International Space University (ISU) 13th Annual International Conference, Space for a Safe and Secu (-)

Venue: ISU Campus

Location: Strasbourg, France

Event Date/Time: Feb 18, 2009 End Date/Time: Feb 20, 2009
Registration Date: Feb 18, 2009
Early Registration Date: Jan 23, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 03, 2008
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ISU’s 13th annual symposium will address space and security issues in a very broad way. As used here, the term ‘security’ includes civil, military and dual-use systems as well as the continued safe operation of space assets faced with various natural and man-made threats. It also ties into the concept of public well-being, in the context of systems and capabilities that promote a more ‘safe and secure’ world.

During the Cold War, the term national security was associated primarily with deterrence against strategic attack. National security systems included not only offensive and defensive weapons but also a variety of surveillance and policy operations supported by space systems. It is claimed that satellites did much to pre¬serve a stable stand-off between the super-powers and observations from space, with no intent or capacity to interfere or do damage, are recognized as legal and es¬sential to preserving the peace.

Today, the term security has come to have new mean¬ings. In addition to deterring possible military attacks by rogue states, security systems are intended to con¬tribute to public well-being by, for example, helping to cope with natural disasters, forestalling genocide, monitoring migration and building trust among adver¬sary nations. Of growing global concern of course is how Earth’s environment and ecosystem are threatened by man-made and natural causes. Space systems have a central role to play in this new security environment and, given our dependence on satellites in a wide vari¬ety of applications, their continued safe operation has also become vital to human security.

In the vein of the traditional view of ‘national secu¬rity’ there is growing concern about placing weapons in space. But just as in the Cold War, non-belligerent space systems can make more immediate and more useful contributions than do weapons to security.

In several nations and international bodies, new methods for enhancing security are under active study with the goal of achieving a more safe and secure world. The issues at stake inherently call for a multi-disciplin¬ary approach, involving the whole spectrum of skills from policy through science and technology, to econom¬ics, law and ethics. Global security considerations obvi¬ously transcend national interests, so an independent, international view is essential. And the discussion must also be intercultural, as ‘security’ has different `mean¬ings among the world’s many cultures.

All these factors make ‘Space for a Safe and Secure World’ an ideal theme for an ISU symposium since traditionally we address issues from an independent, interdisciplinary and international perspective. In par¬ticular we aim to foster constructive dialogue between different sectors of the space community, as well as with participants from outside the space and security communities, that do not often interact in more special¬ized symposia.

The Call for Papers linked to ISU’s home page at indicates how we have structured the next event
1. International Goals and Perspectives on Security
2. Civil Security
3. Homeland and National Security
4. Military Space and Dual Use
5. Space Assets and the Space Environment
6. Making Earth Safer and More Secure

Following the brief Introduction and Keynote Address on the first morning there will be six half-day sessions as outlined on the next page. In Session 1 the majority of papers will be invited talks from leading experts to give a broad international perspective on the security theme. In all subsequent sessions the majority of presentations will be selected from abstracts received in response to this Call for Papers. Each speaker will have 15 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes for brief questions and answers.

At the end of each session attention will be drawn to the associated Posters and a Panel Discussion will provide further opportunities for questions and for interactions by the session participants. The Poster Session will be held on the first evening in conjunction with a Reception and posters will then be displayed throughout the following two days. All sessions will be plenary and in English, and will take place in ISU’s Boe¬ing Auditorium, with a seating capacity for up to 250 participants.

We invite abstracts of up to 500 words including the title plus the authors’ names, af¬filiations and contact addresses. The deadline for re¬ceiving abstracts is 3 Oct 2008 at this e–mail address - You will be notified by 31 October as to whether your contribution has been accepted for oral presentation or offered a place as a poster. Further instructions will be provided to authors later in the year.

The session titles and durations, and the sequence as shown here, should all be regarded as a first indi¬cation only. The final program may differ somewhat depending on the number and strength of abstracts received in particular areas of interest. Clearly there is overlap and interaction between civil and military secu¬rity space activities and, in both areas, the associated space assets are exposed to some of the same threats. However, where it is clear, we would be grateful if you could indicate for which session your abstract is pro¬posed, or if it is intended as a poster.

Day 1: Wednesday 18th February
Wednesday morning
Welcome and Keynote Address
Following a welcome by ISU’s President and an introduc¬tion to the Symposium by the Program Chair, the Keynote Address will set the scene for the sessions that follow.
Session #1: International Goals and Perspectives on Security
In this session we will invite leading experts to des¬cribe how civil, military and dual-use space programs can support individual, national and global security now and in the future.
For subsequent sessions we simply indicate here sug¬gested keywords for the topics presently considered most appropriate for inclusion. Topics which do not fit well under any specific session described below, but which support the ‘safe and secure’ theme, will cer¬tainly be considered.
Wednesday afternoon
Session #2: Civil Security
– Civil space programs for monitoring of land, oceans, etc.
– Environmental security
– Emergency/crisis management
– Humanitarian aid
– Public health
– Transport security (land, sea, air)
– Civil unrest
– Refugee and migration monitoring
– Security of information
Wednesday evening
Poster Viewing & Reception

Day 2: Thursday 19th February
Thursday morning
Session #3: Homeland and National Security
– Border and port security
– Terrorist attack prevention
– Intelligence gathering, reconnaissance, surveillance.
– Treaty verification
– Arms control/Disarmament
– Peace keeping
Thursday afternoon
Session #4: Military Space and Dual Use
– Space aids to warfighting – operations planning, command and control, targeting, etc
– Operationally responsive space
– Transformational space systems
– A-Sat technology and testing
– Technology export restrictions
– Space weaponization
– Emerging space powers
Thursday evening
Concert and Dinner in Strasbourg Center

Day 3: Friday 20th February
Friday morning
Session #5: Space Assets and the Space Environment
– Natural and man-made hazards (space weather, orbit debris, etc)
– Vulnerability of space assets
– Technical & managerial approaches to safer operation of satellites
– Space situational awareness
– Space traffic management
– Threats from new and emerging trends (swarms of small satellites, commercial space ventures, etc)
Friday afternoon
Session #6: Making Earth Safer and More Secure
In this final session we aim to explore issues associa¬ted with assuring a safer Earth and space environment including:
– The legal framework
– Geopolitical factors including international cooperation
– Economic aspects
– Ethical and moral issues
– Education and outreach
Closing Address (end at 1700)


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