Wednesday, September 6 (Pre-Convention Events)

6pm-7pm - Early Registration

University of California, Irvine

A311 Student Center

Irvine, CA92697


7pm-10pm - Steering Committee Meeting

(The first hour is open to the public)

University of California, Irvine

A311 Student Center

Woods Cove C

Irvine, CA 92697



Thursday, September 7

9:00am - Opening Plenary
Dr. Robert Zubrin - President, The Mars Society

9:30am - Plenary
Greg Benford - Author & Astrophysicist, UC Irvine

10:00am - Plenary
George Whitesides - CEO, Virgin Galactic

10:30am - Plenary
Vera Mulyani - CEO, Mars City Design

11:00am - Plenary
Loretta Hildalgo-Whitesides - Author & Consultant, Virgin Galactic

11:30am - Plenary
Scott Moreland - MSL & Mars 2020 Team, JPL


12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break


1:00pm - 5:00pm - Session Tracks:


Technology Track 1

Technology Track 2

Careers Track 1

Political/Philosophical Track 1


Morgan Irons; The Deep Space Ecology Three-Zone Model: Results of Recent Experimentation with Ecological and Environmental Mechanisms and Demonstration of Key Concepts of Operation for Quasi-Closed Eco-Agricultural Systems

Shyam Nair, Allen Frederick I. A., Abhisek BalasubramaniamArachnidan 6 Wheeled All Terrain Explorer Equipped with a 7 DOF Robotic Arm

“Opening Space to Change the World for Good” George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic

Bruce Cordell; Human Spaceflight to Mars as a Self-Organized Critical System


James French; Optical Mining - A New Approach to Obtaining Space Resources for Mars

S. Bahram Sadighian; Horizontal Takeoff and Landing to Low Earth Orbit

Panel Discussion: “Educating the Future Aerospace Workforce”; Landon Taylor, CEO Base 11; Al Bunshaft, SVP Global Affairs, Americas, Dassault Systèmes; Noramay Cadena, Cofounder and Managing Director, Make in LA; Dennis Harkins, President, Orange Coast College; Maria Tirabassi, Engineering Vice President, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; Gregory Washington, Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering, UCI; Jason Hatakeyama, Chief Architect & Sr Director Product Lifecycle Management, Boeing

Dr. Michael WaltematheMay we Live in Interesting Times… Extrapolating Historical Data of Societal and Religious Change Toward Space Exploration


John E. Parks; Look to the Sea: Applying Knowledge and Lessons from the Management of Earth's Oceans for Permanent Human Habitation on Mars

Doug Plata; The Moon: A Stepping Stone to Mars?

James HeiserThe Civilizational Continuity and the Martian Frontier


T. Gordon Wasilewski; Acquisition of Water from Western Utopia Planitia Subsurface: Theoretical Analysis of Sampling and Production Technologies

Ted Ground; "Step One", an Auspicious D-Type NEO Multiple Mission: Destination Deimos 2020

“Caltech/Base 11 Aerospace Mentorship Program: Learning by Experience,” David Huynh, Caltech and “WSU Innovation Campus: Creating Stronger Industry Partnerships through Applied Learning,” John Tomblin, Wichita State University

Marvin Hilton; Exploring Mars to Civilize Earth


Thibault Paris; Design and Building of a 3D Printed Pressurized Martian Spacesuit

Kent Nebergall; Near Term Space Settlement Risk Reduction Missions

“To Infinity and Beyond” Jeremy Bout, The Edge Factor

Craig Davidson; Why NASA’s Current Direction will Never get us to Mars


Matthew ForirThe Case for the use of Electrical Resistivity on Mars

Art Harman; Cis-Lunar? Why a Lunar Surface Base Will Get us to Mars - and a Lunar Orbital Station Won't

Aerospace Workforce Development Symposium Q&A and Closing Remarks

Doug Plata; What is the Business Case for Mars Settlement?


Julian ZeaA Self-Sufficient Mars Colony

Craig Davidson; Improving the SpaceX Mars Colonization Plans

Aerospace Workforce Development Expo


Kent NebergallRapid Space Development: Grand Challenges and Vast Opportunities


Ronald Hattie, The Cost per Pound to Orbit

Craig Davidson; The SharkFin Magnetic Sail

Art Harman; A New Hope - President Trump's Space Policy



5:00pm - 7:00pm - Dinner Break


7:00pm - Panel
Sci Fi Greats - The Human Future in Space

Greg Benford
David Brin
Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle


Greg Benford - Author & Astrophysicist, UC Irvine

Friday, September 8

9:00am - Plenary
Jaakko Karras - Engineer, New Technology, JPL

9:30am - Plenary
Dava Newman - Former Deputy Administrator, NASA

10:00am - Plenary
Paul Davies - Director, Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

10:30am - Plenary
John Grotzinger - Former Project Scientist, MSL, NASA

11:00am - Plenary
Robert Pappallardo - Project Scientist, Europa Clipper, JPL

11:30am – Skype Session

Cast Members, Nat Geo MARS Series


12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break


1:00pm - 5:00pm - Session Tracks:


Technology Track 3

Technology Track 4

Medical Track 1

Outreach Track 1


Anthony Muscatello; Mars Atmospheric Capture and Processing

Eric Robinson; Green Launch

Susan Jewell, Matteo Borri, Nicholas Jewell, Matthieu Komorowski, Sheryl Bishop, Emmy Jewell; Developing Telesurgery-Teleanesthesia Protocols, Integrating 3D Printing of Surgical Tools, and Testing Viability of 3D Virtual Reality Technologies During Simulation Training for Non-Medical Astronaut in a Mars Analog Environments

Philippe Clermont, Richard Heidmann; Mars Colonization: from Prospect to Project


Miguel Cooper; Human Exploration of Mars 2027-2056

Thomas E. Markusic, PhD; An Incremental Strategy for Mars Colonization Part I: Material Supply Fleet

Joseph Clift; Do Astronauts Dream of Catching Cosmic Sheep?

Adam Lupsha; Speaking Martian to Earthlings - A Primer on Using PR and Storytelling Principles to Pitch Your Science


Marcus Anzengruber; How Augmented and Virtual Reality eill get us to Mars and help Colonize the Planet

Darrin Taylor; Free Delivery with Your Order

Dr. Jose Antonio Soto, MD; MARS: Hikers Wanted

Mary TurzilloMars: Humanity's Evolving Vision


Aswath Suresh, Sri Harsha, Vinay Teja, Debrup Laha, Gautam Ranjan, Shivam Bharadwaj, Dhruv Gaba; Exploration-Probe to Jupiter Moon Europa

Miguel Cooper; The Path for a Human Mission to Mars: Target Year 2032

Christoph LahtzSpace Biology is the Key to Establish Celestial Sustainable Human Settlements

Yalda MousaviniaA Collaboration Platform that Will Take us to Mars


Aswath Suresh, Sri Harsha, Vinay Teja, Debrup Laha, Gautam Ranjan, Shivam Bharadwaj, Dhruv Gaba; Innovative Human Mars Mission with Vertical Farming

Joe Lingren, Kiva Villegas, Wesley Yu; Low-Mass EDL Designs for Manned Mars Missions

William Gardiner; Better Martians, Better Humans: Will Genetic Therapy Allow Better Living on Both Mars and Earth

Peter Detterline, Gary Becker; Two New Astronomical Observatories at MDRS


Dr. Joseph Parker; Advanced Propulsion Systems for the Colonization of Mars

Michael Bouchard; The Coming Communication Crisis

Bill Hargenrader, Jeff Pernell, Ron Sparkman; Healthy Eating on Mars: Stepwise Local Approach to Whole-Foods (M:SLAW)

Jan Millsapps, PhD; How to Get (More of Us) to Mars


George Lordos; Evaluating the Sustainability of Long Term Manned Mars Campaigns Using a Physical Economics Framework

Abigail Riggs; The Use of Geophysical Techniques to Locate and Monitor Potential Martian Aquifers

Dr. Ashish Gothwal; A Prototype of Full-body Artificial Gravity Harness

James Melton, PhD; Top 10 Ways to be a Mars Messenger


Michał HałonMars Rover Design with SKA Robotics

Mikolaj OwczarzakAugmented Reality and Telepresence Technologies in Future Mars Exploration Missions

Dr. Ashish Gothwal; Hypothesis: A New Era of Space Suits

James Burk; Mars Society Internet Task Force - Conquering Cyberspace for Mars

5:00pm - 7:00pm - Dinner Break

7:00pm - Debate

Does the Deep Space Gateway Have Merit?

8:00pm - Panel
Panel - The SpaceX Plan for Mars

9:00pm – Special Presentation
Mars in Film

Saturday, September 9

9:00am - Plenary
Carol Stoker - Planetary Scientist, Ames Center, NASA

9:30am - Plenary
Mike Elsperman - Space Science & Advanced Utilization, Boeing

10:00am - Plenary
Mars 160 Crew Presentation

10:30am - Skype Session
Dr. Mohammed Naser Al-Ahbabi, PhD. - Director-General, UAE Space Agency

11:00am - Panel
Social & Philosophical Implications


12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break


 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Session Tracks:


Technology Track 5

Technology Track 6

STEM Track 1

Political/Philosophical Track 2


Holger Isenberg; Practical Color Calibration for Mars Surface Images

Robert Madsen; Virtual Reality - Simulating the Simulation

Bob Barboza; Occupy Mars Learning Adventures Fellowship Programs for Middle and High School Students

Dr. Michael Waltemathe, Elke Mergny; Who Wants to Go?! – Motivational Factors for Mars-Exploration in a Transnational Sociological Perspective


David Kutas, Alexis Koulidis, Monica Stancu; Extraterrestrial Drilling Operations - A Fundamental Research

Dan Gillies, Ryan Olcott; Selective Laser Melting of MMS-1 and MMS-2 Martian Regolith Simulant in a Low Cost Testbed

Nicholas, Jewell, Emmy Jewell, Susan Jewell, Mark Kaushal; A 21st Century S.T.E.A.M.E.D™ Academy Creating Experiential Learning with Exponential Technologies Offering VR/AR Astronautic Programs and Fully Immersive “Real-time” Simulators for Training NextGen Analog Astronauts, Imagineers, and Astropreneurs

Mohsen Marefat;Social Implications of Mars Exploration


Garri Rebatta UrquizoHow Would it be to Construct with a 3D Printer?

Gerald Black; Nuclear Fusion: Clean, Safe and Cheap Energy and the Next Giant Leap in Space Propulsion

Matthew Luttenberger; M.A.R.S. University

Brent Lane; New World/New Worlds: Parallels in the Evolution of Enterprise-based Exploration Financing from the 16th and 21st Centuries


Kurt ChankayaThe Human Factor: Manned or Unmanned - Some Thoughts on Mission Resilience

Matteo Borri; Pneumatic Survey System for Martian Atmosphere

Zach Whitten; Whittenberg Country School Parallax Robots

Dr. Martin Fowler; The Time is Right for a Martian Covenant


Kurt ChankayaThe Use of Atmospheric in-situ Resources for Radiation Protection on the Surface of Mars

Andrew Hallum; Dive to Mars

Ivo GeorgievMarsianSchool

Amir NoteaFrederico Monaco, Irene Lia Schlacht, Antonio Del Mastro; Socially Organizing Large Scale Mars Missions: What we can Learn from Earthlings


Prasad FalkeWhat Improvements to the Deep Space Network are Needed to Support Manned Missions to Mars?

Art Harman; Don't Destroy ISS in 2024 - Privatize it!

Mark Cusimano, Steven Shields; Mars Regolith Simulant as a STEM Education Resource

Robert RiccardiON/TO MARS! - A Private Funding Proposal for Mars Landing/Exploration/Outpost Leading to a Permanent Settlement


Kambiz EqbalAn Approach through "Energy Offering Methods" throughout the Human Establishment in the Martian Environment; Providing Feasible/ Most Efficient Scenarios to Every Operational Stage

Art Harman; Mars Flyby - Do it in the 2020s, not the 2030s

Hoppe Jennings; Mission to Mars: A way to teach middle school science.

Danny Quintana; Space and Ocean Exploration, the Alternative to the Military-Industrial Complex


PP Edward Heisler; The US Should End the Ban on NASA Working with China

Vinod Sridhar; Mars Electromagnetic Radiation Shielder (MERS)

PP Henry Stirk; Free Mars

John Stone; How to Fund a Private Expedition to Mars


5:30pm - 6:00pm - Break


6:00pm - 11:00pm Mars Society Banquet

Song: Rise to Mars: Oscar Castellino

Banquet Speaker: Anousheh Ansari - First Female Private Space Explorer

Mars Society Awards Ceremony

Remarks by Dr. Robert Zubrin, Mars Society President



Sunday, September 10

9:00am - Plenary
Darlene Lim - Geobiologist, Ames Center, NASA

9:30am - Plenary
Geoffrey Landis - Author & Planetary Scientist, NASA

10:00am - Plenary
TBD - Lockheed Martin Mars Mission

10:30am - Plenary
The University Rover Challenge

11:00am- Plenary

The University Rover Challenge

11:30am - Closing Remarks
Dr. Robert Zubrin, President, The Mars Society