Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds

7 November 13 November UTC+1

Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds is a multi-discipline four to five day international meeting taking place in Edinburgh, UK, in November 2022. This event is to accommodate up to 120 in-person delegates of all career stages based in a range of relevant employment sectors. A hybrid model is envisaged to be delivered so as to broaden participation by accommodating virtual attendance of additional delegates.

The welcoming atmosphere of this modest-sized event will foster friendly scientific exchange and shall help to promote networking beneficial to early, mid, and senior career scientists, space lawyers, educators, and space technology / mission innovators. Students and those in their early-careers are encouraged to attend and contribute their work in this friendly, relatively unintimidating, and specialist gathering. We are especially keen to welcome and promote contributions among people of under-represented groups.

Edinburgh, UK

73rd International Astronautical Congress 2022

22 September All day

The IAF General Assembly selected Paris, France as Host City for IAC 2021 on Friday 5 October. The Hosting Organization is the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), a member of IAF since 1981. Paris hosted the first IAC ever in 1950, then in 1963 and lastly in 1982 and now will be holding the record of the city with most IACs hosted. Following the growing escalation of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, the IAF has been forced to re-assess the overall schedule of IACs. On Wednesday 3 June 2020, an extraordinary session of the Bureau of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) was chaired by Pascale Ehrenfreund, IAF President. The Bureau reviewed the calendar of the forthcoming editions of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in light of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown. Paris, France will now host the IAC on 18 – 22 September 2022.

The IAC 2022 theme will be Space for @ll to reach beyond the space community and bringing together all communities to offer great opportunities for networking and forging new contacts and potential partnerships. Exceptionally, the IAC 2022 will be from Sunday till Thursday

Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2022

18 September 23 September UTC+2

The intention of the Europlanet Science Congress 2022 is to cover a broad area of science topics related to planetary science and planetary missions. The programme of the congress will contain oral and poster sessions, as well as workshops and panel discussions and provide with ample opportunities for interaction between the participants.

13TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON EXTREMOPHILES

18 September 22 September UTC+1

The International Society for Extremophiles, and the Hellenic National Initiative “Mikrobiokosmos” are pleased to announce the 13th International Congress on Extremophiles (Extremophiles2022). The venue will be held at the Club Hotel Casino Loutraki from the 18 to 22 of September, 2022, in Loutraki (80 km from Athens, GREECE).

The Extremophiles2022 Congress, aims to bring into light all recent updates of basic and applied research on “life in extreme environments”. As a result, the program will include sessions in many aspects of “extremophilic research” including, among others, origin of life, ecology, astrobiology, molecular biology, physiology and biotechnology, as well as a special workshop on Mikrobiokosmos (the Hellenic Initiative for Microbial Diversity).

In parallel, the organizers aspire for Extremophiles2022 to provide a stimulus for high quality research interactions, to inspire young scientists and students through networking with senior and established scientists, and to pave the way for a bright future in this exciting field.

We kindly invite you to participate in Extremophiles2022 and enjoy

  • a stimulating Congress
  • a vivid and scenic spa resort town by the sea
  • the famous Greek hospitality and cuisine

We particularly encourage young researchers to join and present their work.

Club Hotel Casino Loutraki

The 85th Annual Meeting of the Meterical Society in Glascow

14 August 19 August UTC+1

You are cordially invited to attend the 85th Annual Meeting of The Meteoritical Society, which will take place between the 14th and the 19th of August 2022, at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland. The meeting is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss your research and learn about the state-of-the-art advancements in our fields. We will be hosting a hybrid conference, with options for both in-person and online registration available. It has been a long time coming, so we hope to make this a MetSoc to remember!

Oral and poster sessions, plenary sessions, and the Barringer Invitational Lecture, will take place within the Loch Suite of the Scottish Event Campus: https://www.sec.co.uk/organise-an-event/event-spaces/loch-suite

6th NoRCEL Conference

9 August 11 August UTC

Is life nothing but a large network of chemical reactions and cycles, endlessly recycling itself with ever greater complexity? Surely something else is involved! Just as writing communicates knowledge through language so the human genome conveys information to those that can read it. Of course, this fact only raises more questions: are there other kinds of “information”, for example? What physical and chemical conditions are necessary, and can they exist on other planets? If life arose in specific environment, such as hydrothermal vents, how did it escape and populate the Earth? We therefore invite focused talks that try to elucidate these and other questions, all related to the origin of life.

European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting

27 June 1 July UTC+1

The European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting will take place in Valencia, Spain, on 27 June – 1 July 2022. The meeting is organized by the European Astronomical Society (EAS), in collaboration with the Spanish Astronomical Society (SEA). The venue is the Valencia Conference Centre.

A broad range of parallel sessions can be accommodated as:

(A) Symposia
which normally consist of up to 6 blocks of 1.5 hours, stretching over 2 days, although exceptionally and in well-justified cases these symposia can be longer,
(B) Special Sessions
consisting of up to 3 blocks of 1.5 hours on the same day.
(C) Lunch Sessions
taking place during the lunch break for 1-1.5 hours on one day.
(D) Special Sessions with a Lunch Session
combining the blocks during parallel sessions and a session during the lunch break on one day.

Valencia, Spain

Making Space Matter Summit

Friends of Europe’s Making Space Matter Summit in June 2022 will provide an alternative platform to discuss space matters and making space matter.

Space exploration, capacity, competition, infrastructure, and its role as a new market and security domain will prove to be defining issues for our planet over the next decade and beyond. Space has the potential to reap huge rewards for social good, progress in terms of our common digital future and ability to mitigate and manage the impact of climate change. Every aspect of our lives, and every policy, has the potential to be impacted by the way Europe and its partners approach the new questions of space. Satellites in particular, and the wider role of space as a new frontier of intelligence and real time situational awareness, will increasingly be an important facet of current crises and future conflicts.

The summit will take place on Monday, 20 June, from 10.45 – 18.00 in Brussels. We look forward to welcoming you.

7th World Conference on Research Integrity

The Co-chairs, Local Organising Committee and Programme Committee of the 7th World Conference on Research Integrity was pleased to welcome delegates to Cape Town in 2022!

The 7th World Conference on Research Integrity was held from 29 May – 1 June 2022. The theme of the Conference was “Fostering Research Integrity in an Unequal World”. The 7th WCRI was interesting and relevant to Research Integrity stakeholders across all disciplinary fields from the basic and applied natural and biomedical sciences to the humanities and social sciences. Important RI stakeholders included researchers, institutional leaders, national and international policymakers, funders and journals.

The discussion areas at the conference were focused to Research Integrity as a driver of research excellence and public trust, ethical best practice in authorship, publication and the use of research metricsas well as responding to research misconduct. Most notably, an additional emerging subtheme was referred to ensuring research integrity in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

https://wcri2022.org/

Report of the Conference on the Future of Europe

The report of the final outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe, including 49 proposals, was presented on 9 May 2022. The proposals reflect the expectations of European citizens on important topics, which also aims to provide an overview of the various activities undertaken during the Conference. The Conference has constituted an unprecedented experience of transnational deliberative democracy. It has also proven its historical relevance and importance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian aggression of Ukraine. The three institutions are ought to examine how to follow up effectively on this report, in accordance with their competencies and the treaties. 

Read the full Report on the link: https://futureu.europa.eu/pages/reporting

From a European to a Global Green Deal

A delighted conference was held on the 12th of May, jointly organized by the Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum) and the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). The ‘From a European to a Global Green Deal’ high-level conference aimed to leverage of the ‘European Green Deal’ to achieve a ‘Global Green Deal’.

The speakers initially presented the energy regime for Europe, while the second panel was focused on the path to a Global Green Deal. This achievement needs new ideas, such technology and international cooperation, as well as strong education concerning the sustainable development goals.  To this end, the European legislation shall take into consideration the rapidly increased environmental and energy trends, policy changes as well as policy challenges.

You can find the recording of the conference here: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/en/events/details/from-a-european-to-a-global-green-deal/20220427WKS04141

STM: Towards a European Space Law

The number of satellites and debris in space constantly increases due to new developments in reusable launchers, small satellites and more and more private initiatives in space. Niklas Nienass recently highlighted the importance of a European Space Law evolution that ensures liability, security and sustainability in the entire European space sector. Furthermore, more actions relating to the EU Space regulation will be developed. 

MEP Niklas Nienass Statement

Satellites are moving our society forward. And the more cost-efficient they become, the more sectors can benefit from their technology. For example, satellites can help optimizing processes in organic farming. But the more satellites there are, the more crowded the orbit becomes. In recent years, the number has increased rapidly. Increasingly, there is a threat of collisions with unforeseeable consequences.

Therefore, the European Union wants to set up mechanisms to make traffic in orbit safer and more sustainable. In February, the European Commission presented a concept for a common Space Traffic Management (STM).

The framework aims to set binding standards and norms for satellite operators by 2024. It also aims to use new technologies to continuously collect and analyze data on the space environment.

This week, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), of which I am a member, discussed the project.

For me, it is clear that the European Union must initiate a joint STM. However, I am also convinced that this can only be a first step. We need a European Space Law that ensures liability, security and sustainability in the entire European space sector.

I am very happy, that we have managed to include considerations for such a European regulation in the Committee’s statement on STM.

At the end of the month, I will travel to the U.S. to get first-hand insights into current developments in space. A series of high-level discussions are planned with Congress, the National Space Council, NASA, and companies such as Astroscale, Nanoracks, and SpaceX.

The future of space is currently being shaped largely in the U.S., and a future European regulation must be prepared for developments that will reach us from there in the coming years. At the same time, I am looking to promote our own positions, such as sustainability standards in orbit. In turn, we can learn from the Americans – for example, with regard to the development of a private space economy.

I want Europe to help shape the future of spaceflight – with technical innovations as well as with binding standards that ensure peace, security and sustainability in space.

Contact:
Dennis Yuecel
Communications Niklas Nienass MEP

2nd International Conference on High-Speed Vehicle Science & Technology

SCOPE

The 2nd International Conference on High-Speed Vehicle Science & Technology, organized by The Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) in collaboration with The European Space Agency (ESA), will bring together leading specialists from research companies from all over the world, including invited experts for providing general lecturers. 

Presentations at the Conference, paper reports and interactive discussions cover different aspects of high-speed aerial and space vehicles development including fundamental researches and technical solutions in aerodynamics, flight dynamics, operations, materials and structures.

Conference topics cover High-Speed Missions and Vehicles, Propulsion Systems and Components, Thermal, Energy and Management Systems, Guidance & Control Systems, Materials and Structures, High-Speed Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics, Testing & Evaluation, Operation and Environment, Hypersonic Fundamentals and History.

Early registration will be possible from Sunday the 15th of May. Technical visits are planned the day after the conference on the 20th of May 2022.

ORGANISED BY

The Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) in collaboration with The European Space Agency (ESA)

Register here.

ESFRI 20th Anniversary Conference

25 March All day

This conference takes place under the high patronage of the Académie des sciences. It will bring together the many players who make up the ecosystems formed around these infrastructures: representatives of States, regions or local authorities, representatives of the industry, facility managers and, of course, researchers. Together, they will explore the dynamics of the development of a European landscape rich in research infrastructures and that has continuously grown over the past twenty years. Emerging trends and challenges for the future will be discussed as well. 

Two scientific sessions will feature outstanding scientists and young researchers, who will share with the audience major works and discoveries that have benefited from these infrastructures.  

The conference will be open to researchers, students and to the general public.

Please register your request to attend using this form by 5 March 2022. Participation requires physical presence. 

More information on the conference program are available at the event page. Please refer to www.esfri.eu and follow @ESFRI_eu on Twitter to stay up-to-date.

MEP Niklas Nienass on the Future of International Cooperation

Dear friends,

The Russian war on Ukraine has an impact also on international cooperation in space. A continuation of the cooperation with the Russian space agency Roskosmos seems to be questionable at the moment.

Tough sanctions against the Russian state and its profiteers are right and necessary. They cannot be avoided in space activities either. By his behavior, the head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, has damaged the mutual trust.

In this dynamic, the European project for Strategic Autonomy takes on a new urgency. Simultaneously, Europe’s technological independence must be flanked by multilateral efforts at the political level.

The short-term cancellation of the Soyuz rocket for OneWeb underscores that Europe needs better launchers of its own. They must be cost-effective and sustainable. The need for a European megaconstellation came to light twice in the first weeks of the war.

First, by the suspected Russian cyberattack on Viasat satellites and the resulting outage of German wind turbines – here, critical European infrastructure has become collateral damage in an international conflict.

Second, by the deployment of Starlink satellites in Ukraine. It is laudable if Elon Musk supports Ukraine with his services. But a democratic government in need should not depend on the goodwill of individuals. We need satellite-based Internet in public hands.

Strategic autonomy means that Europe is able to have its own access to space and is able to secure its critical infrastructure. Europe must be able to carry out essential missions with its own know-how. But technological independence does not mean isolation.

The greatest challenges of our time – from space debris to climate change – cannot be solved autonomously. A solution can only be achieved by working together. Cooperation here is not a question of wanting, but of having to.

Today, when technological cooperation in space is increasingly being called into question, an international political discussion of space activities becomes all the more important. The project of Strategic Autonomy must be flanked by multilateral space diplomacy.

Contact:
Dennis Yuecel
Communications Niklas Nienass MEP

Workshop: Share your views – How to support and connect policymaking in the EU and Member States with scientific research

9 March @ 2:30 pm 5:30 pm CET

The participatory online workshop “Share your views – How to support and connect policymaking in the EU and Member States with scientific research” is taking place on 9th March 2022 14:30-17:30 (CET). Jointly organised by the European Commision’s JRC and DG RTD. 

For further information and pre-registrations visit the event website here.

Invitation – ESFRI 20th Anniversary Conference

European Research Infrastructures at the heart of scientific discoveries

Dear Colleagues, 

The French Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Académie de sciences, with the support off the European Commission, are pleased to invite you to celebrate ESFRI’s 20th anniversary in Paris on 25 March 2022 at a specific conference that will discuss both the achievements and the future. During this day, prestigious guests will illustrate the connection between European scientific excellence in research and innovation on the one hand, and research infrastructures on the other. 

This conference takes place under the high patronage of the Académie des sciences. It will bring together the many players who make up the ecosystems formed around these infrastructures: representatives of States, regions or local authorities, representatives of the industry, facility managers and, of course, researchers. Together, they will explore the dynamics of the development of a European landscape rich in research infrastructures and that has continuously grown over the past twenty years. Emerging trends and challenges for the future will be discussed as well. 

Two scientific sessions will feature outstanding scientists and young researchers, who will share with the audience major works and discoveries that have benefited from these infrastructures.  

The conference will be open to researchers, students and to the general public.

Please register your request to attend using this form by 5 March 2022. Participation requires physical presence. 

More information on the conference program are available at the event page. Please refer to www.esfri.eu and follow @ESFRI_eu on Twitter to stay up-to-date.

The French Presidency of the EU and ESFRI