Heads of space agencies, astronauts, and senior experts in Israeli and international aerospace industries are expected to take part in the Ninth Ilan Ramon International Space Conference, headed by the Israel Space Agency of the Ministry of Science and the Fisher Institute.

Heads and representatives from senior space agencies including NASA, ESA, Russia, China, Italy, Canada, Israel and Norway, have confirmed participation in the gathering.

The two-day conference – January 29-30, 2014 – will discuss security aspects of space, science and space, space policies, space in the world of industry and technology, and innovations and non-traditional uses of space.

The meeting is a living tribute to Israel’s first astronaut, the late Colonel Ilan Ramon, who died with his colleagues on the space shuttle Columbia on February 1st, 2003. The event is a central meeting point for high ranking executives from around the world in the areas of science and space.

There will also be a professional exhibition presenting the latest innovations by the Israeli military and civilian industries.

In related news, Space Week in Israel starts today and there are dozens of out-of-this-world activities and movie screenings open to the public.

The country’s Cinematheque movie houses will be screening space-related films around the clock. The Tel Aviv Port is joining forces with the Israel Space Agency for four days of activities. One of the most hyped interactive attractions includes Google Glass and new computer games.

For a list of all activities (in Hebrew), http://most.gov.il/SLH/spaceweek

Photo of the Middle East from space by Shutterstock.com.