6 October 2021: Student conferences on diversity and inclusion in the space sector 2

Event date: 6 October 2021
Location: 5 allée Antonio Machado, Université de Toulouse

UNIVERSEH invites students to a hybrid conference on the space sector organised by students, for students.

Student conferences on 6th October 2021


The Student conference takes place on 6 October at the University of Toulouse. Students will explore different topics related to diversity and inclusion in the space sector, followed by a roundtable group discussion.


The Student conference consists of 7 workshops:

  1. Environment and space
  2. The space sector within the different UNIVERSEH partners
  3. Imagination and space
  4. Women in the space sector
  5. Settlements and future infrastructures
  6. Who owns outer space?
  7. Jobs and careers in the space field

Download a PDF version of the programme.

Additional events

The universities of the Alliance organise additional events.



All the workshops will be live-streamed. Registration is open. All participants are welcome to register to the workshops completing the online registration at the following links:


09.00 – 09.20 Opening ceremony
Room F417

Workshop 1
09.30 – 11.15 Environment and space
Lead: Luleå University of Technology; Room F422-423; Convenor: Arnau Busom Vidal
This workshop will focus on five different topics about the theme Environment and Space. It will start with a short introduction of the topics followed by an open discussion.

Workshop 2
09.30 – 11.15 The space sector within the different UNIVERSEH partners
Lead: Université de Toulouse; Room D31; Convenor:
— For this workshop, Marine Prunier will present the Club Mars and more precisely the scientific experience in the Utah desert which take place every year and aim to understand better the life conditions on Mars.
— Then, Kiira Tiensuu will present the Giron Space Organisation which is an organisation established to boost space related student projects in Northern Sweden.

Workshop 3
09.30 – 11.15 Imagination and space
Lead: Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf; Room E412; Convenors: Milan Grigull and Britta Moormann
Technical developments always had to follow the imaginary force of thought leaders and artists, avant-gardists who were able to imagine the unforeseeable. Our image of space is stamped by artists of various disciplines through literature, movies, comics and music. Long before we could even think and technically plan the act of flying to the moon, imagination in pop culture painted a picture of future journeys. In the 21st century still, our images of space are significantly formed by media we consume since early childhood. It is still the fantastic sci-fi images that trigger us more than the black-and-white pictures from humankind impressive achievements during the space race.

Workshop 4
11.30 – 12.30 Women in the space sector
Lead: Université de Toulouse; Room F417; Convenor: Axelle Vanhaecke
Two talks will be given in this Workshop 4. The first will be by Yulia Akisheva about the activities of the team “Our Giant Leap” which aims to learn more about gender equality in the space sector and to propose solutions. The second one will be given by Helene Fourcade and will allowed us to have a historical perspective on the place of women in the space sector. It will be followed by a round table.

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

Workshop 5
14.00 – 15.45 Settlements and future infrastructures
Lead: AGH University of Science and Technology; Room F422-423; Convenor: Beata Cabala and Gabriela Opiła
AGH students would like to present topics related to the presentations shown by our team members and other, interesting aspects of space resources, future colonization and infrastructures in space via a moderated panel with audience interaction. This comic con inspired panel aims to promote space resources as a future way to save the Earth.

Workshop 6
14.00 – 15.45 Who owns outer Space?
Lead: University of Luxembourg; Room D31; Convenor: Alessio Buscemi and Nicola Schreiner
This workshop will focus on two topics:
— The participation and representation of all humanity in space is an issue of international space law ever since the first phase of space exploration. Even though rights of non-spacefaring countries have been secured by declaring the exploration and use of outer space as the province of humankind, it has been argued that the present politico-legal regimes and their philosophic grounding advantage imperialist development of space.
— The advent of commercial activities like space mining, space tourism, private exploration, and the development of many commercial spaceports, is leading many countries to consider how to regulate private space activities. The challenge is to regulate these activities in a manner that does not hinder or preclude investment, while still ensuring that commercial activities comply with international law.

16.00 – 17.00 Additional events at Partners Universities
— At AGH University of Science and Technology: In this panel, students will present the results of the events accompanying the conference.
— One of them will be a presentation of solutions designed during the Design Thinking workshop – “What should study at a Space University look like?”.
— All results will be discussed with UNIVERSEH experts. Participation in that panel is open for all conference attendees.
— Go to the Event devoted to DT workshop results.

Workshop 7
17.00 – 18.30 Jobs and careers in the space sector
Lead: Université de Toulouse; Room F417; Convenor: François Rulier
For jobs and careers in the space sector, the speakers will make a short presentation of their job and career and it will be followed by a round table which will allow participants to discuss with the speakers.

18.30 – 19.15 Conclusions
Room F417

All the rooms are in Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Maison de la Recherche, 5 allée Antonio Machado, 31058 Toulouse. Metro station: Mirail Université, Line A.

Additional events


AGH University of Science and Technology
Tuesday 5 October
What should study at a Space University look like?
— We would like to invite all students from UNIVERSEH partner universities to join the online workshop which is a part of the Students Conference on diversity and inclusion in the space sector.
— During this event, you will design the positive studying experience from the perspective of the space university student. The important part of the studying experience is the notion of diversity and inclusion.
— The workshop will be facilitated using the innovative DTMethod. DTMethod is an original procedure of conducting Design Thinking workshops, based on many years of experience and scientific research developed by Inprogress Design Lab. The workshop will be run by Rafał Czarny from Inprogress Design Lab.

Sign up via our registration link.

University of Luxembourg
Tuesday 5 October
09.30 – 11.30: Information desk at the ground floor Maison du Nombre: Presentation of UNIVERSEH, distribution of flyers, Q&A, invitation to the workshop.
12.00 – 14.00: Information desk in front of Food House (If the weather allows it).

Luleå University of Technology
Tuesday 5 October
– Giron Space Organisation (GSO) is organising a pre-event to start the discussions and present some of the topics that will be discussed during the UNIVERSEH student conference in Toulouse on 6th of October.
– Our plan for the day is to have interviews with experts on the different topics followed by a panel discussion. There will be snacks and refreshments at the Kiruna Space Campus, as we want to make sure you can use the event to have interesting conversations and do some networking.
– The event will take place both on the Kiruna Space Campus and online from 15.00 to 17.00 (CEST). We think that the event will be more interesting if we answer questions that you, the students, have regarding the topics. In order to gather the questions, we would kindly ask you to send them to the GSO.