Science Speakeasy: Who Owns Space?

Science Speakeasy: Who Owns Space?
Newcastle’s Life Science Centre is kicking off a new season of in-person Science Speakeasys, by exploring some big questions surrounding space ownership, boundaries, laws and ethics.

It’s now 65 years since humans first sent a satellite up into space, and the area surrounding Earth has started to get awfully crowded.

Grab a drink, take a seat under Gaia – Life’s mesmerising 7-metre-diameter recreation of planet Earth – and join panelists to debate:

· Who is responsible for the space ‘junk’ orbiting our planet?

· What gives big businesses the right to assume ownership of space?

· Do we have a right to make other planets suitable for human habitation when we’ve done such a bad job of looking after our own?

And more!

Meet the panellists:

**Dr David Rosario, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics, Newcastle University**. He studies super-massive black holes and their connections to galaxies across the history of the Universe, using data gathered from many telescopes both on the Earth and in space.

**Professor Christopher Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University**. He teaches and researches space law, and has published extensively on the legal and ethical underpinnings of space governance.

**Dr Fionagh Thomson, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation at Durham University**. As a visual ethnographer, ecologist and ethicist, Fionagh is a research nomad, investigating hidden and side-lined issues and exploring what we do not what we think we do.

**Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley, Executive Director of NORSS (Northern Space and Security)**. Following a career in the RAF, Dinz founded NORSS in 2017 to support space flight operations and space surveillance for the sustainable use of space, including tracking satellite launches and orbits.

At Science Speakeasys, important and often controversial topics are debated in a relaxed, friendly environment. No topic is taboo, so these events are not suitable for anyone who is easily offended! We do, however, ensure that all discussion is based on correct science to avoid the spread of misinformation. Questions to the panel are encouraged, or you can just sit back and enjoy the event.

Limited tickets available. Doors open 7.30pm.

Event Dates

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14th July 2022,
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