Pulham Shares Space Symposium's 'Secret Sauce'
Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham was the guest speaker at the March 25 luncheon of the National Defense Industrial Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, held in Colorado Springs.
In his opening remarks, Pulham noted the 30th anniversary of both the Space Foundation and its premier annual space conference, the Space Symposium, held each year in Colorado Springs.
In discussing the Space Foundation anniversary, Pulham mentioned his organization's continuing emphasis on STEM education outreach, with increasing use of distance delivery. Currently, the Space Foundation is using Google Hangouts to bring GlobalCasts featuring its Science On a Sphere® to schools across the country and even around the world.
Regarding the Space Symposium, Pulham emphasized full government participation this year. He cited the list of confirmed speakers, including NASA Administration Charles Bolden and representatives of various international space agencies.
"I'll share with you the 'secret sauce' for presenting a successful Symposium," said Pulham. "You have to give the attendees everything they expect from the conference, plus something new."
The 'new' this year includes the first classified session, focusing on space situational awareness, plus a full day of technical content in the Tech Track sessions.
He stressed that the Space Symposium will have more international participation this year than ever before, and that international outreach has been a major focus for the Space Foundation in building relationships specifically in China, France and Germany. In April, Pulham will moderate a panel at the Global Aerospace Summit in Dubai.
"International cooperation is paramount, but you have to be strategic," said Pulham.
The 30th Space Symposium will be held May 19-22 at The Broadmoor. See the Space Symposium agenda and complete list of speakers here.