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  • Taking Space Cafe Global

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    Dr. Danielle DeLatte, United States


    Ms. Angela D. Peura, United States


    Mr. Robert Johanson, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


    Ms. Ayako Ono, Japan, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine


    Dr. Kenneth Wong, Japan, University of Tokyo


    Ms. Mayuko Mori, Japan, University of Tokyo


    Mr. Thilina Heenatigala, Japan


    Ms. Michelle Eggers, Japan


    Dr. Elizabeth Tasker, Japan, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), ISAS



    Engaging the public in the wonders of space is easier with a drink. Since 2011, monthly interdisciplinary space talks have been held at bars in Washington, DC and around the world. Events in Tokyo followed in 2016 and in Luxembourg and Brussels in 2018. More recently, Montreal and other cities are joining their ranks. As the original concept, International Space University (ISU) Space Cafe in DC, became a global series, it rebranded as Space Cafe Global. Each event features one or more space experts in a casual setting like a bar. The talks and panels provide opportunities for the public to interact with space professionals and for those in the industry to network with their peers. By focusing on core outreach ideas and leaving room for local expertise to flourish, Space Cafe Global has become a positive force for communicating space science, astronomy, engineering, policy, mission development, art, and business to an interested public. Diversity has been a driving force, particularly in Tokyo, which neared gender parity of speakers (45\% female) from December 2016 to February 2019. Here, lessons are shared for adopting an interdisciplinary space outreach event for global audiences.
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    IAC-19,E1,6,7,x55066.pdf (🔒 authorized access only).

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