About Project Space

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC presents an event where the finest minds in space will appear to share their ideas, their discoveries and their hopes for an industry that will surely define the future of humanity.

24th & 25th january 2017

Za'abeel Hall: 05, Dubai World Trade Centre

Register Free

Answers and insights will be presented and shared
upon a variety of subjects, including:

  • Why do we continue to explore?
  • What are the most important discoveries we've made?
  • What does the future of space exploration look like?
  • Why is space one of the most important and rewarding sector to enter into?
  • How can you enter the space industry?
Dr Carolyn Porco
Planetary Scientist
Salem Al Marri
Assistant Director General, MBRSC
HE Dr. Al Ahbabi
Director General, UAE Space Agency
Omran Sharaf
EMM Project Manager
Dr Michael Brown
Professor of Planetary Astronomy
Abby Harrison
Aspiring NASA Astronaut
Dr Noureddine Melikechi
Dean of the Kennedy College of Sciences



09:00am Register and Welcome
10:00 am Introductory Speech
10:05 am Knowledge Transfer Concept
Panel Discussion from MBRSC: Salem Al Marri, Mohammed Al Harmi, Amer Al Sayegh and Korean Partner Satrec team member Byungjin Kim.
11:00 am Break
11:30 am Looking for Life on Mars and Searching for Cancers on Earth, One Laser Pulse at a Time
Noureddine Melikechi, Dean, Kennedy College of Sciences University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Member of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission
Member of NASA's Mars 2020 mission
12:10 pm The UAE in Space
Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of UAE Space Agency
12:30 pm Break & Workshops
1:30 pm The Mars Generation
Astronaut Abby, leader of the Mars Generation
2:10 pm How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming
Dr Mike Brown, the Pluto killer, Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology
2:50 pm Workshops, Photo Opportunities & Meet and Greet with Speakers
4:00 pm - End Day One -

DAY TWO – Wednesday 25TH JANUARY 2017

09:00am Register and Welcome
10:00 am Introduction
10:05 am The Hope Probe Movie
Scientific goals, the journey and points of view
10:10 am How Could the UAE Get to Mars?
Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
10:40 am Women in Space: Panel Discussion
Achievements of women in space, on local & global level. Featuring Dr Cathy Swan ,Sara Al Maini and Astronaut Abigail Harrison
11:30 am Break & Workshops
12:30 pm Take the Elevator to Space
Dr Peter Swan, President of Space Elevator Consortium
01:15 pm Cassini Discoveries
Dr Carolyn Porco, Planetary Scientist and Head of Cassini Imaging Team
2:00 pm Workshops, Photo Opportunities & Meet and Greet with Speakers
4:00 pm - End Day Two -


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Dubai World Trade Centre

Zaabil 5 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates