Space for inspiration
Science & Exploration

Space for inspiration

15/09/2016 5394 views 59 likes
ESA / Science & Exploration / Human and Robotic Exploration

Spaceflight is one of the most inspiring endeavours of humankind. ESA and experts from many disciplines look at how human spaceflight has changed our daily lives, what the future holds, and the inspiring research and work done across many disciplines and industries.

The Space for Inspiration event took place on 14–15 September at the London Science Museum and featured talks by ESA astronauts Tim Peake and Luca Parmitano, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and ESA Director General Jan Woerner.

Replays from the two-day event are available below. The full programme and more information can be found at:



Space for Inspiration is a celebration of the diversity and pervasiveness of space in technology, industry and culture. Other speakers will introduce work that uses space technology or used space as inspiration, including Michelin-starred chef Thorsten Schmidt, research doctor Beth Healey – who spent a year in Antarctica – Politecnico di Milano professor of design Annalisa Dominoni, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s education engineer David Honess.

Key areas of interest for this event are:

  • smart materials and technologies,
  • agriculture, biology and food,
  • medicine, life and health.


14 September

11:00 Welcome and opening remarks
11:20 ISS: a beacon of human achievement
14:00 How space research helps to solve global challenges
16:15 Networking break
16:45 How space research helps to solve global challenges
18:20 ISS: from inspiration to innovation

15 September

09:45 Opening remarks
09:50 Space exploration: a driver for economic growth
13:05 Humans in space: opportunities and challenges
15:55 Tim Peake mission highlights and outlook
16:30 Beyond ISS: the way forward, the future of LEO and beyond
17:40 Closing remarks

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