Sirius Space Talks 2019

Sirius Space Talks

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The Sirius Chair has the pleasure of inviting you to the 2019 Sirius Space Talks on October 15th, 2019 at the Toulouse Capitole 1 University. This conference turns the spotlight on well-known speakers from the space sector and offers keynote sessions and discussions.

A yearly conference on developments in the space sector

A yearly conference on a substantive topic, the Sirius Space Talks provide a unique opportunity for all those interested in developments in the space sector. The talks are designed to learn about and debate on the importance of the space sector for the functioning of the global economy.

This year's topic: the implications of space business acceleration

The acceleration of technological progress in the space sector raises major questions.The SIRIUS Chair research team takes stock of all questions and aims to provide useful answers, with the help of five keynote speakers from different geographical horizons, sectors and scientific disciplines. Presentations are made in English, but discussions are held in both French and English. The keynotes are addressed to all those interested in accelerating the progress of space technologies and in the very rapid development of a new industrial, economic and financial ecosystem. The conference is organized by the Toulouse 1 Capitole University, TBS, the CNES space research center, Airbus and Thalès Alenia Space.


October 15th, 2019 

  • 01:30 - 02:00pm : Registration
  • 02:00 - 02:15pm : Welcome and kick-off
  • 02:15 - 02:45pm : New mission-oriented innovation policies: market creation opportunities and challenges for the space sector
  • Doublas K.R. Robinson - Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS), CNRS, IFRIS, University Paris-Est Marne-La Vallée, France & Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London, UK.
  • 02:45 - 03:00pm : Discussion
  • 03:00 - 03:30pm : Fostering and Measuring the development of the Space Economy @ESA
  • Luca Del Monte - Head of Industrial Policy and SME Division at European Space Agency ESA, Paris, France
  • 03:30 - 03:45pm : Discussion
  • 03:45 - 04:15pm : Commercial SATCOM : A Sector in Disruption & Transformation
  • Deepu Krishnan Pillai - Senior Analyst-Strategy and Market Intelligence-Global at SES, Luxembourg
  • 04:15 - 04:30 pm: Discussion
  • 04:30 - 04:45pm: Break
  • 04:45 - 05:15pm : Might the acceleration of the innovation cycle in the space sector result from the convergence of different technologies?
  • William W Edmonson - Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina USA
  • 05:15 - 05:30pm: Discussion
  • 05:30 - 06:00pm : Space Business Acceleration and Financial Engineering. An emerging requirement for the space economy
  • Bruce Cahan- Stanford University’s School of Engineering
  • 06:00 - 06:15pm : Discussion
  • 06:15 - 06:30pm : Closing speech
  • 06:30pm : Cocktail reception

The Sirius Chair - a TBS & UT1 Capitole initiative

Created in 2013, the SIRIUS Chair(Space Institute for Research on Innovative Uses of Satellites) brings together a team of researchers from two Toulouse higher education institutions in Toulouse, France: University of Toulouse 1 Capitole and TBS in the fields of law and management. It studies all the movements affecting the space sector, participates in the global debate on major issues related to the development of space technologies, and contributes,through its communications and scientific work, to the reflection on industrial policies and strategies, alongside global decision-makers. The SIRIUS Chair is management by Prof. Victor Dos Santos Paulino, PhD, who's a professor in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at TBS. He works together with the Chair's Scientific Director, Prof. Lucien Rapp of the Toulouse 1 Capitole University.

Location & Registration

The Sirius Space Talks 2019 take place in the Salle des Séminaires of the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal at the Toulouse 1 Capitole university. Please note that all keynote sessions are in English, but discussions may occur both in English and French. The conference is open to all but requires prior registration, as seats are limited