The Workshop will discuss space science, technologies and applications in support of economic, social and environmental development with a focus on the role of industries as key player to offer innovation and infrastructure needed for sustainable development. In particular, the Workshop will be a forum to share experiences of leaders in space industries, for networking amongst decision-makers in governments and opportunities for start-ups and emerging space related business in developing countries.
The main objectives of the Workshop are to:
The role of industry in the access to space is increasing and strengthening the cooperation with the space industry is a way to increase the opportunities for developing countries to access space technologies and services. This workshop shall provide inputs on potential areas for partnerships considering the needs of developing countries, in particular Africa;
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Participants are encouraged to present their vision and provide examples of space applications programmes supporting socio-economic development in their countries and region. The session is expected to discuss
The session will provide comprehensive discussion on contribution of space in achieving targets of these frameworks
Developing countries are facing major challenges due to fast pace of development and it is crucial for these countries to ensure that it is sustainable. The session will provide presentations on specific applications towards supporting developing countries. Presentations from industry from developing countries are encouraged. The emphasis will be given to the experience and needs of the countries that are beginning to use space for development. The session will attempt to address the challenges developing countries are facing in using space technologies and proposals on how to overcome these challenges.
The session will engage the space-related industries to share their insight on space-related innovations and infrastructure, success stories and technology trends for the benefit of start-ups and emerging businesses from developing countries. The start-ups and emerging industries will also be provided opportunities to share their experiences, difficulties and lessons learnt. The session expects to bring together space related industries ranging from satellite and hardware manufacturing to end user application and services developers.
The session will discuss how investment in space and supporting infrastructure by public and private actors will bring long-term benefits to the society. The session will focus on how space industries could support and contribute to all SDGs and, in particular, to SDG 9 industry, innovation and infrastructure and SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals. The SDG 9 highlights that technological progress is key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and investing in scientific research and innovation are important ways to facilitate sustainable development. The SDG 17 aims to enhance partnerships. This Workshop will contribute to the modalities such as North-South, South-South, regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing.
The leaders from international organisations, space agencies and industries will speak about their vision on role of space-related industries in UNISPACE+50.
Breakout parallel sessions will be organised on specific topics to get contribution from the participants on the objectives of the workshop. The topics for breakout sessions are:
Participants may indicate their interest in exhibiting posters. There no provision for a screen presence for virtual posters.
The Workshop is being planned for a total of 120 participants including, engineers, innovators, educators, and 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 also from industry. Participants should be in senior managerial or decision-making responsibility at governmental agencies, national and regional institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations or industry.
The Office strives to support gender mainstreaming in its programs and is also committed to ensure a balanced representation from different perspectives.
Participants funded by the Office might be eligible for a waiver on the IAC 2018 registration fee of the IAC.
For self-funded participants, priority will be given to the ones presenting a paper to IAC.