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United Nations / International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits:
"Integrated Space Technologies and Applications for a Better Society"

Guadalajara, México, 23-25 September 2016

in conjunction with the 67th International Astronautical Congress

Co-sponsored by European Space Agency

Hosted by Mexican Space Agency


Information Note

1. Introduction

The United Nations through its Programme on Space Applications implemented by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) are jointly organizing a Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits on the theme "Space Technologies and Integrated Applications for a Better Society" to assist Member States with building capacity in using space science, technologies and their applications in support of sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

The Workshop will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 23 to 25 September 2016 in conjunction with the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). A limited number of Workshop participants from developing countries, selected by the United Nations and the IAF, will also be invited to attend the IAC to be held from 26 to 30 September 2016.

The Workshop will be the 25th in a series of Workshops jointly organised by the Office for Outer Space Affairs and by the International Astronautical Federation and has been endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly as part of the 2016 activities of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. It will be co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), with contributions from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

2. Workshop Objectives

The Workshop will discuss space science, technologies and applications in support of economic, social and environmental sustainable development with a focus on the use of integrated space technologies and applications for a better society, in particularly also in the developing countries.

The main objectives of the Workshop will be to:

  • Enhance the capabilities of countries in the use of space-related technology, applications, services and information for economic, social and environmental development;
  • Examine relevant affordable and accessible space-related technologies and information resources;
  • Increase awareness among policy- and decision makers and the research and academic community of space technology applications and consider initiatives to help integrate space solutions into policy- and decision making processes;
  • Discuss the role of space science, technology and applications in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Strengthen international and regional cooperation in that area;
  • Present relevant capacity building initiatives;
  • Consider associated legal and regulatory matters;
  • Identify issues for consideration at UNISPACE+50

3. Workshop Programme

The Workshop programme will be structured around a series of topical sessions related to the Workshop theme. Presentations will be solicited through a Call for Papers. In addition, renowned experts in the field will be invited to make presentations.

The following topics will be considered in dedicated sessions:

  • Space and Global Challenges
  • Space for Economic Development
  • Disaster Management and Early Warning
  • Health and Education
  • Environment and Biodiversity
  • Connectivity for Reducing Social Divide

In addition to the topical sessions there will be panel and round-table discussions to share experiences and lessons learned and to discuss opportunities for international and regional cooperation among the participants.

It is also planned that the sessions will be complemented by a poster session and technical visits. The co-sponsors strive to organize an attractive programme of side-events for the Workshop participants.

4. Participation Requirements and Qualifications

The Workshop primarily targets relevant space technology and application experts in relevant government organizations, international or national agencies, non-governmental organizations, research or academic institutions or industry. Applicants should have a university degree and well-established professional working experience in a field related to the theme of the Workshop. Due consideration will be given to geographic balance. Applications from interested and qualified female experts are particularly encouraged. Special consideration will be given to the applicants, who

  • are relevant policy- and decision- makers;
  • have Workshop-related papers accepted by the IAC International Program Committee;
  • have experience in leading or conducting project(s) related to the use of space technology and its applications for economic benefits.

The co-sponsors of the Workshop will jointly select participants on a competitive basis. Selected participants will be notified by mid August 2016 . Invited participants will receive a formal invitation letter with further information with details on board and lodging and other local arrangements.

5. Support to Qualified Applicants

Within the limited financial resources available to the co-sponsors, a number of qualified applicants from developing countries , who have express ed the need for financial support will be selected on a competitive basis based on their qualifications, experience and expected contributions to the Workshop and offered financial support to attend the Workshop and the International Astronautical Congress. All selected applicants are required to make either an oral or poster presentation related to the Workshop theme. The support to applicants may include the provision of a round-trip economy class air ticket between Guadalajara and the applicant's international airport of departure and/or room and board for the duration of the Workshop and the 67th International Astronautical Congress. En-route and other expenses or any changes made to the air ticket provided by the co-sponsors must be the responsibility of the participants.

Due to the limited availability of financial resources, it is usually not possible to provide assistance to all qualified applicants who express the need for financial support. Applicants and their nominating organizations are therefore strongly encouraged to identify sources of sponsorship to allow them to attend the Workshop.

6. Dates and Location

The Workshop will be held from 23 to 25 September 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico, in conjunction with the 67th International Astronautical Congress.

7. Language of the Workshop

Applicants must have a good working knowledge of English, which will be the official working language of the Workshop.

8. Life and Health Insurance

Life and major health insurance is the responsibility of each selected participant or his/her nominating institution or government. The co-sponsors will not assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for any expenses related to medical treatment or accidents.

9.Information Note

Detailed information on the workshop is also available in the associated Information note (PDF format).

10. Further Information and Contact Details

For questions related to the Workshop programme and participation opportunities, please contact:
Mr. Werner Balogh and Mr. Luc St-Pierre
Office for Outer Space Affairs
E-mail: werner.balogh [at],[at]

For questions related to travel arrangements for funded participants, please contact:

Mr. Kurian Maniyanipurathu
E-mail: kurian.maniyanipurathu [at]

For questions related to local arrangements of the Conference, the point of contact for Kenya is:

Mr. Enrique Pacheco
Mexican Space Agency
E-mail: IAC2016 [at]

Workshop Programme

Instructions for Speakers, Chairpersons, Rapporteurs and Poster Authors

Participants that will contribute a poster presentation are kindly requested to bring their printed poster (A1-size (approx. 594 x 841 mm)) on the first day of the Workshop. The local organizers will provide poster display walls at the Workshop site. Posters will be mounted Friday, 23 September and a special poster session will be organized.
We aim to provide all Workshop participants with a full set of electronic copies of all the presentations/posters, therefore we kindly ask you to bring an electronic version (.ppt or .pdf) of your presentation/poster along with you. A full paper is not required, however, if you provide one, we will include it in the electronic proceedings of the Workshop.
All speakers/poster presenters are kindly requested to provide us with a short 5-10 line biography/CV which we will make available to the session chairpersons and to all Workshop participants. Please complete the biographcy/CV template and return it to Mr. Kurian Maniyanipurathu (email: kurian.maniyanipurathu [at]

Logistics Information

Workshop Location

The Workshop will be held in Room Oceania of the Hilton Guadalajara (Ave. de la Rosas 2933, Guadalajara, Jalisco, 44530, Mexico).

Accommodation for Funded Participants

Participants receiving funding support (accommodation) from the co-sponsors in accordance with their invitation letter will be staying at the Hotel Ibis Guadalajara Expo (Av Mariano Otero No 1400, Col Jardines Del Bosque, Guadalajara, 44520, Mexico).

Visa Arrangements and Health Insurance

All Workshop participants are kindly advised to proceed immediately, using their invitation letters, to start making the necessary arrangements with their nearest Consulate or Embassy of Mexico for obtaining any required visa to enter Mexico. It is also important to check whether any transit visa is required. Obtaining the entry visa in time for the Workshop will be the responsibility of each Workshop participant, however, in case any assistance is needed, please do not hesitate to contact us, providing your passport details and the contact details of your point of contact in the Consulate/Embassy of Mexico.
Please also note that adequate health insurance cover is the personal responsibility of each Workshop participant.

International Astronautical Congress

In accordance with their letter of invitation, selected funded participants will receive free registration as a full participant in the 67th International Astronautical Congress:

Media Advisory

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Workshop Committees


  • S. Di Pippo - Director, Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations
  • F.J. Mendieta Jiménez - Director General, Mexican Space Agency (AEM)
  • K. Higuchi - President, International Astronautical Federation
  • J.D. Woerner - Director General, European Space Agency


  • W. Balogh - Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations
  • J.-C. Bigot - European Space Agency
  • M. Cho - Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
  • K. Conole - NASA, United States of America
  • C. Feichtinger - International Astronautical Federation
  • J.-L. Fellous - Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)
  • C. Giannopapa - European Space Agency/IAF-CLIODN
  • A. Ginati - European Space Agency/International Academy of Astronautics
  • C. Lechtenboerger - German Aerospace Center (DLR)/IAF-CLIODN
  • T. Masson-Zwaan - International Institute of Space Law (IISL)
  • J. Ortner - EURISY
  • E. Pacheco - Mexican Space Agency, Mexico
  • S. Saveliev - International Astronautical Federation/ROSCOSMOS
  • L. St-Pierre - Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations
  • C. Welch - International Astronautical Federation/International Space University (ISU)


  • E. Pacheco - Mexican Space Agency (AEM)
  • D. Muñoz - Mexican Space Agency (AEM)
  • R. Ramírez de Arellano - Mexican Space Agency (AEM)
  • R. Torres - Mexican Space Agency (AEM)
  • H. Moreno - Mexican Space Agency (AEM)
  • J. Castillo - Mexican Space Agency (AEM)
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