04.Dec Virtual Forum

Generation Space

To inspire, educate and transform all generations
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Space Exploration: Inspire, Educate and Transform

Singularity University Frankfurt am Main Chapter, Munich Chapter, and New York City Chapter in collaboration with InnovaSpace are organizing the on-line event “Generation Space”, which will examine and discuss space exploration and education.

With the goal of connecting young people to space, the event promotes the InnovaSpace project Kids2Mars which provides global open access to space knowledge focused on human exploration of the Red Planet.

We invite young people,entrepreneurs and professionals from countries worldwide to present questions about human exploration of Space to our space experts.

The event will be divided into 5 panels of 1 hour each, covering the areas of: Exponential Technologies, Space Health, Life-long Space Learning, Moon & Mars Exploration, and Space for Human Flourishingdelivered by well-known academics, scientists and professionals coming from renowned international institutions, such as NASA, ESA and more.

Each panel will end with a debate, and Q&A session with the virtual audience, moderated by an expert in the area.

Singularity University

SingularityU Frankfurt am Main Chapter, SingularityU Munich Chapter, and SingularityU New York City Chapter are the three active chapters among more than 170 chapters in the world.

Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all.

SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using acceleating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology.

Our global community spans 119 countries and includes entrepreneurs, corporations, impact organizations, governments, investors, and academic institutions. With over 431 impact initiatives, the SU community is driving positive change in the areas of health, environment, security, education, energy, food, prosperity, water, space, disaster resilience, shelter, and governance.

To learn more, visit and join the global SU.org community.

InnovaSpace

InnovaSpace is a British Think Tank, global and inclusive, multicultural and multidisciplinary in nature, operating in space, aeronautics and telehealth.

Through its work, InnovaSpace establishes collaborations and partnerships with governments, the business sector, the academic world, research institutions, non-profit organizations and society as a whole.

Its actions aim to conduct innovative activities in teaching and research, provide technical and scientific consultancy and establish a network of professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs and students, linked by the common theme of human presence in extreme environments, such as astronauts on orbital missions/interplanetary trips and aviators/crew members in aeronautical activities.

Kids2Mars

Kids2Mars aims to freely provide global open-access to space knowledge focused on the human exploration of the Red Planet. The project invites representative kids and young people (6-18 yr) from countries worldwide to ask questions about human exploration of Mars and the planet Mars itself, which are then answered by space experts.

The main goals are:

  • To create a symbolic representation of humanity by involving representatives of all 193 United Nations member states.
  • To build a freely available online open-access reservoir of knowledge – a Mars Encyclopedia - related to Mars and human missions to the Red Planet.
  • To support the UN SDGs related to Quality Education & Gender Equality

Check out details of the project and its achievements so far at www.kids2.space

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Speakers

Meet our experts



Dylan Taylor

Dylan Taylor

Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holding

Active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, thought leader and futurist.

Frank Zimmermann

Frank White

Author & Space Philosopher

Author of numerous books on topics ranging from space exploration to climate change to artificial intelligence.

Frank Zimmermann

Frank Zimmermann

CEO at cesah GmbH

Zimmermann is the President of Cesah Gmbh, part of European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubator Center.

Ganapathy Krishnan

Ganapathy Krishnan

Founder President at ATNF India

Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation is the largest and oldest multi-specialty Telemedicine network in South Asia.

Ilaria Cinelli

Ilaria Cinelli

Aerospace Medical Association

Forward-thinking young leader, Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, President of the Aerospace Human Factors Association.

Joan Vernicos

Joan Vernikos

Ex-NASA Director of Life Sciences

President at Third Age Health, expert in stress research and a pioneer in microgravity health related studies.

Maria Antonietta Perino

Maria Antonietta Perino

President at Explore Mars Europe

Director for International Network Opportunities Development, and member of different Scientific Committees.

Morgan Brady

Morgan Brady

Head of Community at Singularity University

Community Builder, Connector, Entrepreneur, Personal Growth and Innovation Events Host.

Nancy Conrad

Nancy Conrad

Founding Chairman at Conrad Foundation

Nancy Conrad is a teacher, author, publisher, entrepreneur, and public speaker and named one of the top 100 leaders in STEM education.

Pascal Finette

Pascal Finette

Co-Founder @ be radical

Pascal is EY’s global wavespace Advisory Board Chair, Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation.

Rachel Lyons

Rachel Lyons

Executive Director of Space for Humanity

Space for Humanity is a non-profit organizing the planet’s first Citizen Astronaut Mission led by a diverse group of leaders.

Raphael Roettgen

Raphael Roettgen

Space Investment & Advisory, Founder, E2MC

Author of “Hoch Hinaus”, a book on space business. Advisor on space to institutional investors and governments.

Rochelle Velho

Rochelle Velho

SGAC Co-Lead, Medical Officer Austrian Space Forum

Medical Officer for AMADEE18 Mars analog mission, Co-Lead Space Medicine & Life Sciences Group, Space Medicine researcher.

Ruvimbo Samanga

Ruvimbo Samanga

Space Law & Policy Analyst

Research Fellow at Open Lunar Foundation, Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholar 2020, Top Talents Under 25, Founder at AgriSpace.

Prof. Thais Russomano

Thais Russomano

Founder, CEO, Scientific Director at InnovaSpace

Space Physiology and Medicine expert, Professor/Researcher at several universities, Board Member of companies and space academies.

Valérie Saintot

Valérie Saintot

Head of Division, European Central Bank

Thought leader, Speaker, Life-long learner, Meeting scientist, Legal tech, Consciousness & AI - Applied philosophy@work - Ethics of intelligences.

Vladimir Pletser

Vladimir Pletser

Space Operations Training Director of Blue Abyss

Former ESA Senior Physicist/Engineer/Parabolic Flight Organiser and Scientific Advisor for the Center for Space Utilization, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Moderators

Meet our sessions moderators



Fabrizio Gramuglio

Fabrizio Gramuglio

Ambassador at SU FFM Chapter

Optimistic Realist & Futurist, Edge Innovator, Passionate Speaker, Committed Advisor.

Valerie Sarle

Valerie Sarle

Space journalist and PR professional

Organizer of Arctic15 Space,
Founder of Vspace Media.

Kunal Sood

Kunal Sood

#WeThePlanet Founder and CEO

Internationally renowned impact entrepreneur and award winning disruptive innovator

Nelson Javier Mejia

Nelson Javier Mejia

weSpark Founder & Co-Founder at karmakurier

Innovation igniter with the mission to reinvent global education.

Aleksandr Stommels

Aleksandr Stommels

Co-Founder Spacefluencers

EP Lobbyist & President of Circle of Sustainable Europe (CoSE).

Christian Mueller Gorman

Christian Mueller Gorman

Community Manager at SU Munich Chapter

Enthusiast & Innovator: Always curious and looking for new experience & inspiration.

Agenda

5 thematical segments and activities

Morgan Brady
3:00 PM
Welcome and opening

Welcome to the Generation Space Virtual Forum!
During the Welcome Session we will present the event and the way the platform works to make your feel comfortable with different functions. We will also introduce our Speakers and announce topics of agenda.

Morgan Brady Fabrizio Gramuglio
Thais Russomano
3:10 PM
Kids2Mars: provide global open-access to space knowledge

Kids2Mars aims to freely provide global open-access to space knowledge focused on the human exploration of the Red Planet. The project invites representative kids and young people (6-18 yr) from countries worldwide to ask questions about human exploration of Mars and the planet Mars itself, which are then answered by space experts.

Bio: Thais has more than 30 years of experience teaching and researching in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Space Physiology, Aerospace Biomedical Engineering and Telemedicine & Digital Health. She participated in two European Space Agency (ESA) sponsored parabolic flight campaigns in Bordeaux, France, researching a new technique for administering extra-terrestrial CPR, and testing a medical device (Earlobe Arterialised Blood Collector – EABC) for the collection of arterialised blood in space. Thais is an active participant in the international scientific community, being an elected Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), in which she serves on the Board of Trustees (2019-2021). She is currently acting as a voluntary Mentor for Space4Women, an initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

Thais Russomano
Frank Zimmermann

The Centre for Satellite Navigation Hesse (cesah) is a centre of competence for space applications. For 14 years, cesah has been managing an ESA Business Incubation Centre and has supported over 100 start-ups. Since 2014, cesah is also the ESA Technology Broker for Germany. The presentation will show how cesah supports start-ups and related success stories.

Bio: Dr. Frank Zimmermann is an aerospace engineer and responsible for product development at Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH. He has been managing development projects on satellite navigation and its applications. In parallel, since 2009, he is managing director of cesah, where he advises start-ups on business development on behalf of ESA. He holds a teaching assignment at Stuttgart University and is Deputy Chairman of the Board of the German Institute of Navigation (DGON).

Frank Zimmermann
Pascal Finette

Bio: Pascal is Co-Founder (and enfant terrible) at be radical. Further Pascal is EY’s global wavespace Advisory Board Chair, Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation, and a Venture Partner at BOLD Capital Partners, Peter Diamandis' $250M VC fund. He has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes it can profoundly impact the betterment of humankind. Pascal’s past work includes founding eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launching a global consulting firm, and investing into early-stage tech startups. He led Mozilla’s Open Innovation Lab, their accelerator program WebFWD, and headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair. As Principal at Google.org, he invested into social impact organizations around the globe. Further, he publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, and is the author of the book “The Heretic - Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs”.

Pascal Finette

During Q&A session our moderator will discuss questions with space experts. You can ask your question via chat, and the moderator will pick it up.

Moderator: CHRISTIAN MUELLER GORMAN

During the Networking sessions, the attendees are welcomed to participate in different conversations and meet Speakers, Ecosystem Supporters, Sponsors, Moderators, and Team by changing tables or joining 1-to-1 Speed Networking.

Ganapathy Krishnan
4:15 PM
Remote Health Care - Reaching the Unreached

This presentation will demonstrate that today distance is meaningless. Geography has become History and even the sky is no longer the limit for contactless medicine!

Bio: An Emeritus University Professor, Dr Ganapthy has played an instrumental role in the growth and development of Telehealth in India. Past President, of the Telemedicine Society of India, Former Secretary and Past President Neurological Society of India, he is a Digital Health Expert for WHO. Well published he has over the last 45 years, made more than 700 presentations at national and international conferences

Ganapathy Krishnan
Joan Vernikos

Mankind only reached space in 1961 – why did it take so long? Beyond Earth’s atmosphere is an alien environment. Humans cannot survive unprotected in Space, so technologies and micro-ecosystems have been developed to sustain life. How is health in space different, why and how can we protect it? Must astronauts remain Earth healthy? And what have we learned from Space for better health on Earth?

Bio: Joan Vernikos is former Director of Life Sciences at NASA ('93-2000). A pharmacologist from the University of London, assistant professor at Ohio State University Medical School, she joined a new NASA in California in 1964. Her research on brain-stress relationships and how spaceflight and Earth's gravity affect men and women were internationally recognized with numerous awards. Consultant, speaker and author on tangible health and economic benefits of space, her books include The G-Connection, Sitting Kills, Designed to Move and Stress Beyond 50.

Joan Vernikos

Aircraft parabolic flights provide periods of reduced gravity of 20 s for 0g, 25 s for Moon gravity and 32 s for Martian gravity. Parabolic flights are used for scientific research, to train astronauts, and to give the general public the opportunity to live an astronaut-type experience. The presentation will describe the activity and its importance in preparing for space flights.

Bio: Prof. Dr. Ir. Vladimir Pletser is currently Director of Space Training Operations at Blue Abyss, proposing new approaches for astronaut training. He was previously Visiting Professor and Scientific Adviser at the Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, on microgravity research for parabolic flights and Chinese Space Station. He was also Senior Physicist-Engineer at the European Space Research and Technology Centre, European Space Agency, developing scientific instruments for microgravity research on the International Space Station and coordinating ESA aircraft parabolic flight campaigns. He logged more than 7350 parabolas, equivalent to 39h30m of weightlessness or 26 Earth orbits. Astronaut Candidate for Belgium, he trained as Payload Specialist at NASA-JSC and participated in three Mars mission simulations.

Vladimir Pletser

During Q&A session our moderator will discuss questions with space experts. You can ask your question via chat, and the moderator will pick it up.

Moderator: Thais Russomano

During the Networking sessions, the attendees are welcomed to participate in different conversations and meet Speakers, Ecosystem Supporters, Sponsors, Moderators, and Team by changing tables or joining 1-to-1 Speed Networking.

Valerie Saintot
5:30 PM
Projecting our living on Mars: minding the learning gaps here, now and then

The power of thought experiment enables the identification of competency gaps when it comes to learning with our feet on planet Earth and what we imagine learning to be outside the Earth. We may use the gaps we are already aware of (e.g. philosophical, ethical, physical, technological) to shape our learning journeys.

Bio: As life-long learner, Valérie Saintot holds several postgraduates in law, psychology, and management research. She is a meditation teacher. The PhD thesis she is defending in November 2020 uses extended, embodied, enactive and embedded cognition to illustrate how knowledge transfer involve more than the brain to solve problems. Intelligence, biological and artificial, is a central theme in her quest to understand human development and evolution.

VALERIE SAINTOT
RUVIMBO SAMANGA

In this presentation, Ruvimbo Samanga will give some practical tips and insights about Space Comics Books initiative in Zimbabwe that aims to make space technology creative, informative, and engaging for all generations, and demonstrate how space can be used for sustainable development on Earth.

Bio: Ruvimbo Samanga is a Space Law & Policy Analyst, with particular specialisation in the traditional and NewSpace industry in Africa. She is also a Research Fellow at the Open Lunar Foundation, focusing her research on lunar settlement and development policy. She holds a Masters in International Trade & Investment Law. She currently represents Zimbabwe in the Space Generation Advisory Council and the Women in Aerospace Africa Chapter. She is also the founder of AgriSpace, an early stage Agri-tech startup developed in collaboration with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, as a Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen scholar in residence. She has also been recognised as one of the top 10 Under 30 in the African space industry, and was recently recognised as one of the Top Talents Under 25 in the world. A keen space enthusiast, she is involved in various capacity building and policy development initiatives in the global space sector.

RUVIMBO SAMANGA
Rochelle Velho

How can we adapt space medical education during a pandemic? How can we analyse gaps and prioritise areas for students to research in space medicine? This talk will review free and open access educational initiatives by the SGAC Space Medicine and Life Sciences Project group during a pandemic, and the lessons learnt for the future of space education.

Bio: Rochelle Velho is the Medical Officer for the Mars AMADEE18 mission. She is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine affiliated to the University of Warwick. While she was at Birmingham medical school, her research into optimisation of emergency medical countermeasures on Earth and space led to a presentation at the 2011 European Space Agency space medical workshop and a space medical elective that resulted in the AsMA Stanley Mohler scholarship. Rochelle used this initial research experience as a springboard to obtain her Masters in Public Health (MPH) by investigating optimum methods of major incident plan training in NHS hospitals.

Rochelle Velho

During Q&A session our moderator will discuss questions with space experts. You can ask your question via chat, and the moderator will pick it up.

Moderator: Valerie Sarle

During the Networking sessions, the attendees are welcomed to participate in different conversations and meet Speakers, Ecosystem Supporters, Sponsors, Moderators, and Team by changing tables or joining 1-to-1 Speed Networking.

Ilaria Cinelli
6:45 PM
Lessons learnt while I was training as an analogue astronaut

Bio: Eng. PhD FAsMA is a senior engineer with records of accomplishments in biomedical engineering and space exploration. Her work experiences are in biomedical engineering, neural engineering, human factors, mission design, analogue missions, space medicine, leadership, coaching and management.

Ilaria Cinelli
Maria Antonietta Perino
7:00 PM
Moon Exploration: the many reasons why it makes sense

Learn how the Moon’s important features - resources, the possibility to conduct scientific research, and a place where we can validate technologies for Mars exploration – can be used in the best way for the future of humanity.

Bio: Maria Antonietta got a Degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. She is currently member of the Academic Council. Since 1986 she has been working at Thales Alenia Space - Turin, as Program Manager of major ESA and ASI activities related to Moon and Mars exploration. Currently she is Director for International Network Opportunities Development. Maria Antonietta is a member of different scientific committees, of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), and of Women in Aerospace. She is member of the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace and of the International Academy of Astronautics, and former Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation Bureau. She is President of Explore Mars Europe. Awarded “Woman of Excellence 2010” by AIDDA, the Italian chapter of FCEM (Femmes Chefs d’Enterprises Mondiales) and in 2019 “Stella al Merito del Lavoro” (Star of Merit for Labour) by the President of the Italian Republic.

Maria Antonietta Perino
Raphael Roettgen
7:15 PM
Our future on the Moon and Mars

This talk will explore what it will take to build permanent human settlements on the Moon and Mars, and the opportunities and challenges these endeavours entail.

Bio: Raphael Roettgen, CFA, invests in space companies at E2MC Ventures. He is also the author of “Hoch Hinaus”, an introductory book on space business, the host of the Space Business Podcast, and a contributing editor of Spacewatch.Global. Previously, Raphael has held senior roles at global investment banks and hedge funds and was also a fintech entrepreneur in Brazil. He holds degrees in finance from Wharton, machine learning from PUC-Rio and space studies from the International Space University.

Raphael Roettgen

During Q&A session our moderator will discuss questions with space experts. You can ask your question via chat, and the moderator will pick it up.

Moderator: Aleksandr Stommels

During the Networking sessions, the attendees are welcomed to participate in different conversations and meet Speakers, Ecosystem Supporters, Sponsors, Moderators, and Team by changing tables or joining 1-to-1 Speed Networking.

During the Networking sessions, the attendees are welcomed to participate in different conversations and meet Speakers, Ecosystem Supporters, Sponsors, Moderators, and Team by changing tables or joining 1-to-1 Speed Networking.

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During the event all the attendees and speakers will have the networking opportunity: go to any thematic room you want, interact with worldwide audience, meet same-minded people and learn new things. Listen, chat or use your video connection to be active part of conversation!

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Aleksandra Sadovnikova

Aleksandra Sadovnikova

Marketing at SU FFM Chapter

Passionate about people, photography, languages and writing.

Joi Gemigniani

Joi Gemigniani

Integrator & Speaking Manager

Globally-minded professional: speaker & project management, & event planning.

Laura Muranaka

Laura Muranaka

#WeThePlanet Co-Founder

Global movements builder at the United Nations General Assembly

Marcela Rix

Marcela Rix

Innovation & Project Manager at STI-Consulting

Innovator, Facilitator, Consultant, Organizer, Marketing Person, People Enthusiast.

Mary Upritchard

Mary Upritchard

Aministrative Director at InnovaSpace

Responsible for the InnovaSpace Kids2Mars activities and initiatives.

Oliver T. Hellriegel

Oliver T. Hellriegel

Ambassador at SU Munich Chapter

Transformation Builder, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Coach, Interim Manager, Lecturer, Speaker.

Pedro Ferreira

Pedro Ferreira

Community Manager at SU FFM Chapter

Startup Enthusiast - Community Builder - Networker - Event Organizer - Marketing Consultant - Innovation Manager.

Philipp Gasteiger

Philipp Gasteiger

Leadership Team at SU Munich Chapter

Innovator, Engineer, Enthusiast, Speaker, Consultant, Trainer, Entrepreneur, Facilitator, Tutor.

Sidney Nakahodo

Sidney Nakahodo

SCEO of the New York Space Alliance (NYSA)

Leading authority in space and entrepreneurship, faculty member of Columbia University, serial entrepreneur.

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