#PLASUS21 Workshop

PLAnetary SUStainability 21: Challenges, Opportunities and Necessities

The workshop connected space & global sustainability, key space actors and sustainability thinkers and took place on Thursday 29/4/21  9-17 CET online.
View the recordings here.


09:00-9:05 Opening: Natália Archinard (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs)

09:05-9:30 Planetary Sustainability: the concept (Andreas Losch with André Galli, University of Bern & Xiao-Shan Yap, EAWAG/University of Utrecht)

09:30-10:00 Planetary Boundaries and Limits to Growth (Christian Berg, Club of Rome)

10:00-10:25 Earth-Space Sustainability (Xiao-Shan Yap, EAWAG/University of Utrecht)

10:25-10:40 Break

10:40-11:25 Environmental challenges: Space Debris, Megaconstellations, and the Preservation of our Night Sky (Thomas Schildknecht, University of Bern)

11:25-11:45 Active Space Debris removal (Luc Piguet, ClearSpace SA)

11:45-12:05 Space Sustainability Rating (Nikolai Khlystov, World Economic Forum)

12:05-12:10 Words of welcome from our host (Mathias Wirth, University of Bern)

12:10-13:30 Lunch Break (with the option for 1:1 sessions)*

13:30-14:30 Challenges and Opportunities I

  • Space can do more for Earth (Gaetan Petit, Space4Impact)
  • Space Resources & Innovation (Dovilé Matuleviciute, Luxembourg Space Agency)

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-16:15 Challenges and Opportunities II

  • Forward to the Moon: Europe’s exploration program Terrae Novae and Artemis (Stefaan De Mey, European Space Agency)
  • Sustainable Space Logistics (Emmanuelle David, EPFL)
  • Biological Challenges in Space (Oliver Ullrich, University of Zurich)

16:15-16:30 Break

16:30-17:00 Planetary Sustainability: Moving Forward (Panel with Christian Berg, Stefaan de Mey, Nikolai Khlystov, Dovilé Matuleviciute and Thomas Schildknecht, moderated by Xiao-Shan Yap and Andreas Losch )

17:00-18:00 Free (Option for 1:1 sessions*)

*The platform we use offers the option to schedule 1:1 meetings with other registered participants on the platform. You are welcome to use this function.

See speakers’ bios and abstracts of their talks here.
The talk “Sustainable Embeddedness of Space Activities” by Traugott Jähnichen unfortunately had to be canceled. His views you can read here.

To make a continuation happen, sponsors and donations are much welcome.

Think big. Think connected. Think planetary. Act Sustainably.

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Published by Andreas Losch

Protestant Theologian in Dialogue with Science, particularly Space and Sustainability Sciences. Engaged in Jewish-Christian Dialog. Expert on mission statement. MBA.

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