26 Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure for Development (3Is4D)"

Bremen, Germany, 28-30 September 2018 in conjunction with the 69 th International Astronautical Congress

Co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA)

Hosted by the Center of Applied Space Technology And Microgravity (ZARM)


VENUE: CCB Borgward, Exhibition and Conference Center; Messe Bremen, Findorffstrasse 101;


Available Information


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:

  1. Raise awareness on how space exploration and innovations can trigger new partnerships and help develop capabilities that create new opportunities in addressing global challenges;
  2. Examine space applications for  developing countries and, in particular, for Africa region;
  3. Foster dialogue amongst space industry and the public sector;
  4. Share experiences of space-related start-ups and emerging industries especially from developing countries;
  5. Discuss the role of space industry for development and contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals);and
  6. Bring together policy and decision makers and the research and academic communities to help integrate space solutions into policy and decision-making process

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;

  • Propose actions to progress in the definition of pilot projects that could foster collaboration;
  • Promote collaboration in capacity-building at regional and international levels;
  • Exploring the role of space industry in cooperation on the use of space for global health; and
  • Exploring the role of space industry towards building resilient space technologies and applications.

For details, see Information Note

Thematic Sessions

Session 1: Space for socio-economic development

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 challenges faced in mainstreaming space-based inputs in national development providing;
  • policy inputs that can be incorporated into national planning or strategies; and
  • recommendations on the integration of space data with in-situ data, in particular, of national missions engaged in achieving targets of important global frameworks namely, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Paris Agreement stemming from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21). 

The session will provide comprehensive discussion on contribution of space in achieving targets of these frameworks

Session 2: Space applications for developing countries, in particular those in the Africa

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.

Session 3: Experience sharing of space-related industries, start-ups and emerging industries from Developing Countries

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.

Session 4: Space industries for supporting specific Sustainable Development Goals

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.

Breakout sessions

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:

  1. Improving access to Earth observation technologies and data for socio-economic benefits;
  2. Developing programmes to help developing countries with technical advisory services and capacity building support to develop space-based applications; and
  3. Space investments and socio-economic impacts- Raising awareness amongst decision-makers to invest more in space related industries.

Poster Session

Participants may indicate their interest in exhibiting posters. There no provision for a screen presence for virtual posters.

Target Audience and Expected Participants

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.


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.

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