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Canada Reaches for the Moon - 2nd Canadian Lunar Workshop


  • Type: Workshop
  • Date: -
  • Location: This workshop will be fully virtual.
  • Language: French and English
  • Target audience: Scientific and technical communities, universities, industry, and government.


This workshop provides a forum for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to present the advancements of the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) and for academia, industry and government to showcase recent research and projects pertaining to the Moon.

Detailed description

The Government of Canada has invested in LEAP as a cornerstone of Exploration, Imagination, Innovation: A New Space Strategy for Canada, which was announced on .

CSA is committed to fostering a diverse and equitable Exploration community in Canada and seeks an inclusive workshop that enriches Canada's contribution to lunar exploration and terrestrial benefits. We encourage diverse teams to participate.

About this workshop

LEAP is an investment that supports space technology development and in-space demonstration, as well as science missions. Its aim is to expand and prepare Canada's space sector, particularly small and medium sized enterprises, for future exploration missions by offering technology development and demonstration, science and mission opportunities in lunar orbit, on the Moon's surface, on the Lunar Gateway outpost, or further into deep space with their potential for terrestrial benefits. NASA's Artemis Gateway will be an outpost orbiting the moon, providing vital support for a sustainable, long term human return to the surface of the moon, as well as a staging point for deep space exploration.

This workshop provides a forum for CSA to present the advancements of the LEAP program and for academia, industry and government to showcase recent research and projects pertaining to the Moon. This 2nd Canadian Lunar Workshop will focus on the Canadian Lunar Rover, technology development and demonstration, lunar dust, food production, Deep Space Astronaut's Healthcare, Lunar Gateway utilization, as well as future planning, amongst other topics.

The workshop will be fully virtual.

CSA is committed to fostering a diverse and equitable Exploration community in Canada and seeks an inclusive workshop that enriches Canada's contribution to lunar exploration. We encourage diverse teams to participate.

Join us in this second Canadian Lunar Workshop on an exciting journey as Canada reaches for the Moon!


View the program

Guidelines for ePoster and oral presentation preparation and submission

Workshop sessions

Workshop sessions
Title Description
Lunar science from sample to orbit This session seeks contributions to lunar geology, geophysics, prospecting, and to the lunar space environment. Contributions focusing on, but not limited to, sample analysis, remote sensing and modeling are welcome, as well as instruments development or potential missions.
Lunar surface and orbit innovative technologies This session welcomes contributions on existing and future innovations pertaining to surface and orbital technologies such as lunar rovers, their sub-systems and payloads as well as other mission enabling technologies.
Study of volatiles and geology of the lunar south pole: the Canadian Rover Mission The aim of this session is to bring together scientists studying the lunar south pole, the destination of the Canadian Rover Mission. Contributions outlining the mission's objectives, the expected data that will be collected from the science payloads, studies of potential landing sites, and other topics are welcome.
Lunar Dust This session will focus on studies of lunar dust: its sources and sinks, its "weather" and interaction with space plasmas, and the impact that dust has on technological and human activities and health, both on the surface of the Moon and in orbit.
Deep Space Astronaut's Healthcare "Deep Space Astronaut's Healthcare" will expose the challenges of healthcare delivery in deep space and in terrestrial medically-isolated communities. The session will further highlight the opportunities that exist for Canada to make a meaningful contribution to deep space healthcare, while catalyzing transformational changes in the way medical services are provided, leveraging the power of medical technology to de-centralize healthcare, with the ultimate goal of bringing the care to where the need is in space, and on Earth.
The call for abstracts welcomes ideas on: AI and autonomy, Effects of long duration space flight, Health monitoring devices, Advanced technology and science to support medical care delivery in a remote setting.
Food Production This session focuses on introducing CSA's Food Production Initiative which aims to develop food production capabilities for long-duration space flight and provide critical systems to an international lunar surface food system partnership, while enhancing food security for all Canadians, especially those in Northern and remote communities.
The call for abstracts invites contributions on innovative systems/technologies with capabilities to support Canada's space food production goals. Invited topics include, but are not limited to, controlled environment agriculture (CEA), crop selection, water treatment and management, waste and resource management/loop closure, robotics, automation, plant health monitoring and other novel non-plant food production technologies.
Lunar Gateway Utilization This session will focus on utilization of the Lunar Gateway for scientific and educational activities. Abstracts in Astrophysics, Education-Outreach, Heliophysics, Lunar-related science from the Gateway, Space Biology and Life Sciences, Human Health research, or Technology/Materials describing ideas or projects to be conducted specifically in the Moon orbit can be submitted.

Important dates

Important dates details
Presentations Registration deadline
Abstract deadline Closed
Acceptance of presentations (talk or e-poster)
E-poster submission
Presentation submission
Early registration deadline
Final registration deadline
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Guidelines for preparing and submitting ePosters

To ensure CLW-ALC participants get the most out of the virtual experience, e-Posters will be made available on-demand on the workshop website, in addition to the 3 minutes ePoster lightning talk sessions in the scheduled workshop Zoom program. There will also be an opportunity to talk to the e-poster presenters during a networking session.

Guidelines for preparing and submitting oral presentations

Oral presentations form the basis of the workshop and provide an opportunity for more in depth talks. As with a physical meeting, each session will proceed in the order identified in the program and maintain the schedule. The workshop program will be made accessible before the event.

Oral presenters must present in person; pre-recorded presentations are not accepted. If you will be unable to present, please notify the organizing committee at as soon as possible to delegate a new presenting author or withdraw your presentation.

We are requesting a copy of your presentation in advance of the workshop, so that this can be launched by the workshop technical team should you have technical issues at the time of your presentation. Oral presentation files will not be available to attendees on demand.

Tips for presenting on Zoom

The Canadian Lunar Workshop will take place virtually using the Zoom web conferencing platform.

If you have never used Zoom, instructions on creating an account and basic features can be found here. Further details on accessing the workshop through Zoom, including technical requirements and session links, will be made available closer to the workshop date.

When you are presenting, you will "Share" your screen or document. Please ensure that your webcam is on so that attendees can view you during your presentation.

Experience suggests to avoid videos and PowerPoint animations with a lot of action and movement, and complex slide transitions, where possible.

Possibly even more so than for a traditional presentation in front of a live audience, practice is critical to giving a good online presentation. After you've created your presentation, run through it several times, on Zoom, to make sure that you can deliver it smoothly and also manage the screen sharing and other technical aspects. If you have the Zoom app installed, you can start a new meeting, with just you as the single participant, to practice.


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