All workshops will take place on Saturday, May 11, and attending them is highly recommended. Each workshop is dedicated to a different Space-related theme, and will be co-lead by a history student and a physics student to ensure a wide-ranging discussion. The goal of these workshops is to provide and integrate the different perspectives and research methodologies in a complementary and informative manner. Participants will be assigned to two workshops (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) according to the preferences expressed at registration.
SKY DREAMS (Valentina Cola, Augustin Orešković) – Space is one of the last realms that humanity has left to explore. Driven as much by curisority as the desire to seek knowledge, humanity has long speculated as to what the stars can tell us about our pasts, our presents, and our futures. This workshop will examine Space from ancient and medieval perspectives, examining the writings of early scientists, theologians, and philosophers to better understand what our forebears thought lay beyond the stars.
SPACE RACE (Valentina Markasović, Mattia Ivaldi) – This workshop aims to furnish participants with a deep understanding of the history and consequences of the “Space Race”. From the race to the Moon during the Cold War, to the international competition to develop modern positioning systems, the desire to dominate Space has been a source of political tension and an important impetus to technological advancement. Participants will be asked to consider the Space race from historical and scientific perspectives, and question how, if at all, this pursuit for power in Space played out in their countries of origin and shaped their understandings of the Universe.
SPACE TODAY (Maria Ludovica Pizzuti, Simone Ammazzalorso) – How big is the Universe really? What is happening in Space right now? How does the understanding of gravitational-wave astronomy better global society? What is the cultural and technological heritage of decades of unmanned spacecraft missions? Are we really alone in the Universe? Though one of the most important sources of information today, Space continues to raise many, perhaps unanswerable, questions. This workshop will examine the roles, responsibilities and strategies of space agencies’ the world over, and discuss the latest scientific breakthroughs concerning our understanding of the Universe.
EXPLORING BEYOND (Raphael Päbst, Agnieszka Wiciak) – Man has an innate desire to colonize–but what happens when an entire planet is no longer enough? This workshop will examine the possible methods of Space colonization and discuss mankind’s responsibilities in the “discovery” of new worlds. An understanding of scientific legacies will play a key role in deciding this. Is it possible to explore beyond our Solar System using current technologies, or need we develop more advanced and futuristic tools? If so, what challenges would scientists need to address? Additionally, this workshop will address the ethical and practical difficulties in creating a human society from scratch, and ask if mankind is truly ready to leave Earth.