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Presentations of the United Nations/Austria Symposium on
"Access to Space: Holistic Capacity-Building for the 21st Century"

Graz, Austria, 3 - 7 September 2017

Organized by The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Co-organized & Co-sponsored by The Government of Austria European Space Agency (ESA), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Austrospace, Joanneum Research, NPOC Space Law, Graz University of Technology, City of Graz, State of Styria, the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

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SUNDAY, 3 September 2017

Session 0: Challenges for Capacity-Building
Moderators: Jorge DEL RIO VERA / Markus WOLTRAN
Engaging with stakeholders in preparation of UNISPACE+50 - Alessandra VERNILE, European Policy Institute (EPI)
Capacity-Building: A comparison of international collaboration at two different levels - Reuben UMUNNA, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

MONDAY, 4 September 2017

Opening Ceremony (Short) Welcome Addresses
Moderators: Otto KOUDELKA / Irmgard MARBOE
Mr. Heinz MAYER - CEO, Joanneum Research
Ms. Isabelle DUVAUX-BÉCHON - Head of Member States Relation and Partnerships Office, European Space Agency
Ms. Maria-Helene FUCHS - Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations
Ms. Margit MISCHKULNIG - Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology
Ms. Pascale EHRENFREUND - Chair of Executive Board, The German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Mr. Peter PIFFL-PERČEVIĆ - Counsellor - City of Graz
Ms. Sandra HOLASEK - Member of the Provincial Goverment, Government of Styria
Ms. Simonetta DI PIPPO - Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
High Level Discussion Panel
Moderators: Jorge DEL RIO VERA / Markus WOLTRAN
Ms. Simonetta DI PIPPO - Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Session 0: Challenges for Capacity-Building
Moderator: Simonetta DI PIPPO
Pascale EHRENFREUND - Chair of German Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive Board
Jean-Jacques TORTORA - Director of the European Space Policy Institute
Isabelle DUVAUX-BÉCHON - ESA's Head of Member States Relation and Partnerships Office
Stephan MAYER - Member of the Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency, Austrian Delegate to ESA
Qi YU - Deputy Director General Department of International Cooperation China National Space Administration
Session 1: Tools and technologies for capacity-building in the 21st Century
Moderator: Johannes ORTNER
Tools and technologies for capacity-building in the 21st Century Capacity-Building as a tool to eradicate poverty and inequalities through the sustainable development of nations: the role of space - Petra BAYR, Austrian Parliament
Leadership transformation: tools and approaches in international development cooperation - Blanka BELLAK, Leadership Associates
Creating a dialogue platform between space and NGOs to enhance sustainable development: the case of Change Onlus in Madagascar - Isabella MAZZA, Change Onlus
Capacity Building in the Context of the International Astronautical Federation - Christian FEICHTINGER, International Astronautical Federation
The Open Universe Initiative - Paolo GIOMMI, Italian Space Agency
Outreach in 21st Century: Kurzgesagt on youtube - Patrizia MOSCA, Kurzgesagt
The Dream Chaser Mission in cooperation with UN - Luciano SACCANI, Sierra Nevada Corporation
New Visions, Methods and Tools for Capacity-Building in the 21st Century - Stefano FERRETTI, European Space Policy Institute
Session 2: UNISPACE+50 Panel Discussion
Moderators: Otto KOUDELKA / Irmgard MARBOE
Simonetta DI PIPPO - Office for Outer Space Affairs
Dominique TILMAS - EURISY
Ana M. AVILA BECERRIL - Permanent Mission of Costa Rica
Hilcea SANTOS FERREIRA - INPE / GEO Foundational Task on Capacity-Buildin Coordination
Christian FEICHTINGER - International Astronautical Federation
Luciano SACCANI - Sierra Nevada Corporation

TUESDAY, 5 September 2017

Session 3: Infrastructure for Capacity-Building
Moderator: Jorge DEL RIO VERA
Three decades of '3i's space education: the International Space University at 30 - Christopher WELCH, International Space University
Investments in Space are made on Earth: but can developing countries really benefit from investing in space programs? - Pontsho MARUPING, South African Council for Space Affairs
Proposed Infrastructure and Development Facilities at Nagpur, India Aimed at Facilitating Global Capacity Building and Access to Satellite Technology Including Design and Construction of Small Satellites To Serve the Needs of UN Member States, and To Support UNISPACE+50 & 2030 Agenda - Milind PRIMPIKAR, CANEUS
The European Space Agency Concurrent Design Facility - Robin BIESBROEK, European Space Agency
Availability of Space Science and Technology Infrastructure in Africa - Rayan IMAM, Space Research Centre University of Khartoum
Developing the Space Workforce through LEAP2 and LCATS Industry Clusters and International Student Exchange - Samuel XIMENES, WEX Foundation
ICE CUBES: International Commercial Experiment Cubes establishing a fast-track, simple, affordable access service to allow for capacity building with small experiments to the ISS - Hilde STENUIT, Space Applications Services NV/SA
The importance of infrastructure in capacity-building to perform space-related projects in Iran - Haleh Ansari LARI, Iranian Space Agency
The First Kenya University NanoSatellite 1KUNS-PF: capacity building using the KiboCube launch opportunity - John KIMANI, Kenya National Space Secretariat
The Overview development of Ghana First Satellite: GHANASAT-1 - Benjamin BONSU, All Nations University
Nanosatellites for Technological and Science Missions - Otto KOUDELKA, Graz University of Technology
Session 4: Workshop on UNOOSA Pilot project on Space for Development Profile and Space Solutions Compendium
Moderator: Luc ST-PIERRE
Space for Development Profile and Space Solutions Compendium: A new approach for Capacity Building - Luc ST-PIERRE United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Space for Development Profile and Space Solutions Compendium: Pilot Project results and lessons learnt - Jorge DEL RIO VERA United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
PATENTSCOPE and WIPO's activities - Iustin DIACONESCU, World Intellectual Property Organization
2Mp Education Program from Argentinian Space Agency: Spatial Technology as a learning tool for children and young people. - Maximiliano PISANO, National Space Activities Commission
Space capabilities in Ethiopia - Aster YILMA, Economic Commission for Africa
Overview of corporate initiatives contributing to the UN SDG Agenda - Sebastian STRAUBE, Interstellar Ventures
ESA Catalogue of activities supporting UN SDGs - Isabelle DUVAUX-BÉCHON, European Space Agency
Session 5: Cross-Cutting Aspects of Capacity-Building
Moderator: Irmgard MARBOE
Changing the landscape for the 21st century space: the role of private enterprise in the 3rd generation of space ventures - Robert SCHINGLER, Planet Labs
CEOS Working Group on Capacity Building and Data Democracy (WGCapD) Initiatives: Lessons Learned and Best Practices - Hilcea SANTOS FERREIRA, National Institute for Space Research (INPE)
Reducing the Digital Gap and vulnerability of indigenous communities by using Satellite Communication - Sandra MEJIA, Instituto de Promocion Humana
Using online social media channels - Stefania PANDOLFI, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Utilizing the Full Potential of Space for the Implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in the Field of Education - Panos MASTORAKIS

WEDNESDAY, 6 September 2017

Session 6: Workshop on specific tools for Space Law Capacity-Building
Moderator: Peter STUBBE
Overview of UNOOSA capacity-building in space law and policy - Niklas HEDMAN, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Endeavours for a renewed capacity building in space law for the Space Agenda 2030 - Laura JAMSCHON MAC GARRY, Permanent Mission of Argentina to Austria
A Holistic Approach to National Space-Law and Policy Education and Capacity-Building - Kuan-Wei CHEN, McGill University
Russian translation of the Cologne Commentary on Space Law - Olga VOLYNSKAJA, Russian Delegation to COPUOS Legal Sub-Committee 2017
The Chinese Version of Cologne Commentary on Space - Guoyu WANG, Space Law Institute / Beijing Institute of Technology
Perspectives of the future Space Law Compendium as an outcome of UNISPACE+50 - Bernhard SCHMIDT-TEDD, German Aerospace Center
Session 7: How to attract women and youth to space-related careers
Moderator: Markus WOLTRAN
Space for Women: An Initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - Markus WOLTRAN, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Inspiring and Engaging the next generation!: the ESA Education Programme - Isabelle DUVAUX-BÉCHON, European Space Agency
Space Generation Advisory Council: A platform for capacity-building and professional development - Clementine DECOOPMAN, Space Generation Advisory Council
Challenges and Opportunities that exist in the Space Sector for Mexican women - Lourdes GARCIA HERNANDEZ, Mexican Space Agency
The privileged astronomical position of Ecuador known from the time of the Aboriginal culture Quitu-Cara, and how this can stimulate the young people to study astronomy - Geovanna VASQUEZ, Netware for Astronomy School Education
Activities of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education to Promote the Participation of Girls in Space Science in Nigeria - Omowumi ALABI, African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education
Inspiring youth and women towards space science and astronomy in Nepal - Sabin GAUTAM, Phokara Astronomical Society
Breaking the glass ceiling for women in the world of government and commercial space - Agnieszka LUKASZCZYK, Planet Labs
Session 8: Workshop on education curricula for space technology and space law
Moderators: Otto KOUDELKA
Overview of the existing UN curricula on space technology and space law - Niklas HEDMAN, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
UNOOSA Space Technology Curricula: the GNSS case - Sharafat GADIMOVA, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Modern Science in the Classroom - Sascha SCHMELING, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Space Law Curriculum Development - Tanja MASSON-ZWAAN, International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University
Education Curricula for Space Law Capacity-Building - Ram JAKHU, McGill University
New Space Law Issues Arising with Private Enterprise in Outer Space - Paul B. LARSEN, formerly Georgetown University Law Center
The unique Space, cyber and telecommunications law LLM program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Frans VON DER DUNK, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Challenges in using the UN Curricula at universities and in online-courses - Irmgard MARBOE, University of Vienna
Session 9: Institutional Capacity-Building (First part)
Moderator: Niklas HEDMAN
Challenges of Capacity-Building in Multi-State Environment - Mohammad Ebrahimi SEYEDABADI, Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization
Capacity building in Space Law in Europe at the example of ECSL - Christian BRÜNNER, University of Graz
The road to a developing country's space agency: Costa Rican Case - Ana AVILA BECERRIL, Permanent mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations
Maximizing the benefits of a United Nations Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for SDGs - Ganiyu AGBAJE, African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education

THURSDAY, 7 September 2017

Session 9: Institutional Capacity-Building (continued)
Moderator: Niklas HEDMAN
UNOOSA New Capacity-Building Initiatives: the Global Partnership and the Capacity-Building Network - Luc ST-PIERRE, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Promoting Space Science in Basic Education in the Philippines - Josette BIYO, Science Education Institute
Novel Approaches by Nigeria's Space Agency (NASRDA) in Geospatial Intelligence Training and Capacity Development of Institutions and MDAs for Sustainable Implementation of socio-economic projects and programmes in the Country - Mamfe VAATYOUGH, National Space Research and Development Agency
GEO: delivering Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) and building global capacity - Hilcea SANTOS FERREIRA, Member of GEO Foundational Task on Capacity Building Coordination
Capacity development in the space field. The Mexican experience - Balan Gutierrez HERRERA, Mexican Space Agency
Capacity building at the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE): an overview of the current activities and future challenges - Adriana THOME, National Institute for Space Research
Capacity-Building in Earth Observation in Morocco: Objectives and achievements by CRTS - Amal LAYACHI, Royal Centre for Remote Sensing
Buthan in Space - Yeshey CHODEN, Ministry of Information and Communications
Space Science Outreach and Capacity-Building in Nepal - Suresh BHATTARAI, Nepal Astronomical Society
UNISPACE+50 and Wrap Up: Wrap Up Session and Recommendations for UNISPACE+50
Chairs: Luc ST-PIERRE / Niklas HEDMAN

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