Special Guest Contributors

Aidan Lyon , Philosopher at the University of Amsterdam

Aidan has two main areas of philosophical research that may seem quite different at first but actually overlap in some fascinating ways.

The first area concerns the foundations of uncertainty, collective wisdom, and decision-making. His research in this area has focused on eliciting, modeling, and aggregating opinions from experts in situations of extreme uncertainty. This work has also been scientific and practical in nature.

The second area concerns the philosophy of psychedelics, meditation, and related interventions on the brain/mind. In his book, Psychedelic Experience, Aidan argue that psychedelic experiences are mind-revealing experiences and can be induced using methods that don’t involve substances (such as meditation).

While he uses the tools of philosophy to study psychedelic experiences, he also argue that these experiences are valuable tools for doing philosophy. The next stage of his research builds upon this core insight and focuses on applying these experiences in real-world settings.

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Ruvimbo Samanga,  Space Law & Policy Analyst

Ruvimbo Samanga has a deep appreciation for the creative arts and how it brings inspiration to education, business, and leadership. She is devouted to community engagement and making meaningful relationships with others.

Ruvimbo was the National Point of Contact in Zimbabwe under the Space Generation Advisory Council, which works in collaboration with the United Nation’s Programme on Space Applications. She has held Research positions at the Open Lunar Foundation and UNECA, and has served as a Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholar.

Ruvimbo Samanga is the CEO & Founder of AgriSpace, and a Space Policy Analyst specialising in the African traditional and NewSpace industry, working with national, regional and global organisations to build space law capacity. She is a social entrepreneur and space educator, and deeply passionate about youth-led sustainable development. Her interests are multi-discplinary, and she describes herself as a keen space enthusiast and advocate.

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Michal Ziso, Space Architect and Futurist


Michal Ziso is a two time TEDx speaker, frequent lecturer and mentor at academic institutions, organizations and creative tech companies such as ISA – Israeli Space Agency, Ramon Foundation, UNOOSA, Explore Mars, Parsons School of Design, Wix and more. She’s a graduate of the Architecture & Urban Planning Faculty at the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology and the Politecnico di Milano, and is an ISU (International Space University) Space Studies Program Alumni.

With a mission to create a built environment in space and on earth that fits the needs of its diverse users to ensure not only a surviving but thriving human society, Michal is actively raising awareness for gender and human equality through work with international organizations such as Global Citizen, UN Women UN SDG global and SDG Israel. ZISO was chosen to be part of the 10 top global initiatives fighting for gender equality by the UN SDG Action Campaign of 2019.

As a mentor to young individuals, especially young women, at various forums such as UNOOSA United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Space4Women, ProWoman organization and ISE (Israel Startup Experience), Michal promotes courageous creative thinking, innovation through extreme conditions and encourages all to become passionate change agents.

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Angelo Vermeulen, Space Systems Researcher

Angelo is a space researcher, biosystems engineer, biologist and artist. In 2009 he co-founded SEADS (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international transdisciplinary collective of artists, scientists, engineers, and activists. Its goal is to reshape the future through critical inquiry and hands-on experimentation. Biomodd is one of their most well-known art projects and consists of a worldwide series of interactive art installations in which computers coexist with internal living ecosystems.

For the last ten years, he has been collaborating with the European Space Agency’s MELiSSA program on biological life support for space. In 2013 he became crew commander of the first NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawai’i. Currently, he works at Delft University of Technology, developing bio-inspired concepts for interstellar exploration. He advises several European space companies, and together with the LDE Center for Sustainability he connects space technology and horticulture to foster innovation in global food production. He is also preparing a series of art/science experiments on board of the International Space Station.

Vermeulen has been (guest) faculty at universities across Europe, the US, and Southeast Asia. He is a Senior TED Fellow, and was selected in 2017 as one of the Top 5 Tech Pioneers from Belgium by the newspaper De Tijd. His TED Talk about his space-related work has garnered over a million views.

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Samantha Copeland, Serendipity Society

Dr. Samantha Copeland came to philosophy through the humanities, graduating at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She did a Masters of Philosophy at Queen’s University, Ontario and for her PhD dissertation, ‘The Case of the Triggered Memory’, she joined her interests in how scientific knowledge is produced and changes when new technology is developed with the ethics of curiosity-driven science when human participants are needed for research. From there, she joined the CauseHealth project for three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian University of Life Science. In the meantime she co-founded the Serendipity Society and joined TU Delft as an Assistant Professor in 2018.

At TU Delft she is working on the ethics of resilience, bringing what we know about how positive results can come out of unexpected events—like in cases of serendipity—together with how we ought to prepare a response to unexpected but potentially disastrous events and disruptions. In both of these contexts, issues of distributive and epistemic justice are intertwined with the epistemology of knowledge production. It is at this intersection that her work resides.

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Marques D. Anderson, Cyborg Anthropologist, Innovator, World Builder

After a professional pivot from the NFL in 2006, Marques founded and directed the World Education Foundation which bridges the gap between academia, technology, and implementation in local communities around the world. In 2017 he founded Urban Matrix One, a startup developing solutions at the intersection of satellite imagery, machine learning and urban infrastructure. while currently building out -ism Consultancy with co-founder Adah Parris.

Marques is currently an Independent Consultant for IDEO and has worked with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, MIT Media Labs, HATCH, TWIN Global, EY, UCLA, Stanford, Harvard, NASA, and The Good Shepherd Sisters Foundation, amongst many other global institutions and thought leaders. Marques brings 14+ years of experience in global and local community development.

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