Manifest Destiny:An Interdisciplinary Forum on Mars Colonization

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Manifest Destiny:An Interdisciplinary Forum on Mars Colonization

Time: February 22, 2017 at 4pm to February 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
Location: Appleton Lecture Theatre 1
Street: 11 Chrichton Street
City/Town: Edinburgh
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Event Type: discussion, panel
Organized By: The University of Edinburgh Astrobiology Society
Latest Activity: Feb 13, 2017

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We live in exciting times! Elon Musk's Space X 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 inivited 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

Dr. Patrick Harkness: University of Glasgow
Patrick's main research interest is in space deployable structures, which can include gossamer devices such as aerobrakes, solar sails and antennae, and planetary surface exploration tools such as drills, soil probes and rock-polishing equipment. Patrick also works to support the space activity at the University of Glasgow through the Space Glasgow Research Cluster. He is also interested in the architecture of space colonies

So Y. Hyun (MSc, PhD candidate): University College London
So has professional AEC industry experiences within UK and Korean architectural practices and is a member of She brings expertise in sustainable building design and engineering alongside a passion for leveraging medical insights and new technologies to enhance human experience and wellbeing.

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