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About the Diverse Dozen (D12)
The brainchild of astrodynamicist Moriba Jah, co-founder/chief scientist at Privateer and associate professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas, the Diverse Dozen is the exclusive ASCEND community of thought leaders and activists whose intellectual and emotional commitment to keeping the off-world environment free of debris knows no bounds.

“D12 is centered on the belief that we’re more similar than we are different, and action is best when born from compassion,” says Jah, a space environmentalist advancing our ability to understand how human objects in space create both services and risks of collisions.

If you’re selected for the 2022 Diverse Dozen, you will author an opinion essay and deliver a thought-leadership presentation of your vision for space during the in-person component of 2022 ASCEND, 24–26 October, at Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. You’ll also participate in the review and selection of the next cohort (Summer 2023).

Diverse Dozen Members at 2021 ASCEND

Members of the Diverse Dozen at ASCEND, in Las Vegas, NV. From left to right: Moriba Jah, Emma Louden, Mina Takla, and Ilaria Cinelli.

ASCEND 2021 Session: Space Traffic Management From The Diverse Dozen

Diverse Dozen Application

What needs to happen for space to be more transparent and predictable, and to have a globally accessible pool of evidence to help people make decisions and hold them accountable for their behaviors in this shared domain? Join us in shaping the dialogue around space safety, security, and sustainability.

Applications for the 2022 Diverse Dozen Cohort are now closed. We look forward to welcoming this year’s cohort to Las Vegas later this year.

Diverse Dozen Op-Eds
2023 Important Dates

Application Deadline Extension:

June 2023

Notification Date:

July 2023

Op-Ed Submission Deadline:

September 2023


23–25 October 2023 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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