From Deep Impact to Gravity through Space Weather: Working Together to Protect From Space Hazards, Human-made or Natural

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 13:30 – 14:30

Location: Bremen Conference Center – ÖVB Arena


Space Safety is a topic that no nation, no agency, no space actor can tackle alone. Global collaboration is a must. International cooperation is seen today but there is space for more.

Space Safety is not a single project or activity but a series of projects and activities contributed from players worldwide towards the vision of a resilient society safe from dangers originating in space.

The aim of the plenary is to explore international cooperation beyond what is already done and initiate/provide impulse for more. This plenary event is thus conceived as a working plenary. The plenary starts with the current roadmaps at major space agencies on space safety topics and aims at identifying gaps in current activities and deriving concrete actions those on stage can agree to take up at home and with one-another.



Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Space Scientist,

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),

United Kingdom



Full Bio

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to a general audience and demonstrating that you ‘don’t need a brain the size of a small planet’ to understand, participate in and enjoy science.  Her BBC 2 programme, “Do We Really Need the Moon?” showed just that.  The programme earned Maggie the talkback Thames new talent award at the prestigious Women in Film and TV Awards in December 2011.  She went on to present “Do We Really Need Satellites?” and was one of the main scientists on Channel 4’s Brave New World.  She is currently presenting Sky at Night on BBC 4, Mini Stargazing for Cbeebies and is a panellist on Sky One’s successful science quiz show, ‘Ducks Quack Don’t Echo’.  She also makes regular appearances on The One Show, Newsnight and Woman’s Hour and was a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

Maggie studied at Imperial College where she obtained her degree in Physics and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  Since then she has spent much of her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation ranging from hand held land mine detectors to an optical subsystem for the James Webb Space Telescope.

To further share her love of science Maggie conducts “Tours of the Universe” and other public engagement activities, showing school children and adults around the world the wonders of space.


MODERATOR & speaker

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Johann-Dietrich Woerner

Director General,

European Space Agency (ESA),





Full Bio

Jan Woerner was born in Kassel, Germany in 1954. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and TU Dramstadt, from where he graduated in 1985.

In 1990, he returned to TU Dramstadt, where he was appointed as a professor of Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Test and Research Institute. Jan Woerner headed the university from 1995 to 2007 and succeeded in making it the first autonomous university of the Federal Republic of Germany.

From March 2007 to June 2015, he served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He became the ESA Director General on 1 July 2015.



Jim Bridenstine


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),

United States


Full Bio

James Frederick “Jim” Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in as NASA’s 13th administrator on April 23, 2018.

​Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Bridenstine’s career in federal service began in the U.S. Navy, flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and accrued most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings. He later moved to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN.

After transitioning from active duty to the U.S. Navy Reserve, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.

Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2012 while flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs. Most recently, he transitioned to the 137th Special Operations Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Bridenstine completed a triple major at Rice University, and earned his MBA at Cornell University. He has three children with his wife, Michelle.


Thomas Jarzombek

Federal Government Coordinator,

German Aerospace Policy,



Full Bio


Born in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, on 28 April 1973

Member of the German Bundestag since 2009


Since 11 April 2018
Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy

2005 – 2009
Member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia

Pre-diploma in economics and foundation of an IT services company

Study of economics at Düsseldorf University

As the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Thomas Jarzombek coordinates and brings together the Federal Government’s measures to strengthen the international competitiveness of Germany’s aerospace sector in the fields of research and development..


Nicolas Chamussy

Executive Vice President Space Systems,

Airbus Defence and Space,




Full Bio

Nicolas Chamussy became Executive Vice President Space Systems in the Airbus Defence and Space Division on 1st July 2016.

Prior to assuming this position he was the Chief of Staff to Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders since July 2012.

He served as Head of Mission Air Systems leading UAV programmes in the former EADS Cassidian Division from 2008, and was the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Programme Manager for the former Astrium space Division from 2004 to 2008. From 2002 to 2004, Chamussy was Director of Ground Infrastructure for Astrium and started with the Group in 1999 as Director of the Satellite Business for EADS in Paris.

Nicolas Chamussy began his career in 1992 as an engineer on space matters at Phillips Laboratory ( US Air Force). He went on to work for France’s Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) as a Deputy Programme Manager for reconnaissance satellite in 1993, followed by positions as an Advisor to the French Minister of Defence and as Deputy Head of Bureau at the French Ministry of Finance.

Nicolas Chamussy holds degrees from École polytechnique, École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Nicolas Chamussy, born in July 1967, lives in Toulouse, is married and has 3 children.


Patrick Michel

Director of Research,

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS),



Full Bio

Dr. Michel is an international expert of asteroids born in the famous village Saint-Tropez in France. He is Director or Research (PhD) at CNRS (French Scientific Research National Center) and leads the team TOP (Theories & Observations in Planetology) of the Lagrange laboratory at the Côte d’Azur Observatory (Nice, France). With more than 110 publications in international peer-review journals, he develops numerical simulations of the impact process between asteroids and of asteroid surface behaviors in conditions that are very different than those on Earth. He is the lead scientist of the space mission project Hera, the European component of the AIDA project in collaboration with ESA and NASA, which aims at performing the first test of deflection of a potentially hazardous asteroid in 2022 and the first investigation of a binary asteroid and impact outcome in 2026. He is co-Investigator of two asteroid sample return space missions, Hayabusa2 (JAXA) and OSIRIS-REx, launched in 2014 and 2016, respectively, which are currently visiting their asteroid target (2018-2020). He is also involved in the Phobos sample return MMX project (JAXA) and in the asteroid Phaeton fly-by and dust characterization DESTINY+ mission (JAXA). He is the lead Editor of the book Asteroids IV (University of Arizona Press, 2015), which reviews the current knowledge on asteroids. He is the President of the Near-Earth Object Working Group of the International Astronomical Union, he belongs to the Science Program Committee of the French space agency CNES, and to the Steering Committee of the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN). He was awarded the NASA Silver Achievement Medal, the Carl Sagan Medal by the Division of Planetary Science of the American Astronomical Society for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science, the Prize Paolo Farinella 2013 for his contribution to our understanding of the collisional process, the Prize Young Researcher of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics (SF2A) and the asteroid (7561) Patrickmichel is named after him.


Matteo Emanuelli


Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC),



Full Bio

Matteo Emanuelli works as Lead Mission Engineer at GomSpace, a leading provider of turn-key solutions using nano- and microsatellites. Matteo is the technical manager for the Starling program, a constellation of LEO spacecraft aiming to provide tracking and surveillance for aircraft and ships.

Matteo is also Chair of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), a global, non-governmental organisation and professional network which aims to bring the views of students and young space professionals to the United Nations, industry, academia and space agencies. He has been involved in SGAC since 2011 in various roles: National Point of Contact for Italy, Co-Lead of the Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group and Regional Coordinator for the Europe.

Matteo has collaborated as well in the ADMIRE study with the International Association for Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS). ADMIRE aimed to provide an assessment of the risk to aircraft from re-entering space debris.