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ASCEND seeks diverse and unique voices from across the globe to highlight the importance of Space Environmentalism & Sustainability.

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Diverse Dozen Members | 2023 ASCEND | Las Vegas

Applications Open: 24 January 2024
Applications Close: 15 March 2024
2024 ASCEND: 30 July – 1 August

Apply for the 5th Diverse Dozen (D12)

Apply to be part of the 2024 Diverse Dozen! Created in partnership with renowned astrodynamicist Moriba Jah, this exclusive community of passionate thought leaders is dedicated to preserving a debris-free off-world environment. Address space safety, security, and sustainability issues, and share your voice on stage in Las Vegas.

If chosen for the 2024 ASCEND Diverse Dozen Cohort, you’ll get to:

  • Craft an impactful opinion essay that will be shared with the ASCEND community.
  • Present your visionary ideas as a thought leader at the 2024 ASCEND event.
  • Unleash new opportunities by expanding your professional network.

ASCEND is thrilled to announce that the 5th Diverse Dozen (D12) cohort will receive travel assistance to make their participation in 2024 ASCEND even more rewarding! As a 2024 D12 member, you will receive:

  • Roundtrip coach airfare*
  • ASCEND registration
  • Accommodations for three nights at an official event hotel

* Must be booked through AIAA’s travel agent.


Our Diverse Dozen Participants Are from All Over the World!

Browse the map and hover over each dot to view the Diverse Dozen (D12) essays from previous years. You can use the controls on the top left to navigate and zoom in.

Past Diverse Dozen Highlights

ASCEND 2023 Session: Diverse Dozen

View All Diverse Dozen Op-Eds

2023 Diverse Dozen Op-Ed
2022 Diverse Dozen Op-Ed
2021 Diverse Dozen Op-Ed
2020 Diverse Dozen Op-Ed

Diverse Dozen Members | 2022 ASCEND | Las Vegas

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 building a sustainable off-world future 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.

In an effort to address this topic, and coming from a place of honoring and respecting the relationships and relatedness among all things, as well as of acting with compassion, Moriba Jah has partnered with ASCEND to create a one-of-a-kind annual event that invokes diverse and unique voices from humanity to tell the world about salient issues in space safety, security, and sustainability.

2023 Diverse Dozen Op-Ed

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