United Nations/Austria World Space Forum 2023

"Space 4 Our Common Future"

Vienna International Centre (VIC), Vienna, Austria, 12 - 14 December 2023

Organized jointly by

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs,

The Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK),

The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA)

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Note: The views expressed in the presentations and papers below are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The presentations and papers are provided solely for informational purposes.

All session recordings can be found here  World Space Forum 2023

Tuesday, 12 December 2023

Opening Session
Moderator: Mr. Markus Woltran, Programme Officer, Office of the Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Ms. Henriette Spyra, Director General for Innovation & Technology, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology
Ms. Aarti Holla-Maini, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
H.E. Gabriela Sellner, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Austria to the United Nations in Vienna, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
Setting the Scene
 Moderator: Mr. Markus Woltran, Programme Officer, Office of the Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
How to mitigate our greatest challenges as a society: what the world can learn from big science |  Mr. Markus Mooslechner, Director, Executive Producer Features & Special Projects
The significance of factual science communication in the realm of space data and technology   Ms. Judith Delany,  CEO Perihelion, Founding Member of the Space Communications Alliance
Panel I: Communicating the benefits of space data to those in need
Moderator: Ms. Sara Dalledonne, European Space Policy Institute


Making Space Mainstream   Mr. Aravind Ravichandran, Founder and CEO, TerraWatch Space


How can we further encourage using satellite data on Earth? |  Ms. Lenka Tkáčová, Slovak Investment and Trade Development
Navigating the cosmos of space communication: targeting, engaging the right audience and effectively relaying the message  Mr. Jose Manuel Median Boslemann, Space Lata
Space Bound: HCT's pioneering engagement and outreach tactic Ms. Aisha Ahmed Alali and Mr. Mohammed Adeeb Al Zaabi, Higher College of Technology (HCT)
Enabling corss-sector benefits through strategic communication Ms. Daria Filichkina, Chief Operating Officer, AstroAgency
Panel II: Enhancing the contribution of Earth observation and artificial intelligence for future emergency platforms
Moderator: Ms. Giuliana Rotola, Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)


Earth Observation: digital product delivery to intended users at pace, scale and accuracy  Mr. Lee Schwartz, The Geographer, U.S. Department of State


How can AI advance planetary stewardship? |  Mr. James Parr, Trillium Technologies
Earth Observation in the digital sphere  Mr. Stefan Voigt, German Aerospcae Centre (DLR)
Artificial Intelligence-enhanced space solutions for disaster resilience  Mr. Zohaib Rasheed, Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)
EarthDaily Constellation - The new EO generation system to answer the pressing need for a global monitoring  Mr. Nikolaos Spyropoulos, EarthDaily
Interactive Session
Nobody cares about your satellite - Our struggle for a better space communication  Ms. Emma Gatti, SpaceWatch.Global

Wednesday, 13 December 2023

Panel III: Embedding space into development policy and policy development
Moderator: Ms. Emma Gatti, SpaceWatch.Global


Making the space future real! | Mr. Brent Sherwood, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


Have you included space in your strategy? | Mr. Alexandre Mencik, Access Space Alliance
Mitigating barriers to government and commercial cooperation | Ms. Victoria Woodburn, Space Policy Institute
Dark and quite skies |  Mr. Piero Benvenuti, Director, International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Space Solutions in an 8 billion world | Mr. Jorge Del Rio Vera, Scientific Affairs Officer (UNOOSA)
Panel IV: The Challenge of debris limits and solutions for Space sustainability
Moderator: Ms. Aarti Holla-Maini, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs


From depression to action: exploring interactive storytelling for space sustainability awareness | Ms. Juliana Neuhuber, Author & Narrative Director,  Ms. Ines Haeufler Author & Scriptwriter, The Impressive Company


Ms. Juliana Neuhuber,  Author & Narrative Director,  Ms. Ines Haeufler  Author & Scriptwriter, The Impressive Company
Leading the way towards a more sustainable use of space |  Ms. Maruska Strah, Executive Manager, Space Sustainability Rating
Focus on Humanity for Sustainability | Mr. Steward Bain, CEO and Founder, Northstar
Mr. Andrew Faiola, Commercial Director, Astroscale Ltd
Drivers for space sustainability |  Mr. John Paul Janka, Viasat, Inc.
ITU in the UN system and the space sustainability challenge |  Ms. Veronique Glaude, Senior Engineer, International Telecommunication Union
Panel V: Outer Space and the Summit of the Future
Moderator: Ms. Jana Berchtold and Mr. Marvin Huber, UN Youth Delegate for Austria 2023 - 2025, Austrian National Youth Council


Space as a common heritage of Mankind: re-imagining intergenerational equity in space exploration | Mr. Lew Toepfer, German Youth Delegate to the UN General Assembly and German Aerospace Centre (DLR)


Space for prosperity, peace and future generations - A vision for Europe  Mr. Hermann Ludwig Moeller  Director, European Space Policy Institute
A message from the future (generations): we need an intergenerational pact for space sustainability | Mr. Antonino Salmeri, Co-Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council, Director of the Lunar Policy Platform
Why are students volunteering to work on aerospace projects and thus inspiring the next generation of aerospace engineers? | Ms. Marianne Roechling, Vice-President of the TU Wien Space Team, Co-Lead of the Regional Chapter Austria of Women in Aerospace Europe
Rule of law and international cooperation in outer space as enablers for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda Mr. Georgios Kyriakopoulos, Associate Professor of International Law, national and Kapodistrian University of Athens
SpaceCafe Live Podcast
Mr. Markus Mooslechner, Director and Executive Producer, Terra Mater Studios
Ms. Aarti Holla-Maini, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Poster Session

Thursday, 14 December 2023

Panel VI: Outer Space and the Summit of the Future: How to prepare the ground?
Moderator: Mr. Hugo Costa, Portuguese Space Agency
Video Message -  Mr. Moriba Jah | Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas
Recording of the discussion
Closing Session
Moderator: Mr. Markus Woltran, Programme Officer, Office of the Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Ms. Aarti Holla-Maini, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Ms. Gina Petrovici, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Ms. Margit Mischkulnig, Head of Department Space Affairs and Aviation Technologies, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobiliy, Innovation and Technology, Austria


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