Space Week


Over the coming decades, as the aerospace sector shifts its focus towards enabling space travel, an integrated space and aerospace ecosystem is expected to emerge. From May 2nd to 6th, we will journey far beyond 2022 to focus on critical space issues – 25, 50 and even 100 years in the future.


Space Research Conference

May 3 & 4, 2022

The Space Research Conference at McGill University will welcome space and aerospace communities for cross-industry exchange. On May 3rd and 4th, sessions and panels will examine space issues from multiple perspectives – including engineering, healthcare, law, and space science.


MADE in Space: McGill astronauts share their experiences


May 3, 2022  |  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

Since 1983, 14 Canadians have been named astronauts, including five McGill graduates: Dave Williams (BSc’76, MDCM’83, MSc’83, DSc’07), Robert Thirsk (MDCM’82), Julie Payette (BEng’86, DSc’03), David Saint-Jacques (MedResident ’07) and Jennifer Sidey (BEng’11). In this special event, learn more about the contributions they have made to the fields of space/aerospace and the exploration of the universe. Hear them share their adventures in space and their experiences at McGill.



McGill Student Aero/Space Fair

May 2 to 5, 2022  |  Open to public  |  Leacock Building

The McGill Student Aero/Space Fair will be held at the Leacock Building throughout Space Week. Six McGill student groups involved in the fields of space and aerospace – AstroMcGill, McGill Robotics, McGill Institute for Aerospace Engineering, McGill Space Group, McGill Rocket Team, and MARTLET– will present their work and research through demonstrations, simulations, and various activities. This event will look at the history of space and aerospace at McGill and in Canada, and showcase current efforts that lead the way to a strong future in space exploration.



The Virtual Reality Garden

May 5 & 6 2022

The Phi Centre is coming to McGill University, providing Space Week attendees with the opportunity to experience virtual reality at the Space Week VR Garden. The Phi Centre is a Montreal-based arts and cultural organization that aims to create powerful experiences with lasting impact. At the VR Garden guests will use Oculus VR headsets to experience innovative virtual reality works.



Episode 1 — A New Dawn (English, 19 minutes, 2018): Witness the lives of NASA astronauts as they navigate the trials and sacrifices of their training and missions.



Episode 2 — Taking Flight (English, 20 minutes, 2018): Explore the camaraderie of space programs around the world, and discover the latest advancements and plans for deep space exploration.



Episode 1 — Adapt (English, 29 minutes, 2020): A new crew of astronauts arrive aboard the International Space Station and discover the joy, wonder, and dangers of life in space.



Episode 2 — Advance (English, 33 minutes, 2021): Astronauts perform critical experiments that push the boundaries of life in space as three crew members prepare to return to earth.


From 20 to 200: CRIAQ at McGill

May 5, 2022  

McGill University is celebrating its 200th anniversary while the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This joint event will be comprised of three components: A presentation about CRIAQ’s vision for the future and past collaborative projects with McGill; a panel discussion on the upcoming 100 years of aerospace, between key academic players, industrial leaders, and students; and a networking event.