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International ‘Reinventing Space’ conference to go ahead in London, with esteemed cast of speakers

‘Reinventing Space’ the international conference held annually by the British Interplanetary Society (BIS), has been confirmed to go ahead as an in-person event next week, on the 28th to 30th June.

This will be the first in-person space conference happening in the UK since the start of the pandemic, and a number of Covid checks and precautions will be in place to ensure the safety of the guests, staff and speakers.

Bringing together industry leaders, government personnel, academics, students and space enthusiasts, the event will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, London, with the Gala Dinner and Sir Arthur Clarke Awards taking place on 29th June 2021. There will also be an online version for those who can’t attend in person.

The star-studded cast of speakers will include Dr Jan Woerner, former Director General of European Space Agency, and Lord Willetts, as well as speakers from the UK Space Agency, FCDO, and OneWeb alongside Raytheon, Airbus, Skyrora.

There will be a series of technical sessions, on the themes of: Environmental and Sustainable considerations in relation to space, and, Economic recovery in the post covid era. There will also be a number of panel sessions, on topics such as space law and UK spaceports, as well as a trade exhibition of 16 stands.

Elizabeth Anderson, CEO of the British Interplanetary Society, comments:

“Reinventing Space is the first space event to take place since Covid struck. The space sector hasn’t stopped for Covid, and the BIS are excited to be bringing together industry experts, government officials and technical academics for the first time in the UK since the beginning of 2020, and in a safe and Covid secure manner.

“With so much happening in the space sector right now, and the focus on space related activities at the G7 just days ago, Reinventing Space is extremely timely. People need to connect in person to exchange ideas and highlight innovation, and this the BIS is playing our part in ensuring that Britain can be taken seriously as we grow our national capability and infrastructure around space.”