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World Space Forum
‘Space for our Future’
ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Organized jointly by
the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency
9-10 December 2020
- 27.11.2020: Draft Programme (Subject to change) uploaded
- 17.11.2020: Side events and special session announcement – updated Agenda-at-a-glance (Subject to change) available
- 06.11.2020: Agenda-at-a-glance (Subject to change) uploaded – ( Important Notice: All times are Central European Time)
- 02.11.2020: Registration open. Please follow this link to register for the event
- Draft Programme
- See the here Agenda-at-a-glance
- For more background information about the WSF 2020 please follow this link
As of today, close to 80 UN Member States have established space agencies and in 2020, the space community has already launched over 1,000 satellites for the first time ever – breaking the previous record set in 2019. Research shows that around 40% of the 169 targets behind the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) benefit from the use of geo-location and earth observation satellites. With the inclusion of telecommunication satellites, this statistic rises substantially. Today, innovative space-based science and technology are accelerating achievement of SDGs in many parts of the world.
The United Nations aims to leverage innovative solutions and technological developments to realise common sustainable development goals, and attention is increasingly placed on the unique potential of space technologies in this endeavour. It is therefore important to build on the outcomes of UNISPACE+50 and take advantage of the momentum it generated to ensure that the current exchanges fully capture the political, legal and capacity building elements of international cooperation in space exploration.
Launched in November 2019, the WORLD SPACE FORUM is a new event series hosted by the United Nations that is built on the recommendations generated at three High-Level Fora held from 2016 to 2018. The sequence of Fora demonstrated the growing interest of an increasing number of actors in discussing the future of space and international cooperation along the pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy. Going forward, the World Space Forum will take the place of the High-Level Forum.
As the only Office in the United Nations system that deals exclusively with the peaceful uses of outer space, UNOOSA is in a unique position to bring together all relevant stakeholders to make a difference and to ensure that the benefits of space are available to the broadest possible user base, in all countries around the world.
As we look ahead to the future and welcome more actors to the space arena, international cooperation for a sustainable space environment is essential. Together with its partners, the United Nations stands ready to facilitate productive and impactful international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.
This year’s World Space Forum seeks to step up these efforts and ensure that the benefits of space are brought to everyone, everywhere. By facilitating the exchange of best practices and more inter-agency collaboration in support of the SDGs, space exploration, science and technology can finally become more universally used as one of the key tools for a better future.
Who should attend
The WORLD SPACE FORUM brings together experts and policymakers from regional, national and local institutions, private organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and international organizations, who exchange views on the four pillars of space economy, space society, space accessibility and space diplomacy.
The IAUS367: Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data Astronomy will be streaming much of their program for free on Youtube. The symposium focuses on the future of astronomical education in this new age of astronomical research. The symposium will be held between 8-12 December 2020.
The primary goal of this Symposium is to give perhaps for the first time a global vision of Education and Heritage in the frame of the goals of the IAU, taking into account the Plan 2020-2030 and to propose an eventual ‘next steps’ road map and a global astronomy education agenda for the next decade, while honoring the education from the past.
State-of-the-art of astronomy education in countries/continents in the framework of the 2020-2030 IAU plan.
Meta-analysis of astronomy education research on contents/school grade levels/focus on education cross studies.
Literacy in Astronomy.
Innovations in education methodologies and instrumentation.
Research into the value and influence of astronomy education in other disciplines.
Big Data in education and Open Astronomy.
Astronomy as an interdisciplinary approach to science education in all levels.
Inclusive education in Astronomy.
Use of Astronomy Education Research experiments and results by teachers and in informal education activities (museum, planetarium, etc).
Cultural Astronomy and heritage and education: from Stonehenge to the Space telescopes.
The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention will be convened Thursday-Sunday, October 15-18, 2020, all over the world via the Internet!
Through the use of unique technology provided by the TMRO company of Anaheim, California, it will be possible to not only hold debates, panel discussions and presentations, but to allow people from all countries to participate, posing questions and interacting with each other, creating a virtual global convention of a type never before seen.
The four-day space conference will be free, and bring together prominent scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs and space advocates to discuss the significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic-social developments that could affect plans for the human exploration and settlement of Mars. As always, the convention will involve a wide variety of timely plenary talks, panel discussions and public debates concerning key issues bearing on human Mars exploration.
Register Now (Free Registration!)
Donation Page – A $50 donation is requested to support our organization’s programs.
Call for Papers
Presentations for the 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention in October are invited dealing with all matters (science, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.) associated with the exploration and settlement of the planet Mars.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by July 31st. Those submissions received after the deadline may not be included in the convention literature and are lower priority for adding to the final schedule.
Those intending to submit an abstract for consideration should complete the online form located at: abstracts.marssociety.org . Thank you, and we look forward to your submissions.
Image background courtesy NASA
The IAF Secretariat has been reviewing the situation since January and eventually took the decision to suspend all face-to-face interactions.
Our website is the main source of information about our response to the ongoing situation, with this resource being regularly updated.
We will also keep sharing information with you via email and through channels like social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube).
The Federation remains operational and open so that we can provide support for the many of you who submitted a plenary proposal, an IAF GNF session, an abstract, or were supposed to meet at the IAF Spring Meetings. Please keep getting in touch with us with your requests. In keeping with official French government advice, the IAF Secretariat is presently working remotely. We have systems set up which allow us to continue supporting the Federation as usual. We will be working remotely to be able to respond in a timely manner, but please do bear with us.
IAF Spring Meetings 2020
As you all know by now, the IAF Spring Meetings 2020 have been cancelled. However, we are committed to ensure that most of the meetings and discussions that would normally take place in Paris can still take place remotely, via video and phone connections, in order not to disrupt the activities of the Federation and its community. Please check the virtual meetings schedule on our website.
Global Space Exploration Conference #GLEX2020
At present, we have not changed the date for this conference and we expect to take a final decision on whether to go ahead or postpone it by mid-April 2020. Please check latest info on our website.
International Astronautical Congress #IAC2020
The best for last: it is with great excitement that we inform you of the 3800 abstracts submitted from 88 countries for the first ever IAF Congress in an Arab country! This will be the brightest moment of the year in a beautiful sunny country such as the U.A.E., we will all gather again to celebrate life. Please check latest info on our website.
But for now, it is a time for people to look out for each other, and for human kindness and warmth. Even if we cannot enjoy this face-to-face please remember that our IAF social media channels are one way to maintain contact with the IAF and with each other, you are not alone.
Do take care, we love you
12-16 October 2020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind
For the very first time, the IAC will open its doors to the global space community in the United Arab Emirates, the first Arab country to host the IAC since its establishment in 1950. The United Arab Emirates’ interest in astronomy and space sciences dates back to the 1970’s, when His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan met with the NASA team responsible for the Apollo moon landing. This encounter sparked a national focus on space that began almost three decades ago, eventually leading to the birth of a national space sector.
The IAC 2020 Host Organization – the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) – member of the IAF since 2012, was established by the Dubai Government to serve as one of the main pillars to drive the establishment of the knowledge economy and sustainable development in the UAE.
With the theme “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind”, the IAC 2020 looks forward to making a contribution to humanity and to science by strengthening and enhancing cooperation between all countries in the space sector.
This is your chance to inspire the next generation, to architect the further development and expansion of the space sector’s growing ecosystem. In fact, the IAC 2020 could be your opportunity to contribute in breakthroughs that revolutionise the future of space exploration.
The IAC 2020 comes to the UAE at a fortuitous juncture: it will follow closely on the heels of the launch of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope Probe), the Arab’s first space exploration craft to Mars. It will also mark the anniversary of the return of the first Emirati astronaut from the International Space Station, and the second anniversary of the launch of KhalifaSat — the first Earth-observation satellite to be produced wholly by Emiratis. These achievements are symbolic of the beginning of a new era in the region; the IAC 2020 will be an opportunity to shed light on how space science and technology can contribute to a nation’s progress.
Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) 2020 by IAF to take place in Russia from 9 – 11 June 2020
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to invite you to the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) 2020 to take place in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation from 9 – 11 June 2020.
The Conference, co-organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and ROSCOSMOS, will bring together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, agency representatives and policy makers. The leaders in the field will converge in St. Petersburg to discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will contain several opportunities to learn about how space exploration investments provide benefits as well as discuss how those benefits can be increased through thoughtful planning and cooperation.
ROSCOSMOS and IAF are both committed to supporting the international relationships that enable exploration of outer space and are very enthusiastic to organize GLEX 2020.
The conference will feature an Opening Event; several Plenary Events and Keynote Lectures; a Technical Programme with Sessions in several parallel technical streams; a Global Networking Forum (GNF) Programme and an attractive social and networking programme including a Welcome Reception and a Gala Dinner.
The 4th COSPAR Symposium Small satellites for sustainable Science And Development 4-8 November, 2019, Hotel Daniel, Herzliya, Israel
The 4th COSPAR Symposium
Small satellites for sustainable Science And Development
4-8 November, 2019, Hotel Daniel, Herzliya, Israel
You can submit your abstract at https://www.cospar2019.org/call-for-abstracts/
iCubeSat 2019, the 8th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, will address the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats. The workshop provides a unique environment for open wide ranging practical collaboration between academic researchers, industry professionals, policy makers and students developing this new and rapidly growing field.
Talks and round tables will focus on three themes: technology, science, and open collaboration. The program will also include unconference sessions to provide additional opportunities to engage with the interplanetary CubeSat community and potential collaborators. Talks and supporting material will be streamed and archived on the conference website. A lively social program in and around summertime Milan will be arranged for participants and their guests.
Abstract Submission and Dates
Talks on astrodynamics, attitude control and determination systems, citizen science, communications, landers, launch opportunities, open source approaches, outreach, payloads, policy, power systems, propulsion, reentry systems, ride-shares, science missions, software, standardization, structures, systems engineering and other related topics are all welcome.
10th June 2018 Registration opens at iCubeSat.org/registration
1st April 2019 Abstract upload deadline
15th April 2019 Notification of abstract acceptance
24th May 2019 Presentation (and optional paper) upload deadline
Please confirm your interest in presenting or attending as soon as possible (to assist us size the venue) by completing the registration form.
CubeSat specialists and other vendors are invited to contact exhibit@iCubeSat.org for details of exhibition opportunities.
The eighth Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop will be held at or near the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy on Tuesday, May 28th and Wednesday May 29th, 2019.
The organising committee can be contacted at committee@iCubeSat.org
See you in Milan!