Space and Society: Governing the Galaxy Student Pugwash Workshop #2

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with $50 compensation following a give-back project.

Participants have been selected.


Year 2019 is the 50-year anniversary of the lunar landing. This workshop explores the challenges and opportunities in the future of spaceflight. Are we on track to become an interstellar species? What would a global narrative on space exploration look like? What would be the analogy of COP22 for space? 2018-22 is the breakout period for making critical decisions about the future of spaceflight. What is the future of astropolitics and astrogovernance? How can we make better international decisions about the future of spaceflight? 

Student Pugwash USA’s mission is to empower and equip students to identify, critically analyze, and shape the ethical, policy, and societal dimensions of science and technology. This workshop is part of a series run by Student Pugwash USA. It will be an interactive workshop designed to give you the skills to understand space in a societal and policy context. The workshop will include a visioning exercise, and a model-UN exercise on space. We will provide you with tools for bringing this exercise back to your communities, as well as a $50 scholarship for completing a give-back activity.

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the Purdue Student Pugwash Midwest Regional Conference "Society and Space: Governing the Galaxy," which will be held the evening of April 7th. In addition to the workshop on April 8th, participants should plan to attend the plenary session during the evening of April 7th. The plenary sessions are open to the public, but the workshop is limited to 12 participants. Workshop applicants should also register for the Purdue Student Pugwash conference on the Purdue website. Registration is coming soon, and we will update this website when it is available.

Conference Agenda, Friday April 7th (open to the public)
Registration opens: 5:00pm-5:15pm
Opening Remarks: 5:00pm-5:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Socety: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Dinner and Recess: 7:30pm

Workshop Agenda (subject to change)

April 8, 2017


Plenary Speaker, Prof. Daniel Dumbacher,

Professor of Engineering Practice of Aeronautics & Astronautics,
Purdue University


Dr. David Wolf, Purdue alum NASA Astronaut


Workshop Welcome Logistics



11:45-1:30 Photo-elicitation process
1:30-2:15 Lunch break
2:15-4:00 Model UNESCO governance of space
4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-4:45 Give back session (how to take this back to your community)
4:45-5:00 Post Survey
5:00 Adjourn