2 mins read 26 Feb 2020

MVA Public Forum 'Mini'

26 FEB 2020 | 6:15PM - 8:15PM

Come and hear presentations by prominent space-thinkers & thinkers alike who are experts in their fields, followed by a public discussion convened by Annie Handmer.


Many governments and private companies plan in the coming years to venture to the moon for scientific purposes, resource exploration, and long-term human habitation. We ask the question: can going to the moon reconcile Earth?

The plan is to give the public a voice in the Moon/Earth relationship in the context of Moon Village Association launching an ambitious project to send a camera to the moon for a live video stream for one day of the whole Earth; our home.

A Public Forum on the Moon ‘MINI’ is a chance to discuss some of the deeper philosophical and ethical issues linked to any human lunar presence. Made more pertinent by the 'Overview Effect' being made available to the global community by the Moon Village Association.

The Moon Village Association (MVA) began in 2017 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Vienna. Its goal is the creation of a permanent global informal forum for stakeholders like governments, industry, academia, and the general public interested in the development of an enduring human presence and activity on the Moon.  The MVA fosters cooperation for existing or planned moon exploration programs, be they public or private initiatives.

It comprises approximately 250 individual and 27 institutional members from more than 40 countries, representing a diverse array of technical, scientific, cultural and interdisciplinary fields. MVA partners with non-space organizations to promote international discussions and formulation of plans to foster the development of a responsible and sustainable human presence on the Moon and is creating international, national and regional networks to engage civil society around the world.

SpaceAustralia.com is an official media partner for this event


  • Thomas Gooch - Director of Office of Other Spaces
  • Giuseppe Reibaldi - President of MVA and senior policy adviser
  • Dr. Alice Gorman - Space Archeologists, author
  • Ceridwen Dovey - Contributor for The Monthly, WIRED

Moderated by Annie Handmer

Getting There

Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

Opposite NGV International and The Arts Centre on St Kilda Road

Tickets are available through the events management platform, Eventbrite