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Simonetta Di PippoUnited Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) - Director
Simonetta Di PippoUnited Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) - Director
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James L. GreenNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Chief Scientist
James L. GreenNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Chief Scientist
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Jan WoernerEuropean Space Agency (ESA) - Director General (2015 - 2021)
Jan WoernerEuropean Space Agency (ESA) - Director General (2015 - 2021)
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R. UmamaheswaranIndian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) - Scientific Secretary
R. UmamaheswaranIndian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) - Scientific Secretary
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Mohamed El-KoosyEgyptian Space Agancy (EgSA) - CEO
Mohamed El-KoosyEgyptian Space Agancy (EgSA) - CEO
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Hiroshi SasakiJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) - Vice President for International Space Exploration
Hiroshi SasakiJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) - Vice President for International Space Exploration
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Mathias LinkLuxembourg Space Agency - Director of International Affairs & Space Resources
Mathias LinkLuxembourg Space Agency - Director of International Affairs & Space Resources
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Salvador Landeros AyalaMexican Space Agency (AEM) - Director General
Salvador Landeros AyalaMexican Space Agency (AEM) - Director General
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Lev ZelenyiRussian Space Research Institute (IKI) - Science Advisor
Lev ZelenyiRussian Space Research Institute (IKI) - Science Advisor
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Alice GormanFlinders University
Alice GormanFlinders University
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Rajeswari Pillai RajagoplanObserver Research Foundation - Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy & Technology
Rajeswari Pillai RajagoplanObserver Research Foundation - Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy & Technology
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John C. MankinsMoon Village Association (MVA) - Vice President
John C. MankinsMoon Village Association (MVA) - Vice President
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Programme

Preliminary Programme of Workshop and Symposium

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Online - Times are in Central European Time (CET)
15:00 - 15:10Opening Ceremony
15:10 - 16:10Session 1: Returning to the Moon: The Grand Vision

Keynote Speech by Dr. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA

Prime Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. John C. Mankins

  • Dr. James Green, Chief Scientist, NASA
  • Prof. Jan Woerner, Former ESA Director General

16:10 - 16:40Session 2 – Space Agencies Greetings
  • Mr. R.Umamaheswaran, Scientific Secretary, ISRO
  • Dr. Mohamed El-Koosy, CEO, Egyptian Space Agency
  • Mr. Hiroshi Sasaki, Vice President for International Space Exploration, JAXA
  • Dr. Salvador Landeros Ayala, Director General, Mexican Space Agency
  • Dr. Mathias Link, Luxemburg Space Agency
  • Dr. Lev Zelenyi, IKI – Russian Space Research Institute

More TBC

16:40 - 16:50Break
16:50 - 18:20Session 3 – Vision for the Moon Village: Present

Selected Presentations from Call for Papers & Round Table

Moderator: Dr. Antonino Salmeri

Presentations:

  • Maxim Litvak (Russia)
    “Ground tests with Luna – 25 robotic arm in lunar like environment
  • Alyson Decker (United States)
    “Jurisdiction and the Legal Enforcement of Rights on the Moon”
  • Nelly Offord Harle (United Kingdom)
    “Lunar Communication and Navigation services – 1st generation in 2024, followed by a constellation by end 2020s”



Round Table participants :

  • Maxim Litvak, Russia
  • Alyson Decker, United States
  • Nelly Offord Harle, United Kingdom
  • Bob Lamboray, Luxembourg Space Agency
18:20 - 18:30Global Expert Group on Sustainable Lunar Activities (GEGSLA) status report
  • Online - Times are in Central European Time (CET)
15:00 - 16:00Session 4 – Implementing the Moon Village

Round Table
with Industry, Academia, Civil Society and Q&A

Moderator: Dovilé Matuleviciute, Luxembourg Space Agency

  • Lockheed Martin Representative, USA
  • Dr. Alice Gorman, Flinders University, Australia
  • Dr. Rajeswari Rajagopalan, Observer Research Foundation, India
  • Dr. Nasr Al-Sahhaf, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

16:00 - 16:50Session 5 – MVA Working Groups / Projects Seminars (Breakout Sessions)
  • Architectural Concepts WG
    Co-Chairs: John C. Mankins, Yoshifumi Inatani
  • Coordination & Cooperation WG
    Co-Chairs: Giuseppe Reibaldi, Mark Sundahl
  • Cultural Considerations WG
    Co-Chairs: Remo Rapetti, Arthur Woods
  • Exploration Analogues WG
    Co-Chairs: Koorosh Araghi
  • Lunar Commerce & Economics WG
    Co-Chairs: Derek Webber, Gidon Gautel
  • Participation of Emerging Space Countries (PESC) Project
    Project Lead: Ghanim Alotaibi
  • Payload Project
    Project Lead: Ayman Ahmed

16:50 - 17:00Break
17:00 - 18:30Session 6 – Vision for the Moon Village: Future

Selected Presentations from Call for Papers & Round Table

Moderator: Dr. Georgios Nicolaou

Presentations:

  • Arun Radhakrishnan (India)
    “Ethical & Sustainable Features of Mining of the Lunar Surface”
  • Hubert Gross (Poland)
    “Xors Moon base – interdisciplinary project”



Round Table participants :

  • Shimpei Ishido, Japan
  • Arun Radhakrishnan, India
  • Hubert Gross, Poland

  • Online - Times are in Central European Time (CET)
15:00 - 17:30Session 7 – Hackathon

Three-day fully virtual event, with working sessions, discussion roundtables, and mentoring sessions that will engage students and young professionals to think critically about design challenges that a Moon Village Would face.


Topics:

  • Space Solar Power – Powering a Moon Village [Business Plan Pitch]
  • Transportation on the Moon [Business Plan]
  • Education on the Moon [Idea Pitch Presentation]

Volunteers: Mangai Prabakar, Selene Cannelli, Lokdeep Kalaiselvam, Sushant Beheruk, Ruth Singh

17:30 - 17:40Break
17:40 - 18:25Session 8 – Towards the Moon Village Generation

Chair: Bernadette Detera

Part 1: Selected presentations from the “Towards a Lunar Generation: First MVA Online Workshop for Students and Young Professionals”

Topics:

  • “Legal & Policy Issues of using Lunar Resources and Infrastructure”- Lard Petzold
  • “Science on the Moon” – Sahba El-Shawa
  • “Technologies for a Sustainable Moon Village ” – Sapna Rao

Part 2: Q&A with Industry Experts and Mentors
Moderator: Bernadette Detera

Part 3: PromoMoon Initiative by Yuzhnoye Design Office & MVA

18:25 - 18:30Award Ceremony
18:30 - 18:40Announcement & Closing

Registration

Student MVA Member

Free/ person
  • Online Participant
  • Same access as Regular Registration
  • Invitation to Capacity Building

Professional MVA Member

Free/ person
  • Online Participant
  • Access to all Sessions
  • Access to Q and A
  • Access to Presentations

Media

Free/ person
  • Online Participant
  • Same access as Professional Registration
  • Access to Media Sessions

Student Non-MVA-Member

Free/ person
  • Online Participant
  • Same access as Regular Registration
  • Invitation to Capacity Building

Professional Non-MVA-Member

Free/ person
  • Online Participant
  • Access to all Sessions
  • Access to Q and A
  • Access to Presentations

Organisers’ Statements

Giuseppe Reibaldi
Giuseppe ReibaldiPresident, Moon Village Association

"The Moon Village Association’s mission is unique, bridging together both spacefaring and non-spacefaring nations offering them the opportunity to play a role in its realization. There is no other organization on the international scene having such a mission.

Our global role of fostering international lunar cooperation and peace – is aiming to establish a common level playing field for lunar activities through the Moon Village Principles as common practices for sustainable lunar activities for lunar stakeholders, worldwide, to adopt and use in their programs."

George A Danos
George A DanosPresident, Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation

"The return to the Moon and the creation of a permanent base on the Lunar surface are major goals for humanity; goals that can be achieved through international collaboration and a uniting effort. The Moon Village Association has been instrumental in facilitating global collaboration between all relevant stakeholders.

Cyprus through its crossroads location and its long history in being a catalyser of friendship between nations, is the ideal location to gather together to take the next steps in the exploration of the moon and beyond."

International Programme Committee

Co-Chairs:
Antonino Salmeri, Italy – Doctoral Researcher in Space Law, University of Luxembourg
Dr. Georgios Nicolaou, Cyprus – Research Scientist at Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, USA

IPC Members:
Paolo Pino, Italy – Doctoral Researcher, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Dr. Mazhar Kusbeci, Cyprus – Mentor within the Romanian Space Initiative (ROSPIN)
Andreea Florea, Romania – Coordinator at Romanian Space Initiative (ROSPIN)
Nuria Ali, Kenya – Geologist, Directorate of Geological Surveys

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