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Event: International Space Conference

The International Space Conference will be held on January 8-9, 2015 in Noida, India:

India is now rising up as one of the main contenders in Space Market with successful launch of satellites of other countries with continuous R&D growth. As the most important emerging space market with continuous growth in R&D and so, it is important for our country to empower not only R&D organisation , but also private, commercial and education sectors, to take the lead on not just at Asia-Pacific front but at global platform.

We, Aryavarta Space Organization and Amity University, are jointly organizing 2nd International Space Conference 2015 (ISC 2015), during 08-09 January, 2015, at Amity University (Sec. 125, Noida, India) to provide common platform for academia, industry, researchers and government, to share knowledge and ideas for development in space sector (Space Science, Engineering & Technology, Space Law & Policy and Life Science Issues & Aero-medicine), with a focus on promoting Space Applications in Climate Change & Environment. Furthermore, ISC 2015 will also explore the opportunities for the new and possible co-operations / research projects / joint ventures amongst the global stakeholders of space sector. Through, ISC 2015 we wish to create a platform to showcase new talents, innovations, promote R&D and explore and expand the research and development.

Of course, different delegates and participants from different parts of the world will also be there to give shape to a new horizon of Space at the heart of the most Vibrant and Beautiful Country – India.

Through this auspicious conference – based on the theme “Explore the Ideas!” we expect to bring a dynamic change in our society with new innovations to overcome the present limitations of the technologies. We also believe that our this effort will create a new horizon on the Space Platform to showcase the world, the most vibrant knowledge treasure, which is spread among the diversified cultures and heritage across the globe and utilize the space technology for the benefits of the society.

The 1st ISC 2012 was conducted successfully on 30 Nov 2012 – 01 Dec 2012, at Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India) with 200 delegates from all over the world.

Hence, to unfurl this august gathering, on behalf of entire International Space Conference 2015 committee, we would like to invite you for this auspicious conference and request your participation please.

​​​Participation details are displayed on the website for further reference. Your valuable participation will add glory to this knowledge sharing platform. Please feel free to approach us in case of any further query / assistance.

We will look forward to receive you at ISC 2015.

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Event: 4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference – Protecting our planet from impacts by asteroids and comets

Source – IAA:

4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference

Protecting our planet from impacts by asteroids and comets

The past IAA Planetary Defense Conferences are available on this website

Armillary Sphere in ESRIN

ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

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The International Academy of Astronautics will hold its 4th conference from 13-17 April, 2015 in Frascati, Italy.

Planetary Defense
Recent Progress & Plans
NEO Discovery
NEO Characterization
Mitigation Techniques & Missions
Impact Effects that Inform Warning, Mitigation & Costs
Consequence Management & Education
The conference will include an exercise where participants will simulate the decision-making process for developing deflection and civil defense responses to a hypothetical asteroid threat.

EVENT: United Nations/China/APSCO Workshop on Space Law The Role of National Space Legislation in Strengthening the Rule of Law 17 to 21 November 2014, Beijing, China

The United Nations/China/APSCO Workshop on Space Law: The Role of National Space Legislation in Strengthening the Rule of Law will be held on 17 to 21 November 2014 in Beijing, China. The application form is due on August 15, and there is more information in the Information Note.

Event: Strategic Space Law Intensive Program

Source – McGill IASL:

Strategic Space Law Intensive Program
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27 Oct 2014 to31 Oct 2014
Chancellor Day Hall : 3644 rue Peel Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1W9
Price: $500
An intensive, interdisciplinary and interactive program designed for lawyers and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organizations, law firms, consulting firms and industry interested in studying space law from a strategic perspective.

Deadline to apply: 15 September 2014. Fee: 500$.

Download the program brochure and registration info. [.docx]

What is it?
The McGill University Institute of, and Centre for Research in, Air and Space Law, in partnership with the University of Adelaide Law School, is pleased to present the first ever Strategic Space Law Program. The aim of the program is to provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organisations, law firms, consulting firms and industry around the world to study space law in a strategic context. The Montreal program will be run as a one-week intensive, interdisciplinary, interactive workshop (non-assessable) at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University in October 2014. Thereafter, the program will be repeated in the form of a graduate course (assessable for academic credit) at the University of Adelaide Law School during the first semester of 2015. On both occasions, the substantive content of the program will be the same and will be delivered by world-class academics, legal and policy advisors and subject-matter experts drawn from government, civil society (including academia) and commerce.

Highlights
23 core lectures from experts on the principles and concepts involved in the various disciplines that touch on Strategic Space Law.
Hands-on workshops and practical exercises linked to lectures, on topics such as space traffic management, military use of spectrum, space debris and simulated legal, policy and commercial problem-solving and debate.
Social and other networking activities.
Professional visits to relevant sites (may include the Canadian Space Agency and Woomera launch site in South Australia).
Why study Strategic Space Law?
Today there are approximately 1,100 active satellites in orbit and the number of States directly involved in launching or operating satellites has grown substantially since the dawn of the space age. Even States that have no direct involvement in launching or operating satellites rely heavily on space infrastructure: for television, radio, banking, communications, transport, agriculture, mining, and especially for modern military services. Yet, those satellites are under increasing threat from 100,000s of pieces of space debris and increasing harmful radio interference. Furthermore, some States already possess counter-space weapons and other means capable of destroying or disrupting satellites and other States have plans to develop those capabilities. There is also greater competition for use of the limited radio frequency spectrum and prime orbital slots that are indispensable for the operation of all satellites.

Outer space is becoming more contested, congested and competitive. Concurrently, the global security situation generally is less certain. Financial and other constraints have made global powers more inward-looking and less likely to deploy forces globally – except through the sort of ‘remote reach’ capabilities that rely on space infrastructure (such as uninhabited aerial vehicles and cyber warfare). Secure, ongoing access to fossil fuels is a growing concern, yet all States are wary of the nuclear energy option and its relationship to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Ballistic missiles, as the means of delivery of nuclear weapons, involve space flight and ballistic missile defence also relies on space-based infrastructure. Thus, space is a key element in global security, yet it is also increasingly vulnerable.

Contact Information
Contact: Ms Maria D’Amico
Organization: Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University
Email: maria.damico@mcgill.ca
Office Phone: 1-514-398-5095

ISPL: Space Law and Policy Course for Students

Source – ISPL:

SPACE LAW AND POLICY COURSE FOR STUDENTS

ISPL is pleased to announce its first space law and policy course for students, to take place Saturday, 25 October 2014 in London. Our courses and seminars have enjoyed strong interest and enrolment from university students at all levels. In response, we will offer a one-day intensive series of lectures solely for students with an interest in these areas. The course will be held on Saturday to enable students to avoid missing their regular lectures and seminars.

No previous knowledge of space law or policy is required. Students in any discipline are welcome, including law, engineering and technology, government, business and commercial studies. They will receive a solid briefing in the sources of space law, an introduction to aspects of policy, and a wide range of other related material. There is no examination during the course, but there will be ample time for discussion and questions.

ISPL space policy and law courses are normally intended for high-level practitioners and civil servants. This is an excellent opportunity for those just entering their careers to learn about the current law as it applies to the increasing range of activities in space, and about the policies that underlies the legal regime.

Event: International Meeting on Space-Open Debate August 12-13, 2014 San Antonio, USA

International Meeting on Space-Open Debate, August 12-13, 2014 San Antonio, USA:

OMICS Publishing Group, the world leader for contributing its prominent scientific services by organizing more than 100 International Conferences across the world and managing 350 peer-reviewed open access journals in science, health, and technology. Furthermore, OMICS Group has been associated with hundred more International scientific and technological societies and associations. The potential supports from these International societies harness strong network and development with the scientific core. OMICS Group Meetings host presentations from eminent experts in all the relevant fields.

OMICS Group Conferences is organizing an International Meeting on Space-Open Debate (Space Meeting-2014), which is to be held during August 12-13, 2014 in San Antonio, USA.

Contained within space are both known and as yet still unknown particles; space being boundless within 4-dimensions know as space-time continuum in which objects and events have relative positions and directions to one another. The main aims and objectives of space meeting are to consider, to ponder and to debate on your favorite space related theories, space missions as well as other issues (eg space food) – making this the ultimate space debate.

Space Meeting-2014 will bring together astrobiologists, astrophysicists, astrochemists, cosmologists, aerospace scientists and other interested parties in pursuit of unraveling the mysteries of the Universe under one roof.

In this endeavor, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend this International Meeting on Space-Open Debate as an active participant either as a speaker and/or as a delegate providing valuable input.

Prof. Dr I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Award

The IISL has opened the application for the Prof. Dr I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Award for young authors:

Applications are now being accepted for the Prof. Dr I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Award for the best paper in space law by an author under the age of 30. This award is granted annually by the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law to recognise excellence in scholarly achievement among the next generation of space lawyers.

The award will be presented during the annual IISL Dinner held during the IAC for which the winner will receive a complimentary ticket.

In order to be eligible to apply an applicant’s paper must have been accepted for presentation at the IISL Colloquium. Applicants must email the completed entry form along with their paper in MS Word format without name, affiliation or any other information that could identify the author, by 10 September 2014 to the IISL Executive Secretary at secretary@iislweb.org.

A medal is donated each year by the initiator of the Award, Prof. Oscar Fernandez Brital from Argentina. To view a list of previous winners click here.

Event: 1st Annual Space Traffic Management Conference “Roadmap to the Stars”

Source – Embry Riddle:

CALL FOR PAPERS

Dear Colleague,

The Commercial Space Operations and Air Traffic Management Programs in
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Aviation, are pleased to announce the upcoming 1st Annual Space Traffic Management Conference “Roadmap to the Stars”. The conference will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida 5 – 6 November 2014 at the Embry-Riddle campus in Daytona Beach, FL.

The conference will be the first in a contemplated series, providing to academia and leaders of government and industry, from multiple disciplines and different aspects of the air/space traffic management set of issues, a forum for discourse. This is your opportunity to help set the agenda for the future.

The main objectives of the conference include:

a. Bringing the roadmap into focus
b. Surfacing issues
c. Providing thought leadership
d. Choosing the next steps in an agreed direction

Prospective papers of 4,500 – 6,000 words are invited. Abstracts may be up to 250 words and must indicate the precise title of the paper, the area of interest, the author’s full name and affiliation, and complete contact information including an email address. The language of the conference is English. Please send abstracts to: Diane Howard at DBCSO@erau.edu. The subject of the email and the attached abstract file name must both be titled STM 2014 LAST NAME.

Event timetable:

Abstract deadline 30 June 2014
Notification to authors 15 July 2014
Deadline for paper submission 15 September 2014
Deadline for presentations 15 October 2014
Conference 5-6 November 2014
Electronic Proceedings Spring 2015

We envisage five broad areas of interest encompassing STM topics to include:

1. NAS Integration
· Space Traffic Management Sustainment Strategy – Life Cycle Considerations
· Unmanned Air Systems Integration into Commercial Space – User Needs vs. Policy Considerations
· Integration of Air Traffic and Space Traffic Control Systems
· Displays for Future Air/Space Traffic Control Systems
· Communication Standards for Space Traffic
· Suborbital and Orbital Planning and Sequencing
· Traffic Flow Models for the NAS and Space Flight Penetrations
· Spaceport Development and Regulation
· NextGen Roadmap for Space
· Co-location of aviation and space flight operations
· ICAO’s role in STM Going Forward

2. Range Management
· Commercial, Civil, and Military Range Safety Continuity
· Range Technology Modernization

3. Space Situational Awareness
· Space Traffic Situation Awareness
· Spaceflight Emergency and Contingency Planning
· Above the NAS: Where is Space?
· Impacts of Space Debris Mitigation and Remediation on Effective STM

4. Weather impacts: Meteorology and Space Weather
· Space Weather Effects and Prognosis
· Launch and Space Flight Meteorology
· Orbital Debris and Space Weather Mitigation

5. Current Initiatives
· STM Research Program Developments (COE)
· NextGen: Template for International Space Coordination
· The ERAU Space Traffic Management COE: Leveraging the Success of the ERAU NextGen Programs
· Candidate Technologies for Space Traffic Management and Situational Awareness
· International Initiatives in STM

Papers addressing the legal and policy aspects of each of the areas of interest are also invited. We look forward to your participation.

Secure World Foundation Young Professional Scholarships

Source – Secure World Foundation:

SWF Announces Young Professional Scholarships for IAC 2014 in Toronto
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Deadline for Applications is June 1, 2014
Secure World Foundation (SWF) is pleased to announce that it will be accepting applications from young professionals for scholarships to aid in traveling to present papers at the 2014 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canada. The goal of these scholarships is to provide young space professionals an opportunity to participate in one of the most prestigious international space conferences to further their professional development and inject new ideas into the community.

This application is open to young professionals 35 years old or younger as of the start of the IAC, working in the space field, and who have had an abstract accepted for oral presentation at the International Astronautical Congress 2014 in Toronto. The paper must be on one of the following topics:
Space Sustainability
Space Law and Policy
Human and Environmental Security
Planetary Defense

Applicants should fill out the form below with their contact and paper details as well as provide a short essay of no more than 500 words on why they feel it is important to present their research at IAC and what they hope to get out of the experience. Individuals selected to receive scholarships will be required to provide a trip report to SWF following the Congress.