SpaceGen United Workshops

The following is a list of Workshops topics that will be the focus of SpaceGen United. Additional detail will be added once it is available so check back regularly for more information. 

Workshop: Space Exploration Benefits for Earth-based Industry

We often think of how atypical industries could be leveraged to explore the Moon and Mars. This topic flips the discussion to understand how deep space robotic and human exploration at the Moon and Mars can benefit companies in different industries on Earth. What if you created an autonomous mining system that could be used in dangerous drilling environments? Or created a battery that lasts through the lunar night and can easily handle the cold temperatures to help scientists power equipment at McMurdo station?

1. Share how delegates have seen space-based technology used here on Earth 
2. Debate about what technologies will be required for future human space exploration
3. Connect Earth-based industry needs to future technologies required in spaceflight     
Focus Questions: 
1. What technology advancements may take place during the human exploration of the Moon and Mars? 
2. How can these technologies and any tangential activities (geopolitics, medical applications, operations) be used by industries on Earth?
3. How can these advancements be commercialized on Earth?   
Expected Outcomes:
1. Identify past/current space exploration technology that may benefit industries on Earth
2. Determine future technologies required for the human exploration of the Moon and Mars 
3. Characterize how future space exploration technologies may benefit industries on Earth

Morgane Royer

Morgane passed the bar after graduating in Space Law and Telecommunications at Paris Sud University. She’s currently working for LMI Advisor on satellite regulatory matters. She has been involved in the European Center for Space Law by participating and organising the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court as well as by being the Student Representative for the year 2018/2019. Morgane is part of the SGAC space law and policy group where she has worked with the center for a spacefaring civilization and is now working on the implementation of the Hague Building Blocks for the Development of an International Framework on Space Resource Activities in national law.

Daniel Wischert

Daniel Wischert holds a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. After his studies he joined the European Space Agency (ESA) through the national trainee programme of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where he now works in the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) at ESTEC in the Netherlands. As a space systems engineer Daniel supports the feasibility assessment and conceptual design of future space missions and new spacecraft concepts for all ESA programmes. Daniel is very passionate about pushing the development of space flight and deep-space exploration activities and has been involved in different projects, mission proposals and research activities for DLR, ESA, NASA and JAXA. Three missions Daniel has worked on during his university studies will be launching in the coming years – both SOURCE and Sentinel-5 2021 to low-earth orbit, and DESTINY+ 2023 to asteroid Phaethon. Daniel has been an active member of SGAC since he attended SGC 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.

Subject Matter Expert
Kat Coderre

Kat Coderre joined Lockheed Martin in 2007 and currently works with the Human Landing System (HLS) team at Lockheed Martin Space as the Ascent Element External Integration Lead. Kat holds a dual undergraduate degree in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and a Master’s in Space Systems Engineering from Steven’s Institute of Technology in New Jersey.
Kat is currently a Senior Staff Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, Colorado. Kat has 13 years of experience working in Human Spaceflight, first as a contractor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and now in Denver. Most recently she has been working on returning humans to the Moon, currently on the HLS Program, and previously by working with NASA on studies focusing on the Gateway Program, where she led the Lockheed Martin team as the Habitat Element Lead. Kat is also the Lockheed Martin project manager for the AstroRad Vest; a radiation protection vest for astronauts in the deep space environment. Kat’s previous role was the Systems Engineering Lead for the Orion spacecraft Thermal Protection System (TPS). She was the responsible TPS systems engineer for the first three test flights for Orion where she handled requirements management, verification and systems integration tasks. Throughout her career she has worked on several Lockheed Martin contracts supporting NASA’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.
Outside of work, Kat enjoys playing sports such as soccer and softball, hiking and skiing in the beautiful Colorado mountains, and taking her dogs for nice long walks. She also works with a dog rescue where she helps rehabilitate dogs and adopt them out to their forever homes. Kat loves to travel, both domestically and internationally, and holds a private pilot’s license.

Subject Matter Expert
Lisa May

Lisa May is currently Chief Technologist for Lockheed Martin’s Commercial and Civil Space Advanced Programs. Lisa is responsible for leading technology strategy development in support of all market segments and is Advanced Programs’ principal advisor on CCS technology strategy, investments and partnerships. Prior to assuming the Chief Technologist role, Lisa served as the Deputy Space Exploration Architect. She supported Lockheed Martin’s technical response to NASA’s call to take humans safely to the surface of the Moon by 2024. She also managed Lockheed Martin’s Human Landing System architecture studies and technology demonstration efforts under contract to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Before joining Lockheed Martin in 2019, Lisa was CEO and principal consultant for Murphian Consulting. She provided systems engineering and management consulting services to technology entrepreneurs in such diverse fields as nuclear, forensics, space, and transportation technology.
From 2002 to 2015, Lisa was at NASA Headquarters, where she managed NASA’s diverse portfolio of Mars missions, led advanced studies, contingency planning, risk analyses, and conducted Program-level planning including Mars communications-asset trend analysis. She was responsible for annual budget formulation and execution for the $500M program and planned, developed, and negotiated budget and resource allocations. Lisa chaired the International Mars Exploration Working Group, leading spacefaring nations in cooperation for Mars sample return. Lisa initiated and supported Mars-related challenges and student competitions. Concurrently, Lisa was the Program Executive for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, the Mars Technology Program, and Mars Sample Return. Throughout MAVEN development, Lisa ensured Agency requirements were met and managed budget development and funding execution. She developed Mars Sample Return architectures and requirements and led international collaboration efforts. Lisa also managed Mars technology initiatives including technical direction, scheduling, and budgetary planning. Other Headquarters positions Lisa has held include Agency Tender Official for the 2003 Shared Services Center procurement and Special Assistant for Strategic Planning. Prior to joining NASA Headquarters, Lisa worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, founded Jackson-May Associates, and was Director of Business Development at Aurora Flight Sciences.
Lisa holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering (1984) and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication (1982), both from the University of Virginia. In addition to being an AIAA senior member, Lisa is an INCOSE member and earned the society’s Expert Systems Engineering Professional certification. Lisa is also an IEEE member and serves on the annual IEEE Aerospace Conference Organizing Committee as Vice-Chair of the Paper Review Committee.

Subject Matter Expert
Danielle Richey

Danielle Richey is a systems engineer, architect, and program manager at Lockheed Martin, where she focuses on defining and enabling the future path of human exploration to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. She joined Lockheed Martin in 2008 and has worked on multiple projects in Defense related to cybersecurity and early missile warning and Civil Space, including Orion and the NextSTEP Habitat program. Danielle has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, with an emphasis in Bioastronautics.

NASA Exploration Workshop

NASA has accepted a bold challenge to land the next man, and the first woman, on the lunar South Pole in 2024. The agency is leading the Artemis program to realize that goal by leveraging the combined expertise of its workforce, U.S. industry, and international partners to develop a robust human presence on and around the Moon that will ultimately lead to a sustainable lunar infrastructure. In establishing this permanent presence, NASA and its partners will begin preparing for human missions to Mars by advancing the technologies, systems, and operations required for human exploration beyond the Earth-Moon system.  While the global human spaceflight community has been united around the common goal of sending humans back to the Moon, alignment on planning for human Mars missions will be the next global endeavor for human exploration. 


The following questions should be addressed by the Exploration Working Group:

  1. What are the primary tenets of sustainability at the Moon that will ensure global partners are in a confident position to embark on the first human mission to Mars?  Traits of sustainability may include repeatability, affordability and reusability, but this group also should think beyond those traits with strong recommendations for specific objectives for sustainability. 
  2. What are the key areas of science, technology, and exploration advancement that international space agencies can begin working on now to ensure a common architecture and unified plan to begin human Mars missions in the 2030s?
  3. What are the benefits of an integrated, international Mars mission campaign compared to multiple efforts led by different countries or individual companies?

Martin Losekamm

Martin J. Losekamm holds a M.Sc. in Applied and Engineering Physics from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He is a doctoral candidate at TUM and develops sensor systems for exploration spacecraft, with a particular focus on radiation sensors. He is the Co-Principal Investigator of the RadMap Telescope experiment on the International Space Station and leads TUM’s work on developing instrumentation for the LUVMI-X lunar rover. Martin also manages the Laboratory for Rapid Space Missions of the DFG Cluster of Excellence ORIGINS.

Matej Poliacek

Matej a young space professional currently based in Bratislava, Slovakia, working on rover technologies. Formerly a Young Graduate Trainee at ESTEC, European Space Agency, he worked in the Software Systems division and was primarily involved with data modelling and software engineering activities. Matej completed his education at the University of Glasgow, first with a BSc in Statistics and afterwards with a MSc in Software Development.

Workshop: Planetary Defense: Safeguarding Earth

Planetary defense is gaining more and more attention over the years as our awareness of the space environment expands and the increasing number of close approaches that have been documented recently. As missions to asteroids and comets expand our knowledge of these celestial bodies and the risk of an asteroid impact becomes better understood, this topic becomes of increasing importance. Events like the Chelyabinsk meteor (Fig. 1) and the Tunguska impact (Fig. 2) among many others, remind us of the importance of planetary defense research and efforts. Planetary defense focuses on the study of potentially hazardous objects that are predicted to either impact or have a close approach to Earth. This may include impact evacuation planning or object trajectory evaluation, as well as possible impact mitigation strategies.

1. Educate the delegates on key concepts and requirements of Planetary Defense
2. Raising the voice of the delegates s to provide interesting recommendations for the future of the Planetary Defense and UNOOSA
3. Increase of public awareness and engagement with Planetary Defense concepts

Focus Questions:
1. What technologies are available to study and, possibly, prevent the impact?
2. Is mitigation necessary?
3. What are the main concerns of the various people affected?
4. How will the public react?
5. How to provide accurate and timeless information to the public and various decision makers?
6. If it is not going to hit me, should I use my taxpayer money to do something?

Fig. 1: Chelyabinsk meteor as it approaches the city. On February 15th, 2013, a ~20 m NEO exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, releasing ~0.5 Mt of energy and injuring ~1,600 people.

Fig. 2: Devastation caused by the Tunguska meteor impact. On June 30, 1908, a ~60 m NEO exploded over Tunguska, Russia, releasing 10-15 Mt of energy.

Luisa Buinhas

Luisa is a Researcher at the Institute of Space Technology & Space Applications of the University of the German Federal Armed Forces. Currently finishing her PhD in the field of formation flying and maneuver optimization, she has spent the last years involved in several DLR-led mission studies for satellite constellations both for deep-space and planetary applications. Luisa completed her Master’s degree at TU Delft, in the Netherlands in 2012, and spent six months at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a research intern. She holds an Amelia Earhart Fellowship from 2016. In her free time, Luisa explores unusual corners of the world with her backpack and tiptoes out on the dancefloor as an enthusiastic Bachata dancer. Luisa is passionate for education and is an advocate of bringing knowledge to the public as much as possible through fun and informative initiatives. She is thus involved with science outreach in Munich, while also teaching at university. Luisa first experienced SGAC in Adelaide, Australia, in 2017 as a participant and is very enthusiastic about joining SGU in 2020 as a moderator.

Workshop: Virtual Hackathon with ESA – Solving a life indoors

With the world under lockdown, life as we know it has fundamentally changed. Space is being sought as a solution and the European Space Agency needs your help! The space industry’s hackers will come together at SGU to identify solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, also targeting SDG Number 3, Health and Well-Being. Teams will be formed with a variety of skills, from business articulation to technical finesse. Together, we will pursue ways to improve quality of life in our changed world using space.
Teams will receive help from experts and the SGAC team to identify, develop, and pitch products as part of a hackathon competition. Tools will be provided to help the hackers to assist in their solution creation process. Further details will be released in the coming weeks, and the challenge itself will be introduced on Day 1 of the hack. Team progress will be moderated through two control points, where experts and moderators will judge progress and provide assistance. The hackathon will close with a live business pitch from each team in front of a panel of judges.

Josh Schertz

Josh is a software engineer, serial entrepreneur, and Space Resources Master student at the Colorado School of Mines. He is currently a Graduate Researcher developing laser power beaming technology for eventual deployment at the lunar poles. Josh’s background is in finance, having received dual BBAs in finance and accounting from University of Texas at San Antonio. He worked at a Fortune 10 company on financial projections and transfer pricing, before cofounding an algorithmic trading firm. After an opportunity to tour SpaceX’s Hawthorne factory, he was inspired to change careers into the space industry. Beyond the quantitative, Josh is also a science communication journalist at, a news platform he cofounded. Josh’s passion is in empowering people to build a better world, whether that’s through technology, science outreach, or by providing a friendly ear. Josh has held an Event Finance Manager position within SGAC, and is the next SGAC Treasurer.

Tasman Powis

Tasman Powis is an Australian expat, currently completing his PhD at Princeton University within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His research focus is on the modelling of low temperature plasmas, including advanced spacecraft propulsion concepts. He also researches regulation and policy related to the use of nuclear power systems in outer space, with the aim of motivating their peaceful, safe and reliable application. Tasman is a long time SGAC member and since his first SGC in Naples 2012, is fortunate to have attended numerous SGAC events. He is excited to pursue another opportunity to give back to the SGAC community!

Workshop: UN COPUOS Simulation


During the ongoing pandemic, most work and school activities have shifted online, including this event! The UN is also currently facing this situation and the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) sessions are being transitioned to online platforms. Therefore, delegates will have the opportunity to face this additional challenge and participate in a virtual UN COPUOS simulation. 

The aim of the UN COPUOS Session will be for the delegates to act as government representatives to create a draft treaty for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) on the Moon based on draft texts submitted by two countries. Some nations have ambitious plans to commercially mine the Moon’s rich mineral resources. However, a majority of countries have ratified the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, whose Article II mandates that “outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.” Can this be resolved in a single treaty?

The session will be run by a chairperson, delegates will be assigned to different countries and will work towards achieving the objectives through formal sessions, SME interactions, and informal discussions within smaller sub-groups. Delegates will be provided with briefs and documentation ahead of the first formal UN COPUOS session on Day 1 of SpaceGen United. 


  • Delegates will gain an understanding of the COPUOS process.
  • Delegates will work collaboratively to develop a final treaty for ISRU on the Moon.
  • Delegates will represent their national interests to gain an understanding of the difficulty of international negotiations.
  • Delegates will learn to think critically about key areas of space policy and law for the development of international agreements for cooperation in space.

Final Outcomes:

  • A finalized compromise treaty document.

Ana Avila

Ana Ávila is a Costa Rican diplomat based in Vienna. She is currently responsible of matters related to IAEA, UNOOSA, CTBTO, HCOC, and transversal gender issues. During her posting in Vienna, she has also been the officer in charge of UNCITRAL, as well as other bilateral and consular activities. Ana studied Physics and International Affairs and followed with the Master’s Program on Diplomacy offered by the University of Costa Rica in collaboration with the Diplomatic Institute of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica. In February 2010, she joined the Foreign Service and started her career in the Consular Department. Shortly after that, she was posted in India, where she was chosen as part of the staff in charge of opening the Embassy of Costa Rica in New Delhi. On her return to Costa Rica, Ms. Avila was the officer for the bilateral relations with countries in Asia, Africa and Oceania, and the Focal Point for the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation or (FEALAC). In August 2014 she joined the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the International Organisms in Vienna.

Claudiu Mihai Tăiatu

Claudiu Mihai Tăiatu is a Romanian lawyer, he graduated in 2017 from the Adv. LL.M. of Air and Space Law of the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL), Leiden University, The Netherlands and in 2018 from the International Space University (ISU), Space Studies Program (SSP18). Currently, he is working with the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in projects related to space law and policy. He was awarded in 2017 with the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) Prof. Dr. I.H.Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor Award for his research on Space Traffic Management. In 2018 he was awarded at the Worldwide Space Law Essay Competition “Legal Aspects Relating to Satellite Constellations” organized by the ECSL, ESPI and DLR. In 2019 he was awarded with Secure World Foundation (SWF) Scholarship to attend the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington D.C. He successfully completed several internships at the Regulatory Affairs Department of OneWeb, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radiocommunication Bureau, ESPI and UNIDROIT. He is part of the SGAC Space Law and Policy Newsletter Team.

Workshop: Space, the final frontier.


Space, the final frontier. A new marketplace is opening up to Earth-based customers, businesses, investors & even private individuals, and the opportunities are out of this world. This workshop will explore the questions and answers relating to the commercialisation of space. The expansion of LEO satellite services and infrastructure, the commercialisation of the ISS, colonisation of the moon and prospecting asteroids for resources see immense commercial benefits for industry. How do we make these dreams and visions become a reality, and how should we sustain the development and service provision into the future. We will discuss this here.

More details to follow.

Carlos Mariscal

Carlos Mariscal earned his Computer Engineer bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. From 2014 through 2018 he leaded the student team UNAM Space, aimed to designing and building autonomous rover prototypes, which contested in three NASA competitions; recognized with the Hans von Muldau Team award by the IAF and Student-Researcher by the Mexican Space Agency for the International Student Education Board during the IAC in 2016. He attended the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program 2017 from the International Space University in Adelaide, Australia. As well he served as NPoC in Mexico from 2017 thru 2020 and collaborates to the Space Exploration Project Group.  He has also experience in analogue missions, which consists of his contribution as Principal Investigator and Technical Support team member in PMAS 2017 and his role in crew 201 of MDRS as Executive Officer. Carlos is Founder and CEO of Dereum Labs, a startup that aims on facilitating space access to earth industries by providing infrastructure and data services to take their businesses to space.  The company targets its first lunar mission in 2022.

Special Track

Workshop: Gender equality and diversity in space in support of SDG 5 and SDG 10

Since the formation of SGAC in 1999, during the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) held in Vienna, SGAC has set gender equality and diversity as one of its key elements and goals. Therefore, SGAC holds a powerful vision over the SDGs of UNOOSA. SGAC strives to maintain diversity and gender equality from leadership to membership, scholarship distribution, roles, activities and events. In the 2020 Strategic plan of SGAC, the core principles such as working together, acting with respect and integrity, embracing diversity, representing the space generation, fostering improvement, being open and transparent, and being proactive, are impacting all aspects of its activities. Such principles are visible throughout events and activities of SGAC such as AP-SGW2019, Space Generation Forum 2.0, SG[France] Our Giant Leap and the “Space Women in Emerging Countries” roundtable during IAC 2012 in Italy. SGAC won the IAF Excellence in 3G Diversity Award in 2018. SGAC holds webinar sessions such as Women’s Health in Space, focussing on women empowerment in space to provide an equal opportunity for everyone to benefit from world-class speakers and learn about recent challenges in the space industry and academia. Furthermore, there are specific support programs for developing regions and countries through a strong network of Regional Coordinators, National Points of Contact and volunteers in those regions and countries for more inclusion and involvement of the young generation in space science and technology.
Thus, this year’s special track has a more delicate look at the challenges of women in space science and industry. Fundamental topics such as root causes and critical indicators of inequality, lack of involvement of minorities, the impact of institutional, environmental and individual enabling initiatives, the importance of having role models, providing equal educational and professional opportunities, deficits in actions, low rate of results, and solutions will be discussed.
The delegates of this track will work on three main topics: individual case studies to identify success patterns, organisational case studies to analyse the activities of women-related organisations, and how SGAC is fulfilling SDG objectives through innovation, entrepreneurship and industry 4.0. In the end, these three groups will compile their results to a set of recommendations and toolkits to implement for future industrial, individual and organisational endeavours. They will draw a roadmap for SGAC to provide solutions to organizations, benefiting from successful methods of individuals to target a larger audience in each region.

Main headlines to be discussed

  • SGAC’s short, mid and long term strategies to provide gender equality and diversity and contribute to the Space 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and raise awareness.
  • Structure and content of SGAC’s toolkit to satisfy SDG 5 and 10
  • Current condition and future demands on each region in gender equality and diversity in space. 
  • Impact of role models, women-dedicated associations and organizations in reaching local, regional and global goals
  • Diversity and gender equality promotion and support mechanisms in STEM-related policy-making of the space industry and academia
  • Women and minorities’ position in innovation and entrepreneurship (E&I), New Space 4.0 or more generally Industry 4.0.


Questions for discussion

Focus: What enabling environments within academia, organisations, and industry can be developed to enable engagement & leadership of women and minorities? How can individuals such as role models consolidate promotion and capacity building?
Desired Outcome: Only 29.3% of the world’s researchers are female and women in the aerospace industry take up a quarter of the workforce. Many girls in underdeveloped regions are undereducated and lack support from family or greater society. There are more fundamental barriers to overcome to increase the presence of women and fill the gaps in STEM, academia, and industry. Discussion is required to find the root causes, progress trends and how individuals and organisations can provide a safe environment and equal opportunities for women and minorities to grow and be involved.

Focus: Where is the position of women and minorities in entrepreneurship, innovation, Industry 4.0 and New Space 4.0? How can this position be improved?
Desired Outcome: Discussion can start by investigating the historical progress of women’s position to identify the obstacles and continue to see how policymakers are planning for the future. Various aspects of women’s and minorities’ presence need to be studied to predict the growth rate in space science and industry. Recommendation addressing policymakers on improving the position of women and minorities can open up new horizons to further success and advancement in academia, entrepreneurship and industry.

Focus: How does SGAC provide gender equality and diversity and contribution to the Space 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and raise awareness?
Desired outcome: Short, mid, and long term plan of SGAC in implementing SDG 5 and 10 goals through its network across over 150 countries. SGAC is utilised by creative members, NPoCs and RCs, project groups and events which are the best platforms to start the initiative and implement parity and diversity among the next generation and become a role model organisation. Further discussion can be directed towards developing countries and regions with a vision for more enabling, inclusion and involvement of the next generation to raise the future leaders and decision-makers. The outcomes can lead to a toolkit or cheatsheet.

Ali Nasseri

Ali is an Executive Research Coordinator at the University of British Columbia, managing the Programming Languages at Artificial Intelligence (PLAI) group. Prior to joining UBC, he worked as an aerospace consultant with Defence Research and Development Canada, and completed a European Commission funded Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship at ISI Foundation in Italy, where he worked as part of the ITN-WALL project on modeling magnetic phenomena in nanomaterials. Ali is also a former Chair of SGAC, serving in this role from 2016 to 2018. Prior to becoming Chair, he served as the SGAC Operations Manager, Executive Secretary, and Space Safety and Sustainability project group co-lead among other roles. Outside of SGAC, Ali is the vice-chair of the IAF Space Education and Outreach Committee, a member of the IAF Workforce Development-Young Professional Program (WD-YPP) committee and a recipient of the IAF Young Space Leader Award. With a background in aerospace engineering and physics, Ali has been active in teaching since 2009, most notably at the University of Toronto where he taught with the Engineering Outreach Office, the Engineering Strategies and Practices program and the Aircraft Design course throughout the years. He also volunteers with Let’s Talk Science, and Skype A Scientist, and was a mentor of the Ontario Online Research Coop program.