SMi Group are proud to announce, the 15th annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference will return to London on the 29th and 30th April 2020.

Part of SMi’s newly launched Space Week - held in conjunction with a Small Satellites Conference (April 27th - 28th), to provide a holistic view of the new space environment.

As the leading conference in Europe dedicated to space surveillance, this year’s forum will once again bring together key stakeholders across the military, government and industry sectors to discuss how we build a collaborative approach to space management and Space Situational Awareness (SSA), at a time when the domain is increasingly congested with active satellites along with space debris and junk.

Similarly, as new LEO mega-constellations come online at an increasing rate, avoiding a repeat of the 2009 Iridium crash remains at the forefront of all industry professionals’ minds, as we attempt to ensure that necessary and responsible space exploration and development can continue for years to come.

Key focuses include space debris, space surveillance and tracking (SST), space weather, the impact of new mega-constellations and international partnerships in space.

Featuring 120+ attendees, 7+ hours of networking and an extensive exhibition space – once again this year’s conference will provide unparalleled chance to meet and greet all the key players in this important domain and remains a key calendar date for anyone involved in the satellite sector.

  • Hear from senior military, government and civil officials on the latest SST technological solutions being developed by the CSpoC and other operations centres, to enhance the security of space assets through domain awareness
  • Discuss what the emerging LEO constellations mean for space traffic management and how government and industry can build a collaborative approach to future space management
  • Listen to key allied partners from the US, Europe and APAC regions, where a holistic approach to SSA is being developed
  • Learn about key issues impacting space security including: debris, ASATS, space weather and more

Past attendees have included:

Aerospace Corporation; Airbus Defence and space; Analytical Graphics Inc; Beijing Institute of Space Science & Technology; Beijing Institute Of Space Science & Technology Information; Brazilian Air Attache Office; Canadian Armed Forces; Cestrian Capital Research; CGI; CGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG; CGI IT UK Limited; China Academy of Space Technology; CNES; CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science; DLR Space Administration; DSTL; EU SatCen; European Space Agency; ExoAnalytic Solutions; FACH (Chiliean AF); FOI; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; Fuerza Aerea de Chile; German Aerospace Center (DLR); Global VSAT Forum (GVF); GMV Innovating Solutions Ltd; Harris; Harris Corporation; HQ Allied Maritime Command; ITAF AOC; Italian Air Force; JFC Cap C4ISR; JHU Applied Physics Laboratory; Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute; Kratos; Kratos Communications; Kratos ; L3 Applied Defense Solutions; LeoLabs, Inc.; MET Office; Military University Of Technology; Mitre Corporation; Mod; Nanoavinics UK Ltd; New Space Capital; Northern Space & Security Ltd; NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.; Northumbria University; Norwegian Ministry Of Defence; Norwegian MOD; NSR; OHB System; Oneweb; Pangaea Wire; Polish Space Agency; RAF; RAF Fylingdales; Rajant Corporation; Raytheon uk; RHEA Group; RNLAF; Romanian Ministry of Defence; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal College of Defence Studies; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); SAF/AQS; SciSys UK Ltd; Serco Ltd; Serradata; SJE Space; Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation; Space and Missile Systems Center US Air Force; STFC, RAL; Surrey Space Centre; Teledyne e2v; Telespazio France; Telespazio SpA; Thales Netherlands BV; The Aerospace Corporation; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Strategic Command; UAE GHQ; UK Missile Defence Centre; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UK Space Operations Centre; United Nations Institute For Disarmament Research; United States Air Force ; United States Air Force Academy; University of Oxford/Air Force Institute of Technology; US Air Force; Winston & Cooper Consulting; ZODIAC DATA SYSTEMS;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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9:00 “We Are Watching” RAF Fylingdales: Supporting UK and Allied Space Operations

Wing Commander Alun Walton

Wing Commander Alun Walton, Station Commander, RAF Fylingdales, Royal Air Force

  • An introduction to the base capabilities and SSPAR (Solid State Phased Array Radar) in operation
  • RAF Fylingdales as a key node within the US Space Surveillance Network and its support for pan-allied SST
  • Cooperation with the SpOC to support their STM and manoeuvre efforts
  • 9:30 Session Reserved for RAF Air Capability

    10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor ExoAnalytic

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UKSA Lines of Effort Within SSA

    Ms Emily Mills

    Ms Emily Mills, Domestic Space Surveillance & Tracking Lead, UK Space Agency
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  • Current framework for space operations: SDSR 2015 and the Blackett Review
  • Collaboration in SSA
  • Debris mitigation
  • Look Ahead
  • 11:30 Phantom Echoes

    Mr Andrew Ash

    Mr Andrew Ash, SSA Lead, Dstl

  • Report on work being undertaken within the 5-eyes community as part of a collaborative SSA experiment called Phantom Echoes
  • Provide background to the experiment that aims to exploit sensors and algorithms from each nation to enhance coalition SSA decision making during GEO on-orbit servicing missions.
  • Describe the collaborative environment established for Phantom Echoes
  • Present our progress and results generated to date. This includes simulation of representative scenarios featuring a re-location in GEO as well as real-world observations collected during the Northrop-Grumen Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) mission.
  • Future plans for the collaboration and opportunities for wider community involvement.
  • 12:00 Session Reserved for Numerica

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Mitigating Space Weather Effects to Support Operations

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann, Director Geospatial Institute, Austrian Armed Forces

  • Current space-based capabilities employed by the Austrian Armed Forces: PNT, SATCOM and Remote Sensing
  • Risk analysis for space services: the impact of space weather on services with particular reference to PNT
  • SSA as a benefit for critical infrastructure maintenance and at the military tactical edge
  • Tactical space weather impact prediction and mitigation efforts being undertaken
  • 14:00 SSA Activities in the APAC Region

    Squadron Leader Josh Fitzmaurice

    Squadron Leader Josh Fitzmaurice, Staff Officer, Surveillance of Space, Royal Australian Air Force
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  • SSA’s role in providing the mission assurance required for a 5th Generation Air Force
  • SpaceFest: bringing together industry and academia to develop Australia’s domestic SSA capabilities
  • Woomera test range at the centre stage for Australia’s ability to detect and track space objects and assets
  • The Falcon Telescope Network (FTN) – collaboration with USAF Academy in delivering a small aperture optical telescope system
  • 14:30 PANEL: Space Data in Support of Effective SSA

  • Merging the commercial and military approaches to SSA – the need to deliver data across the spectrum of operators and provide a holistic approach
  • What A-SAT testing means for space data analysis and cataloguing
  • Big data and machine learning algorithms: what they mean for the sector and our approach to SSA
  • Where collaborations and partnerships can streamline our approach in the future
  • Mr Mark Dickinson

    Mr Mark Dickinson, Chairman, Space Data Association
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    Panellist, Name to be Confirmed, ExoAnalytic Solutions

    Wing Commander Alun Walton

    Wing Commander Alun Walton, Station Commander, RAF Fylingdales, Royal Air Force

    15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 SSA for Emerging Space Operations in Africa

    Mr Eugene Avenant

    Mr Eugene Avenant, Chief Engineer, Space Operations, South African National Space Agency
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  • An introduction to the South African space programme: plans for development and where emerging space powers fit into the existing paradigm
  • SATSA SBAS (Space Base Augmentation System) awareness and training for SSA support
  • How SANSA is employing ground-based SST to support effective space operations
  • Future priorities for the development of SSA capability in the context of LEO constellation development
  • 16:15 SMARTnet™: Telescopes in Support of Domain Awareness

    Mr Hauke Fiedler

    Mr Hauke Fiedler, Team Leader Space Situational Awareness, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
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  • SMARTnet™ principals: telescope stations to support total GEO monitoring
  • Processing chain Backbone Catalogue of Relational Debris Information (BACARDI)
  • Initial results and outlook for the future of SMARTnet™ 

    16:45 Updates on RNLAF Space Activities

    Major Michel Bulte

    Major Michel Bulte, NL Liaison at the German Space Situational Awareness Centre GSSAC, Ministry of Defence
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  • Current SSA projects: radar & optical detection
  • BRIK-II – status of the RNLAF technical demonstrator nano-satellite
  • Ambition of the RNLAF Space Branch
  • 17:15 Fraunhofer FHR’s Contribution to German SSA

  • The presentation explains the contribution of Fraunhofer FHR to the German national SSA capabilities. Fraunhofer FHR is operating the Tracking and Imaging Radar (TIRA) and developing the German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar (GESTRA), both of which are an essential part of German military and civil SSA programmes. TIRA provides data about not only highly precise orbital elements of a space object but also its size, shape, orientation and attitude motion through high-resolution imaging, which makes it suitable for military reconnaissance applications. GESTRA is currently the most important development project of a new German SSA sensor, commissioned by the DLR Space Administration. GESTRA is a phased array or electronic scanning radar system for continuous and wide-space detection, tracking and measurement. It will be delivered to and operated by the German Space Situational Awareness Centre (GSSAC) to generate an independent catalogue of space objects and debris in the near-Earth environment.
  • Mr Youngkyu Kim

    Mr Youngkyu Kim, Spokesman of the Business Unit Space, Fraunhofer Institute
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    17:45 Enhancing Space Security Through Effective SSA

    Professor Serge Plattard

    Professor Serge Plattard, Deputy Director, Space Domain, UCL, University College London
    View Bio

  • Current space dependency: applications reliant on satellite-based capabilities
  • The space security system: legal and user environments in space, cyber considerations and ground stations
  • Debris – occurrence, prevention and mitigation
  • Active debris removal missions and efforts
  • SST, regulation and debris prevention
  • Working groups and future lines of effort to maximise effective space security
  • 18:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 Development and Direction for SDA Space Programmes

    Major General Nina Armagno

    Major General Nina Armagno, Director, Space Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, SAF/AQS, US Air Force
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  • Movement from passive SSA to active SDA – what this means for the Air Force
  • Purchasing on space programmes for MAJCOMs, product centres and laboratories
  • Crafting SDA programmes for implementation through the unified chain of command


  • 9:30 Space Situational Awareness and Management within the New Enterprise Framework

  • Transforming the approach towards an enterprise wide approach to space within the US
  • - Standing up of the SDA, creation of the SPACECOCOM and moves towards a separate branch ‘Space Force’
  • What the new enterprise approach to space means for situational awareness and STM
  • USAF transfer of SSA data to the Dept of Commerce: how the Unified Data Library will build a more holistic approach to STM
  • How emerging LEO environments will transform the US approach to SSA and STM
  • Major General (Ret'd) Robert D. Rego

    Major General (Ret'd) Robert D. Rego, Strategic Missions Adviser to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (Subject to Final Confirmation)

    Mr Kevin  M. O Connell

    Mr Kevin M. O Connell, Director, Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce (Subject to Final Confirmation)

    10:00 AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate SSA Research

    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Dr Jaime Stearns, Space Control Mission Lead, Air Force Research Lab

  • Basic research in new phenomenologies for object characterization
  • Collaborations with partner agencies to advance SSA to the entire cis-lunar sphere
  • Highlights of international collaborations advancing object detection and tracking
  • Concluding R&D perspectives on the SSA environment and domain developments
  • 10:30 Cislunar Space Domain Awareness – Securing the Next High Ground

    Lieutenant David Buehler

    Lieutenant David Buehler, Deputy Programme Manager, Space Domain Awareness, AFRL, United States Air Force

  • Motivation/why now?
  • Scaling the cislunar problem
  • The challenges that the cislunar regime presents
  • The path forward
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Session Reserved for L3Harris

    12:00 CREAM – ESA’s Proposal for Collision Risk Avoidance and Mitigation

    Mr Tim Flohrer

    Mr Tim Flohrer, Head of SSA-SST, European Space Agency (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Active collision avoidance as a routine task in space operations and space surveillance data’s role in supporting this capability
  • Sustainability of the model: with an increasing need for manoeuvres – the case for a more automated system
  • CREAM (Collision Risk Estimation and Automated Mitigation) current progress of the programme and technology demonstrations
  • Reducing operator error, false alerts and time between close approach and decision
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Italian SST and STM Lines of Effort

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei, Head of Space Policy and Operations , Italian Air Force

  • STM and other major Italian space enterprises in a strategic view
  • Italian SST/SSA assets : value and infrastructure priorities moving forward
  • Key priorities for the Italian Air Force moving forward – delivering future capability within the national space and aerospace strategy
  • View on a responsible approach to space development: space security and new solutions
  • 14:00 The EU’s SST Consortium Framework

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher, Chairman EU SST Consortium, CNES
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  • Political framework for the EU SST consortium – Decision 541/2014
  • Utilising sovereign national capability within a dual use system of systems for enhanced SST
  • Collaboration within the consortium: member agencies and coordination of efforts
  • Service provision model and the enhancement of the sensor network
  • Development of a European catalogue and considerations for data sharing
  • 14:30 Protecting Space Infrastructure Through Effective SST

    Ambassador Sorin Ducaru

    Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Director, European Union Satellite Centre
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  • What SSA means: monitoring the location and function of space objects and space weather phenomena
  • The SST support framework adopted within EU Space Policy
  • Operating and maintaining a sensor function to survey and track objects
  • SatCen as the component in EUSST capability
  • PASS (preparation for the establishment of a Europe SST Service Provision Function) – transitioning to a holistic SST capability
  • Collaboration with partner agencies across Europe
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 The MOSWOC in Support of Space Operations

    Mr Simon Machin

    Mr Simon Machin, Met Office Space Weather Programme Manager, UK MET Office
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  • Space weather as a driver for the communication, navigation and earth observation tools applied on the ground
  • SWPC MoU and shared capability development and training with NOAA
  • An introduction to the MOSWOC: integration with the Met Office Operations Centre and modelling and analysis conducted
  • Risk mitigation from extreme space weather events and its role in enhancing space security
  • 16:00 Monitoring Space Weather as a Key Enabler for Holistic SSA

    Mr Robert Rutledge

    Mr Robert Rutledge, Lead, Space Weather Forecast Office, US National Weather Service
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  • Activity trends in space weather events – major solar events and its impact on LEO and GEO assets
  • Geospace modelling for predictions of solar winds and space weather forecasting
  • PSR and SSR surveillance and NOAA’s partnership with other state agencies to support ongoing space activities
  • An introduction to NOAA’s space weather prediction centre and the role it provides within the framework of the US SSA network


  • 16:30 ‘Top 40 Rules to Fight and Win the Next Space War’

    Mr Paul Szymanski

    Mr Paul Szymanski, President, Space Strategies Center
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  • Based on the author’s 43 years’ experience in space warfare weapons systems development, and 50 years studying military history, he has developed general rules that would characterize future space conflicts. Over this time, the author has studied outer space warfare theory, principles, policy, doctrine, strategies and tactics. This briefing will summarize some of his findings on this critical topic.
  • 17:00 Operating Against Near-Peer Adversaries: Implications for SSA

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute
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  • Current contested, competitive and congested landscape for space: what this means in a near-peer environment
  • Understanding China’s ASAT and space capabilities and what it means for the NATO-aligned space warfighting doctrine
  • How effective space situational awareness can provide effective balance to peer-adversary capability
  • Potential for future satellite based active protection systems
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Director Geospatial Institute, Austrian Armed Forces
    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Space Control Mission Lead, Air Force Research Lab
    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Chairman EU SST Consortium, CNES
    Major General Nina Armagno

    Major General Nina Armagno

    Director, Space Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, SAF/AQS, US Air Force
    Mr Eugene Avenant

    Mr Eugene Avenant

    Chief Engineer, Space Operations, South African National Space Agency
    Wing Commander Alun Walton

    Wing Commander Alun Walton

    Station Commander, RAF Fylingdales, Royal Air Force

    Ambassador Sorin Ducaru

    Director, European Union Satellite Centre
    Ambassador Sorin Ducaru

    Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, PhD (Romania) is since June 2019 the Director of the European Union Satellite Centre (SATCEN). He has previously held the position of NATO Assistant Secretary General and head of NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges. He also served as Romania’s ambassador to NATO, the USA and the United Nations, having a longstanding experience in global affairs. Ambassador Ducaru has been also engaged in academic and think-tank activity as associate or guest lecturer at the National University for Political Studies (Bucharest), NATO Defence College (Rome), as Special Advisor to the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. He has published numerous studies and articles on global affairs issues, in particular on the impact of new technologies upon security. He holds degrees both in computer studies and political science.

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Director Geospatial Institute, Austrian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute
    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Dr. Brendan Mulvaney is currently the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute at National Defense University.  He was a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as an AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China.
    He enlisted in 1991 and was commissioned in 1993 after graduating from UC San Diego. He earned his Master’s in Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2002, and was selected as one of three Marine Olmsted Scholars for 2003. He studied at Fudan University in Shanghai, China from 2003-2005 where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations.
    He served several tours in California, Iraq, Japan, and the Western Pacific.  He served as the first Director of the Commandant’s Red Team, and supervised the implementation of Red Teaming in the Marine Corps.  In 2013 he transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was the Associate Chair for the Languages and Cultures Department, and taught Mandarin Chinese, Chinese culture, and cross-cultural literacy.  
    He and his wife, Samantha, have twin twelve-year old boys, Sean and Ryan, and live in Alexandria, VA

    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Space Control Mission Lead, Air Force Research Lab
    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Chairman EU SST Consortium, CNES
    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher is graduated (1997) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAERO). He also holds a Master’s Degree (1998) and a Ph. D. in Physical Oceanography (2001) by the University Paul Sabatier, funded by the Ministry of Defence, and an Executive Master of Business Administration (2007) by ESCP Europe. After a post-doctoral position in the EU project “Marine Environment and Security for the European Area”, his experience includes 19 years of various positions at CNES headquarters as international relations advisor and programme manager. For the last 10 years, in the defence and security office, he is responsible for the following themes: space security, space situational awareness, space surveillance and tracking, space debris and space weather. He is currently the Chairman of the European Space Surveillance and Tracking Consortium. He also acts as a French delegate to the Programme Board SSA of ESA, the Steering Group of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), the Steering Committee of the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG), the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), participating to the Working Group on the Long Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities (WG LTS). In France, he chairs the National Coordination Group on Space Weather (GCME). He is a member of the French Steering Group on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (GEIPAN).

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Head of Space Policy and Operations , Italian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Lieutenant David Buehler

    Deputy Programme Manager, Space Domain Awareness, AFRL, United States Air Force
    Lieutenant David Buehler

    Major General Nina Armagno

    Director, Space Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, SAF/AQS, US Air Force
    Major General Nina Armagno

    Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno is the Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. She directs development and purchasing on space programs to Air Force major commands, product centers and laboratories. Her responsibilities include crafting program strategies and options for representing Air Force positions to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House. General Armagno earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in June 1988. Her experience in space systems operations includes combat-mission-ready operator, instructor, evaluator and flight commander in strategic missile warning, space surveillance, space control, space launch and theater missile warning mission areas. Prior to her current assignment, General Armagno served as Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. She was directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance, military strategy and guidance, space and weapons employment policy and concepts and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. She also served as the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick AFB, Florida; Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, California; Commander and Deputy Commander, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Senior Military Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Squadron and Installation Commander, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Director of Operations, 1st Space Launch Squadron, Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida. In addition, she has held staff assignments at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters 14th Air Force and the 381st Training Group, and served as an Air Force Legislative Fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

    Major Michel Bulte

    NL Liaison at the German Space Situational Awareness Centre GSSAC, Ministry of Defence
    Major Michel Bulte

    Major Michel Bulte (1967) joined the RNLAF as a Senior Weapon Director. During his career he participated in IFOR/SFOR (Former Yugoslavia) and as E-3A AWACS crew member flew support over Afghanistan and Libya during Operation Unified Protector. He focused on Space in 2014 and was sent to the Advanced Space Operations School (now 319 Combat Training Squadron) and 557th Weather Wing at Offut AB in preparation of his function as the NL Space Liaison Officer at the German Space Situational Awareness Centre as of Februari 2016

    Mr Andrew Ash

    SSA Lead, Dstl
    Mr Andrew Ash

    Mr Eugene Avenant

    Chief Engineer, Space Operations, South African National Space Agency
    Mr Eugene Avenant

    Eugene Avenant received his Bachelors of Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1989. After his studies he joined the CSIR, Aerotek where he worked on RADAR front ends and Antenna systems. In 1999 he joined the Satellite Application Centre (a unit of the CSIR). His responsibilities was the upgrade and establishment of new TT&C, Image download stations and other satellite monitoring systems. CSIR SAC became incorporated into SANSA (South African National Space Agency) in 2011. He has also been involved in GNSS projects through the European Commission Frame Programme 6 and 7 and the UK Space Agency Industrial Participation Support Programme. He currently holds the position of Chief Engineer in the Space Operations unit where he oversees establishment projects and contributes to strategy and application programmes.

    Mr Hauke Fiedler

    Team Leader Space Situational Awareness, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Mr Hauke Fiedler

    Position Team Leader Space Situational Awareness
    Department Space Flight Technology
    Institute Space Operations and Astronaut Training
    Education Diploma degree in General Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Dr degree in Astrophysics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Master degree in Space System Engineering, TU Delft
    Employment 1994-2001 Research assistant at the Institute of Astronomy, Ludwig-Maximilians-
    Universität München
    2001-2009 Scientific assistant with the DLR, Mocrowaves and Radar Institute
    2009-2011 Strategic Institute’s development for the executive board division at DLR
    2011-now Head Space Situational Awareness at the German Space Operations Center

    Mr Mark Dickinson

    Chairman, Space Data Association
    Mr Mark Dickinson

    In March 2017, Mark was elected as the Chairman of the Space Data Association (SDA), an international organization that brings together satellite operators to support the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment. Mark, who has a Ph.D. in High Energy Astrophysics from the Durham University, joined Inmarsat in 2000. Between 2009 and 2017 he was the Head of Satellite Operations, responsible for Inmarsat’s geostationary telecommunication fleet. He is now responsible for the design, procurement and launch of Inmarsat’s future space segment assets.

    Mr Paul Szymanski

    President, Space Strategies Center
    Mr Paul Szymanski

    Mr. Szymanski has 46 years’ experience in missile and space control policy, strategy, simulations, surveillance, resilience, threat assessment, long-range strategic planning, and command and control. In addition, he has a comprehensive experience base, having worked with multiple services (Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines), civilian agencies (NASA, DARPA, FEMA), and from the Pentagon (Secretary of the Air Force) to systems development (Space and Missile Systems Center - SMC/ASP/XRJ), technology development (Air Force Research Lab) to operational field test (China Lake Naval Test Center). This gives him a unique perspective in understanding divergent issues associated with each step of DOD procurement processes.

    Mr Robert Rutledge

    Lead, Space Weather Forecast Office, US National Weather Service
    Mr Robert Rutledge

    Bob Rutledge is the Lead of the Space Weather Forecast Office at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). Prior to joining SWPC, Bob worked at NASA's Johnson Space Center as the International Space Station (ISS) Radiation System Manager, responsible for oversight of the development and sustaining engineering of NASA's operational radiation measurement hardware onboard ISS. Bob began his career at NASA with the Space Radiation Analysis Group with responsibilities spanning planning, modeling, measurement, and operational management of astronaut radiation exposures. Bob received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

    Mr Simon Machin

    Met Office Space Weather Programme Manager, UK MET Office
    Mr Simon Machin

    Simon Machin is the Met Office Space Weather Programme Manager and lead for Defence and Security, having worked within the Met Office on space weather impacts relevant to defence for over a decade.
    The Met Office is the national weather service in the UK and owns of the space weather risk on behalf of the UK government.  The Met Office role is to increase the awareness and knowledge of space weather and to deliver space weather products and services to UK government departments, critical infrastructure providers and members of the public.
    Simon is responsible for the coordination and direction of scientific research to operations, leading to the delivery of space weather services aligned to customer requirements. This is achieved through understanding of impact, effect and mitigations alongside appropriate means of communication to deliver high value services, underpinned by robust science, to users from across the defence community.

    Mr Youngkyu Kim

    Spokesman of the Business Unit Space, Fraunhofer Institute
    Mr Youngkyu Kim

    Youngkyu Kim is working as spokesman of the business unit space at the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques in Germany. He represents the interests of the institute vis-à-vis German and European organisations in the field of space research, especially space situational awareness. He began his career at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute in the Future Strategy Head Office and has an academic background in physics, and space policy and law.

    Ms Emily Mills

    Domestic Space Surveillance & Tracking Lead, UK Space Agency
    Ms Emily Mills

    Emily Mills is the Domestic Space Surveillance & Tracking Lead for the UK Space Agency. She joined the UK Space Agency in 2018 on the EUSST programme and most recently became the UKSA lead on domestic space surveillance and tracking. She works to develop UK civil policy and collaborates closely with the UK military to grow the UK’s space surveillance capability into the future. Emily holds an MBiochem in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and since joining the Civil Service has worked in policy and project delivery in areas ranging from automated vehicles to flood risk management.

    Professor Serge Plattard

    Deputy Director, Space Domain, UCL, University College London
    Professor Serge Plattard

    Prior to his current position as deputy director of UCL’s Space Domain since November 2017, Serge was Senior Resident Fellow at ESPI since 2012, a European space policy think tank he started and ran in 2004, working on space governance, exploration policies, and space security. From 1998-2003, he was CNES’s director for international relations, then deputy director for strategy (2003-04).
    A nuclear physicist for 12 years, he then turned to science & technology diplomacy, first at the French Ministry of External relations in 1981, and later as science & technology counsellor with French Embassies in India, Japan, US and UK.
    He lectured in nuclear physics at Université d’Orsay, and in R&D innovation and technology economy at Université Paris-Dauphine, and at the French Business School ESSEC. He also lectures at UCL and at the International Space University in Strasbourg.
    Serge authored/co-authored more than 60 publications and communications, and a book
    He is a life member of the American Physical Society, founding member of Euroscience and member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is a Fellow of the French Institute for Advance Studies of National Defence (2004).
    Serge is a Knight in the order of the Légion d’Honneur, and holds the Golden Rays in the order of the Sacred Treasure (Japan).

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Sqn Ldr (Retd) Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley is a retired RAF officer with more than 32 years of active service as an Aerospace Battle Manager including 16 years as a surveillance of space practitioner and space situational awareness advocate. His final assignments included leading the RAF contribution to global SSA in 2 significant programmes. Dinz’s unique military experience is further underpinned, as a CAS Fellow, with an MA in Peace and Development from Leeds Metropolitan University; his dissertation covering "Critical Perspectives on UK Space Security". Since retirement from the military in September 2017 Dinz formed, and is now Executive Director of NorSS Ltd, an innovative Northumberland based SSA company. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of SAINTS (Situational Awareness Information National Technology Service) a group of NE tech companies developing SA for government, industry and academia. He is also an observer to the Hague Space Resource Governance Working Group. 

    Squadron Leader Josh Fitzmaurice

    Staff Officer, Surveillance of Space, Royal Australian Air Force
    Squadron Leader Josh Fitzmaurice

    SQNLDR Joshua Fitzmaurice is Staff Officer Surveillance of Space within the Air Force Headquarters Directorate of ISR, EW & Space.
    After earning a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics at the Australian Defence Force Academy, SQNLDR Fitzmaurice served as a Navigator on AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and has performed various roles in aviation instruction and acquisition. Following completion of a master’s degree in space science at the Royal Military College of Canada, SQNLDR Fitzmaurice assumed his current role managing the Air Force Space Awareness Program, including industry engagement, coordination of S&T research agreements and policy development.

    Wing Commander Alun Walton

    Station Commander, RAF Fylingdales, Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Alun Walton

    Sponsors and Exhibitors



    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.


    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue, 50,000 employees and customers in 130 countries. L3Harris is accelerating innovation and providing affordable solutions to fast forward to tomorrow. Learn more at L3Harris.com.

    Numerica Corporation

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado (USA), our world-class scientists, engineers, and software architects deliver state-of-the-art technology solutions to our government and industry customers. We provide new levels of actionable information to decision makers, and our advanced algorithms and software are deployed in systems around the world to track objects, manage resources, process imagery, and more. Our Space Situational Awareness Team operates a worldwide telescope network and offers a complete deep-space surveillance service to help protect government and commercial satellites. Although the bright sky background prevents most ground-based telescopes from viewing satellites during the day, especially at high altitudes, Numerica has broken through this barrier to enable a small-telescope solution that is being integrated with the existing Numerica Telescope Network to help close this daytime coverage gap.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    PlaneWave Instruments produces Off-The-Shelf, high-quality astronomy products of unprecedented value. In 2008, PlaneWave developed and championed the CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) telescope, a revolutionary new optical system that was designed to excel at imaging on large format CCD cameras. These telescopes meet the demands of researchers, serious imagers and visual observers. The CDK is an excellent value for a telescope of featuring high quality and large apertures. Today, PlaneWave manufactures CDK telescopes from 12.5” to 1-meter in aperture. Not limited to optics, PlaneWave also makes a full line of observatory class direct drive telescope mounts. PlaneWave’s new groundbreaking L-Series Mounts have rocked the astronomy market through their high performance, low costs and pragmatic design. PlaneWave Instruments is a privately held company headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, CA. with a large manufacturing operation on Michigan.

    Media Partners

    Space News


    Since 1989, SpaceNews has provided decision-makers throughout the industry with timely and comprehensive space and satellite news, giving them the competitive intelligence they need to succeed. Whether it's the latest trend in military space capabilities, the next space mission or breaking developments in satellite telecommunications, SpaceNews keeps them informed.

    Armada International


    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.

    21st Century Asian Arms Race


    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.

    Defense Conferences


    Market Research Media Ltd, a leading market research firm, provides comprehensive market research reports and forecasts to assist governmental and corporate decision makers understand the dynamics of world’s technology markets. Fortune 500 companies, US Congress and EU government bodies rely on our strategic insights.

    Satellite Evolution Group


    The Satellite Evolution Group delivers a portfolio of must-read publications including; Satellite Evolution Asia; Satellite Evolution EMEA; and Satellite Evolution Global. Containing news, analysis, case studies, and renowned Q&As - the magazines are a must-read. In addition to print magazines, the Satellite Evolution Group delivers products across a complete multimedia platform including email, CD, HTML, audio, and video streaming.

    Space Data Association


    The Space Data Association Limited (SDA) is a non-profit international association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment and the RF spectrum. It maintains the Space Data Center, a database of high-accuracy orbital information, which is operated by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) of Exton, PA. Established in the Isle of Man the SDA is open to all satellite operators and other participants. Its membership comprises many of the world’s major satellite communications companies Membership information can be found at www.space-data.org

    World Teleport Association


    Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (WTA) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.

    Airforce Technologies


    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.



    Defense Update highlights worldwide defense programs, including; land warfare covering armor and infantry and support elements,aerospace, naval, C4ISR, EW, Cyber Warfare, intelligence and net-centric warfare, unmanned systems and robotics, and homeland defense. Written by experienced defense journalists from different nations, with contribution by analysts specializing in different fields, Defense Update provides comprehensive coverage of specific defense related topics, including Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV), Future Combat Systems, Aerospace – and unmanned systems as well as robotics and Precision Strike weapons. It also covers in-depth analysis of developing trends in Command, Control, Communications and Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).

    Aerospace Technology


    Leading aerospace organisations use Aerospace-technology.com on a daily basis to ensure they keep up to date with the latest industry specific news and developments. As a result, Aerospace-technology.com attracts a high quality and loyal user base of the most influential decision makers and aerospace industry leaders. For more information please contact antonio.rossi@verdict.co.uk or call +44 207 936 6806

    Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG)


    Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) is the global industry organisation, established to combat the increasing and costly problem of satellite radio frequency interference. It also as a group focuses on the future of satellite communication technology and the effects or issues of that technology relating to interference. IRG has a number of practical initiatives, all aimed at reducing satellite interference, including establishing Carrier ID, Training & Certification and Type Approvals. The group itself comprises working groups, chaired by key industry experts, charged with the task of establishing the practical initiatives and obtaining the support of the entire industry.



    The only independent specialized media, only and exclusively in the Space Industry, written in Spanish. Spanish online media, aimed especially at the markets of Spain and Latin America, which allows industry professionals to obtain all the information available in this area easily and quickly. Information updated daily to facilitate decision making of companies, institutions and users working in the attractive field of space. Always seen image in an agile and dynamic platform with updated and documented information, which adopts the successful design of Infodefensa.com to address a segmented audience, in a specific and qualified niche market. With two weekly newsletters that are sent to more than 1,000 registered subscribers, which include those responsible for space issues in the Administration, Embassies, Chambers of Commerce, ESA and other organizations and associations in the sector.

    Everything RF


    everything RF - www.everythingRF.com keeps you up to date with the RF & Microwave Industry. We publish industry news, white papers and technical articles. We have the largest RF & Microwave product database on the internet which consists of product catalogs from over 500 Manufacturers. Use parametric search tools to narrow down on products based on your requirement. Download datasheets, compare products and get quotations. Quotations are routed to the manufacturers (or their distributors) who get back to you with the details. Visit www.everythingRF.com to learn more.

    Satnews Publishers


    SatNews is a leading provider of satellite events, news, publications, research and other satellite industry information in the commercial and military enterprises worldwide. SatNews hosts to the SmallSat Symposium and the Satellite Innovation conference, hosted in Silicon Valley. SatNews include Daily and Weekly News Services and SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine, published monthly. satnews.com

    Defense Express


    Limited Liability Company “DEFENSE EXPRESS MEDIA AND CONSULTING” highlights events in security, defense and military cooperation areas. Regular information products of the company: - Daily News Wire and Analysis on http://www.defense-ua.com; - Weekly newsletter “Ukrainian Defense Survey”; - “DEFENSE EXPRESS” Magazine; - “Ukrainian Defense Review” Magazine (in English); - Book series “Weapons of Ukraine”. Company also provides advice and assistance based on deep analytical skills and knowledge of the conditions and characteristics of Ukrainian military market to companies, government bodies and intermediaries in the implementation of their strategy, relating to finding new partners and interests promoting.

    Space IT Bridge


    Space IT Bridge is focused on helping business leaders and IT decision makers understand emerging business opportunities delivered by a growing number of space-based satellite networks. The site will track the business climate of this emerging and exciting market, including: standards debates, deployment case studies, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, financial results and IPOs, and more. Stories and other coverage in Space IT Bridge will help "New Space" companies how to leverage best practices in IT, such as open standards, open source, cloud computing, APIs, Big Data, analytics, and machine learning. At the same time, Space IT Bridge will help the IT and consumer worlds recognize and embrace new opportunities offered by cubesats, imaging, and low earth orbit (LEO) satellite clouds.

    Global Military Communications


    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.

    Asian Military Review


    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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