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Forthcoming Space Events

International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate17
From Monday 3 April to Thursday 6 April 2017
International Conference Centre Sydney
Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.
Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, construction and medicine.
“Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”
According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.
Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.
With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.
The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.
Some of the symposium’s highlights include:
• Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring
• Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry
• Daniel Kruimel from AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’
• David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.


33rd Space Symposium
From Monday 3 April to Thursday 6 April 2017
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
The Space Symposium, held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space since the inaugural event in 1984. Attendees at that original event numbered barely 250 space enthusiasts, while participants in recent years have surpassed 11,000. The Space Symposium has become widely known as the premier U.S. space policy and program forum and as the "must attend" opportunity for information on and interaction among all sectors of space.
Called the National Space Symposium for the first 29 years, the event was renamed in 2014 to Space Symposium to reflect the event's truly global profile.

Copernicus Masters and the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC)
5.00 pm Wednesday 5 April 2017
Brussels, Belgium
This exciting event is your chance to connect with the most important EO and GNSS stakeholders and relevant regional representatives, in a truly pan-European environment. Discover the various opportunities to engage in business innovation scouting, get insights into space-related proven support mechanisms along the entire value chain, and learn more about best practices from the dedicated space applications community - ultimately sharing the goal to adequately implement the EU Space Strategy.
Programme Highlights
Witness the official kick-off of the 2017 editions of the Copernicus Masters and the ESNC, that have developed into the leading innovation networks for satellite services with more than 160 stakeholders and over 300 experts worldwide. Generating more than 700 new businesses each year, submitted by participants from over 50 countries in Europe and beyond, they serve as the deal pipeline for Copernicus and Galileo.

Australia-China SKA Big Data Workshop
From Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April 2017
Shanghai, China
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will consist of two of the world’s largest radio telescopes, producing orders of magnitude more data than any other astronomical instrument before. All this data will be used by hundreds of scientists working in multiple institutions across the globe. To fully exploit the scientific potential of the instruments and enable ground breaking scientific discoveries, it is essential for the wider SKA community to build up the expertise and develop the technologies to support the science teams during their scientific exploration of the data products released by the SKA Observatory.
To start this process, we are pleased to announce the Australia-China SKA Big Data Workshop , which aims to provide a vibrant forum for tinkering with the latest development in SKA Big Data. This workshop is also a “somewhat different” event in terms of organisation, format and also in terms of support for the participants.
The workshop will bring together experts from China and Australia to discuss and work together on selected topics in the broad field of ‘Big Data’ related to the SKA. As outlined below this covers not just software and algorithms, but also advanced global networking and data sharing technologies and methods. The main goal of this event is to foster and strengthen collaborations between Australian and Chinese organisations in a broad sense, including academic institutions and private companies. As an outcome we expect the workshop to seed and initiate new collaborative projects, or strengthen existing projects with additional partners. We expect to follow up with these projects within about 6 months.
This is a workshop, not a conference and thus we are specifically targeting people with a high degree of technical background and skills in their respective area of expertise.
The workshop is co-organised by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Australia and Shanghai Astronomical Observatory in China. It is co-funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Ministry of Science and Technology in China.

SIAA Distinguished Lecture 'Inventing the Future of Space' - Dr J-Y Le Gall
6.00 pm Wednesday 12 April 2017
The Science Exchange, Stock Exchange Place, Adelaide
As President of CNES, Dr Le Gall is one of the world's most prominent space figures. He leads one of the world's leading space agencies with centres of excellence in Paris, Toulouse and French Guiana. CNES has 2,450 employees and a budget of more than €2.3m (2017). In addition to his role with CNES, Dr Le Gall is President of the International Astronautical Federation and Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency and takes an active role in international space cooperation, including his 3G policy initiative of advocating greater diversity of gender, geography and generations in the space sector.

Small Satellites Tech, Business & Regulatory Industry Workshop
9.00 am Thursday 13 April 2017
ESTEC, The Netherlands
The International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University - together with the European Centre for Space Law/ESA, SpaceNed and ISIS Innovative Solutions in Space BV is pleased to invite you to the Small Satellites Tech, Business & Regulatory Industry Workshop taking place at the European Space Agency (ESTEC) on 13 April 2017.

The ECSL established this workshop as an annual event with the aim of bringing together a variety of stakeholders from different parts of the space sector to exchange on the technological, business and legal/regulatory aspects of a particular topic. The 2017 workshop will focus on the theme of small satellites, looking predominantly at the developments taking place in the context of the Dutch space sector. Speakers will include representatives from industry, government, academic experts and specialists from the European Space Agency.

There is no fee to attend. Details on how to register, the programme and other practical information for the workshop, is available on the event link below. Please register before 7 April 2017

ACSER Cubesat Innovation Workshop
From Wednesday 19 April to Thursday 20 April 2017
UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney
A lot has happened since we ran our last Cubesat event in 2015, including the completion of the first 3 Australian-built satellites in 15 years! We'll be lining up speakers from current missions, industry, academia and we'll have a strong focus on start-ups and student innovation, so mark the date in your calendar!

5th Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda (for Sustainable Development Goals)
From Friday 5 May to Saturday 6 May 2017
Montreal, Cananda
The 2017 Manfred Lachs Conference (MLC17) will be hosted by McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 5-6 May 2017 in order to address: What are the governance mechanisms related to global outer space activities that ought to be adopted to facilitate achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals?

International Seminars on Positioning and Navigation Technologies
From Tuesday 9 May to Friday 19 May 2017
ENAC, Toulouse, France
The International Seminars on Positioning and Navigation Technologies are a joint initiative by the Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (France), BeiHang University (China) and Ohio University (USA) aimed at providing fundamental and detailed courses to graduate students and professionals eager to learn more about Navigation technologies.
The 3 partners are leading universities recognized for their education and research activities in positioning and navigation. Their partnership will provide the participants with access to a high level of expertise and a unique view on the roles and strengths of the various navigation programmes and research activities developed in their different geographical locations.
Recognized lecturers from several other institutions will also contribute as instructors.

University of Adelaide Short Course - Strategic Space Law
From Monday 5 June to Friday 9 June 2017
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide
The University of Adelaide, in partnership with the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law (Montreal, Canada), is offering a short postgraduate course on Strategic Space Law as part of its Winter School program from 5-9 June 2017. The unique course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to make a meaningful contribution to global space security, dialogue and policy development.

2017 Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017)
From Tuesday 6 June to Thursday 8 June 2017
Beijing, China
GLEX 2017 is designed to share the programmatic, technical and policy information, as well as collaborative solutions, challenges, lessons learnt, and paths forward among all nations with the desire to explore space, and to envision the future of space exploration on a global scale.

Conference on International Aviation Law and Insurance
From Saturday 17 June to Sunday 18 June 2017
Montreal, Canada

Space Technologies Summer School
From Monday 3 July to Sunday 16 July 2017
Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia
“Space Technologies” is a new module of the well-known International Polytechnic Summer School (IPSS). The summer course invites students to discover new broadening experiences in marvelous St.Petersburg.
The program aims to provide advanced techniques of space engineering and understanding the core physics principles related to space exploration. Space industry problems are also considered during the program in addition to technology topics.
Teaching staff of the program are star professors of SPbPU, and experts from Russian and International companies: International Telecommunication Union, The Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Pulkovo Observatory, Ioffe Institute, Dauria Aerospace, Astronomicon. They provide students with interactive study methods including business games, case studies, group work, coding marathon, and field trips.

URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium
From Saturday 19 August to Sunday 27 August 2017
Montreal, Canada
For the thirty-second time since the inception of URSI, Radio Scientists from across the world will get together for the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. This triennial gathering will take place from 19th to 26th of August 2017, in Montreal, Canada. This conference is a unique opportunity to learn about recent advances in all fields of Radio Science, as covered by all ten URSI Commissions.

18th annual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference
From Tuesday 19 September to Friday 22 September 2017
Wailea Marriott, Maui, Hawaii
The AMOS Conference brings together operators, researchers, technologists and system developers who are working in many areas of space domain awareness. The Conference consists of a technical program, policy forum sessions, featured speakers, optional technical tour, short courses, poster sessions and exhibits. Over 100 papers will be presented with opportunities for networking and technical discussions – all in an environment that stimulates the imagination and intellect of participants through its beautiful and unique Hawaiian hospitality.

68th International Astronautical Congress
From Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September 2017
Adelaide, Australia
The World's Premier Space Event

APSCC 2017 Satellite Conference and Exhibition
From Tuesday 10 October to Thursday 12 October 2017
Intercontinental Tokyo Bay, Tokyo

Global Aerospace Summit 2018
From Tuesday 27 February to Wednesday 28 February 2018
Abu Dhabi, UAE
An invitation only gathering, the Global Aerospace Summit is the most significant international forum for the true decision makers making up the executive level of the global aerospace, aviation, defence and space sectors. They are the drivers of corporate, government and military strategy, and the forward thinkers shaping the future of their industries. They come together to find, and to invest in, solutions for the critical challenges impacting their businesses today. The Summit examines how new ways of building aircraft, launch systems and satellites will impact cost and capabilities. The cross sector makeup of decision makers present makes it a fertile ground for sharing innovations in business and financing strategies that will enable the capture of greater market share. In the leading edge technology discussions these leaders will formulate a response to the impact of disruptive technologies, and identify the truly transformative applications that will revolutionise aerospace.