Welcome to the
We are pleased to announce our call for individual presentations, special sessions, round table discussions, and other creative contributions. This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners on the commons in space. We will cover topics from space debris, congesting orbital space due to increasing satellites, protection of dark night sky, mining of celestial bodies, earth-space sustainability, diverse perspectives on space as a global commons, going beyond Antarctica and deep seabed regulations as models for space law, and much more.
The increasing use of space, from billionaire tourism to exploration of the Moon and Mars, as well as the increasing near-misses with space debris, has made many of us aware of space as a shared resource. How can the use of outer space be governed, providing opportunities for private actors but also protecting the rights for current and future generations that have not yet the means to participate in space exploration? How do we ensure the long-term sustainability of space exploration activities, as well as the safe use of Earth’s orbit?
As a virtual conference organized by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), we will facilitate a discussion between space scholars and scholars studying more traditional commons. What can we learn from governing shared resources on Earth to derive fair and productive outcomes when governing shared resources in space? And what can commons scholars, working on local and regional scales, learn from space commons that face governance on a scale beyond planet Earth? How can commons scholarship provide models for diverse stakeholder groups to have agency and voice as humanity takes important steps towards a sustained human presence on the Moon, Mars, and beyond?
Illustration by NASA
We welcome different kinds of contributions:
Starlink Satelites – Image by SpaceX
This virtual conference is accessible for small fees to cover the costs of the implementation of the meetings. All presenters will have to be or become IASC members. IASC members pay 10 dollars to attend the virtual conference live. All conference material will be available to IASC members after the conference. If you are not an IASC member, you can easily register here. Non-IASC members can attend the conference for a fee of 50 dollars. Dependent on sponsoring, waivers are available for early-career scholars and practitioners from the global south.
After the Live Conference, IASC members can register to access recorded conference content free of charge. Non-IASC members can register for a $10 fee .
Research Scientist at Eawag, Switzerland; Assistant Professor (guest) at Utrecht University, the Netherlands; Founder of Earth-Space Sustainability
Professor, Schools of Sustainability and Complex Adaptive Systems, Arizona State University, USA
Assistant Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Space Advisory Project Lead at Arizona State University, USA
Research Associate, University of Hamburg, Germany
Associate Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Flinders University of South Australia
Assistant Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, USA
Director of Policy and Governance at the Open Lunar Foundation, USA
Affiliated Professor of Law; Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University, USA
Adjunct Professor, space governance, at the Graduate School of International Studies, Laval University, Canada
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of York, UK
Don’t hesitate to
For questions about this conference please send an email to Marco Janssen at email@example.com.
Space Tourism – Image by Virgin Galactic/Handout via REUTERS
We are seeking sponsors to cover the costs of organizing the conference and fund IASC memberships for students and colleagues in the global south. We consider the following level of Sponsorships:
Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
Gold Sponsor: $2,000
Silver Sponsor: $1,000
Bronze sponsor: $120, which covers a membership for one participant for four years.
Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors will have their logo on the conference website, the size depending on the level of Sponsorship. If you have inquiries about sponsorships, please contact Marco.Janssen@asu.edu.
We welcome donations of any amount!
Interact with other participants
During the conference, you will be able to mingle with other participants in our Wonder Room that will be available during the entire conference. The video below gives a simple introduction on how to use the platform. Once you log into the conference website you’ll find information about the location of the Wonder Room.
How to sustain human communities in space? Port of Mars is a game designed to identify effective strategies for navigating commons dilemmas and collective action under high uncertainty and high-risk conditions.
We will do gameplay with a digital version of the game during the conference on Friday, November 4. When you are signed up for the conference, you get additional information about the gameplay.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the following issues
“I lost my conference key”
“I need a certificate of conference participation
Welcome to the 2022 Commons in Space Virtual Conference. We are excited to have you on board! Whether this is your first time attending a virtual conference, or if this is one of many that you have experienced, we would like to give you some tips to increase your focus and make the most of your time during this event.
When we attend an in-person conference, part of what makes it special is being away from home, office, and our usual daily routine. We suggest that you do the same for this virtual conference. Let your employers, students, colleagues, and family know that you are immersing yourself in this 3-day conference. We are offering real-time panel discussions and networking events. Get the real-time events that you want to attend onto your calendar first.
After the conference, the recordings of the panels will still be available to you. Stay connected to the participants you met while networking. As an IASC member keep informed via the biweekly newsletter, send contributions for the newsletter, and consider to organize an IASC event in the future. Questions? Contact Caren Burgermeister at email@example.com.