2012 Canadian Space Summit

Bridging Communities: Unifying the Canadian Space Sector

November 14th to 16th 2012

The Great Hall, Somerville House

The University of Western Ontario (Western University), London, Ontario, Canada


Download the 2012 Canadian Space Summit Program

Download the 2012 CSS Final Announcement

Registration Link

Download the Sponsorship Package

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The theme of the 2012 Canadian Space Summit is Bridging Communities: Unifying the Canadian Space Sector. This Summit will provide a unique forum to address relevant issues in Canada’s current and future space program and the major roles that could be played by various participants and advocates, private sector companies, provincial and federal government organizations and academia. It will provide a multi-faceted forum for the Canadian and international community to present recent scientific advances, exchange information on new technologies, develop new ideas and to discuss opportunities for international collaboration. The Summit will comprise a mix of plenary sessions, invited talks, poster sessions, and panel discussions. The goal of this conference is to provide a venue for interdisciplinary networking and promote further connections between the various communities within the Canadian space sector.

Sessions will focus on the core disciplines of the Canadian Space Society, but will be interdisciplinary in nature. These core disciplines include astronomy, Earth observation, lunar and planetary exploration, law and policy, life sciences, space commerce, and space awareness and learning. Conference session topics:

New Discoveries

Results and new observations from current research in, or enabled by, space including planetary science, astrobiology, astronomy, space life sciences, microgravity research, planetary atmospheres. Keynote speaker: Dr. Jack Mustard, Brown University

Download New Discoveries – Analogues and Astromaterials abstracts

Download New Discoveries – Missions abstracts


Technologies and Techniques for Space Activities

Topics covering technology development, instrumentation and techniques to enable space activities including robotics, instrument design, mission architecture, propulsion and control systems, launch systems, scientific methodologies and exploration strategies. Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Beaty, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Download Technologies and Techniques for Space and Earth Exploration abstracts


Organization and Enabling Activities

Topics covering the organizational and societal structures required to enable space activities including space policy, space law, commercial development, international cooperation and research collaboration. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, The Elliott School of International Affairs

Download Organization and Enabling Activities abstracts


Service to Society

Topics concerning applications, services, and utilities of space activities (e.g., telecommunications, navigation and surveillance) for terrestrial users including technology transfer and new capabilities enabled by space. Keynote speaker: Perry Edmundson, COM DEV

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Space Learning and Awareness

Topics concerning education and public outreach, student projects, and the building of human capacity to enable the advancement of space progress.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Let’s Talk Science

Download Space Learning and Awareness abstracts


Micro-Exploration: Space Exploration on a Shoestring Budget

Topics covering the increasing number of small exploration missions that could be undertaken entirely by Canada, from micro-rovers and penetrators to nano- and microsatellite interplanetary spacecraft. Keynote speaker: Dr. Pete Worden, NASA Ames Center Director

Download Micro-Exploration abstracts

Download Overview – Major past, present and future developments for Canada abstracts

Oral Presentations

Conference sessions will be organized into approximately two-hour blocks with a keynote and four contributed talks of 20 minutes (15 minute talk with 5 minute Q&A) per session. All sessions will include discussion periods and ample time for questions.


Poster Presentations

Contributed posters will be displayed at the back of the conference hall for the duration of the conference. A dedicated poster session is planned for the evening of Wednesday November 14; however, participants will be encouraged to view posters during coffee breaks and over lunch.

Each poster will have a 48″ × 36″ (landscape) space on a free-standing panel for display. Two presenters will share one side of one panel, so it is important that displays are confined to the specified limit. Posters must be designed to be attached to the panel with pushpins or Velcro dots.

Download Poster Session abstracts



Download the 2012 Canadian Space Summit Program



Sky Science: Let’s Talk Science’s Aerospace Initiative

12:00 – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, November 14, Michael’s Garden

Let’s Talk Science is collaborating with the Canadian Space Agency and other partners to launch Project Sky Science, a series of aerospace-related education activities across Canada that began this fall. Among these efforts is a major section related to aerospace on ExploreCurioCity.org, a free, interactive web-based program by Let’s Talk Science where students from grades 8-12 and their teachers can explore the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in their lives. The resources and activities are related to Chris Hadfield’s upcoming stay on the International Space Station from December 2012 to May 2013, when he will serve in the crew on Expedition 34 and the commander of Expedition 35, but will continue after his return.  This workshop will explore the components of Project Sky Science, including the RADI-N2 & You project that allows students across Canada to investigate the effects of  neutron radiation on people in space and on Earth, and talk about how we can work together to advance space education.


Canadian Space Society – Young Professionals’ Luncheon

12:00 – 1:00 pm, Thursday, November 15, Michael’s Garden

Hour long separate lunch event to discuss employment experiences and opportunities in the Canadian space sector featuring 4 panelists chosen by the CSS/organizing committee answering questions/topics submitted by participants. Co-hosted with SGAC Canada and other partners (TBD)


Canadian Alumni of the International Space University – National Space Awareness Workshop

9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, November 17, Michael’s Garden

Please note: This workshops requires a $20 refundable deposit. If you have already registered for this workshop BEFORE the deposit was required, please visit the CAISU website (www.caisu.org/nsaw/2012) to complete your registration.

The Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) is organizing the National Space Awareness Workshop (NSAW) to promote space awareness. In commemoration of the successful launching of Canada’s first satellite 50 years ago, the Alouette, the NSAW 2012 theme will be focus on some of the most successful Canadian aerospace achievements since then along with those expected to in the future.

Highlights will be presented by media personalities, professionals and educators involved within the space industry. A workshop will provide participants a forum to engage in discussion gaining comprehensive awareness of Canadian role in the global space sector along with its successes. The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with:

•   An increased awareness of Canada’s successes in the space technology
•   A strengthened understanding of Canada’s current role and future direction within the sector
•   A unique networking opportunity with leaders in the industry

The workshop is a biennial event hosted by CAISU that aims at promoting space awareness among students, young professionals, space enthusiasts and the general community by having the participants work on topics in a space-related theme immersed in a dynamic and interdisciplinary setting. This workshop builds on recommendations and experience gained from previous workshops.

The workshop will take two parts. The morning will consist of three guest lectures, each of which will focus on a different aspect of Canadian accomplishments. These could be Canadian achievements and ingenuity in space, Canada’s future in space, Canada’s involvement in space science and the space station or the benefits and impacts of Canadian involvement. The speaker will take questions and possibly form discussion at the conclusion of their presentation. Between each of the guest lectures, networking opportunities have been scheduled as apart of three scheduled breaks.

During the afternoon component of the workshop, participants will break into smaller interest related groups. The groups will focus on topics relating to key Canadian efforts, possibly including space medicine, space science (astronomy, exploration or atmospheric science) and engineering. It will be left to the teams to discuss the positive and negative aspects of Canadian involvement in these areas and how to best leverage current ability towards future success. (please note: each of the teams foci and objective for the afternoon portion of the workshop have yet to be finalized)



Canadian Space Leaders Roundtable – 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Wednesday, Nov 14 in the Earth Sciences Boardroom (BGS 1027)

Planetary Society of Canada AGM – 12:00 – 12:45 pm, Friday, Nov 16 in Somerville House 3305.

Canadian Space Society AGM – Date and Time TBA, Michael’s Garden




The Canadian Space Summit Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 15 at the Windermere Manor (www.windermeremanor.com). Please join us for cocktails at 6:00 pm, followed by a buffet dinner (vegetarian/vegan options available) at 7:00 pm. The banquet is included in the registration price, but additional tickets for guests may be purchased through the registration site (please see below)


Dr. Peter Smith, Professor of Planetary Science and the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrated Science at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory will be this year’s banquet speaker. Dr. Smith was the Principal Investigator for the 2008 Phoenix Mission to the Martian Arctic that confirmed the presence of subsurface ice and discovered falling snow on present-day Mars. His research has spanned the solar system and he has served on the science team of 11 planetary space missions including MER, Cassini-Huygens and most recently the Osiris-Rex asteroid sample return mission.


Exhibitor booth space and several sponsorship packages are available for:

  • Canadian-based aerospace firms interested in contributing to the discussion and meeting delegates for the purposes of networking
  • Venture capital firms, angel investors, Scientific Research & Experimental Development credit financing firms and other organizations interested in new business opportunities related to the commercialization of basic science
  • International aerospace and growing new-space firms interested in contributing to the discussion, meeting delegates and seeing what Canadians have to offer


Please visit the secure conference registration website at https://rabbit.vm.its.uwo.ca/Conferences/Default.aspx?conferenceID=58. Lunches, coffee breaks and the Summit Banquet are included in the registration cost.

Registration fees can be paid by cheque (payable to the University of Western Ontario), or by credit card (VISA/MasterCard). Please note that “UWOCPSX” will appear on your credit card statement.

Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $30.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through November 1, 2012. After that date, the registration fee will be forfeited.


Registration Category Pre-Oct 15/12
Post-Oct 15/12
CSS Student $75 $100
Non-CSS Student $100 $125
CSS Professional $225 $275
Non-CSS Professional $275 $325

Please note that student identification and CSS membership will be verified at the door. Visit the Canadian Space Society website at www.css.ca to become a member!



For the convenience of conference delegates, blocks of rooms have been set aside at the Windermere Manor and the Guest House on the Mount. Both hotels are within walking distance of The University of Western Ontario (Western University).

The Guest House on the Mount is an affordable option, with single bed half-bath ($45/night), queen bed half-bath ($55/night) and queen bed full-bath ($75/night) rooms available. Reservations must be made by October 14, 2012, after which date rooms will be released for general sale by the hotel at going rates. For reservations please call (519) 641-8100 or email info@guesthouseonthemount.ca. Please mention the 2012 Canadian Space Summit to receive the conference rate.

The Windermere Manor is offering standard rooms (one king or queen bed) at the rate of $119/night and suites (two queen beds plus pull-out) at the rate of $139/night. Amenities include continental breakfast, high-speed/wireless internet and free parking. Reservations must be made by October 14, 2012, after which date rooms will be released for general sale by the hotel at going rates. For reservations please call toll free 1-800-997-4477 or email reservations@windermere.uwo.ca. Please mention the 2012 Canadian Space Summit to receive the conference rate.

In addition, there are several hotels (Delta, Holiday Inn, Hilton) located in downtown London, approximately 20 minutes by car away from the Western campus. Please visit Tourism London’s website at www.londontourism.ca for more information.

Driving directions to Western and maps of the campus and parking lots can be downloaded from www.geography.uwo.ca/campusmaps/.




Gordon Osinski 

Technical Co-Chair

Ken McIsaac 

Technical Co-Chair

Jen Heidenheim 

Logistics Chair

For further information regarding meeting logistics and announcements, visit the conference webpage at css2012.uwo.ca or email summit@css.ca.



April 30:                      Second Announcement; Call for Papers & Workshops

June 15:                      Registration opens

September 14:            Electronic abstract and workshop proposal deadline

September 21:            Final announcement; conference program posted on website

October 15:                 Deadline for early registration

November 14 – 16:      Canadian Space Summit




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