Thursday 28 July, 2016  7.30pm to 9pm
Churchill Auditorium
Open to public upon registration
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Moderator: Donald James (NASA Associate Administrator for Education)


  • Haim Russo (National Council for R&D (MOLMOP), Chairman of the committee for Industry-Academia Relationship and member of the Space Committee, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Technion),
  • Dr. Chris Welch (Prof. Astronautics and Space Engineering, ISU, International Astronautical Federation Vice President, for Education and Workforce Development),
  • Dr. Matthew Daniels (NASA Engineer, Research Affiliate, Stanford University, Advisor to the Director, Office of the Secretary, Defense/Net Assessment),
  • Dr. Pini Gurfil (Director, Asher Space Research Institute, Technion)

An important responsibility of the world's Space Agencies, commercial space companies, and informal STEM-related institutions (e.g. science centers) is to inform, inspire, and engage the public about the latest advances and discoveries in the space sector, and to develop programs that will inspire and help young people pursue careers in science and technology.

As we begin the second century of flight however, we must remain committed to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and ensure that the next generation of explorers can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. That includes broadening our reach to an even wider cohort of students and going beyond STEM. It’s no longer sufficient to have firm boundaries around traditional “STEM” fields for space exploration.

Space exploration must engage and appeal to artists and designers, makers and communicators. Students must be interdisciplinary, collaborative, and more “global” to be successful. Education for the future of space exploration can play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the leaders and pioneers of tomorrow. This Space Education Panel features experts who each day lead activities to inspire and motivate students to ensure the existence of a qualified workforce and to ensure progress in future space activities.

  1. Management
  2. Chairs
  3. Academics
  4. TAs
  5. Logistics
  6. Public Relations
  7. IT
  8. SEAC & TP Editors
  9. Participant Liaison & Library

SSP16 Host Institution

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Technion City, Haifa, Israel

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was founded in 1912 in Haifa and is the oldest university in Israel and the Middle East. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management and education.

The Technion is a science and technology research university, among the world’s top universities, dedicated to the creation of knowledge and the development of human capital and leadership, for the advancement of the State of Israel and all humanity.

The Technion is noted as a global pioneer in multidisciplinary research into fields including energynanotechnology, and life science.

The Technion has 4 Nobel Laureates, a graduate and 3 faculty members.

More about the SSP16 host institution:
Welcome to Technion
Technion Map in English (PDF)
SSP16 Campus map



The SSP16 is supported at different levels. ISU would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support:

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Local Sponsors


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Major Sponsors

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Program Supported By

China Space Foundation   ESA

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