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The 25th Annual International Mars Society Convention

“Searching for Life with Heavy Lift”

Preliminary Schedule

Hotel Room Blocks

The Mars Society is pleased to announce a return to our usual in-person public convention, to be held Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23, 2022 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  The International Mars Society Convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in the planet Mars to come together and discuss the science, technology, social implications, philosophy and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration.

In addition to being our first in-person event in two years, we will also be marking the 25th year of convening our International Mars Society Convention, with exciting plenary talks, panel discussions, and public debates, as well as our special Saturday evening banquet.

The conference will also feature the face off of the six finalists of the Telerobotic Mars Expedition Design Competition, whose teams were challenged to design a robotic flotilla that could be carried out using a human-class Mars surface lander with a 10-ton payload capacity, allowing the maximum possible science return while doing the most to prepare for human Mars missions to follow.

The theme of this year’s convention will be “Searching for Life with Heavy Lift”, which relates to our TMEDC challenge. Current heavy lift spaceflight options involve NASA’s SLS and SpaceX’s Starship, both capable of carrying large payloads into orbit, to the Moon and on to Mars. This significant payload capacity opens the door to a variety of extended robotic and human exploratory missions on the red planet, significantly increasing the chances to find ancient or present life on Mars.

For those unable to join us in person in Arizona, we will have an option to attend the convention virtually for paid Mars Society members.  You can join the Mars Society or check on your current membership status via Join.MarsSociety.org.  Following up on our wildly successful 2020 and 2021 Virtual Conventions which boasted over 15,000 people attending, and more than 300 papers presented, we will again be using unique technology, to not only hold presentations, panel discussions and debates, but also to allow people from around the world to participate, posing questions and interacting with one another.

The Mars Society’s four-day international conference will bring together leading scientists, government policymakers, commercial space executives, science journalists and space advocates to discuss the latest scientific and technological developments and challenges related to the human and robotic exploration of Mars and the eventual human settlement of the Red Planet.

Poster contest won by Antonella Berti Benza

Page’s background image courtesy Smithsonian Institution.

Confirmed Speakers

Pamela Melroy
Deputy Administrator, NASA
Dr. Ezinne Uzo-Okoro
Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House
Peter Beck
CEO, Rocket Lab
Dr. Marcia Rieke
Principal Investigator, James Webb Space Telescope & Arizona U.
Dr. Bhavya Lal
NASA Associate Administrator, Office of Technology, Policy & Strategy
Dr. Jim Bell
ASU & NASA Planetary Scientist
Dr. Jim Green
Former NASA Chief Scientist
Dr. Greg Autry
ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management
Dr. Kris Zacny
Vice President, Exploration Systems, Honeybee Robotics
Dr. Albert Haldemann
Mars Chief Engineer, ESA
Dylan Taylor
CEO, Voyager Space Holdings
Dr. Steven Benner
Founder, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution
Dr. Joe Michalski
Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong
Dr. Jingnan Guo
The University of Science & Technology of China
Dr. Jan Millsapps
Filmmaker, Writer & Professor, San Francisco State Univ.
Dr. Stefano Nerozzi
Lunar & Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona
Maria Antonietta Perino
Director, Space Economy Exploration & International Network, Thales Alenia Space Italia
Maraia Tanner
Founder, Star Harbor Academy (Colorado)
Dr. Jekan Thanga
University of Arizona
Ashley Kowalski
SIRIUS-21 crew member
Dr. Sergey Shkarayev
University of Arizona
Dr. William Bianco
Indiana Univ. & Former Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Shannon Rupert
Director, Mars Desert Research Station
Dr. Robert Zubrin
Founder & President, The Mars Society
James Burk
Executive Director, The Mars Society

Past Conventions

Poster Winner - The 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention
October 15th-17th, 2021
Virtual Convention
Poster Winner - The 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention
October 15th-19th, 2020
Virtual Convention
Poster Winner - The 22nd Annual International Mars Society Convention
October 17-20, 2019
University of Southern California
Poster Winner - The 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention
August 23-26, 2018
Pasadena Convention Center
Poster Winner - The 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention
September 7 - 10, 2017
University of California, Irvine
Poster Winner - The 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention
September 22–25, 2016
Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.