A program fine-tuned to accelerate your work
The ASCEND program is built to leave you inspired and equipped with new tools, techniques, and ideas you can apply right away. You’ll experience a daily schedule that addresses big questions and challenges facing the entire space community.
The program is a three-tiered system. Starting from the 10,000-foot view (or perhaps we should say, “the 100 km view”), the sessions begin by posing the big questions about the future of space. As the event progresses, sessions narrow in focus and drill down into these questions, generating more practical and actionable discussions.
In many cases, this is introduced as a question or issue that requires the full ecosystem to work together to resolve. The Macro topic is introduced in a high-energy opening session where the full community—exhibitors included—is present. The macro sessions are the “what,” and work well when they can be framed as questions. ASCEND macro topics for 2020 are:
- How will we build a sustainable space economy?
- How will we maintain a permanent off-world civilization?
- How will we address national security and policy implications?
The meta layer offers discussion, distillation, and debate. This meta layer is the link between the macro opening sessions and the micro technical sessions and business meetings, and is critical to a unified, connected event. Meta sessions are specifically relevant to two or more groups of attendees. The meta sessions are the “so what.”
The micro layer includes today’s technical sessions and poster sessions, carefully curated to follow the macro topics, along with business meetings. This is where the best problem-solving happens and the reason the community comes to ASCEND. The micro sessions are the “now what.”
Become an ASCEND speaker
The ASCEND Call for Content is open through 17 March 2020 and is accepting proposal for technical papers, tutorials, case studies, session leadership, and more in the following areas:
- Defining the Space Economy
- Education, Outreach, and Workforce Development
- Information Systems and Software
- National Science Priorities
- National Security Space
- Space Exploration Architectures and Enabling Infrastructures
- Space Life Sciences and Systems
- Space Policy and Law
- Space Resource Utilization
- Space Traffic Management and Integration
- Transformative Research and Technologies
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