Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, 2002
Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is pleased to announce that it will host the 4th Canadian Space Exploration Workshop (CSEW4) on Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th, 2002, at 111 Sussex Drive (formerly Ottawa City Hall), in Ottawa, Ontario.

As Canada prepares for the scientific exploration of Mars, it is important that the community starts the process of forming teams around the most feasible concepts for Canadian scientific payloads to be sent to the planet in the next decade. This workshop will help initiate discussions and begin the definition of specific ideas and experiments to be carried out by the Canadian scientific community in collaboration with international partners.

Come to CSEW4 and participate in the ongoing development of the Canadian Space Exploration Program.

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The workshop objectives are to initiate discussions in an open forum on Canadian scientific priorities for Mars and to foster the creation of teams that will develop future Canadian-led scientific payloads for Mars. International participation and cooperation in the development of these concepts is strongly encouraged.

This will be done in a workshop-style environment (minimal oral presentations by individuals), with workshop attendees working on imposed but realistic mission scenarios.

The Call for Ideas associated with this workshop is one of two opportunities that workshop attendees have to present their views to their peers; the other being the poster session. Current research results may be discussed during breakout sessions, but there will be no individual presentations.

Please follow the CSEW4 Submission Instructions to respond to the Call for Ideas. Each submission must be accompanied by a CSEW4 Submission Form.

A wide range of submissions to the Call for Ideas is welcome. Entire mission concepts, specific scientific payload concepts, as well as specific enabling technologies are all appropriate. For the latter category, enabling technologies could include tools for performing or enabling specific Canadian scientific investigations or they could be appropriate for providing mission infrastructure/subsystems/etc. that would provide a desirable contribution to an international Mars mission that would, in turn, provide access for a Canadian scientific payload on the same mission. This set of submissions will become an important tool to the workshop participants as they develop the scientific payload concepts as a group.

Submissions to the Call for Ideas will be published with the Workshop Program and distributed on site to participants.

The deadline for responses to the Call for Ideas is Monday, October 7, 2002

Poster presentations are the only mechanism for presenting current research results at this workshop other than at the discussion level during breakout sessions. The posters will be available during all breaks.

Please follow the CSEW4 Submission Instructions to submit an abstract for consideration as a poster at the CSEW4 workshop.

Each submission must be accompanied by a CSEW4 Submission Form. (To save the form, right-click on the link and choose the “Save target as…” option).

Please note in your CSEW4 Submission Form into which scientific thrust your poster fits:

  • Solid Planetology (Planetary Geology)
  • Planetary Atmospheres, Ionospheres, Magnetospheres
  • Exo/Astrobiology
  • Small Bodies Research
  • Life Support Systems
  • Terrestrial Analogues of Space Environments

    The deadline for submission of an abstract for consideration as a poster at the workshop is Monday, September 9, 2002.

    You will be allocated a 4′ x 4′ area on a specific poster board – posters will be arranged according to the above scientific areas. Pushpins will be provided.

    The received and accepted abstracts will be published with the Workshop Program and distributed on site to participants.

    Program Committee

    Responsible for the scientific program of the workshop

    Breakout Session Chairs

    Breakout sessions will initially be divided into payload groups as follows, but this may change as the workshop progresses. Co-chairs will be responsible for reporting discussion results to the Closing Plenary, and for the general organization of the individual breakout sessions.

    The registration fee includes all refreshment breaks, the opening reception on Thursday evening, the banquet Friday evening and lunch on both workshop days.

  • Before October 14, 2002, registration fees are $125.00; students $50.00 with ID. 
  • After October 14, 2002, registration fees are $175; students $75.00 with ID.

    All fees are expressed in Canadian dollars.

    Onsite registration will begin Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 5:00 pm, and will continue on Friday morning. However, we highly recommend registering in advance.

    On line registration coming soon.

    Information on a block of hotel rooms for delegates will be posted soon. 

    We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to be recognized as an contributor to this important event. 

    Workshop sponsors will be recognized through signage at all major events, logo placement on the workshop web site and in the workshop program, and other package-specific incentives. In addition, major contributors will be provided with a number of full workshop registrations and exhibition space. 

    Please refer to the CSEW4 Sponsorship sheet (coming soon)for a description of the sponsorship packages available and the benefits of each.Financial contributions may be made at four different levels, or you may take the opportunity to define your own, in-kind contribution.  If our packages do not suit your needs we would be pleased to organize a packagetailored to meet your particular requirements.

    To discuss sponsorship please contact 

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    There are very limited spaces for exhibits and priority will be given to sponsors. The exhibit fee for non-sponsors is $150 CAD, in addition to your delegate registration.

    Please use the registration form to request an exhibit space; you will be contacted to confirm availability and with further information.

    The CSA Space Exploration Program will soon release the Space Exploration Database, including contact information for members of the community involved with Space Exploration. We encourage you to add your information to the database.


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