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Science Museum Space Seminar Series
This multidisciplinary series of seminars will explore the development of space exploration in Asia. The first season will focus on Japan with subsequent ones looking at South East Asia and China. For each season we will invite scholars and representatives of the space sector - including astronauts, engineers and scientists - to discuss the history and current practice of space exploration as practiced in and perceived from the respective regions.

A Planet Not Our Own
Prof Elizabeth Tasker (Institute for Space and Astronautical Science, ISAS/ Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA)
Chair: Dr Richard Dunn (Science Museum)
Date: Tuesday 25th January 11:00 – 12:00 GMT

Space For Everyone: Itokawa Hideo, Gender, and Nationalism in Japan's Space Program, 1954-1999
Prof Subodhana Wijeyeratne (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
Guest Chair: Prof Yasushi Sato (Niigata University)
Date: Tuesday 22nd February 11:00 – 12:00 GMT

History of Japan’s Space Policy and Programmes
Dr Naoko Sugita (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA)
Chair: Mr Doug Millard (Science Museum)
Date: Tuesday 29th March 11:00 – 12:00 BST

Hayabusa2 and Beyond
Prof Masaki Fujimoto, Prof Yuichi Tsuda and Dr Hirotaka Sawada (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, ISAS/ Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA)
Guest Chair: Dr James O’Donoghue (ISAS/JAXA)
Date: Tuesday 26th April 11:00 – 12:00 BST

Sustainable Space Development Requires Public Involvement: Examples in Japan and Asia Pacific
Mr Max Berthet (University of Tokyo)
Guest Chair: Ms Bernadette Detera (Keio University)
Date: Tuesday 31st May 11:00 – 12:00 BST

Global Space Education Programme: Current Practices, Challenges, and Future Trajectories
Dr Kate Kitagawa, Ms Hiroko Tsuzuki, Ms Sachiko Itoh, and Ms Asami Saitoh (Space Education Centre, JAXA)
Date: Tuesday 28th June 11:00 – 12:00 BST
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