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Towards a Lunar Generation: First MVA Online Workshop for Students and Young Professionals

July 11, 2021 @ 00:00 July 18, 2021 @ 23:59 UTC+1

Since 2017, MVA has been leading efforts towards a Moon Village. In this time, the MVA has evolved to encompass 6 working groups, 2 projects and various other activities. 

The Towards a Lunar Generation Workshop is an event focused on students and young professionals, aiming to explore new areas of activity for the Moon Village Association, and engage with the next generation on the future of MVA and the Moon Village. About a hundred participants will join experts from across the space industry in a series of workshops, talks and networking events.

Event dates: 11-18 July 2021 (mostly scheduled from 15-18 CET)

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Event Overview

Summary of the Event

Schedule and Recording of the Sessions


  • All times are listed in CET.
  • This schedule might be adjusted based on the availability of participants and subject matter experts.
  • Discussion Group time in particular is more flexible and will be scheduled within each Discussion Group.
  • Most activities will be held on Zoom. A separate platform would be provided for the Networking Event.
15:00 – 16 :00Opening and keynote
Speaker: John Mankins, MVA Vice-President
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16:00 – 17:00Meet and greet
17:00 – 18:00Introduction to Discussion Groups
15:00 – 16:00Keynote: Medical Autonomy in Lunar Activities
Speaker: Dr. Kris Lehnhardt, Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capability at the NASA Johnson Space Center
Watch on Youtube
16:00 – 17:00Lightning Talks

Regarding the need for a Rover platform for lunar assistance and security, and its design (Alexis Maximiliano Caratozzolo)
Measurements of psychophysiological parameters of the crew that will inhabit the moon (Aarón Garduño Rodríguez)
A brief analysis of the physical-mechanical and geotechnical properties of lunar regolith and its simulants (Alessio Pedullà)
The Great Competition (Victor Allison)
The Moon Village School: Challenges, Designs, and Expert Feedback (Mark Wagner)
Lunar Communications Network (Lindsay Papsidero)
Miniature Lunar Payload Ideas by Orbital Space’s Moon Mission Project (Ruhi Shaikh)

Note: Discussion Groups will arrange their own time to meet on this day for their discussions.

15:00 – 16:00Keynote: Legal ramification of lunar resource utilization and infrastructure development
Speaker: Mark Sundhal, Director, Global Space Law Center, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
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16:00 – 17:00Interactive Session: Learn more about the MVA activities

Note: Discussion Groups will arrange their own time to meet on this day for their discussions.

15:00 – 16:00Keynote: Innovation and Entrepreneurship towards a Lunar Economy
Speaker: Manny Shar, Bryce Space and Technology
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16:00 – 17:00Networking event

Note: Discussion Groups will arrange their own time to meet on this day for their discussions.

15:00 – 16:00Keynote: Advancing Science on the Moon
Speaker: Prof. Bernard Foing, VU Amsterdam/Leiden
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16:00 – 17:00Interactive Session

Note: Discussion Groups will arrange their own time to meet on this day for their discussions.

15:00 – 16:00Keynote 5: Technologies for Sustainable Lunar Exploration
Speaker: Kathleen Coderre (Systems Engineer Sr Staff, Lockheed Martin) – Scott Rauen (Lockheed Martin)
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16:00 – 17:00Cultural Exchange

Note: Discussion Groups will arrange their own time to meet on this day for their discussions.

This day is dedicated to discussion groups to finalize their discussions and prepare for presentations on Sunday.

15:00-17:00Discussion Group presentationsWatch on Youtube
17:00 – 17:30Closing Remarks
Speaker: Giuseppe Reibaldi, MVA President

Description of Discussion Groups

Scientists are studying the landscape of the Moon to build the most advantageous infrastructure to support human space exploration. Such an infrastructure will need to support the crew in medical needs. Current research responds to human drive to explore and come up with new ways to ensure reliable health care for astronauts and scientists located in the Lunar base. In our group, we will discuss innovations in technology, medicine and life support systems needed for medical autonomy on the Moon, alongside high risk medical emergencies and  major human factors which will be challenges on the Lunar base. Our goal is to share knowledge and experience together with experts and build impactful solutions.

  • Q1: What type of infrastructure is needed for medical autonomy on the Moon?
  • Q2: What are high risk medical emergencies, and how can they be tackled on the Moon?  What needs to be evacuated back to Earth?
  • Q3: What are major human factors (including mental health) challenges on the Moon?
  • Q4: Role of analogues in exploring medical autonomy: How could these be tested?
  • Q5: What would medical autonomy on the Moon look like in the next 5, 10 and 50 years? What role can the MVA play in this regard?

Moderator: Kateřina Kobrlová, Ilaria Cinelli

Keynote Speaker: Kris Lehnhardt (Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capability at the NASA Johnson Space Center)

Speaker: Ashfaq Gilkar (Lead Senior Clinical Business Analyst at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS trust)

Subject Matter Expert: Rochelle Velho (SGAC Space Medicine and Life Sciences Project Group), Kristi Ray (Aerospace Medicine resident at UTMB/ NASA), Anthony Yuen (emergency medicine physician and space medicine researcher at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City)

Although humans have not set foot on the Moon since 1972, there has been renewed interest in returning to the lunar surface over the last several years. With a new ‘race’ to secure resources and land for infrastructure, there still exists little legislation to guide governments and private entities on how to appropriately conduct such activities on the Moon. With multiple actors already preparing themselves to partake in lunar developments and exploitation, decisions relating to the legal and policy aspects of lunar construction and resource management need to be made as soon as possible. The primary aim of this discussion group is to understand the difficulties inherent in establishing legislation and policy related to Moon resources and infrastructure, while finally offering answers to some of the most critical questions on the topic. We shall tackle questions of ownership and coordination among stakeholders, the reduction of obstacles and hostile interactions, and what the legal framework for the use of lunar resources could look like in the next ten years. The discussion group shall put forward their responses in a coordinated presentation.

  • Q1: What are the main challenges and obstacles to a legal framework for lunar resources?
  • Q2: How should resources and infrastructure be shared between various stakeholders?
  • Q3: How can actors reduce the risk of unpeaceful interactions on the Moon?
  • Q4: What could the legal framework for use of lunar resources look like in the next 5, 10 and 50 years? What role can the MVA play in this regard?

Moderator: Molly Silk

Keynote Speaker: Mark J. Sundahl (Global Space Law Center)

Subject Matter Experts: Mark J. Sundahl (Global Space Law Center), Chris Johnson (Secure World Foundation), Stephanie Wan (IMSG)

This hackathon is focused on developing business ideas for lunar Explorations in the year 2030. Participants will be placed in 4 to 5 teams and will follow a design sprint journey as follows:

  • Problem Definition
  • Brainstorming for Solutions
  • Business Model
  • Pitch your idea

Teams will receive 3 challenges from the moderators, and are allowed to select an alternative challenge of their own. Participants will pitch their ideas to all participants and a panel of judges at the end of the event.

Moderators: Georges-antoni Moubayed – Kaori Becerril

Keynote Speaker: Manny Shar (Bryce Space and Technology)

Subject Matter Experts: Jenna Tiwana, Derek Webber

Based on the scientific objectives identified by NASA and ESA for future exploration of the Moon, this discussion group will try to answer several questions regarding these objectives. First, the group will try to identify any additional scientific objectives based on the group’s expertise. The main activity of this discussion group however, is to look at these scientific objectives from an implementation point of view. The discussion group will look at what the role of human and/or robotic exploration of the Moon is for the scientific objectives. Also, the way this exploration is plannen could be used as a subject for investigation, such as a (permanent) settlement or more sparse missions. We will end the workshop by visualising our vision for the future of science of the Moon. 

  • Q1: What scientific objectives can we identify beyond the objectives stated in the background and reading materials?
  • Q2: Which scientific objectives should be reached using manned missions and which using robotic missions?
  • Q3: What scientific objectives require (a permanent) human settlement on the Moon, such as the Moon Village, and why?
  • Q4 (optional): What is the role of the Moon in answering the scientific objectives?
  • Q5: What  will scientific activity in the Moon look like in the next 5, 10 and 50 years? What role can the MVA play in this regard?

Moderator: Bas Krijnen

Keynote Speaker: Bernard Foing (VU Amsterdam/Leiden)

Subject Matter Experts: Bernard Foing (VU Amsterdam/Leiden), Ian Crawford (Professor of planetary science and astrobiology at Birkbeck, University of London), Madhu Thangavelu (USC Architecture), Melissa Battler (Mission Control Space Systems), Gordon “Oz” Osinski (Professor and NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration, Western University)

With space agencies around the world competing to send the next manned mission to the surface of the Moon within the next decade, the prospect of a sustained settlement on our closest planetary body seems closer than ever before. Which technologies can ensure that our future Moon village is as sustainable as possible? This discussion group will work on creating a priority list of current and emerging technologies with the most potential and assessing their technology readiness levels. A main focal point will be the role the MVA can play in supporting the development of these technologies and the involvement of emerging space countries.

  • Q1: What are the main enabling technologies for operation on the Moon? What TRL are they?
  • Q2: What emerging technologies will play a role in the next 5/10/50 years?
  • Q3: What role can emerging technologies play in this area?
  • Q4: How can the MVA ensure emerging space countries can contribute to the development of those technologies?

Moderator: Teodora Todorova – Jorge Rubén Casir Ricaño

Subject Matter Experts: Kathleen Coderre (Lockheed Martin), John Mankins (MVA) Chantelle Dubois (CSA)

Other Activities During the Event

After acceptance to the event, participants will be allowed to submit a request for a lightning talk during their registration. Lightning talks will be a 5 minute opportunity to provide an overview on a project you are working on. These are not pitches to sell an object or a service, but an opportunity to share know-how and raise awareness about your work.

The hope is that these talks lead to additional interactions during the networking sessions of the event.

We will be organizing a networking event as an opportunity to interact with fellow participants, subject matter experts and some of the members of the MVA. The International Night will be an opportunity to go and explore different cultures as represented by our participants. We will also hold a Moon Trivia.


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Frequently Asked Questions

For the discussion groups, we expect 3 hours per weekend and 2 hours for a mid week checkpoint. Teams will be allowed to set up their own schedule for the discussion groups, which should help you work around your schedule.

Live sessions will be recorded, so you can catch up if you miss a session.

Yes! You can attend any events that work with your schedule.

Our team is currently working on the final schedule and will be updated regularly based on the availability of speakers and subject matter experts.

  • Delegate Welcome Pack + Surprise Goodies
  • Access to Discussion Groups with Subject Matter Experts
  • Keynotes and lightning talks
  • Optional sessions

Apply for the Event

We invite applications from students and young professionals between the age of 18 to 35 (as of July 2021) who are nationals of United Nations member states and are passionate about the space industry to apply to participate in the event. 

Please use the following form to apply to participate. Based on your submission, the organizing team will select participants. Those selected will receive an eventbrite link to purchase their ticket. If you have any questions about the event or face any issues submitting your application, please contact us at gro.n1718271662oitai1718271662cossa1718271662egall1718271662ivnoo1718271662m@12017182716622glt1718271662.

There are no costs associated with applying to the event. However, the event has a 25 euro fee, payable at the time of ticket purchase. We are offering waivers of the application fee on a case by case basis. If you would like a waiver, please contactgro.n1718271662oitai1718271662cossa1718271662egall1718271662ivnoo1718271662m@12017182716622glt 1718271662 after your application has been accepted..

REGISTRATION CANCELLATION POLICY – All ticket sales are final, no refunds will be issued. Should you wish to cancel your participation, please inform us by e-mailing gro.n1718271662oitai1718271662cossa1718271662egall1718271662ivnoo1718271662m@ire1718271662ssan.1718271662ila1718271662.

Application Timeline

  • Application Open: 1 June 2021
  • Review of application starts and tickets sent out: 15-30 June 2021
  • Applications Close: 30 June 2021