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Special Sessions
Interdisciplinary Lectures
    The Physics of Neutron Stars
    Cole Miller
    Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland at College Park, USA
    Solar-planetary Environment and its Habitability: Insights from Atmospheric Escape Studies
    Kanako Seki
    Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, Japan
    Unlocking the Secrets of Space Biology: From the Twin Study to Groundbreaking Open Science Discoveries
    Sylvain Costes
    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA
    Our Sparkling Star: The Sun’s Magnetic Field, Activity and Variability
    Sami Solanki
    Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Göttingen, Germany
    The Importance of Space Research in UN COPUOS Activities and COSPAR's Contribution to It
    Driss El Hadani
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria
    Climate Change – On the Brink of Disaster and the Brink of Salvation
    Andrew Dessler
    Texas Center for Climate Studies, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA
    Introduction of the new Korea Aerospace Administration (KASA)
    Deputy Administrator of KASA
Pioneering the Future of Space Industry & Research
Monday, 15 July, 14:00 – 15:00, room TBD
“Dare Mighty Things Together”
COSPAR Opening and COSPAR Award Ceremony
Monday, 15 July, 15:00 – 16:30, room Auditorium
Roundtable of Space Agency Leaders
Monday, 15 July, 17:00 – 18:30, room Auditorium
Overview of space agency research programs;
Addressing climate change through space contributions;
Updates on recent and anticipated planetary and astronomy space missions;
Opportunities and challenges of emerging private space actors;
Sustainable use and regulation of outer space and environmental stewardship;
Role of small satellites in space research, and support to COSPAR’s constellation projects.
Participants confirmed to date:
Pascale Ehrenfreund, COSPAR President, Moderator
Nicola Fox, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Hitoshi Kuninaka, Director General, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Carole Mundell, Director of Science, European Space Agency (ESA)
S. Somanath, Chair, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Kejian ZHANG, Administrator, China National Space Administration (CNSA)
COSPAR Space Weather Panel Roadmap Discussion
Tuesday, 16 July, 14:00 – 15:00, room TBD
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Lunch Panel
Thursday, 18 July, 12:30 - 14:00, room 301
“Leveraging Psychological Safety as an IDEA Principle to Advance Scientific Discovery”

Join Leaders from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other global experts on the necessity for creating psychologically safe environments to ensure inclusion and open scientific expression. Often our notions of the creation of science are based on the historic “Eureka” moments of a single brilliant individual, be it Einstein, Marie Curie, or Newton. In reality much of science is conducted in teams. And yet, academia does very little to prepare our scientists for team leadership. To create high functioning, high performing teams, a critical component is psychological safety, a term coined by Professor Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School. Psychological safety occurs when all individuals in the team feel safe to take risks and speak up without fear of shame or reprisal. In space science, some of the biggest “fails” have occurred when there was low psychological safety and team members were afraid to speak up.

The IDEA panel at COSPAR will examine how organizations are working to cultivate psychological safety, how gender, cultural, and social identity differences affect psychological safety, and ways of overcoming those challenges.

Participants confirmed to date:

Larry James, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA
Jean-Yves Le Gall, France
Neela Rajendra, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA
COSPAR Committee on Industry Relations Panel Discussion
Thursday, 18 July, 14:00 - 15:00, room 205
“Space 2050 – Our Future Shaped by Today’s Space Technology Advances”
What will the future of space look like in 2050? What technologies will be required to enable future capabilities in space and how close are we to creating them? The leader of Lockheed Martin’s space innovation labs shares a vision for the future of space and showcases key technologies being developing to expand space missions and humanity beyond our home world. The 2050 vision invites discussion about the future of space in five areas: a “smart” world enabled by ubiquitous communications, extraplanetary operations, space logistics, mission operations command utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning, and space defense to strengthen 21st Century Security. These areas dive deeper into dynamic mission environments and the emerging technological advancements necessary to operate productively and safely.

Participants confirmed to date:

Nelson Pedreiro, Chair, COSPAR Committee on Industry Relations, Moderator
Larry James, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Kate Watts, Vice-President, Mission Strategy and Advanced Capabilities, Lockheed Martin, Commercial Civil Space
Thomas Zurbuchen, Director, ETH Zurich Space