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Director, Human Space Flight Centre, ISRO
Ethics Advisor, Centre National d'études Spatiales (CNES)
Space Counsellor

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 12 May 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

France and India have been sharing a long standing collaboration in space. Since the 1960s, and mainly under the initiatives of two men: Vikram Sarabai and Jacques Blamont. Scientists and engineers from France and India have been working together to establish a very unique fruitful relationship between the two national space agencies ISRO and CNES for the benefit of both nations.

A new era in Space exploration has already started: new space base and station projects, new planetary exploration programs, new private investors and a new philosophy.

How are French and Indian experts seeing the future of the Space exploration?
Where can our two nations work to join forces on the rich joint history of personal trust?
What do they think about this new philosophy of exploration?

To answer such questions and to share with us their knowledge and vision we have the pleasure to welcome two international experts, Mr Umamaheswaran R and Dr. Jacques Arnould, for a discussion on Indo – French Space Collaboration: From Past to Future.

Presented by the Ambassade de France en Inde (French Embassy in India), Institut Français en Inde (French Institute in India) and Alliance Française India.


Umamaheswaran R

Director, Human Space Flight Centre, ISRO

Dr. Umamaheswaran is the Director of Human Space Flight Centre, ISRO, Bengaluru. He completed Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 1985; Master of Science in Software System in 2007; and Master of Arts in Russian Language in 1996. He holds Ph. D. in Electronics & Communication Engineering from NIT, Trichy. He joined ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in 1987.

Over the years, he has made significant contribution to the development of ISRO’s Launch Vehicles. Then he became Chief Designer of major subassemblies including equipment bay of the launch vehicle. He became Mission Director of three successive successful GSLV missions. He also served as the Deputy Director, Avionics at VSSC.

More recently Dr Umamaheswaran served as the Scientific Secretary, ISRO at its Headquarters, with key roles in the overall Policy, Planning and Programs of ISRO, including international cooperation. He has been elected as the Chair of Working Group on Long Term Sustainability of Space Activities in UNCOPUOS Scientific and Technical SubCommittee. He also signed the Joint Declaration of Interest for Space Climate Observatory (SCO) at Paris in June 2019 on behalf of ISRO.

He has been awarded several Merit Awards and is an honourable member of several important organisations.

In March 2022, Dr Umamaheswaran has been appointed as the Director of the Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC), which is responsible for implementation of Gaganyaan and to pursue activities for sustained human space flight missions.

Jacques Arnould

Ethics Advisor, Centre National d'études Spatiales (CNES)

Dr. Jacques Arnould is an engineer in agronomy and forestry, with a Ph.D. in History of Sciences as well as a Ph.D. in Theology. He researches the interrelation between sciences, cultures, and religions, with a particular interest in two areas: life sciences and space exploration. With respect to the first area, he has written several books on the historical and theological dimensions of life sciences, with a special emphasis on evolution. With respect to the conquest of space, since 2001 he has served as ethics advisor to the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), the French space agency.

Dr. Arnould has served as adjunct faculty with the International Space University since 2000, and he is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2004 he was awarded the Labruyère Prize from the Académie Française, and in 2011 he received the Audiffred Prize from the Académie des sciences morales et politiques. In addition to authoring numerous books in French, he has published Gene Avatars: The Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution (2002), God vs Darwin: Will the Creationists Triumph over Science? (2009), Icarus’ Second Chance: The Basis and Perspectives of Space Ethics (2011) and God, the Moon, and the Astronaut (2015).

Mathieu J. Weiss

Space Counsellor

Mathieu J. Weiss is a Space Counsellor at the French Space Agency, CNES