United Nations / Jordan Workshop: Global Partnership in Space Exploration and Innovation

Amman, Jordan 25-28 March 2019

Support provided by: Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, Inter Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology & Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre 

Final Programme

Final Programme

Practical Information

Practical Information

Information Note

Information Note

Presentations and Posters from the Workshop

Opening Ceremony

The United Arab Emirates Space Agency

Naser Bin Hammad, United Arab Emirates Space Agency

 Thematic Session 1 - Current space exploration and innovation programs

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

Salem Al Marri, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

The Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia

Ibrahim Baddawi, Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia (RCSSTE-WA)

Current and Future Space Science Missions in China

Quanlin Fan, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Exploration and Innovation @ CNES

Donato Giorgi, French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES)

JAXA's Space Exploration Activities

Jun Gomi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

STEM Initiatives of the Brazilian Space Agency

Rodrigo Leonardi, Brazilian Space Agency

Italian Scientific Contribution to Space Exploration

Raffaele Mugnuolo, Italian Space Agency (ASI)

This is not a toy - Overview of Nanosatellite Applications

Montaser Sallam, Innovative Solution In Space (ISIS)

Egyptian Space Strategy

Osama Shalabiea, Cairo University

Space19+: European Exploration Envelope Programme - Period 2

Thomas Weissenberg, European Space Agency (ESA)

Thematic Session 2 - Current space exploration and innovation cooperation mechanisms and potential future ones

Positioning the UNOOSA Regional Centres for Global Partnership in Space Exploration and Innovation

Ganiy I. Agbaje, African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTE-E)

International Discussion on Space Exploration

Jun Gomi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

China's Space Exploration: Cooperation and Potential Development

Hui Jiang, China National Space Agency (CNSA)

The Interaction of International Space Cooperation and National Space Policy and Law

Irmgard Marboe, University of Vienna

International Dimension of Human and Robotic Exploration Activities

Thomas Weissenberg, European Space Agency (ESA)

Thematic Session 3 - Developing open and inclusive global space exploration partnerships

Mexico in the Context of Space Partnerships

Teresa Castillo Olascoaga, Mexican Space Agency

Civil Society Participation in Space Exploration Policy:  An NGO's experience with Hague International Space Resources Governance Group

Ian Christensen, Secure World Foundation

The Contribution of African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in French Language to Capacity Building in Space Education in African French-speaking Countries

Anas Emran, African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in French (ARCSSTE-F)

MASAR Initiative

Ahmad Fares, Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan

Commercial Lunar Missions Support Services (CLMSS)

Jonathan Friend, Surrey Satelite Technology Ltd Commercial Lunar Missions Support Services (CLMSS)

Asset-based Financing in the Space Industry

Hamza Hameed, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)

Bartolomeo, Your All-in-one Space Mission Service

Simone Sasse, AirBus

ARC - New Global Partnership for SDG and SPACE2030

Jingnong Weng, Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (RCSSTEAP) & Beihang University

Thematic Session 4 - Planetary Protection

Germinated Triticium Aestivium under Microgravity: A New Candidate for Type 1 Diabetes Therapy

Wajdy J. Al-Awaida & Nabil Ayoub, American University of Madaba

How Do We Find Extraterrestrial Life?

Cassie Conley, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

COSPAR and the International Framework for Planetary Protection

Niklas Hedman, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs & Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

Planetary Protection Issues of Private Endeavours in Research, Exploration and Human Access to Space: an Environmental Economics Approach to Backward Contamination

Georgios Profitiliotis, University of Athens

Thematic Session 5 - Space and Astrophysics

The Origin of Heavy Elements in the Universe in the context of Neutron Stars Merger

Shawqi Dallal, Arab Union of Astronomy and Space Science

Gaia vs Hipparcos - Parallax Measurements

Mashhoor Ahmad Al-Wardat, Al Al-Bayt University

High Mass X-ray Binaries Across the Space Satellites

Ali Ataani, Jordanian Al-Baqa University & Shigeyuki Karino, Kyushu Sangyo University

Space Debris Tracking in Changchun Observatory of China

Makram Ibrahim, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics

N-body Problem: Analytical and Numerical Approaches

Ammar Sakaji, Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia (RCSSTE-WA)

Thematic Session 6 - Terrestrial Analogues

Human Exploration and Permanent Settlements and the Role of Planetary Terrestrial Analogues

Gian-Gabriele Ori, Ibn Battuta Centre

The Relevance of Terrestrial Analogue Sites for the In Situ Planetary Exploration

Enrico Flamini, Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Abdelqader Abed / Mamoun Nawafleh

Jordanian University

Poster Session

University of Khartoum Space Research Centre: Vision, Mission and Goals

Ahmed Abdelkarim, University of Khartoum

From Natural Resources to Synthetic Nanomaterials: Can We Use this Technology for Sustainable Settlements?

Burcu Akata Kurc, Middle East Technical University

The Euclid Visible Instrument: An International Engineering Collaboration

Ashraf Al-Bahlawan, Mullard space Science Laboratory

Studying the Mars Atmosphere Through the Emirate Mars Mission

Sheika Alkaabi, UAE University

New Perspective for Education and Training Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System at Aden University

Rokhsana Ismail, Aden University

Space Technologies and SDG4

Kavya Kamepalli, International Institute of Aerospace Engineering and Management at Jain University

Pakistan Space Programme and International Cooperation

Syed Muhammad Miqdad Medhi, Xi'an Jaiotong University

Italian Nanosatellites for Exploration in International Cooperation

Simone Pirrotta, Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Design Considerations of Planetary Landers for Lunar Exploration Missions

Hanna Rana, Space Generation Advisory Council & University of Oxford

How two Latin American Institutions Came Together to Start the First Regional Program for Lunar Exploration - Case Study of Colombia and Ecuador

Camilo Adres Reyes Mantilla, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Space for Women Event

Women in the IAU

Ewine F. van Dishoeck, International Astronomical Union (IAU)

UNOOSA - Space for Women

Simonetta Di Pippo, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs & International Gender Champion

Women and Space

Sheika Alkaabi, United Arab Emirates University

When You Come to a Fork in the Road

Cassie Conley, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Power of the Spoken Word: How Stories Can Shape Realities, On Earth and in Space

Ghina M. Halabi, Cambridge University

UN Panel Event: Space for Women

Hannah Rana, Space Generation Advisory Council & University of Oxford

Promoting Women in Space Application Education

Jingnong Weng, Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (RCSSTEAP) & Beihang University

 

Introduction     

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the United Nations Office responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. In line with efforts to build capacity in space science and technology, which is a major area of focus for UNOOSA, between 1995 and 2014 UNOOSA established seven regional centres for space science and technology education, affiliated to the United Nations.

The Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia inaugurated in Amman, Jordan in 2012, is the regional centre serving Arab speaking students, researchers and scientists. The mission of the Regional Centre is to assist participating countries in developing and enhancing the knowledge and skills of their citizens in relevant aspects of space science and technology in order that such individuals can effectively contribute to national development and space programmes.

During the UN/Jordan Workshop, the above entities will bring together local, regional and global scientists, engineers, educators, policy-and-decision makers and experts to discuss and develop thinking on global partnership in space exploration and innovation. The Workshop will include both strategic and capacity-building components and will aim to leverage and build upon the efforts of entities already collaborating on space exploration and innovation.

Background & Recent Related United Nations Intergovernmental Efforts

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is the intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly to address international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. The Committee, substantively serviced by UNOOSA, is comprised of both emerging space nations and established space powers. The Committee's growing membership, and the impressive number of space-related intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations actively supporting its work, reflect the increasing importance that space science and technology play in the daily lives of people around the world.

During its fifty-ninth session in 2016, the Committee endorsed seven thematic priorities leading to the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50). Thematic Priority 1, Global partnership in space exploration and innovation, had the objectives of:

  • Raising awareness of space exploration and innovation as essential drivers for opening up new domains in space science and technology, triggering new partnerships and developing capabilities that create new opportunities for addressing global challenges;
  • Fostering dialogue with the space industry and the private sector;
  • Promoting cooperation between spacefaring nations and emerging space nations;
  • Allowing space exploration activities to become open and inclusive on a global scale; and
  • Identifying governance and cooperation mechanisms to support this objective ( A/71/20, paragraph 296).

Action Team on Exploration and Innovation

Also in 2016, the Committee called upon States to put forward nominations to lead and co-lead a new action team, to be established under thematic priority 1. Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Committee on Space Research, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, European Science Foundation, European Space Agency, Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology, International Law Association, National Space Society and United Nations Environment Programme became members of the Action Team on Exploration and Innovation, with Jordan, China and the United States acting as Co-Chairs.

The Action Team's final terms of reference, made available to the Committee in 2017 in conference room paper A/AC.105/2017/CRP.21, captured fields of study and methods of work.

During its meetings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in November 2017, held in connection with the United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socioeconomic Sustainable Development, the Action Team on Exploration and Innovation reached consensus on a report, including seven recommendations.

The report on thematic priority 1 was before delegations in early 2018 at the fifty-fifth session of the Committee's subsidiary body, the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee ( A/AC.105/C.1/114). At the request of the Action Team on Exploration and Innovation, an updated version of the report was prepared for the sixty-first session of the Committee ( A/AC.105/1168) in June 2018. At that session, the Committee considered this report and its recommendations and agreed on the inclusion of a new regular agenda item, entitled "Space exploration and innovation" in its agenda ( A/73/20, para 364).

Workshop Objectives and Expected Outcomes

This present UN/Jordan workshop was envisioned in the Action Team's terms of reference. It will have both strategic and capacity-building elements and will be informed by, and aim to produce observations and recommendations that will link with, various Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG4: Quality education; SDG5: Gender equality; SDG9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure; and SDG17: Partnerships for the goals, as well as with the "Space2030" agenda currently under development.

The main objectives of this workshop are:

  1. To build upon the work of the Action Team on Exploration and Innovation;
  2. To build capacity in space exploration and innovation, with emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as per the recommendation of the Action Team on Exploration and Innovation, ( A/AC.105/1168, para. 114);
  3. To promote greater exchange of actual experiences in global partnership for space exploration and innovation;
  4. To work towards allowing space exploration activities to become open and inclusive on a global scale; and
  5. To provide the Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia an opportunity to showcase and promote its work.

Programme

The Workshop programme will include plenary sessions and sufficient time for discussions among participants.

Thematic sessions will be devoted to:

  1. Current space exploration and innovation programs of States/space agencies;
  2. Current space exploration and innovation cooperation mechanisms and potential future ones;
  3. Developing open and inclusive global space exploration partnerships, demonstrating diversity in geographic representation, gender, specialization, age, seniority etc…;
  4. Terrestrial analogues (linked to the visit to Wadi Rum*); and
  5. Planetary protection.

*A one-day side visit to Wadi Rum will be arranged by the Local Organizing Committee as part of the Workshop programme.

Workshop participants will also be able to visit an exhibition, to be organized by the Local Organizing Committee in conjunction with the Workshop. (Please contact Nivin Hasan (nivin1000[@]yahoo.com) and Abdallah Ghrair (abdallahghrair[@]yahoo.com) for more information on the exhibition.)

Registration *

Participation is limited and all applicants based outside Jordan are required to register online. (To be considered for funding, participants must apply, and complete and submit all required documents, before 7 January 2019- End of Day CET. Self funded participants must apply before 20 January 2019- End of Day CET.)  All applicants need to submit an abstract of their proposed contribution to the Workshop (scientific paper, poster, display or presentation) as well as a completed signature page.

*The online application form is now available. Please note there is a two step registration process. Please fill and submit the form online. An e-mail will then be sent to you, prompting you to send your abstract and signature page. Please use the same subject line in your reply e-mail as found in the e-mail sent to you. 

Successful applicants will receive an official invitation letter, including additional practical information.

Qualified persons based in Jordan are particularly encouraged to participate in the Workshop and should contact the Jordanian Focal Points so their participation may be considered by the Local Organizing Committee. The focal points for Jordan are: Nivin Hasan ( nivin1000[@]yahoo.com) and Abdallah Ghrair (abdallahghrair[@]yahoo.com).

Working Language

The working language of the Workshop will be English. All participants are required to have good English language skills.

Posters, scientific papers and displays

Participants of the Workshop are requested to contribute a scientific paper, poster, presentation and/or display related to the workshop themes. It is necessary for applicants to submit an abstract of a maximum of 600 words including the following details about their proposed contribution: Title, Short Description, Author Name(s), Affiliation(s), and e-mail address for the presenter. Applicants are requested to use the provided templates when submitting online applications.

Presentations will be published on the website of the Office for Outer Space Affairs.

Sponsorship

The Office for Outer Space Affairs of the United Nations and Jordan/Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia are responsible for organizing and sponsoring the Workshop. Support is being provided by the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, the Inter Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology, and the Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre.

Sponsorship of the Workshop is still open to other interested entities. If interested, please reach out to the contact persons listed below.

Expected Participants

The Workshop is being planned for scientists, engineers, university educators, policy-and-decision makers, and senior experts from the following groups: international, regional, national and local institutions, United Nations agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, research and development institutions, and industry. Others who are interested may also apply and all applications will be considered by the organizers.

Qualified persons based in Jordan are particularly encouraged to participate in the Workshop and should contact the Jordanian Focal Points so their participation may be considered by the Local Organizing Committee. The focal points for Jordan are: Nivin Hasan ( nivin1000[@]yahoo.com) and Abdallah Ghrair (abdallahghrair[@]yahoo.com). Deputy Directors General, Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia.

Participation requirements

Participants should have decision-making responsibilities within governmental agencies, national or regional institutions, intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations or industry. Applications from equally qualified women are particularly encouraged.

Financial support

Within the financial resources available, a limited number of selected participants will be offered financial support to attend the Workshop. This financial support will defray the cost of travel (a round trip air ticket - most economic fare - between the airport of international departure in their home country and Amman, Jordan) and/or room and board expenses for the duration of the Workshop. The co-sponsors of the Workshop will jointly select participants on a competitive basis.

The online application form and the signature page each include a section on financial support .

Application Deadlines

Applicants based outside Jordan should apply to participate online. The completed application form, together with an abstract of the contribution to be presented at the Workshop, should be submitted via the online registration system to the Office for Outer Space Affairs, no later than 7 January 2019 for participants seeking sponsorship and 20 January 2019 for self-funded participants. Only complete applications with all the requested information and signatures will be considered.

The online application form is now available for self funded participants only.

Life and Health Insurance

Life/major health insurance for each of the selected participants is necessary and is the responsibility of the candidate or his/her institution or Government. The co-sponsors will not assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for expenses related to medical treatment or accidents. Please pay attention to the signature page when registering for the Workshop.

Contact Information

For additional information on the Workshop programme, please contact: Tanya Keusen, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs ( keusen[@]un.org).

The focal points for Jordan are: Nivin Hasan ( nivin1000[@]yahoo.com) and Abdallah Ghrair (abdallahghrair[@]yahoo.com). Please contact the Jordanian Focal Points for details on the exhibition and for other substantive and administrative local matters.

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