The conference is organized in association with the Irish Council Presidency and in conjunction with Mr Sean Kelly MEP and other Members of the European Parliament.
The aim of the conference is to promote global cooperation on access to research infrastructures and to facilitate networking between Europe-based researchers with potential research partners worldwide. It will bring together science policymakers, scientists and industry representatives from around the world and will place EU research at the centre of the international response to global challenges. It conference takes place at a time when many research ideas and project proposals are being put forward. Its purpose is partly to increase international participation in Horizon 2020 Europe and maximize Europe's contribution to global science cooperation.
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching new initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building an international, multi-faceted organization to promote the broad global commitment, scientific, social and technical support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision - An Inclusive, Audacious Journey (that) Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond. Her team won the competitive, single awardee grant from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the US Defense Department’s premiere research group responsible for the development of the internet and GPS (global positioning satellite systems).
The 100 Year Starship initiative aims at making interstellar travel a reality in the next 100 years. What are some challenges in space travel to a star beyond our solar system? During this plenary, the focus of the discussion will be centred around the importance of the grand challenge of interstellar travel to push both R&D and societal benefits.
Dr Jemison, the first woman of colour to go into space, who served six years as a NASA astronaut and flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J mission in 1992, will convene the space plenary at the conference which will focus on the 100 Year Starship initiative, a project that aims at making interstellar travel a reality in the next 100 years. During this plenary, the focus of the discussion will be centered around the importance of the grand challenge of interstellar travel to push both R&D and societal benefits here on Earth. The plenary will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 1:00pm at European Parliament.
Dr. Mae Jemison will moderate the plenary, the speakers will include:
-Prof. Karl Aspelund, Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; University of Rhode Island
-Dr. Pamela Reilly Contag, CEO of Cygnet Biofuels
-Dr. Louis Friedman, Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society
-Dr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education
-Dr John Carter McKnight, Lincoln Fellow of Applied Ethics; Chair, Consortium for Applied Space Ethics, Arizona State University
For more information about the conference and the plenary please follow these links: www.globalsciencecollaboration.org
For more information about the 100 Year Starship: www.100yss.org
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The conference is non-commercial in nature and is in compliance with Article 4 of The Rules governing the use of Parliament’s premises by Outside Bodies.