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Given the current uncertain situation, we are investigating rescheduling SNAC2020. Once the revised dates have been confirmed, we will post them and send out an announcement. If you are interested in being notified, please email western.snac2020@gmail.com to be added to the announcement list.

“In the second century of Confederation, the fabric of Canadian society will be held together by strands in space just as strongly as railway and telegraphy held together the scattered provinces in the last century.” 
– John H. Chapman

The utilization of space underpins much of modern society, including enabling GPS location, accurately time-stamping ATM activities, connecting distant communities, and tracking severe weather. As a result, A New Space Strategy for Canada (2019) identifies space as a strategic national asset. The goals of this conference-workshop are to bring together the stakeholders from universities, government, industry, and community organizations that develop and utilize space to assess the current status of space infrastructure and identify future needs for Canada.

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Local Organizing Committee:

  • Pauline Barmby (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)
  • Dana Beaton (Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Western University)
  • Laura Cardozo (Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)
  • Deborah Fox (Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)
  • Sarah Gallagher (Canadian Space Agency; Department of Physics and Astronomy, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)
  • Gordon Osinski (Department of Earth Sciences, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Western University)

Scientific Program Committee:

  • Matthew Bamsey (Canadian Space Agency)
  • Pauline Barmby (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)
  • Danny Bednar (Canadian Space Agency; Department of Geography, Western University)
  • Sarah Gallagher (Canadian Space Agency; Department of Physics and Astronomy, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)
  • Jeff Kinder (Institute on Governance)
  • Marianne Mader (Canadian Association of Science Centres)
  • Shawn Marshall (Department of Geography, University of Calgary)
  • Gordon Osinski (Department of Earth Sciences, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Western University)
  • Robert Riddell (Canadian Space Agency)
  • Anthony Skelton (Department of Philosophy, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University)
  • Lucy Stojak (Space Advisory Board)
  • Isabelle Tremblay (Canadian Space Agency)

Format:

Three days with conference presentations + embedded workshops. The first full day will be presentation sessions, including talks, panels, etc. Presentation sessions will be both invited plenary sessions and contributed parallel sessions, with the goals of sharing information and starting discussions. The first day will finish with a brainstorming session to identify key themes for whitepapers. The 2nd day + 3rd morning session will be facilitated break-out workshops with subject experts designed to draft whitepapers. The 3rd afternoon will be a townhall to present preliminary whitepaper results. The conference is intended to foster communication across disciplines and between university, government, industry, and the public. Final whitepapers will be due 2 weeks after the end of the conference.

Deliverables:

5-10 white papers on the future needs and challenges for space infrastructure to be digitally hosted permanently by Western Libraries. Each conference presentation session is expected to generate at least one whitepaper, with an open call for additional whitepaper proposals that will be selected in advance of the conference.

Invited sessions & confirmed speakers are listed below and will be updated regularly. A full conference program for SNAC2020 will be available in April.

The Arctic

Canada’s location gives us both a privileged view and a responsibility as a steward of our natural environment. What data do we need to understand the North?
Ray Nassar (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Climate: Science and Mitigation

A changing climate requires new data to increase our scientific understanding and reduce impacts. Where are the gaps?
Kaley Walker (University of Toronto)

Climate: Adaptation

Fires, floods, and extreme weather events are increasing in a changing climate. What infrastructure do we need to track and respond?
Vik Pant (Natural Resources Canada)

Safety and Disaster Response

Space infrastructure for navigation and monitoring the situation on the ground is essential for maintaining public safety and responding promptly and effectively. How can we improve the acquisition and use of this information?
Josh Johnston (Canadian Forest Service)
Steve Turner (City of London)

Space Policy and Governance

In the context of explosive commerical development and new international players in the space ecosystem, the international and national governance of space activities is in urgent need of updating. How should current policy be modified to accommodate the new reality?
Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty (Arizona State University)

Space Hazards

Space weather, meteors, and space debris all pose a threat to the successful and continued operations of space assets. What do we need to assess and mitigate these risks?

Space Health

Keeping people healthy in isolated and remote environments is a challenge whether they are in the Far North or Deep Space. How can these communities work together to co-develop functional solutions?
Robert Thirsk (Canadian Astronaut)

Registration is open now & includes the following:

  • Conference panels and workshop
  • Welcome Reception (Sunday, June 14)
  • Lunch and dinner (Monday and Tuesday, June 15 – 16)
  • Lunch (Wednesday, June 17)

Registration Rates: 

 

Early*

Regular

One Day

$325

$400

Three Day Rate

$425

$500

Student

$175

$250

*Deadline for early bird registration is April 1st, at 11:59 p.m. Early registration capacity is limited to 100 people (20 spots for students). 

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Conference participants are encouraged to make reservations at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre where the conference will be taking place. Ivey Spencer is a historic Georgian Manor, located approximately 3 km from Western University. Pre-negotiated rates of $147 CAD per night (plus taxes & fees) have been secured for single occupancy rooms booked for this event.

MAKE A RESERVATION

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

The city of London is located in southwestern Ontario at the confluence of the Thames River, approximately 200 km from both Toronto and Detroit. Travel options to London include the following:

Air Travel

  • London has a small international airport serviced by Air Canada and WestJet via flights from Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal.
  • For flights into the Toronto Pearson International Airport or the Detroit Metro Airport, the Robert Q shuttle service travels between these two airports and London.
  • Taxis from the London airport to the conference location, the Spencer Ivey Leadership Centre, cost approximately $40.

Ground Transportation

  •  VIA Rail offers train service to downtown London.
  • Driving via the 401 or 402 highways offers easy access to London.

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Conference organizers would like to thank the following generous sponsors of this event from Western University:

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Rotman Institute of Philosophy