Event: Asteroid Foundation Technical Briefing

In the lead up to the 2018 Asteroid Day on 30 June, the Asteroid Foundation is inviting researchers as well as academic and industry leaders from Luxembourg to an in-depth technical presentation about asteroids, led by international experts. The presentation takes place on Thursday, 28 June 2018.

At this free event, attendees will learn insights into asteroids including space missions, computational tools to find, track and deflect asteroids, the state of world with respect to United Nations asteroid initiatives and much more. The programme is part of the United Nations International Asteroid Day campaign. The program is developed by the Asteroid Foundation, a new Luxembourg non-profit and with collaboration with The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) and with support from the FNR.

Time and location

Thursday, 28 June 2018, 13:30 – 18:30

Arendt House, 41A, Avenue JF Kennedy, L-2082 Luxembourg


  • Rusty Schweickart: Introductions and personal story his Apollo mission and his asteroid passion.
  • Dr Ed Lu: Developing computational engine to build a dynamic map of asteroids in our solar system using cloud based tools and advances analytical tools.
  • Dr Alan Fitzsimmons: How performing observations of minor bodies in our solar system, comets and asteroids is done today, what we are learning about asteroids including case studies of new discoveries.
  • Dr Marc Boslaugh: Latest research on the possible effects of asteroid-driven tsunamis striking a coast, should an asteroid strike the ocean directly or explode above its waters and cutting edge visualizations to understand scale of asteroid impacts.
  • Dr Dorin Prunariu: How the United Nations works to support asteroid related political and scientific efforts to increase our understanding and global strategies to respond to the opportunities and threats related to asteroids.

***An interactive Q&A will follow each of the presentations.

***Other Speakers may be added to this program pending confirmations and timing of presentations.


Attendance is free, however, registration is required.

Go to registration page (Eventbrite)


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