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First Moon Village Association Workshop will take place at ISU in Strasbourg

From 19 to 21 November 2017 a workshop will be organized at the International Space University (ISU) in Illkirch, Strasbourg dedicated to the Moon Village concept.

On 19 November, the creator of this concept, Prof. Jan Woerner, Director-General of the European Space Agency (ESA), will present his ideas at ISU. The Moon Village, after the International Space Station, is conceived as a next step towards international cooperation in space exploration. It foresees a permanent base on the Moon with the participation of all main international space partners.

The Moon Village Association (MVA) is a new international non-profit organization founded to promote international discussions and formulation of plans concerning such a Moon Village.

This includes topics such as:

-    Use of lunar material to construct on the Moon
-    Permanent scientific research on the Moon
-    Progress in robotics and longer-term permanent settlements of humans in outer space.

ISU is partnering in this endeavor, as it has originated:

-    Several studies on Exploration related topics in general and Moon based topics (such as mining) in particular,
-    Activities in the field of 3D printing, in cooperation with IREPA LASER, using moon-similar material (regolith) as starting material,
-    The development of a habitat, SHEE, as a precursor for permanent habitats on Moon or Mars. This habitat is housed in ISU.
Several representatives from both space agencies such as NASA, ESA will be present, as well as international experts from space companies such as Lockheed-Martin and Airbus. Contributions from astronauts (such as Michel Tognini) are expected as well, allowing the ISU Master students to participate in a workshop together with specialists.

The tentative SCHEDULE is as follows:

18.00-19.00 Registration + Coffee
19.00-22.00 Welcome Reception and Buffet Keynote Address by ESA Director General: Dr Johann-Dietrich Wörner

08.00-08.30 Registration + Coffee
08.30-08.50 Welcome by MVA and ISU Presidents
08.50-09.00 Aims and organization of the workshop
• Dave Murrow - Senior Manager Business Development, Commercial Civil Space
• Lockheed Martin - Deep Space Gateway
Senior level presentations - invited presentations including:
• Tom Cremins - NASA Associate Administrator for Strategy and Plans
• Shizuo Yamamato - VP International Relations, JAXA
• Silvio Sandrone - Airbus Defence and Space
• Michel Tognini - President, Association of Space Explorers Europe
Panel - Moon Village Implementation, Programmes and Policy: Challenges and Opportunities
11.00-11.30 Coffee

Special topic presentations - invited presentations including:
• Ian Crawford - Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology, UCL
• Kyle Acierno - Managing Director, ispace Europe, Luxembourg
• Bernard Foing - European Space Agency
• Torsten Kriening - Part Time Scientists Mission to The Moon
• Bozhidar Bahov - Space Mining Technology
• Hawaii Moonbase (remote)
• Maria Grulich - Space Generation Advisory Council (remote)
13.00-14.00 Networking Lunch
14.00-16.00 Breakout Sessions Group #1 – Technical Framework for the Moon Village
(There will be several breakout sessions in parallel; at the workshop, participants will be asked to participate in a specific breakout session.)
16.00-16.30 Coffee

Remote presentations:
• 16.30 Clive Neal - Lunar Exploration Analysis Group
• 16.45 Michael Mealing – Waypaver Foundation
17.00-18.00 Report back from breakout sessions #1
18.00 Close

08.00-08.30 Registration + Coffee
08.30-08.40 Summary of Day #1

Senior level presentations - invited presentations including
• Hagen Betwieser - Artist/We Colonised The Moon (To be confirmed)
• Pallab Ghosh - Science Journalist, BBC (To be confirmed)
• Mahesh Anand, European Space Science Committee

Panel – Moon Village Science, Technology and Culture: Challenges and Opportunities;
Invited presentations including:
10.00-10.30 Coffee
10.30-12.30 Breakout Sessions Group #2 - Business Opportunities of the Moon Village
(There will be several breakout sessions in parallel; at the workshop, participants will be asked to participate in a specific breakout session.)
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.00 Report back from breakout sessions #2
14.00-16.00 Breakout Sessions Group #3 - Coordination and Cultural Aspects of the Moon Village
(There will be several breakout sessions in parallel; at the workshop, participants will be asked to participate in a specific breakout session.)
16.00-16.30 Coffee
16.30-17.00 Report back from breakout sessions #3
17.00-17.30 Results of the workshop and forward plans
17.30-17.45 Workshop conclusion
17.45 Close



Registration is via Eventbrite 

The registration fee includes Sunday night reception and refreshments and lunches on workshop days.


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