Ethics in Orbit: Reflecting on the Motivations of Space Travel

Tue Nov 14 2023 at 07:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Stichting Perdu | Amsterdam

Future Based
Publisher/HostFuture Based
Ethics in Orbit: Reflecting on the Motivations of Space Travel
Let this evening inspire you to explore space exploration in a broader light.
About this Event

In the past, during the Cold War space race, the focus was on reaching outer space, but presently, we are staking claims to what lies there. As more countries embrace space exploration, historical patterns suggest that competition and cooperation will both emerge.

Space has already brought significant changes to our daily existence. It has become a pivotal aspect of communication, economics, military strategy, and is increasingly influential in international relations. Consequently, this will inevitably lead to the establishment of "spheres of influence" and potential territorial claims as rivalries, alliances, and conflicts from Earth extend into space.

However, what remains lacking is a universally accepted set of rules to govern this competition. The absence of regulations governing human activities in space leaves the door open for astronomical disputes and disagreements. And, as the boundaries of space exploration continue to expand, it becomes imperative to consider the ethical challenges that arise in this frontier of human endeavour. In example, as humanity's presence in space expands, the need for comprehensive and fair space laws becomes evident. We will explore the principles that should underpin space legislation to ensure the responsible and sustainable development of space activities: In this meetup we’ll explore the role of imagination in promoting equality and foster progress in space exploration.  During this gathering, we aim to engage in meaningful discussions, exploring the ethical frontiers about various critical aspects related to space travel, colonization, equality in the space industry and research, and the legal framework governing our actions beyond our planet.

Let this evening inspire you to explore space exploration in a broader light. We have gathered an interdisciplinary panel, who have devoted their careers to investigating the ethical aspects of space travel and beyond. They will impart their insights, experiences, and viewpoints, encouraging us to critically contemplate our responsibilities.


Yarin Eski:

Dr Yarin Eski is an assistant professor in public administration and is author of several books, including A Criminology of the Human Species, Policing, Port Security and Crime Control,  "A Criminological Biography of an Arms Trader, Genocide and Victimology (ed.) and Maritime Crime and Policing (eds.). His publications overall cover various topics, such as (maritime) security, policing, professional identities, algorithmic policing, and more. Yarin’s research involves collaborations with public-private partners, focusing on themes like Resilient Governance, Policing Organised Crime and Awareness About Hybrid Threats. He also studies space crime, space criminology and space policing and security. He is affiliated with various organizations, including the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). Yarin is also part of the editorial team for the Oxford Academic Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice. Yarin is the co-initiator of this event.

Jack Lampkin:

Dr Jack Lampkin lectures in criminology at York St John University in the United Kingdom and is a leading figure in the development of space criminology. He has also worked as a Lecturer in Police Studies and Course Lead for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) in partnership with Humberside Police. Prior to joining YSJ, he was Programme Lead for the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) at Leeds Trinity University, working in collaboration with West Yorkshire Police. Jack has also worked as a Lecturer in Policing, Law, and Criminology at Teesside University and the University of Lincoln. In 2019, he worked as a Police Constable for West Yorkshire Police, serving the Leeds District, including Leeds South and Leeds City Centre. Before joining the Police, Jack obtained a PhD in law at the University of Lincoln, where he published several times in the area of green criminology and environmental crime. In November 2020, he published his first book, "Uniting Green Criminology and Earth Jurisprudence."

Daniela de Paulis:

Daniela de Paulis is a former contemporary dancer and a media artist exhibiting internationally. She is also a licensed radio operator. Her artistic practice is informed by Space in its widest meaning. Since 2009 she has been implementing radio technologies and philosophies in her art projects. She is currently Artist in Residence at the SETI Institute (California) and Artist in Residence at the Green Bank Observatory (West Virginia), with the support of the Baruch Blumberg Fellowship in Astrobiology. She is collaborating with some prominent research institutes, including the European Space Agency, INAF (Italian Research Institute for Radio Astronomy), the Donders Centre for Neuroimaging and the University of Cambridge. For her projects, she is using state of the art radio telescopes, such as the Green Bank Telescope (West Virginia), the Allen Telescope Array (California), and the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory (UK), the Medicina Radio Telescope and the Sardinia Radio Telescope (Italy). Previously, she has been collaborating with radio operators based at historical antennas, such as the Bochum Radio Observatory (DE). In 2009 she developed the Visual Moonbounce technology, in collaboration with international radio operators, and for the past fourteen years she has been working on a series of innovative projects combining radio technologies with live performance art and neuroscience. From 2010 to 2019 she has collaborated with Astronomers Without Borders as the founder and director of the Arts programme. She has been collaborating with several other organizations, including the Human Space Program, led by space philosopher Frank White, the Space and Society Working Group lead by philosopher Jayme Schwartz. She is a member of the IAA SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Permanent Committee and a regular host for the Wow! Signal Podcast. In addition to her artistic practice, she is part of the committee organizer for the Electronic Visualisation in the Arts conference in London and part of the editorial board for the Springer Space and Society series. She has published her work with the Leonardo MIT Journal, Routledge, Springer, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Inderscience and RIXC, amongst others. She is the recipient of the Art of Neuroscience Prize 2022 with the project Mare Incognito, also shortlisted for other international festivals and featured on Scientific American. Her project A Sign in Space has been featured by international media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, CBC, ABC Australia, Wired, Scientific American.  For more information: and

Sabine Winters:

Sabine Winters is the organizer and co-initiator of this event. She is a freelance philosopher of science, lecturer, and researcher with a strong focus on the philosophy of space. Sabine has obtained a master's degree in the philosophy of science, with a thesis on "Somnium" (1634), a science fiction work by the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler. Since 2023, Sabine has been researching the role of imagination in space science at the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Agency and has been accepted as a doctoral student at York University (UK). In addition to her freelance work, Sabine is a tutor and teaches philosophy at the ArtEZ University of the Arts (Arnhem, Netherlands), she delivers lectures and courses on film and philosophy in theaters in the Netherlands together with her colleague Kevin Toma. Furthermore, Sabine creates interdisciplinary research programs in the fields of art and technology for Theater de Lindenberg, Nijmegen the Netherlands. For the Deep Space Initiative, Sabine is involved as a Research Supervisor. Sabine is the founder and director of the Future Based Foundation, an interdisciplinary philosophy organization that organizes discussions with experts in their respective fields to promote a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Her research project, "Scientific Imagination," aims to comprehend the role of imagination in the natural sciences.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Stichting Perdu, 86 Kloveniersburgwal, Amsterdam, Netherlands


EUR 7.00 to EUR 9.00

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