The BIS International Space Forum 

Date: Saturday 3 June 2023, 0900-1700 BST

Venue: BIS HQ, London and Online

The BIS International Space Forum  

After a short break, we are reinstating the Forum, building on its successful heritage and developing it to widen its horizons.

The newly titled ‘BIS International Space Forum’ is an evolution of the long-standing and highly successful ‘Sino-Russian Technical Forum’. This is a meeting place for discussing and reporting on all international space activities, exploring the latest insights into critical issues within the space domain from across the globe and is now open to the reporting of wider international affairs.

The Forum aims to report, discuss and track the progress and heritage of international efforts to advance astronautics, either those being made by individual nations or collectively, highlighting areas of interdependence between different space programmes, and the opportunities/challenges in how and where the global space community can or should be working together.

This year gives an opportunity for past attendees of the Forum to re-group and welcome new attendees to become part of the discussion. We invite contributions that can be included either as presented talks, or as guided discussions/debate and welcome topics covering historic, current, and future perspectives. A summary of the Forum will be reported in the Society’s publications.

Topics for discussion can include past, present or future perspectives on international space activities, e.g.:

  • International relations and interdependence of space programmes across different countries.
  • Collaboration between governments and the private/commercial space sector.
  • Emerging space technologies, new practices, international standards.
  • International space policy, legal, regulatory and security challenges/opportunities.
  • Sociopolitical and financial barriers, proposed ideas and solutions.
  • Opportunities for Improving Space Education, Spin-out activities and benefits to Life on Earth.
  • Celebrations of successes and insights/lessons learned from history.

Format – Speakers can either present in:

  • Presentation mode – giving a talk followed by a short Q&A session, (approx 30-40 mins, including questions)


  • Discussion mode – pitch a suitable idea or issue worthy of discussion/debate, leading with a short introduction of the topic (approx 5 min) and preparing inputting some key pre-researched points, facts and insights to steer the discussion/debate (20-30 mins)

If you wish to contribute to this year’s forum, please submit a short description (not more than 500 words) on the topic you wish to present or discuss to including ‘BIS International Space Forum’ in the subject heading. Submissions will remain open until midday on Tuesday 30/05/23 however earlier submissions will be prioritised and confirmed during selection up until this date.

You do not need to provide a full written paper to present on the day, however if you do write up your talk, which can be submitted on or after the event, we will put it forward to the editors of the Society’s publications and/or include it any published proceedings of the event.

Precise timings may be extended/shortened based on topics and detail. The final programme and timings for the day will be confirmed on Wednesday 31/05/23.

There will also be an open discussion session on how future International Space Forums could or should be run. We will be looking for volunteers to become part of the organising team and for ideas for the continued development of the Forum – Your attendance and contribution will be strongly welcomed!

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09:30 Arrival and Registration

10:00 Welcome Address (Zoom meeting open)

10:20 Morning Session (topics TBC following selection)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Afternoon Session (topics TBC following selection)

16:30 Open discussion session on the future format and Organisation of the Forum

17:00 Close

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Ticket Prices (all prices are inclusive of VAT):

Non-member Rates – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

  • Delegate (Standard)
    • £40 (In-person)
    • £30 (Online)
  • Delegate (Student*/Over 65s)
    • £30 (In-person)
    • £20 (Online)

Speaker / BIS Member Rates – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

  • Delegate (Standard)
    • £30 (In-person)
    • £20 (Online)
  • Delegate (Student*/Over 65s)
    • £20 (In-person)
    • £10 (Online)

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Registration OPEN – CLICK HERE to book your place.