The University of Central Florida’s Florida Space Institute (FSI) will host Space Tech 1.0, the leading conference in space sciences and space technology.

Space Tech 1.0, which will be held September 5 at –UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality, is designed to bridge the gap between technology, visionary science, and progressive space programs to create new approaches to global issues. The conference will provide a forum for collaboration among scientists, researchers, businesses and students to look at new ways the space industry can solve problems on Earth.

The conference will feature speakers representing a spectrum of space-related research, including Dr. Dave Williams, a Canadian physician and retired Canadian Space Agency astronaut who was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for Science; to. Ray Wheeler, an expert on the benefit of plants for long-duration spaceflight; and. Al Ducharme, a former UCF engineering professor and president and CEO of Hoverfly, an innovative company making unmanned vehicles and aerial robotics.

Students interested in space science and technology are encouraged to attend and submit posters for display at the conference. The student competition is open to undergraduate and graduate-level students from Florida and out-of-state. Cash prizes from $200 to $500 are available to winners .

Online pre-registration costs $150 through September 4 and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and reception. On-site registration will be $200. There is no cost for students and university faculty; however there will be a charge for meals.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Esther Beltran at, 321-276-5565 .