SGAC at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress

After a very successful Space Generation Congress in the last days of September, SGAC continued to consolidate its position in the international space community through a very strong presence at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress, held from the 1st to the 5th of October in Naples Italy. Highlights of the event included:

 

SGAC Booth

Throughout the week, SGAC successfully hosted a booth in the IAC exhibition, where they distributed materials, continued to recruit new members and introduced IAC delegates and organisations to SGAC efforts and events. SGAC members volunteering at the booth spent their time answering questions about the organisation, collecting details of prospective new members, and engaging potential sponsors and supporters.

The SGAC team is very confident that most of the agreements from this year’s IAC will be consolidated throughout the coming year.

As is tradition, this year SGAC also hosted a reception at the booth. Almost 100 people gathered around the booth on Thursday evening to drink and eat typical Italian delicacies, while chatting about the organisation and their new and exciting projects.

Friendly Faces at the SGAC Booth

Friendly Faces at the SGAC Booth

 

SGAC Members and IAC Delegates at the SGAC Booth Reception

SGAC Members and IAC Delegates at the SGAC Booth Reception

SGAC would like to thank to all the members who volunteered their time to represent the organisation in a very professional manner at the booth.

 

SGAC Technical Presentations

Many SGAC members presented papers and posters based on their work, during the week, a number of SGAC members also presented work on behalf of the SGAC.

Two papers written for the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability working group were presented at the IAC. Philip Maier presented the paper ‘Active debris removal: a multinational policy option’, which he wrote together with Minoo Rathnasabapathy and Zhuoyan Lu. Michael Kretzenbacher presented a paper written together with Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Tiffany Chow and Guzel Kamaletdinova entitled ‘Novel Approaches to International Cooperation and Data Sharing for SSA.’ Both papers were well received and continued the SGAC tradition of allowing the next generation of space leaders to voice their opinions on current issues in the space community.

In total, 33 presentations, including posters, papers and panels, were given by SGAC members at this year’s IAC.

 

SGAC Panels

SGAC also had a strong presence on various panels held throughout the week.

SGAC Executive Co-Secretary Aafaque Kahn was featured as a panellist at the Plenary entitled “Next Generation Visions for Uses of Social Media for the Advancement of Earth and Space Science, Technology and Operations”, with Bill Nye, the Science Guy as moderator.

On Thursday the 4th of October, SGAC Executive Director Andrea Jaime, together with other SGAC members, was also featured in a young professionals panel, organised by ISEB at the International Student Zone. The panel was a complete success; the students asked the panelists many questions regarding the transition between student and professional, and SGAC was mentioned many times during the panel, as the perfect platform to start building the professional network.

The Young Professionals panel at the ISEB Student Zone

The Young Professionals panel at the ISEB Student Zone. From left to right: Andrea Jaime, Ahmed Fari, Nick Fishwick, Chris Johnson and Stephanie Wan

This year, SGAC hosted a panel on Thursday, at the Global Networking Forum of IAC, entitled “Space Women in Emerging Countries”. Andrea Jaime, Executive Director of SGAC was the moderator. The panelists were a selection of female leaders, originating from emerging space nations, who are already working or studying in the space sector. The participants were Catherine Doldirina (Georgia), Minoo Rathnasabapathy (South Africa), Victoria Alonsoperez (Uruguay), Behnoosh Meskoob (Iran), Zhuoyan Lu (China) and Andrea Boyd (Australia). Topics including space programmes in their respective countries, challenges of being a woman in the space sector and managing family life and a space career were addressed during the panel.

The highlight of the panel involved a woman from the audience sharing her own experience of being one of the first woman hired at NASA back in the 60s, Rhoda Hornstein. Her contribution highlighted that, while today, woman are treated equally in the space sector, it is important not to forget those pioneers who had to fight to be heard or to be taken into consideration at the beginning of their careers.

Space Women in Emerging Countries” Panellists, together with Rhoda S. Hornstein (second from left), one of the first women to work for NASA

Space Women in Emerging Countries” Panellists, together with Rhoda S. Hornstein
(second from left), one of the first women to work for NASA.

 

Other Highlights

On the last day of the congress, SGAC co-organised, together with the WD/YP and SEOC IAF Committees, the S.P.A.C.E. workshop, led by Dragos Bratasanu, that gathered about 30 young professionals and students to learn more about the 4D system, and the importance of team work.

On the same day, SGAC had an Advisory Board Meeting, taking advantage of the presence of many of their board members at IAC.

It is important to highlight, that SGAC, as IAF member, had the opportunity to participate at the General Assembly, and vote for the election of the new president and the new host city for the IAC 2015. The Vice President of JAXA, Mr. Higuchi was elected as the new president of the IAF. SGAC would like to congratulate him, and wish him all the best on his new position.

Jerusalem was elected to be the host of the 2015 IAC. SGAC is excited that the 2015 Space Generation Congress will be held in the same location.

Finally, during the Closing Ceremony, the many contributions and achievements made by former SGAC Executive Director Ariane Cornell, former SGAC Chair Agnieszka Lukaszczyk and former SGC Manager Kevin Stube were acknowledged when they were both awarded with the International Astronautical Federation Young Space Leaders awards. Congratulations to all of them!

2012 Young Space Leaders, Ariane Cornell (former SGAC Executive Director), Danielle Wood and Agnieska Lukaszczyk (SGAC Advisory Board member, and former Chair and Executive Director)

2012 Young Space Leaders, Ariane Cornell (former SGAC Executive Director),
Danielle Wood and Agnieska Lukaszczyk (SGAC Advisory Board member,
and former Chair and Executive Director)

The 2012 International Astronautical Congress saw SGAC continue to expand its presence in the international space community, a trend that will be carried on next year at the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing, China.


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