Speakers Bureau

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As a part of our educational mission, the Chicago Society for Space Studies established a Speakers Bureau which has receive a number of awards – most recently the National Space Society 2020 Excellence in Speaker Outreach Award. The purpose of our speakers bureau is to provide in-person educational presentations and programs about space exploration, space policy, space development, and space science to groups and facilities in the Chicago area. As of 2020, our services have expanded to provide virtual presentations (Zoom, Google Meet, Jitsi, etc.) to audiences everywhere.

Our speakers have provided space science and space exploration related presentations to youth groups, astronomy clubs, libraries, museums, senior citizen groups, and schools in Chicago and its suburbs. For a more detailed overview of venues and localities, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Topics on which our speakers have made presentations have included:

  • International Space Station
  • Robotic Exploration of Mars
  • Human Exploration of Mars
  • Cassini Mission to Saturn
  • The Deep Impact Mission
  • NEAR Asteroid Mission
  • Planets of the Solar System in 3D
  • Lunar Solar Power
  • Enterprise in Space
  • Space Settlement
  • Antimatter Propulsion
  • Art and the Exploration of Space
  • Gemini Program History
  • Apollo Program History
  • Annual Space Year in Review
  • Future of Human Space Exploration
  • Why We Need to Explore Mars
  • Solar Power Satellites
  • Lunar Helium-3 and Fusion Energy
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • NewSpace / Commercial Space
  • Cislunar Economics
  • Economic Factors of Space Settlement

Our Team of Speakers

The members of the CSSS Speakers Bureau are:

How to use the Speakers Bureau Subject Categories and Topics Table

The Speakers Bureau Subject Categories and Topics Table identifies the categories, topics, and speakers who provide presentations on that topic.

  1. To view the list of topics within a category, click the category name to open the topics list.
  2. To view the list of speakers for a topic, click the topic name to open the speaker list.
  3. Click the speaker’s name to be taken to that speaker’s biography page, which also contains their contact information.
  4. Once a category or topic section is opened, it can be closed by clicking on the category or topic name.

All arrangements for presentations are made directly between the group and the individual speaker.

CSSS Speakers Bureau Subject Categories and Topics Table

Category: Space Commerce and Space Economics
Topic: NewSpace/Commercial Space

Speakers: Jim Plaxco

Topic: Space Globalization

Speakers: Jim Plaxco

Topic: Cislunar Economics

Speakers: Jim Plaxco

Topic: Asteroid Mining Economics

Speakers: Jim Plaxco

Category: Space Policy: Regulation and Legislation
Topic: National Space Policy

Speakers: Jim Plaxco

Category: Space Settlement and Space Development
Topic: Interstellar Flight

Speakers: Larry Boyle or Gerald Jackson

Topic: Solar Power Satellites

Speakers: Gerald Jackson
or Jim Plaxco

Topic: Lunar Bases

Speakers: Jim Plaxco

Topic: Lunar Solar Power

Speakers: Jim Plaxco or Gerald Jackson

Topic: Lunar Helium-3 Fusion

Speakers: Gerald Jackson
or Jim Plaxco

Topic: Human Missions to Mars

Speakers: Kent Nebergall or Jim Plaxco

Topic: AI, Robots, and Space

Speakers: Kent Nebergall or Jim Plaxco

Topic: Space Elevators

Speakers: Larry Bartoszek

Topic: Space Settlement

Speakers: Larry Bartoszek or Jim Plaxco

Topic: Human vs Robotic Space Settlement

Speakers: Jim Plaxco

Topic: Nuclear Power for Space Applications

Speakers: Gerald Jackson

Topic: Rocket Propulsion

Speakers: Gerald Jackson

Illinois communities in which CSSS speakers have given presentations include:

Arlington Heights
Blue Island
Crystal Lake
Elk Grove
Hanover Park
Highland Park
Hoffman Estates
Lake Zurich
Morton Grove
Park Ridge
River Forest
River Grove
Rolling Meadows

Venues for presentations have included:

Adler Planetarium
Museum of Science and Industry
Cernan Space Center
PSF Henize Science Center
Elmhurst Art Museum
Yerkes Observatory
Antioch Upper Grade School
Campanelli Public School
Eisenhower Junior High School
Elgin Community College
Willard Elementary School
Sunnydale Elementary School
Bartlett Public Library
Batavia Public Library
Bloomingdale Library
Blue Island Library
Deerfield Public Library
Ela Area Public Libraryy
Elgin Public Library
Elk Grove Public Library
Evanston Library
Glenview Library
Highland Park Library
Indian Trails Library
Morton Grove Public Library
Niles Public Library
Park Ridge Public Library
Poplar Creek Library
Rolling Meadows Library
Schaumburg Library
Skokie Public Library
Wauconda Library
Boys Scout Troop 67
Capricon Science Fiction Convention
Duckon Science Fiction Convention
ED/CAS/SSC Societies of IEEE
Friendship Village Mens Club
Harper College Astronomy Day
International Space Development Conference
Lake County Astronomical Society
Northwest Surburban Astronomers
Pixel Camera Club
Skokie Valley Astronomers
ToBe Continued Convention
Windycon Science Fiction Convention

To find out how you can help the Chicago Society for Space Studies promote space exploration in the Chicago area, please check out our Membership page.