PLANET EARTH AND ITS PLACE IN SPACE
A Discussion Meeting on "Science and Applications of the space environment: New Results and Interdisciplinary Connections" at the Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 5AG 16-18 October 2001
Planet Earth, the "third rock from the Sun", is a small world, vulnerable to many potentially dangerous or catastrophic natural influences.
On 16-18 October, a meeting at London's Royal Society will bring together experts on our Earth and its space environment to discuss new results and links between different areas of study.
Studies of the space environment cover many aspects of science, applications and engineering, including exciting areas that are currently generating intense interest for the media and the general public.
The main themes of the meeting are: Earth and planetary environments, the Sun's influence on the Earth, hazards for Earth in space and spacecraft technology. There is also a presentation about space debris, dust and near-Earth objects.
Associated with this Discussion Meeting, the Foundation for Science and Technology is organising a meeting on "Using space for the public good".
"There has been too little communication between the different disciplines of space science, between those who 'look up' and those who 'look down', yet their techniques and concepts are similar," said Professor Julian Hunt, one of the organisers of the meeting. "We hope the conference helps overcome the institutional, and funding barriers to these collaborations."
The meeting format will consist of invited talks for key topics, with poster presentation sessions (including short plenary presentations) and panel discussions to encourage wide participation.
The main topics of the meeting will be:
16 OCTOBER, 14:00 - 18:00. Observation of the Earth and other planets: climate change, ocean and sea bed studies, land use monitoring, Earth's atmosphere, lessons from other planets
17 OCTOBER 09:30 - 12:40 The Sun-Earth connection and the space environment: understanding the Sun, impacts on the near-Earth environment, the magnetosphere, Sun and climate, space weather.
17 OCTOBER 14:00 - 17:30 Hazard warning and forecasting for Earth and space: magnetic storms and severe weather forecasting, volcanoes, hydrology, air pollution.
18 OCTOBER O9:30 - 15:20 (INCLUDING LUNCH BREAK) Space debris, dust and near-Earth objects.
Space and spacecraft technologies: communications, navigation, cryogenics in space, advanced spacecraft technologies, technology benefits for science and applications, software, formation flying, miniaturisation, the enabling role of satellites.
The full programme can be seen at:
NOTES FOR EDITORS.
The conference is organised by Professor Julian Hunt of University College London and Professor Len Culhane of University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, assisted by Dr. Andrew Coates (also of MSSL-UCL).
The meeting is sponsored by Astrium, the British Antarctic Survey, the British National Space Centre, the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, Eumetsat, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and QinetiQ (formerly the Defence Evaluation Research Agency).
Dr Andrew Coates Mullard Space Science Laboratory/University College London Holmbury St. Mary Dorking, Surrey,
RH5 6NT, UK Tel: +44 (0)1483-204145/274111 Fax: +44 (0)1483-278312
Professor Julian Hunt Department of Space & Climate Physics, University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BT