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SMi Group is proud to announce the 14th annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference taking place on the 1st and 2nd April 2019 in London, UK.

As space has become more contested, congested and competitive the need to maintain effective situational awareness in the 4th domain is more critical than ever. With this in mind, SMi are set to host the Military SSA forum to bring together key stakeholders across the military, government and industry sectors to discuss approaches and strategies for providing a holistic approach to Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

Exploring space debris, space surveillance and tracking (SST), space weather, the impact of new mega-constellations and international partnerships in space – this remains a key calendar date for anyone involved in the satellite sector.

Featuring 120+ attendees, 7+ hours of networking and an extensive exhibition space – once again this year’s conference will also provide unparalleled chance to meet and greet all the key players in this important domain.

  • Discuss how mega-constellations in LEO will influence space traffic management and key priorities for space debris mitigation and removal
  • Learn about key topics within the SSA community including the impact of space weather, future space requirements, cataloguing of artificial satellites, sensor system integration and planetary defense
  • Hear from key allied nations on how international partnerships are being developed to maximise domain awareness
  • Heads of National and International SSA Programmes
  • Space Programme Managers
  • Heads of Space Operations Centres
  • SSA technical instructors
  • Principle scientists
  • Head of Space security
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Strategic Analysts involved with Space Surveillance and Tracking
  • Military Space Security Advisors
  • Military Space Business Development Leads
  • Senior Space Researchers
  • Mission Leaders

AFSPC SMC/SYG; Air Attache's Office- Embassy of Brazil; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and space; Applied Defence System; Applied Defense Solutions; Applied Space Solutions Limited; Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH; Astroscale; Austrian Armed Forces; Baader Planetarium GMBH; Beijing Institute of Space Science & Technology; Canadian Armed Forces; CDTI; China Academy of Space Technology; CNES – Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales ; Defense Intelligence Agency; DigitalGlobe; DSTL; EU SatCen; European Space Agency; European Space Agency (E S A); European Space Policy Institute; Exoanalytic Solutions; FMV (Swedish Defence Material Administration); FOI; French Joint Space Command; GMV Aerospace and Defence S.A.U.; Harris Corporation; Italian Ministry of Defence; Kratos RT Logic; L-3 Communications ASA Ltd Rusint House; LeoLabs, Inc.; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.; MacDonald Detwiler Associates; MCC Corporation; MDA; Measat Satellite Systems; Measat Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.; Met Office; Ministry of Defence Germany; Ministry of Defence UK; Ministry of Defence, UK; MoD ; Northumbria University; Omitron Inc; Omitron, Inc.; Oneweb; PlaneWave Instruments; Polish Space Agency; RAF; Raft Systems Limited; Raytheon; Raytheon Company; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Thai Air Force; RT Logic; Saab AB; Salamanca Group; SciSys UK Ltd; Secretary of the Air Force, Space Acquisition; Secure World Foundation; Seradata Limited; Serco Group plc; Shephard Media; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; SSCL; STFC, RAL; Swedish Defence Research Agency; Sybilla Technologies Sp. z o.o.; Thales ; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; The Boeing Company; The Harris Corporation; Turkish Air Forces ; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; University of Bern; University of Surrey; University of Vienna; US Air Force Space Command; US DOD; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Associate & Founder, Reflecting Space
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9:00 The RAF’s Approach to Space Situational Awareness

  • Why is SSA important? 
  • What have we been doing about it? 
  • What is next? 

     

  • Wing Commander Andy Hindley

    Wing Commander Andy Hindley, Air Capability SO1 Space, Royal Air Force
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    Ms Emily Mills

    Ms Emily Mills, Domestic Space Surveillance & Tracking Lead, UK Space Agency
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    9:30 Debris Mitigation - The Responsibility of us All

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough, Senior Orbital Analyst, UK Space Agency
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  • Current debris problem and challenges
  • Current mitigation efforts within UKSA and across industry
  • Future responsibilities and suggestions for improved mitigation
     
  • 10:00 Technology for an Evolving Space Surveillance and Tracking Market

    Dr Douglas Hendrix

    Dr Douglas Hendrix, CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions
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  • Current Paradigm - Space Situational Awareness
  • Background and current services
  • Limitations and challenges
  • Future paradigm - Space traffic management & Space Defense
  • Space Traffic Management
  • Services specific for STM
  • Technology and process requirements
  • Benefits and implications
  • Space Defense
  • Services specific for space defense
  • Technology and process requirements
  • Benefits and implications
  • Identification of activities best suited for commercial providers or militaries a future construct

     

  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Dstl Activities in SSA

     

  • S&T approaches to overcoming future SSA challenges
  • The future space environment and population
  • The Daedalus experiment – providing a low-cost alternative to de-orbiting and preventing space debris (including outcomes from the RemoveDebris mission)
  • Analysis of LEO and MEO orbit structures and its importance in determining future launch patterns
  • Ground-based surveillance and its role in monitoring space congestion
  • Building a collaborative approach to UK space domain awareness

     

     

     

     

  • Dr Simon George

    Dr Simon George, Senior Scientist, DSTL
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    Mr Andrew Ash

    Mr Andrew Ash, Principal Scientist, Dstl
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    11:30 Applying RF Sensing to Global Space Situational Awareness

    Mr Matt Prechtel

    Mr Matt Prechtel, Business Area Director for the Spectral Data Products and Federal Network Projects, Kratos
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  • Overcoming RF SSA Challenges
  • Enhancing Space Situational Awareness with Passive RF Data
  • Maneuver Detection, RF Event Detection, Anomaly Cause & Attribution
  • RF Analytics and Machine Learning
  • 12:00 Space Weather : Developments in Understanding and Mitigating the Risk

    Mr Simon Machin

    Mr Simon Machin, Met Office Space Weather Lead for Defence and Security, Met Office
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  • Improving society’s understanding of the GNSS dependency underpinning all technology.
  • Measuring and modelling atmospheric disturbances
  • Forecasting space weather impacts on GNSS
  • Future requirements for mitigating the space weather risk
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Global Space Traffic Management for the 21st Century

  • Traffic management vs control – should space be regulated by legal frameworks or accepted norms?
  • Drowning in data but starving for insights: how can data management on earth help us make sense of what we’re tracking?
  • How can we firm up our customary practices for future management of space assets?
  • What does Brexit mean for UK-European collaboration on STM?  
     
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Associate & Founder, Reflecting Space
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    Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space
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    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough, Senior Orbital Analyst, UK Space Agency
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    Ms Alexandra Stickings

    Ms Alexandra Stickings, Research Fellow, Space Policy and Security, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
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    14:15 Policy and Management of Australia’s SSA Programme

    Wing Commander Steve Henry

    Wing Commander Steve Henry, Deputy Director – Surveillance of Space, Royal Australian Air Force
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  • An introduction to the RAAF’s space programme and why SSA remains critical to safely operate in space
  • Current ground-based infrastructure for SST and where capability needs to be enhanced
  • Collaboration with the Australian Space Operations Centre and other partner agencies
  • Monitoring space weather and integrating it into orbit management solutions
  • Key cooperation with allied partners to build SSA catalogues and develop a holistic understanding of space
  • The role of space surveillance for both debris mitigation and air missile defence
  • What next for Australian space programme?
  • 14:45 German SST – The GSSAC at Present and in the Future

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross, Air Force Liaison Officer , German Aerospace Center (DLR)
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  • The current space situation: growing traffic and debris as obstacles to overcome
  • Realising plans to acquire space SSA capability to maintain assurance of space assets
  • Military and civilian input into the German Space Situational Awareness Centre (GSSAC)
  • Utilising ground based assets such as GESTRA – SST tracking radar
  • Optical sensors specifications and requirements for future systems
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    15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Polish Space Domain Awareness and System Architectures

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Colonel Rafal Borek, Director, Defence Projects Department, Polish Space Agency
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  • Timeline for joining the European Union Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Support Framework Initiative
  • Defining the possibilities and conditions for realisation of works related to space domain awareness
  • Collaborating with the Armed Forces to ensure that space capabilities meet future SATCOM and EO requirements
  • Polish radar technology and recommendations following the recent acquisition from PZL Warszawa-Okecie
  • Utilising multi-wavelength spectroscopy and monitoring systems to maximise SSA
  • 16:15 Space Traffic Management for Space Assets in Arctic Orbit

    Lieutenant Commander Oystein Glomsvoll

    Lieutenant Commander Oystein Glomsvoll, Staff Officer, Space Programs , Norwegian MoD
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  • Brief introduction to Norwegian space history and its use of SATCOM in high north and arctic environments
  • What being a leading space nation in the arctic involves and how it fits into cross sector requirements for the region
  • Unique orbit requirements to maintain SATCOM and EO capabilities in these areas
  • International cooperation and collaboration to support allied nations in the north
  • Space traffic management for satellites deployed in these orbit arcs – key considerations
  • Final concluding comments
  • 16:45 The Facets of Effective Space Situational Awareness

     

  • What space weather systems & debris mean for managing the increasingly congested orbit structures around earth
  • Working with key US partners within the L5 mission to maximise space monitoring
  • The role of SSA within planetary defence and liaising with military partners to protect against near-earth objects
  • Current ESA projects developing technologies for space debris monitoring

     

     

     

     

     

  • Dr Tim Flohrer

    Dr Tim Flohrer, Senior Space Debris Monitoring Analyst, Space Situational Awareness Programme , European Space Agency
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    17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Associate & Founder, Reflecting Space
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    17:30 Post Conference Drinks Reception Sponsored by ExoAnalytic

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Captain Brittany Stackhouse

    Captain Brittany Stackhouse, Program Manager, SMC, US Air Force
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    9:00 Keynote Address: U.S. Intra-governmental Collaboration on the Provision of Space Situational Awareness Data and Space Traffic Management Services

    Major General (Ret'd) Robert D. Rego

    Major General (Ret'd) Robert D. Rego, Strategic Missions Adviser to the Commander, US STRATCOM
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    Mr Kevin  M. O Connell

    Mr Kevin M. O Connell, Director, Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce
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    9:30 EU Space Surveillance and Tracking Framework : A Consortium of Member States Safeguarding European Space Infrastructure and Orbital Environment

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher, Chairman EU SST Consortium, CNES
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  • Strategic importance of space security for Europe
  • Governance of the Consortium
  • Sensors, European database and precursor catalogue, service provision, users
  • Architecture simulations
     
  • 10:00 Functional SSA as Part of the National Space Strategy

     

  • An overview of the US DoD space structure and how the respective departments feed into a unified space vision
  • Driving a unified approach to the 4th domain through collaboration with industry and allied partners
  • The US space surveillance network: how the future space fence will enhance ground-based SST
  • Processing, exploitation and dissemination of data – how to integrate non-traditional information sets
  • What SSA means for safely deploying in orbit
  • How collaboration can help us overcome the challenges of operating in a congested domain
  • Lieutentant Colonel Mia Walsh

    Lieutentant Colonel Mia Walsh, Commander 18th Space Control Squadron, US Air Force
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    10:30 SSA Sharing and Spaceflight Safety

    Ms Diana McKissock

    Ms Diana McKissock, SSA Sharing and Spaceflight Safety Lead, United States Air Force
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  • How 18 SPCS is working with international partners to advance combined space operations
  • How 18 SPCS is working with partners to support pre-launch risk assessment, manoeuvre planning and decommissioning activities
  • How collaboration can help us overcome the challenges of operating in a congested domain
  • Processing, exploitation and dissemination of data – how to integrate non-traditional information sets
  • How spaceflight safety enables the warfighter
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 To Support Global SSA There Needs To Be a Trusted Interaction Between Civilians, Commercial, and Military Systems Based On a Common High Quality Knowledge Base

    Mr Tom Kubancik

    Mr Tom Kubancik, Vice President of Advanced Programs, L3 Applied Defense Solutions
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  • Deep and open data pools
  • Simple and effective standards
  • Understanding the quality of measurements
  • Common methods to rate uncertainty
  • A message format to exchange information
  • 12:00 Space Surveillance and Tracking Research and Development

    Dr Francis Chun

    Dr Francis Chun, Director, Center for Space Situational Awareness Research, United States Air Force Academy
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  • Detecting, tracking, identifying and characterising space objects – what SST is and what it means for situational awareness
  • Developing novel techniques to characterise satellites from point source images
  • How to enhance R&D in SSA moving forward
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 SST – a strategic opportunity for Italy in the frame of the “Space Strategy for Europe”

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei, Head of Space Strategy and Operations Office, Air Force Staff, Italian Air Force
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  • An overview of the current Italian space efforts and how they feed into the wider defence strategy
  • Refuelling for in-orbit assets: current responsibilities and engineering challenges
  • Debris removal: domain ownership and future priorities in the era of growing space congestion
  • Integrating De-orbiting techniques for redundant satellite into initial design
  • Life extension for satellite constellations in service – maximising asset utility moving forward
  • 14:00 Royal Netherlands Air Force Space Status Update

     

  • Monitoring space weather to optimise asset deployment and safeguard critical infrastructure – products and projects
  • Ground based space surveillance and tracking projects, results and ambitions
  • Development of Space Operations within the NL MoD and cooperation with other nations and entities
  • RNLAF focus to develop its space capabilities for the future
  • Major Petra Wijnja

    Major Petra Wijnja, Head Space Security Center NL, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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    14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Building a Recognized Space Picture for the Swedish Armed Forces

    Mr Kristofer Hallgren

    Mr Kristofer Hallgren, Senior Analyst, FOI
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  • A recognized space picture for Sweden, what does it look like, why do we need it and how can we use it?
  • Challenges in bringing different actors together for a collaborative effort.
  • SSA as a tool to maintain peaceful, secure and sustainable space activities
  • 15:30 Algorithm Tools for Space Surveillance and Tracking

    Ms Laura Pirovano

    Ms Laura Pirovano, Scholar, Surrey Space Centre
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  • Developing efficient methods for short-term and long-term orbit propagation and its application for debris environment modelling
  • An algebra-based sampling method to measure near-earth objects
  • Performance and assessment of multi-beam radar sensors for SST
  • Long term techniques for maintaining effective data sets on orbital objects
  • Optical observations at short arcs – utilising predication tools
  • 16:00 Commercialisation of Space Situational Awareness

    Ms Shagun Sachdeva

    Ms Shagun Sachdeva, Senior Analyst, NSR
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  • Current SSA landscape – the problem and the solution
  • The SSA value proposition and the applications for improved awareness
  • Space’s competitive landscape – ground and space-based solutions to SSA
  • SSA commercialisation, the problem and solution
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Captain Brittany Stackhouse

    Captain Brittany Stackhouse, Program Manager, SMC, US Air Force
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Director, Defence Projects Department, Polish Space Agency
    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Chairman EU SST Consortium, CNES
    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Air Force Liaison Officer , German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Major General (Ret'd) Robert D. Rego

    Major General (Ret'd) Robert D. Rego

    Strategic Missions Adviser to the Commander, US STRATCOM
    Mr Kevin  M. O Connell

    Mr Kevin M. O Connell

    Director, Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Senior Orbital Analyst, UK Space Agency
    Ms Diana McKissock

    Ms Diana McKissock

    SSA Sharing and Spaceflight Safety Lead, United States Air Force
    Wing Commander Andy Hindley

    Wing Commander Andy Hindley

    Air Capability SO1 Space, Royal Air Force

    Captain Brittany Stackhouse

    Program Manager, SMC, US Air Force
    Captain Brittany Stackhouse

    Capt Brittany Stackhouse is a Program Manager and lead for Space Situational Awareness Advanced Concepts, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. She leads a 40 member team executing over $110 Million in revolutionary Space Situational Awareness solutions to gain, maintain and exploit space superiority.


    Capt Stackhouse entered active duty in 2012 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College. During her career, she has served as Program Manager for Launch and Test Range Systems providing critical space lift launch capabilities. Prior to her current assignment, she was a Project Manager for Space Command & Control directing development and deployment of capabilities to protect and defend national assets.
     

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Director, Defence Projects Department, Polish Space Agency
    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Col Rafal Borek (POLSA) graduated in 1997 as engineer in telecommunication (electronic branch) from Wroclaw University of Technology, in 1999 M.Sc. in automatics (electrotechnic branch) Radom University of Technology, later on supplementing education with postgraduate studies: in cybersecurity at National Defence Academy; in analysis of international security aspects at Collegium Civitas; in space management in modern economy at Warsaw School of Economics and Military Foreign Service at War Studies University. At present He is a Ph.D. student at War Studies University in security faculty aiming to complete thesis in SST field.
    Since 1997 he had worked at variety of military posts mainly related to aviation technologies as an engineer and later on chief of metrological laboratory responsible for calibration of aircrafts test devices, mainly for Air Forces. Since 2007 he worked in Operational Command dealing with Lessons Learned System establishment and later abroad in Polish Military Representative to the NATO & Military Committee in the field of development of EU military capabilities.
    Since 2014 he has been working in the space area in the Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies and after in Polish Space Agency. In both institutions responsible for managing surveys, studies and Polish involvement analysis in number of space areas: SSA, EO, technology harmonization etc. (at national level and within international context - ESA, EDA, European Commission).
     

    Dr Douglas Hendrix

    CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions
    Dr Douglas Hendrix

    Doug Hendrix is chief executive officer and co-founder of ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc. In addition to his executive role, he serves as the Commercial Space sector president. For 25 years, Dr. Hendrix has developed advanced software solutions to enable the United States to maintain its technological superiority in EO/IR sensing for missile defense and space situational awareness. Dr. Hendrix has a broad professional background that ranges from research and development to commercial software development in the areas of atmospheric, underwater and nuclear explosions, hyper-velocity impacts, space weather, and the development of a commercial fusion reactor.
    As a co-founder of ExoAnalytic Solutions, he had one major idea in mind for the company, which is to build a focused team comprised of the best and brightest in the industry to develop and field cutting edge technology to greatly surpass the state of the art. In his current role at ExoAnalytic Solutions, he remains deeply involved in technology development for both missile defense and space situational awareness.
    Dr. Hendrix earned a B.A. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Irvine, and is the proud son of a former submarine officer.
     

    Dr Francis Chun

    Director, Center for Space Situational Awareness Research, United States Air Force Academy
    Dr Francis Chun

    Francis Chun is a professor in the Department of Physics at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and Director of the Center for Space Situational Awareness Research. In his 35-year Air Force career, as a military officer and government civilian, Professor Chun worked on a variety of space-related programs to include the air-launched anti-satellite weapon system and space-based infrared missile defense systems. As a physics professor, Dr. Chun has taught many general and advanced physics courses specializing in the space domain. In his current role, he leads a team of faculty and cadets conducting satellite characterization research using small telescopes and developing the U. S. Air Force Academy’s world-wide Falcon Telescope Network. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Geophysics and Space Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. in Space Physics from the U. S. Air Force Academy.

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Chairman EU SST Consortium, CNES
    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher is graduated (1997) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAERO). He also holds a Master’s Degree (1998) and a Ph. D. in Physical Oceanography (2001) by the University Paul Sabatier, financed by the Ministry of Defence, and an Executive Master of Business Administration (2007) by ESCP Europe. After a post-doctoral position in the EU project “Marine Environment and Security for the European Area”, his experience includes 16 years of various positions at CNES headquarters as international relations adviser and programme manager. For the last 8 years, in the defence and security office, he is responsible for the following themes: space security, space situational awareness (SST, SWE, NEO) and space debris. He is currently the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU SST Consortium. He also acts as a French delegate to the Programme Board SSA of ESA, the Steering Group of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), the Steering Committee of the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG), the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), actively participating to the Working Group on the Long Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities (WG LTS). In France, he is responsible for the National Coordination Group on Space Weather (GCME). He is a member of the French Steering Group on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (GEIPAN).

    Dr Simon George

    Senior Scientist, DSTL
    Dr Simon George

    Dr Simon George is a senior scientist at the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; contributing to the MOD Chief Scientific Advisor’s Space Situational Awareness research project at Dstl, and the EU’s Space Surveillance & Tracking (EUSST) project.

    He has 10 years’ experience working in space research; most notably on topics associated with space debris and the surveillance of space. He currently leads on EUSST activities associated with connectivity between Operational Centres, and also participates in Dstl’s SSA experimental activities.

    His briefing provides an overview of Dstl’s SSA research programme via their involvement in an observation campaign of the 2018 RemoveDEBRIS mission.
     

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Director, SJE Space
    Dr Stuart Eves

    Stuart Eves is a satellite-system engineer. He has recently formed his own consultancy company after spending 14 years with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and 16 years with the UK Ministry Of Defence. 

    During his time with the MOD, Stuart initiated the TopSat satellite programme, which established a new world record for “resolution per mass of satellite”, and for a time formed part of the space gallery at the Science Museum.

    He has recently published Space Traffic Control, a book which describes the measures needed to maintain the space environment and protect satellites from both natural hazards and man-made threats such as space debris. 

    Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in constellation design, and has been a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society for more than 25 years. He takes an active interest in all things space, and is thus best described as an “astro-nut”!
     

    Dr Tim Flohrer

    Senior Space Debris Monitoring Analyst, Space Situational Awareness Programme , European Space Agency
    Dr Tim Flohrer

    Dr. Tim Flohrer
    ESA/ESOC; Senior Space Debris Monitoring Analyst, Space Safety Programme Office

    Tim Flohrer joined ESA’s Space Debris Office as an engineer in 2007 and has been working as an analyst since 2009, as a senior analyst since 2018.

    Since 2014 he is co-leading all work plan activities in ESA's Space Situational Awareness Program (SSA) Programme that address monitoring space debris.  In the Space Debris Office he is supporting operational collision avoidance activities for ESA and third party missions, re-entry predictions, and risk assessments. He is deeply involved in feasibility studies for space debris observations and observation campaigns using various techniques, e.g., with ESA’s 1-m telescope on Tenerife, Spain.

    Before he moved to Darmstadt, Germany, Tim was a research associate at the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he mainly worked on ground- and space-based optical space surveillance, and related planning and processing software. He is still happy to extend further his hands-on experience with optical observation systems. Tim is an ESA delegate to the IADC, where he was chairing WG2 (environment and database), and he is a member of the IAA Committee on Space Debris, the ECSS Space Debris Working Group, the CCSDS Navigation Working Group, and CEN/CENELEC TC5 WG2. Tim holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD; Dr. phil.-nat.) from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and a Diplom-Ingenieur in Geodesy from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany.

    Tim has been working on space debris and space surveillance topics for about 18 years.
     

    Klisman Murati

    Director, Pangaea Wire
    Klisman Murati

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Air Force Liaison Officer , German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Lieutenant Colonel (GS) Christoph Gross is the Liaison Officer of the German Air Force with DLR Space Administration and works as a policy officer with the DLR Strategy and Communication Department, on issues including security policy, cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and Space Situational Awareness (SSA). He is also a member of the German delegation to the Consortium implementing the European Space Surveillance & Tracking (SST) Support Framework for the European Commission and serves as German permanent military representative. Lieutenant Colonel (GS) Gross is a graduate of both the French and the German Armed Forces Staff College and has held responsibilities as Maintenance Squadron Leader at the Special Air Mission Wing of the German Federal Ministry of Defense and several assignments as an aircraft maintenance officer in the German and French Air Force.

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Head of Space Strategy and Operations Office, Air Force Staff, Italian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Air Force Staff – General Office for Space
    From 01.09.2017 Chief of the 2nd Office “Space Policy and Operations”
    Air Force Staff, 3rd Dept. – ItAF Space Policy Office
    2014 – 31.08.2017 Chief of the “Innovation, Space Systems and Applications Section”
    09.2010 – 11.2013 Chief of the “Space Policy, Space Systems and Applications Section”
    Air Force Staff, 4th Dept. – Office for Advanced Technologies and UAV’s programs
    06.2009 – 09.2010 Chief of “Space Systems and Applications”
    04.2006 – 06.2009 Staff Officer at the “UAV and Space Systems Section”
    10.2003 – 04.2006 Staff Officer at the “Human Spaceflight, Navigation and Meteorology Section”
    Comando Squadra Aerea – 46th Air Brigade at PISA AFB
    03.2003 – 10.2003 Chief of “Maintenance scheduling Section” at the Aircraft Maintenance Dept
    05.2002 – 02.2003 Chief of “G-222 and C-27J Maintenance Section” at the Aircraft Maintenance Dept
    12.1999 – 05.2002 Chief of “G-222 Maintenance Section” at the Aircraft Maintenance Centre
    02.1999 – 12.1999 Chief of “Planning and Control Unit” at the Aircraft Maintenance Centre
    Air Force Accademy, NAPLES
    1993 – 1998 Officer Cadet Course and university degree in “Aeronautical Engineering with Specialization in Space” at the University of Studies named “Federico II”
     

    Lieutenant Commander Oystein Glomsvoll

    Staff Officer, Space Programs , Norwegian MoD
    Lieutenant Commander Oystein Glomsvoll

    LtCdr Øystein Glomsvoll has an operational background as Commanding Officer of navy combat vessels at the Norwegian Coastal Ranger Commando and Operations Officer of Skjold-class missile corvettes. He has served as a lecturer in nautical science at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, and is currently serving as Staff Officer for Space Situational Awareness at the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. He holds a MSc. degree in Positioning and Navigation Technology from the University of Nottingham.

    Lieutentant Colonel Mia Walsh

    Commander 18th Space Control Squadron, US Air Force
    Lieutentant Colonel Mia Walsh

    Lt Col Mia Walsh is the Commander of the 18th Space Control Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The 18th Space Control Squadron is responsible for providing 24/7 support to the Space Surveillance Network, maintaining the space catalog, and managing United States Strategic Command’s space situational awareness sharing program with US, foreign government, and commercial entities. The squadron also conducts advanced analysis, sensor optimization, conjunction assessment, human spaceflight support, re-entry and breakup assessment, and launch analysis. In addition, the squadron oversees Detachment 1, located in Dahlgren, Virginia.


    Lt Col Walsh entered the Air Force in 1998 and worked in ICBM launch operations, space surveillance, and missile defense, and completed staff tours at both Air Force Space Command and the Air Staff at the Pentagon. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Deputy Chief, Strategy Plans Division, at the Combined Space Operations Center.
     

    Major General (Ret'd) Robert D. Rego

    Strategic Missions Adviser to the Commander, US STRATCOM
    Major General (Ret'd) Robert D. Rego

    Robert D. Rego is the Strategic Missions Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In this role he assists the Commander in operationalizing the Space Joint Operating Area and supports the on-going execution of the nuclear, space, cyber and electronic warfare missions providing depth of experience and critical insight to innovatively and agilely deliver cross-domain integration for issues affecting Command capabilities. Mr. Rego is a highly qualified expert and will serve in this position for two years. Mr. Rego served a 31-year active duty and reserve career, retiring as a major general in 2017. He entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program and held assignments as a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile crewmember, duty in special projects at Headquarters, U.S. Space Command, as the Air Force Research Laboratory liaison to the U.S. Army Big Crow Program Office, in numerous assignments at Headquarters, Air Force Space Command, and as the Air Force Global Strike Command Director of Communications and Vice Commander. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

    Major Petra Wijnja

    Head Space Security Center NL, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Major Petra Wijnja

    Major Petra Wijnja started her career in the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1998 at the Royal Military Academy. She worked as a Fighter Controller at the RNLAF Air Operations Control Station from 2001 until 2015, developing from Fighter Controller and Fighter Controller instructor to Fighter Allocator and Squadron Training Officer. During that time, she obtained her bachelor’s degree cum laude in Mathematics. In 2015 she started in the newly founded RNLAF Space Security Center, where she is responsible for creating Space Situational Awareness (SSA) within the NL MoD, by developing SSA products, managing projects, setting up training and education and participating in (inter-)national working groups and exercises. As of October 2018 she is the Lead of Space Situational Awareness activities within the Space section of the RNLAF and head of the Space Security Center.

    Mr Andrew Ash

    Principal Scientist, Dstl
    Mr Andrew Ash

    Mr Andrew Ash (UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) is the Project Technical Authority for the UK MOD Space Situational Awareness project, and currently resides within the Space and Strategic Sensing team. He has over 10 years’ experience in the field of space and sensors assessment and has previously presented at a wide range of international SSA conferences, including SMi and AMOS, and leads on S&T activities in SSA within the Combined Space Operations initiative.
     

    Mr Kevin M. O Connell

    Director, Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Mr Kevin  M. O Connell

    Kevin M. O’Connell is the Director of the Office of Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Within this position, Mr. O’Connell leads an office with responsibility as a space industry advocate within the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Mr. O’Connell brings over 35 years of experience in the U.S. government, in research organizations, and as an entrepreneur and business leader to this position. Mr. O’Connell has researched and written extensively on the policy, security, and global market issues related to commercialization of remote sensing. Aside from numerous articles and op-eds, he was co-author of Commercial Observation Satellites: at the Leading Edge of Global Transparency (2000). He served as the Executive Secretary and Staff Director of the NIMA Commission (1999-2000). He was a member, and later Chair, of NOAA’s federal advisory committee on remote sensing from 2002-2016. Previously, Mr. O’Connell served as the CEO of Innovative Analytics and Training, a Washington, D.C. professional services firm focused on analysis and decision support for U.S. government and commercial clients. Among other issues, the firm focused on market trends and anticipatory/futures analysis for high-technology industries such as cyber, cloud computing, and geospatial technologies. During this time, he also served as a senior consultant to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as an independent advisor to the Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Mr. O’Connell’s background also includes extensive experience in national security and intelligence matters, including assignments in the Department of Defense, Department of State, National Security Council, and the Office of the Vice President. He spent a decade conducting and managing research in these areas at the RAND Corporation, including as the first director of RAND’s Intelligence Policy Center. Finally, Mr. O’Connell has taught a long-running course on comparative intelligence in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Security Studies Program.

    Mr Kristofer Hallgren

    Senior Analyst, FOI
    Mr Kristofer Hallgren

    Kristofer has combined embedded operational research positions at the Swedish Armed Forces HQ with work on space related questions since 2012. He is a member of the Expert group on Space for Defence and Security at the Swedish Defence Research Agency and in 2018 he became responsible for a project with the aim to provide the Swedish Armed Forces with a Recognized Space Picture.
    Kristofer is a space engineer by training with a master’s thesis conducted at NASA Ames Research Agency. He has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics and Microwave instrumentation from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany.

    Mr Matt Prechtel

    Business Area Director for the Spectral Data Products and Federal Network Projects, Kratos
    Mr Matt Prechtel

    Mr. Matt Prechtel is the Business Area Director for the Spectral Data Products and Federal Network Projects business areas at Kratos RT Logic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These two business areas focus on the application of data analytics to RF satellite emissions in support of Electromagnetic Interference detection and Space Situational Awareness as well as the application of network management software to mission monitoring and mission control projects respectively.


    Mr. Prechtel has over 20 years of experience in software engineering and engineering management and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Temple University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
     

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Senior Orbital Analyst, UK Space Agency
    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Sean Goldsbrough is currently Senior Orbital Analyst at the UK Space Agency with almost 15 years working within the Space Industry. He previously spent a large portion of his career working within the US Space Surveillance Network based at RAF Fylingdales performing several roles including Space Analyst. He is currently UK lead for one of four UN Inter-Agency Debris Committee working groups and provides direct support to the UK Space Agency regulations and licensing team. His role includes the evolution of UK national Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) capabilities as well as UK technical lead within the EU SST programme. He works closely with UK MOD and is involved in a number of projects on-going with our global military partners from within the UK Space Operations Centre, in addition to other international civilian agencies. Sean has in-depth experience in operational analysis and mission support, along with a vast knowledge of numerous topics required for true Space Situational Awareness and is a member of the British Interplanetary Society.

    Mr Simon Machin

    Met Office Space Weather Lead for Defence and Security, Met Office
    Mr Simon Machin

    Simon Machin is the Met Office Space Weather lead for Defence and Security, having worked within the Met Office on space weather impacts relevant to defence over the last decade. Simon works in the space weather management team who collectively coordinate scientific research, capability development, operational delivery and training elements, with Simon leading on alignment of MOSWOC capability development to deliver services and advice to meet defence requirements. This achieved through understanding of impact, effect and mitigations alongside appropriate means of communication to deliver high value services, underpinned by robust science, to users from across the defence community

    Mr Tom Kubancik

    Vice President of Advanced Programs, L3 Applied Defense Solutions
    Mr Tom Kubancik

    Tom is the General Manager of Commercial, Civil, and International Space and the Vice President of Advanced Programs at L3 Applied Defense Solutions.

    Tom’s entire career has been focused on advanced technology with over 30 years in Space Systems, High Performance Computing, and Visualization systems. As a recognized international expert in Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Tom has participated in research, development, and operational programs since the 1980’s. At L3 Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), Tom has led the evolution of commercial non-governmental SSA, establishing an enterprise approach including data collection systems, advanced processing, and decision support products. Tom and the L3 ADS team have a passion for problem-solving and innovation with a world class research portfolio coupled with exquisite analytical capabilities and deep operational experience.

    Tom is active in NATO Science and Technology efforts to establish multinational approaches for collaborative SSA. He has published several articles on global SSA and is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences.

    He is a graduate of Bowling Green University. Tom and his family live in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
     

    Ms Alexandra Stickings

    Research Fellow, Space Policy and Security, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
    Ms Alexandra Stickings

    Alexandra Stickings is Research Analyst for Space Policy and Security within the Military Sciences team at RUSI.
    Her research interests include space as a military domain, the role of space across UK government, space resilience, counterspace capabilities, SSA/STM and international space programmes. She has written on space topics for a range of publications and regularly contributes to the media.
    Alexandra holds an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck College, University of London, a BA(Hons) in International Studies from the Open University, and a BSc(Hons) in Physics with Astronomy from the University of Nottingham.
     

    Ms Diana McKissock

    SSA Sharing and Spaceflight Safety Lead, United States Air Force
    Ms Diana McKissock

    Ms. McKissock works for the 18th Space Control Squadron (18 SPCS), 21st Space Wing, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, as the lead for Space Situation Awareness (SSA) Sharing. Previously, she served as an active duty Air Force Space and Missiles officer, as well as with the U.S. Department of State and New Zealand Defence Force, before returning to the Air Force as an Orbital Analyst for the U.S. Combined Space Operations Center in 2010. In her current position as the SSA Sharing Lead, she focuses on executing USSPACECOM’s SSA Sharing Program by facilitating data exchange among the global space community.

    Ms Emily Mills

    Domestic Space Surveillance & Tracking Lead, UK Space Agency
    Ms Emily Mills

    Emily Mills is the Domestic Space Surveillance & Tracking Lead for the UK Space Agency. She has previously worked on policy and programme development across the Civil Service, and joined the UK Space Agency in 2018 on the EU SST programme. Most recently she became the UKSA lead on domestic SST to develop and deliver UK civil requirements for a National Space Operations Centre in collaboration with MOD and the RAF.

    Ms Laura Pirovano

    Scholar, Surrey Space Centre
    Ms Laura Pirovano

    Laura Pirovano received her bachelor degree in Mathematical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and her Master degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of  Delft. She started her PhD at La Universidad de la Rioja under the supervision of Dr. R. Armellin and has recently transferred to the Surrey Space Centre, at University of Surrey. Her research focuses on the use of differential algebra to efficiently deal with uncertainty, applied to the problem of orbital determination of space debris. Last year she won the “best paper” award at AMOS, primary conference on SSA in the US.

    Ms Shagun Sachdeva

    Senior Analyst, NSR
    Ms Shagun Sachdeva

    Ms. Sachdeva joined NSR in December 2017. Prior to joining the team, she worked as the Business and Marketing strategist at Satellite Squared. During her time there, Ms. Sachdeva’s main activities included the market analysis and segmentation, identification of potential customers as well as the valuation studies for the company’s core product concepts: In-Orbit Servicing and Satellite Power Boosting.


    Ms. Sachdeva completed the Toulouse Business School’s Aerospace MBA program, and holds a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from Monash University, Australia. During her studies, she worked on various aerospace assignments and led a research project that investigated the existence of a convergence between the internet and space industries. The study looked at the future of the telecommunication satellite constellations from the technological, economical and legal perspectives. As part of her MBA internship, Ms. Sachdeva’s work also included a comprehensive study on the funding opportunities for start-ups within the space industry, with a geographical evaluation for new space ventures.
    Prior to her transition into the space industry, Ms. Sachdeva worked as a project engineer at Ford Motor Company Australia, leading various projects and new program launch activities at different sites, globally. The experience she has gained from the automotive industry, combined with her passion for the aerospace sector has helped Ms. Sachdeva in exploiting the conceptual and technological synergies between the two domains.
     

    Ralph Dinsley

    Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Associate & Founder, Reflecting Space
    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Sqn Ldr (Retd) Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley is a retired RAF officer with more than 32 years of active service as an Aerospace Battle Manager including 16 years as a surveillance of space practitioner and space situational awareness advocate. His final assignments included leading the RAF contribution to global SSA in 2 significant programmes. Dinz’s unique military experience is further underpinned, as a CAS Fellow, with an MA in Peace and Development from Leeds Metropolitan University; his dissertation covering "Critical Perspectives on UK Space Security". Since retirement from the military in September 2017 Dinz formed, and is now Executive Director of NorSS Ltd, an innovative Northumberland based SSA company. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of SAINTS (Situational Awareness Information National Technology Service) a group of NE tech companies developing SA for government, industry and academia. He is also an observer to the Hague Space Resource Governance Working Group.

    Wing Commander Andy Hindley

    Air Capability SO1 Space, Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Andy Hindley

    Joining the RAF in 1991 as an RAF Regiment Officer he fulfilled a number of Flight Commander roles before he sustained an injury that precluded him from staying in the RAF Regiment. He transferred to the Operations Support (Flight Operations) specialization on its inception on 1 Apr 1997 and as a Flight Operations Officer he has served at multi-engine, fast-jet and rotary-wing aircraft units. Operational tours have included Kosovo and multiple tours in Afghanistan. Staff tours have included Headquarters, instructional and Career Management roles.


    On promotion to Wing Commander he was selected for Advanced Command and Staff Training and has served on the Air Staff in the Ministry Of Defence where he was responsible for RAF International Policy and engagement for North and South America, Australasia, South East Asia and the Far East regions. He served in a unique Command role at RAF Shawbury as Officer Commanding of both Operations Wing and Administration Wing and also Deputy Station Commander. A tour in Air Resources and Plans followed Command, during which he conducted a 3 month Secondment with KPMG, and he was Chief Of Staff in the RAF Transformation Team before taking on the role of SO1 Space within the Air Capability area at HQ Air Command.
     

    Wing Commander Steve Henry

    Deputy Director – Surveillance of Space, Royal Australian Air Force
    Wing Commander Steve Henry

    WGCDR Steven Henry is Deputy Director Surveillance of Space within the Air Force Headquarters Directorate of ISR, EW & Space.
    WGCDR Henry has served as a Crew Commander and Chief Instructor on the US Space Based Infrared System; as an Operations Analyst for Overhead Persistent Infrared capabilities at Defence Science and Technology Group; and he founded the Joint Space Operations Cell at HQ Joint Operations Command, which quickly evolved to become the Australian Space Operations Centre. During his posting to the Pentagon in 2016 – 2017 he developed space policy and strategy advice for the Principal DoD Space Advisor, focused on Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management.
    In his current role WGCDR Henry manages the Space Awareness sub-program.  He also supports a number of external interactions, including industry engagement, coordination of RAAF sponsored S&T projects and research agreements, and is seconded to the Australian Space Agency as the RAAF Liaison Officer.
     

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    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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