Space for Inspiration

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The Space for Inspiration event took place at the Science Museum in London on the 14th and 15th of September 2016 and looked at how the unique environment of space is creating opportunities to meet key challenges here on Earth.

A cross-section of expert speakers gave perspectives – including first-hand case studies – showing how results from research in space can shape our daily lives through new possibilities in engineering, materials, life sciences and the environment.

Programme highlights:

  • A beacon of human achievement: the International Space Station is the centrepiece of human space exploration. A global platform for research and development with scientists from over 90 nations running experiments to drive innovation and deliver benefits to humanity.
  • Space research helps to solve global challenges: discoveries made in space can help solve some of mankind’s biggest challenges in areas such as health and well-being, affordable clean energy, feeding the planet, clean water, and sanitation.
  • Inspiration and innovation: how society can be engaged and benefit from the activities related to human spaceflight and exploration.
  • The International Space Station, a driver for economic growth: ”New Space”, new trends, new opportunities for private-sector services and research.
  • Humans in space – opportunities and challenges: the value and role of astronauts in space and the challenges of living in space.
  • Beyond ISS – the way forward, the future of Earth orbit and beyond: moving to a market-driven Earth-orbit economy, expanding human presence beyond Earth orbit, sending European technology and science to the Moon and Mars.