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SwRI hosts conference on "Export and Licensing Requirements for Space-Based Programs" 2006 Nobel Prize winner Dr. John Mather is keynote speaker

Feb. 15, 2008 — Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) will host the conference "Export and Licensing Requirements for Space-Based Programs" Mar. 31 to Apr. 1 in Washington, D.C. Dr. John Mather, 2006 Nobel Prize recipient in physics, and chief scientist of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, is the keynote speaker.

Complying with export control regulations — which govern technologies that cannot be released to foreign entities without approval or license from the U.S. government — can be challenging and perplexing as they relate to space-based research and instrumentation.

"This national conference will provide comprehensive export control information from representatives of the appropriate government agencies, as well as insights from seasoned legal practitioners, said Conference Coordinator Debbie Shaffer, manager of Export and International Affairs at Southwest Research Institute.

Attendees will learn which export restrictions apply to space programs, which licenses are required, and what exceptions and exemptions apply to help ensure compliance with U.S. export laws. Of particular emphasis will be regulations and restrictions governing colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning that participate in space-related activities.

Panel members will include Frank Aderton, director, Space Directorate, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Technology Security Administration; Gene Christiansen, senior licensing officer, Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, Bureau of Industry and Security; Anthony Dearth, chief, Missile and Space Division, U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls Licensing; Ricardo DiCocco, senior engineer, Technology Directorate of the Defense Technology Security Administration; Paula Geisz, manager, International Technology Transfer Policy and Export Administrator, NASA; John Hall, director, Export Control and Interagency Liaison, NASA; and Frederic Nordlund, head, Washington Office, European Space Agency.

The registration fee for the conference is $600. If four people from the same company register, a fifth person may attend free of charge. The seminar will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. Rooms are available at the Fairmont at the discounted rate of $359 per night.

Conference space is limited to the first 125 registrants.

For more information contact SwRI Solutions.