Manifest Destiny: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Mars Colonization

Dates: 22, 23 & 24 February 2017

Venue: Appleton Lecture Theatre 1, University of Edinburgh, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

We live in exciting times! Elon Musk’s SpaceX and similar companies are planning to make space travel more accessible than ever before. But these dreams do not come without thier challenges. Join us and our panel of experts as we discuss some of the issues. We will have both student societies and selected invited speakers on each of our panels. Tea and coffee will be served between each of the two panel discussions each day.Please check back for updates on additions to our panels.

The themes and respective associated societies are shown below:

  1. Life Sustaining Systems (Plant Science Society, Synthetic Biology Society, Chemical Engineering)
  2. Impact on Human Health (Biomedical Sciences)
  3. Challenges of Space Travel (Engineering)
  4. Design of the Society (Architecture and Landscape Architecture Society)
  5. Socio-political structure in a Mars colony (Sociology)
  6. Is it ethical for humans to be multiplanetary? (Philosophy Society)

The invited speakers on our themed panels are as follows:

Tony Milligan: King’s College London
Tony Milligan is a Scottish philosopher currently working as a teaching fellow on a variety of subjects from civil disobedience to space ethics. He was the editor for the recently published book “The Ethics of Spacxploration”

Matteo Ceriotti: University of Glasgow
Matteo’s main research interests are in space mission analysis and trajectory design, orbital dynamics, trajectory optimisation, and spacecraft autonomy. Current research explores future spacecraft hybrid propulsion technology, including solar sail/solar electric propulsion and high-thrust/low-thrust propulsion.

Dr. James Wang: Barts Health NHS Trust
James uses his expertise in both medicine and business for innovative medicine in space. He will give a talk on the subject of how being in space pushes the human body to its extremes.

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