Science, Astronomy and Technology

Panel Listings

DayTimeRoomPanelistTitleDescription
Friday9:00 PMParking LotPatrick McDonaldAstronomy in the Parking Lot - FridayNight Sky Astronomy, weather permitting. Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars should be readily visible.
Saturday11:00 AMAuroraPaul Roberts (m), Eric Choi, Gillian Clinton, Neil Jamieson-WilliamsMars? The Moon? which first?There is a lot of back and forth between those who favour lunar exploration and those who favour Martian visits. This is an open discussion on the merits (or not) of each destination. Bring your opinions and an open mind and we'll kick it around for an hour.
Saturday12:00 PMParking LotPatrick McDonaldAstronomy in the Parking Lot - SolarSaturday Solar observing, weather permitting. Solar observing will display the Sun's chromosphere, including sunspots and any prominences that may be appearing at the time of observation.
Saturday3:00 PMAuroraDavid Stephenson (m) , Graham J. Darling, Geoffrey HartPreparing for Climate ChangeThe world's countries are on course to fail to fulfil the modest targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions set by the Paris accord. Global temperatures are rising and will continue to do so. The panel will discuss how to prepare for rising seas, longer droughts, more violent storms and hence unreliable food supplies.
Saturday5:00 PMAuroraDavid Stephenson (m)Exploiting Space in the 21st centurySpace X's planned BFR is intended to greatly reduce the cost of putting payload into space. The panel will discuss what could happen if the cost of putting stuff into orbit falls below $500 a Kg. Solar Power Satellites could become an economical source of electicity. Exploiting the asteroids and space hotels may be viable.
Saturday9:00 PMParking LotPatrick McDonaldAstronomy in the Parking Lot - Saturday NightNight Sky Astronomy, weather permitting. Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars should be readily visible.
Sunday11:00 AMAuroraDavid Stephenson (m)Coming Soon: The Flying Electric Robot TranspodA look at the rapidly advancing field of urban air mobility. Will the S.F. dream of flying robot vehicles be fulfilled? Commuters may soon look up to see drones filling Toronto's skies carrying freight and passengers.
Sunday12:00 PMAuroraDavid Stephenson (m), Graham J. DarlingThe Future of Additive Manufacturing3D printing has become additive manufacturing. The production of complex parts for air and space craft is being transformed. Houses and other buildings are being constructed by AM. The panel will discuss how AM may transform the economy of the future.
Sunday12:00 PMParking LotPatrick McDonaldAstronomy in the Parking Lot - SolarSunday Solar observing, weather permitting. Solar observing will display the Sun's chromosphere, including sunspots and any prominences that may be appearing at the time of observation.
Sunday1:00 PMOakridgesPaul Roberts (m), Eric Choi, Gillian Clinton, Geoffrey HartCommercial Space ExploitationScience fiction is replete with stories about mining asteroids, the moon or the planets, of building lasting colonies and societies off-world.
But, how does this all start? What is there, today or in the near future, that could kickstart off-world industries and get humanity working and living in space permanently?
Sunday2:00 PMAuroraGillian Clinton (m), Bill FawcettAlien MegastructuresLet's talk about very large artificial objects constructed on a planetary, orbital or stellar scale. What's possible and what's been used in SF?
Sunday2:00 PMMarkham AJacky LauRobot Workshop
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