Space Colonisation | Virtual Futures Salon


27 Feb 2018
Opening times:

18:30 - 21:00

Virtual Futures presents a panel discussion on the human exploration of space.

Living beyond the earth’s atmosphere continues to pose a significant scientific challenge. Solutions for surviving in space include the complete cyborgisation of the human body, the construction of large artificial orbital habitats, and even the radical terraforming of other planets. Despite the extreme industrial and economic undertaking associated with these methodologies, scientists have stressed the importance of space colonisation as the most viable solution to ensure the long-term survival of human civilisation.

If we are to flourish in extra-terrestrial environments, how might such colonies be constructed? And, how can we convince the public that space exploration is a sufficiently valuable social goal?

Join us for a discussion with the visionaries who advocate for the projects that could enable human life to flourish amongst the stars.


Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University & Author of Star Ark: A Living, Self-Sustaining Spaceship (@LivingArchitect)

Dallas Campbell, Television Presenter & Author of Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet (@DallasCampbell)

Dr. Olesya Myakonkaya, Founder of Mars Nation (@OlesyaSci)

Jerry Stone, Spaceflight UK (@SpaceflightUK)

Moderated by:

Luke Robert Mason, Director of Virtual Futures (@LukeRobertMason)


18:30 – 19:00: Registration & Drinks
19:00 – 20:00: Panel Discussion
20:00 – 20:30: Audience Q&A
20:30 – Late: Drinks & Networking

Ticket Information

Discounts are available for students, early career researchers & journalists. Contact for Promo Codes.

About the Venue

Ninety One is the brand new venue in the Old Truman Brewery complex at 91 Brick Lane. Find out more:

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Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Ticket sales help to cover the cost of speaker travel, filming and documentation.