellites are launched every year; emerging futuristic ventures such as asteroid mining, establishing moon bases and manufacturing in space each pose political and legal and cultural and ethical challenges beyond the obvious technical ones. It is now critical to explore conceptualisations (and perhaps define and measure) space sustainability, globally, and to influence the actions of current and future players.

This is a cross-disciplinary agenda, requiring expertise from all areas of academia and industry. We hope to bring together a diverse range of contributions to explore this topic.

The workshop will offer some keynote presentations from selected experts in the field along with shorter presentations from delegates. Group work sessions will problematize the notion of 'sustainable exploitation' by creating scenarios in the context of 'near horizon' developments, in order to identify tensions, problems, agents and agency.

The organisers aim to publish something of value, after the conclusion of the workshop, which can include a collection of papers, a position paper or an edited book.


09:15 – 09:30 James Osborn, Durham University
Responsible Space Innovation Institute concept

09:30 – 10:00 Jake Geer, UK Space Agency
National-level activities on space sustainability

10:00 – 10:30 Fionagh Thomson, Durham University 
All that glitters is not Gold: The darker side of satellites

10:30 – 11:00 Nikita Chiu, University College Dublin
Promoting international co-operation in the age of global space governance – a study on on-orbit servicing operations

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee

11:30 – 12:00 Chris Newman, Northumbria University
Space Traffic Management: one giant leap for orbital regulation

12:00 – 12:30 Hira Virdee, Lumi Space
The Lumi Space view of precision SSA

12:30 – 13:00 Katherine Courtney, KCourtney Business Innovation & Strategy
Findings from the USKA SDA Study

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Workshop activities 2: Atanu Chaudhuri and Jim Ridgway, Durham University

  1.  Inventing future scenarios for space exploitation?
  2. How might different stakeholders respond to scenarios?

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break 

16:00 – 16:45 Plenary presentations from workshop activities and summary 

16:45 – 17:00 James Osborn, Atanu Chaudhuri and Jim Ridgway 


Please use the link below to register either virtual or in-person attendance. 

If you have any questions then please contact the organisers below:

Organiser Contacts
James Osborn 
Atanu Chaudhuri 
Jim Ridgway