Mars

European Mars Conference 2019

We are hosting the 2019 European Mars Conference (EMC19) in London at the Institute of Physics (IOP) 4th-6th November 2019.

The European Mars Conference is the pre-eminent forum on Mars. With a track record of attracting the most enterprising and distinguished figures in the industry, the event this year will be themed around ‘Arrive, Survive and Thrive’.

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In partnership with the Institute of Physics, the conference is opened to the general public for three days of Mars talks, rovers and events featuring some of the world’s leading experts on the planet Mars.

We have confirmed plenary speakers from Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Cranfield University, Oxford University, plus, Mars Society European delegates have been invited from Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Hear what Europe has been up to in forwarding humans to Mars through exploration and research.

The conference will include a networking event, dinner, special guest speakers Anastasia Stepanova from NASA/NEK Lunar Analog Mission SIRIUS-19, AMADEE Mars Analogue graduates, rover teams from the UK and the EU who participated in Mars Society rover challenges: the University Rover Challenge (URC) in the USA and the European Rover Challenge (ERC) in Europe. In addition, Dr. Robert Zubrin, Founder of the Mars Society and author of The Case for Mars and his most recent book, The Case for Space, will present on how the benefits of a competitive space industry will have a positive impact on our future.

Concurrently on Monday and Tuesday the Mars Society UK and the IOP have invited students from local secondary schools and sixth form colleges to attend the event for free and meet with rover teams from the University College of London (UCL) and University of Sheffield for close-up Q&A sessions and demonstrations of remote science first-hand. 2019 URC winners Team IMPULS from Poland will also be there to share their experiences competing for first place.

Optional excursions include a dinner with Dr. Zubrin and Anastasia Stepanova at Camino restaurant, an opportunity to experience a bit of British culture and see some fireworks as the nation celebrates Guy Fawke’s Night and a group tour of the Design Museum’s new exciting exhibit, Moving to Mars!

Find out more at the Mars Society UK website: https://marssocietyuk.org/events

We hope you will join us!

Schedule

The schedule for Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th.

Monday 4th November

9:00 am
Registration/Coffee
9:30 am
MS:UK Introduction – Lucinda Offer and Patrick Rennie
10:00 am
Anastasia Stepanova (Russia) – SIRIUS19 Lunar Analog Mission
11:00 am
Dr. Jorge Pla-Garcia (Spain) – Mars Atmosphere: Weather, Methane and Implications for Human Exploration
12:00 pm
AMADEE Graduation Ceremony
12:30 pm
** LUNCH BREAK and European Mars Society Delegates Meeting **
2:00 pm
Abbie Hutty (Airbus) – ExoMars/Rosalind Franklin rover update
3:00 pm
Ryan Smith (RAL Space) – Semi Automating the Creation of a Martian Base Using Engineering Rovers
3:30 pm
Stephan Gerard (France) – The Evolution of the Telecommunication Infrastructure with the Planet Mars
4:00 pm
Dr. Robert Zubrin (USA) – The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Unlimited Possibilities

5:00 pm
Mars mixer with wine at IOP – Meet and greet
6:30 pm
Dinner at Camino restaurant (option)

Tuesday 5th November

9:00 am
Registration/Coffee
9:30 am
Pierre Brisson/Richard Heidmann (Switzerland/France) – Logistics and Economic Challenges to Realize a Martian Settlement
10:30 am
Professor Dave Cullen (Cranfield University) – Evidence of Martian Life Detection Using Pregnancy Tests and Space Resource Utilisation to Support Human Exploration
11:30 am
Gernot Gromer (Austria) – AMADEE Mars Analog Program
12:00 pm
Rochelle Velho (Austria) – A Mars Analog Mission: A Medical Perspective for the AMADEE18 Mission
12:30 pm
** LUNCH BREAK **
2:00 pm
Ruth Bamford (RAL Space) – Active Mars Shielding
3:00 pm
Antonio Del Mastro (Italy) – Motigravity: A VR Treadmill for Medical Applications, the Exploration of Mars, and Education
3:30 pm
Matej Poliaček (Slovakia) – Mars Colony Population Simulator
4:00 pm
Paolo Guardabbasso (Italy) – Autonomous Drones: A Critical Asset for Earth and Mars
4:30pmTeam IMPULS (Poland) – Winners of the University Rover Challenge (URC) 2019

6:00 pm
Bonfire Night! – Join us for Fireworks Night in London! (option)

Wednesday 6th November

9:00 am
Registration/Coffee
9:30 am
Myles Johnson (Lockheed Martin) – Mars Sample Return
10:00 am
Alex Owens (UKAM) – The Case for UK Analogue Missions
10:30 am
Magdalena Pfaffl (Sweden) – Remote Villages as Heterotopias Utilizing Analogue Case Studies of Remote Villages on Earth
11:00 am
Dr. Anna Horleston (JPL) – Marsquake! NASA’s InSight Mission to Mars
11:50 amMars Anthem “Rise to Mars” Singing lead by Oscar Castellino
12 pm
** Closing **

12:30 pm
Design Museum Tour – Moving to Mars exhibit (option)

Location

The Institute of Physics is conveniently located just five minutes’ walk from the excellent transport links of King’s Cross, St Pancras and Eurostar stations.

Speaker Bios

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Dr Robert Zubrin

President of The Mars Society

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Professor Dave Cullen

Professor, Astrobiology & Space Biotechnology

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Abbie Hutty

Delivery Manager, ExoMars, Airbus

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Dr Ruth Bamford

Plasma Physicist

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Anastasia Stepanova

Research, InstituTe of Biomedical Problems

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Dr Jorge Pla-Garcia

Planetary Scientist, Centre of Astrobiology

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Myles Johnson

Graduate Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin

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Rochelle Velho

Medical doctor, Anaesthesia and ICM

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Ryan Smith

Electronic Engineer, RAL Space

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Pierre Brisson

President, Mars Society Switzerland

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Matej Poliaček

Rover technologies, RoboTech Vision

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Gernot Groemer

Astrobiology research, Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck

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Richard Heidmann

Space propulsion engineer

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Magdalena Pfaffl

Mining and Tunneling Engineer, James Cook University

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Alexander Owens

Electronic Engineer, RAL Space

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Sponsors

A special thanks to all our amazing sponsors.

Volunteer

Be a part of the EMC! If you’d like to volunteer for this event, email us at volunteer@marssocietyuk.org