Ascension 2019


Ascension, our annual space conference, brings together students, researchers, and industry professionals over a 3-day event. The conference attempts to close the gap between industry and students by creating a place for students to find their own place in Canada’s space industry. Ascension has been held annually since 2015, with the most recent event held at the University of Toronto. In an effort to extend our reach west, Ascension 2019 will be held at the University of Alberta on March 1 – 3, 2019, in partnership with AlbertaSat (ISSET-S) and the Undergraduate Astronomy Society. In 2020 Ascension will most likely be held in Ontario.

Sustainability on Earth and in Space
The theme of Ascension 2019 is Sustainability on Earth and in Space and will focus on how we can use technology developed for space or space research to help us be more sustainable on Earth. A major part of this focus also includes sustainability in space itself.


Although Ascension is a full-blown space conference, a major focus is on student involvement. Ascension allows students to present their current research, learn from experts, and network with industry professionals. The conference program will include talks, workshops, and social activities. The final presentation and judging of the YSpacE competition will also take part at Ascension. Top teams will be invited to present their business concept in front of space research and industry experts. Ascension 2019 aims to bring 100 individuals mainly from BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. This will hopefully strengthen Western Canada’s interest and involvement in space exploration activities.

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Photos from Past Conferences
Ascension 2017
Ascension 2016
Ascension 2015


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