29th Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: 
"Access to Space for All: Bridging the Space Divide"

In partnership with the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

Paris, France, 16-17 September 2022, in conjunction with the 73rd International Astronautical Congress

Venue: Paris Convention Center, 1 PL de la PRTE de Versailles Paris, 75015, Paris

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Interested parties are requested to apply through this link.
The deadline for applications is  30 June 2022.

INTRODUCTION

The United Nations, through its Programme on Space Applications implemented by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) are co-organizing the Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits on the theme "Access to Space for All: Bridging the Space Divide" to bring together policy- and decision-makers, and the research and academic communities to discuss on different topics related to space and how space science, technologies and applications can support of sustainable economic, social and environmental development and the development of science, technology and innovation (STI) policies related to space.

The Workshop will be held in Paris, France, from 16 to 17 September 2022 in conjunction with the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), and it will be the 29th in the series of such workshops.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

The Workshop will provide a forum for discussion on how space science, technologies and applications can support of sustainable economic, social and environmental development and the development of science, technology and innovation (STI) policies related to space and leveraging the Access to Space for All Initiative.

Considering the direct and/or indirect relevance of space to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the workshop will address the specific elements of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The Workshop will serve as a platform to ensure inclusive development in the areas of space technologies taking people, students, private sectors, researchers, academia, innovators and other actors on board in bringing the benefits of space exploration to the end-users.

The main objectives of the Workshop are to:

  1. Bring together policy- and decision-makers, and the research and academic communities to help integrate space into policy and the decision-making process.
  2. Raise awareness about the activities of international and national entities, space agencies, industry and civil society activities related to innovation and socio-economic benefits of space activities;
  3. Raise awareness about capacity-building efforts on activities to enable access to space and discuss synergies and common areas of work;
  4. Raise awareness of the efforts of the international space community on international cooperation efforts and partnerships involving space emerging nations and industries;

Presentations made during the Workshop will be published on the website of the Office for Outer Space Affairs to increase awareness about the capabilities and benefits of space technology applications. The report of the Workshop and its recommendations will be distributed to the participants and the space technology user community.

 

PROGRAMME

Opening Ceremony

Session 1: Heads of Governmental Space Actors on Innovation, International Cooperation and Socioeconomic Benefits of Space

Governmental Space Actors bear the most responsibilities to serve social and economic development using space technologies and bring the benefits of space all over the world. The Access to Space for All Initiative works with various governmental actors to bring the access to space opportunities to United Nations Member States with particular attention to developing nations, to bridge the space divide.

Session 2: Session: Introduction to Access to Space for All

Access to Space for All is a joint initiative of UNOOSA and space agencies, research institutions and industry to offer access to space research facilities, infrastructure and information with the aim of developing technical know-how, engineering processes and infrastructure in the areas of hypergravity and microgravity,  satellite development and space exploration and promote international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. This session will be focusing on the introduction of different elements of the Access to Space for All Initiative.

Session 3a: Science, Technology and Innovation from Hypergravity and Microgravity Experimentation

The Hypergravity and Microgravity experimentation aims at developing the knowledge, engineering processes and human workforce to conduct basic science and technology experiments in hypergravity and microgravity conditions. It works as the foundation of space technology and space exploration. Hypergravity and Microgravity experimentation contains ground facility experimentation and in-orbit experimentation, research outcomes, innovation ideas and cooperation efforts are welcome in this session.

Session 3b: Science, Technology and Innovation from Satellite Development

This session provides a chance in exchanging ideas on satellite development efforts, including educational efforts for developing technical know-how, engineering processes and satellite development case studies. Developing nations are especially encouraged to submit in this session.

Session 3c: Science, Technology and Innovation from Space Exploration

Thanks to an inclusive approach implemented by many space-faring countries, several developing, and space emerging nations are also delving into space exploration. Space exploration efforts by international and national entities, space agencies, industry and civil society, reveal the latest and future approaches toward space exploration are welcome in this session.

Closing Ceremony

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Specific workshops on filling in Access to Space for All Application forms would be held depending on number of participants and available resources.

REGISTRATION

Interested parties are requested to apply through this link.
The deadline for applications is 30 June 2022.

WORKING LANGUAGE

The working language of the Workshop will be English. All participants are required to have good English language skills.

SPONSORSHIP

The Office for Outer Space Affairs of the United Nations and IAF are responsible for organizing the Workshop. Sponsorship of the workshop is still open to other interested entities. Interested parties may contact  Mr. Jorge Del Rio Vera, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS

The Workshop is being planned for a total of 100 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. Applications from female applicants are particularly encouraged.

Participants funded by the Office might be eligible for a waiver on the IAC 2022 registration fee of the IAC.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Within the limited financial resources available, a limited number of selected participants will be offered financial support to attend the workshop. This financial support will defray the cost of travel (a round trip air ticket - most economic fare - between the airport of international departure in their home country and Paris, France) and/or the room and board expenses for the duration of the workshop. The co-sponsors of the workshop will jointly select participants on a competitive basis. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome within two weeks after the deadline.

LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE

Life/major health insurance for each of the selected participants is necessary and is the responsibility of the candidate or his/her institution or Government. The co-sponsors will not assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for expenses related to medical treatment or accidents. Please pay attention to the online application form when registering for the Workshop.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For additional information on the Workshop programme, please contact:  Mr. Jorge Del Rio Vera or  Ms. Hazuki Mori, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

The focal point for IAF is  Ms. Isabella Marchisio

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