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Space Settlement Symposium

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the 7th annual installment of the Space Settlement Symposium

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to overlook all the systems working in the background to make our lives possible. From the system of our bodies to the system of our society, there are many other systems at work. This year’s event seeks to explore a few systems needed to make space settlement possible and how backup systems can resolve problems before they become insurmountable.

7th Annual Space Settlement Symposium

To register for this year's event, please click here.

This year's presenters include

portrait of Dr. Deepika Sangam

"All Systems (are a) Go for NASA’s Artemis Mission"


Dr. Deepika Sangam - NASA Education Charter at Texas State University

Dr. Sangam has over 15 years of experience developing effective solutions to address challenges of underrepresentation across the STEM ecosystem. Her current responsibilities include managing NASA’s Education Charter with Texas State University, serving on the board of a STEM Education based non-profit, and steering the Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem initiative.

portrait of Dr. Charles Cockell

"Space Systems for Human Settlement: from Microbes to Prisons"


Dr. Charles Cockell - Professor of Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Cockell is Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology. His academic interests encompass life in extreme environments, the habitability of extraterrestrial environments and the exploration and settlement of space. He has previously worked at NASA Ames Research Centre (NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship) and the British Antarctic Survey. His work has taken him to both poles and many other extreme environments.  He leads the Life Beyond program, which engages prisoners in the design of human settlements in space.

portrait of Dr. Jekan Thanga

"Advancing Human Space Settlement Using Multirobot Systems and Swarms"


Dr. Jenkan Thanga - Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory, University of Arizona

Dr. Thanga is a tenured Associate Professor and heads the Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory and the NASA-funded ASTEROID (Asteroid Science, Technology and Exploration Research Organized by Inclusive eDucation)  Center in Formation at the University of Arizona. He and his team of students were winners of the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award in 2016 for proposing the SunCube FemtoSat and recently won a Best Paper Presentation Award at AMOS 2019 for the Early Warning Constellation to Detect Incoming Meteor Threats.

Officiated by our excellent host

portrait of Chris Elley

Chris Elley - Chief Innovation Officer at iCoreConnect


Fascinated by space travel since childhood, Chris had the opportunity to dig deep into the subject while directing the 1998 documentary film In the Shadow of the Moon: People of the American Space Program.  As part of the oral history program for NASA Johnson Space Center, the film explores an eclectic sampling of behind-the-scenes contributors to the American side of the space race, ranging from engineers to mission control. He is also the co-creator the Emmy-nominated primetime TV franchise Friday Night Tykes for NBC Universal, an inventor of mechanical devices, a Texas BBQ expert, and a subject matter expert for the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Please send all inquires about the Space Settlement Symposium series

to Dr. Eli Kanon

You can view archived videos of previous iterations of the Space Settlement Symposium here.


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