#PLASUS21 Workshop

PLAnetary SUStainability 21: Challenges, Opportunities and Necessities

The workshop will connect space & global sustainability, key space actors and sustainability thinkers and will take place on Thursday 29/4/21  9-17 CET online.


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)

12:10-13:00 Lunch Break

13:00-14:30 Challenges and Opportunities I

  • Space can do more for Earth (Gaetan Petit, Space4Impact)
  • Space Resources & Innovation (Dovilé Matuleviciute, Luxembourg Space Agency)
  • Sustainable Embeddedness of Space Activities (Traugott Jähnichen, University of Bochum)

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 Wrap up & Closing Panel (Andreas Losch & TBA)

See speakers’ bios and abstracts of their talks here.

Please register & then click “participate” on this platform if you want to follow the live-stream on 29 April. Through the platform, you will also be able to ask questions to the speakers. Registration to the workshop is free of charge for all.

To make it happen, sponsors and donations are much welcome.

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

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Published by Dr. Andreas Losch, MBA

Protestantischer Theologe im Dialog mit den Naturwissenschaften, speziell Weltraumforschung und Nachhaltigkeitsfragen. Engagiert im christlich-jüdischen Gespräch. Leitbildexperte. MBA.

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