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Bicentennial Space Research Conference

What Is Our Future in Space?

October 5 to 6, 2021*

Join McGill’s astronauts and the world’s top academic researchers, business pioneers, and government leaders in space and aerospace for two days of cross-industry exchange in Montreal.

McGill’s Space Research Conference will bring major sectors of the international space and aerospace communities together for two days to examine space issues from multiple perspectives–including engineering, healthcare, law and space science–all with an eye on the future. Over the coming decades, as the aerospace sector shifts its focus towards enabling space travel, an integrated space and aerospace ecosystem is expected to emerge. McGill’s Bicentennial provides a perfect platform for the conference’s theme, What Is Our Future in Space?, as participants will journey far beyond 2021 to focus on critical space issues 25, 50 and even 100 years in the future.

*Registration will open this fall
  • Cutting-edge scientific content
  • World-class keynote speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Student recruitment
  • New ideas and insights from experts
  • McGill astronauts
  • Top researchers from engineering, healthcare, law and space science
  • Heads of government space agencies
  • Commercial space business leaders
  • Students in space areas

Since 1983, 14 Canadians have been named astronauts, including five McGill graduates:

  • Julie Payette (BEng’86, DSc’03)
  • Robert Thirsk (MDCM’82)
  • Dave Williams (BSc’76, MDCM’83, MSc’83, DSc’07)
  • David Saint-Jacques (MedResident ’07)
  • Jennifer Sidey (BEng’11)
  • Located in the 2nd most attractive country for aerospace manufacturing
  • One of the few cities in the world where all the required pieces to build an aircraft are available within a 30-kilometre radius of the city
  • 3rd largest aerospace hub in the world
  • Home to 45% of the Canadian aerospace workforce
  • Offers 10 state-of-the-art university programs in aerospace across six schools, including McGill University


(Source: Montreal International)

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