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3 February 2017


Media representatives are invited to a
UNOOSA panel discussion on "Space for Women"


7 February 2017, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Boardroom D, C Building, Vienna International Centre


VIENNA, 3 February (United Nations Information Service) - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) will host a panel discussion on "Space for Women" on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Vienna International Centre (VIC), C Building, Boardroom D.

As humanity makes significant scientific and technological advancements, women remain under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This panel discussion will consider how to improve the gender imbalance in these fields, with a special focus on the space sector. This event is being held in advance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is marked on 11 February.

Speakers include:
- Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA
- Laura Jamschon Mac Garry, Consul of Argentina in Vienna
- Sandy Magnus, former US astronaut and Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Chiaki Mukai, former Japanese astronaut and Senior Advisor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
- Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Executive Director, Space Generation Advisory Council


This event takes place on the sidelines of the annual session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which is convening in Vienna from 30 January to 10 February.
The discussion will be streamed at

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Media representatives who wish to attend the event, and who are not accredited to the VIC, should write to press[at]
Access to the C-building is via Gate One of the Vienna International Centre.
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For more information about UNOOSA, please contact:
Daria Brankin
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Telephone: (+43 1) 26060 8718
Email: daria.brankin[at]

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