SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised for their hard work and contributions to SGAC. In December 2009, the SGAC Executive Council decided to acknowledge one member per month for his or her outstanding work and contributions to SGAC and its goals.

We are proud to present the September 2010 Member of the Month: Vanessa Passoni, NPoC of Italy

Vanessa is 26 years old and she is from Udine. She graduated this year with honours in International Policy and Diplomacy MS at the University of Padua, Italy. She also holds a degree in International Relations with specialization in Human Rights. In 2008 Vanessa worked at ESA-ESRIN Frascati as a research intern, writing her thesis project on “general remote sensing principles for disaster prevention and mitigation”. Since 2008 she is a member of the European Center of Space Law and since May 2010 she has been working at the European Space pOlicy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna as a research intern focusing on regulatory framework of outer space.

Damian Bielick, RC Europe, nominated Vanessa:

“Although Vanessa joined SGAC in early 2010, she has been an exemplary and very dedicated Member. In a very short period of time she was of great help for SGAC while being at ESPI in Vienna. She was also leading negotiations with Telespazio (Italian Space Academy Foundation), which resulted in advanced conversations about deeper cooperation between the Organisation and SGAC. She is also planning other negotiations within Italian space sector, and is very actively and widely promoting the Italian-SGAC cooperation. Moreover, Vanessa has been appointed to be a Tutor during the ESA/ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy in Jaen, Spain, where she was also a representative of SGAC.” Damian Bielick (Poland).

Our September MoM reaction:

"I found out about SGAC accidentally at the beginning of this year. When joining SGAC I discovered a unique environment where the youth plays the main role. Thanks to SGAC, I have the opportunity to share my experience with other members, as well as to gain knowledge form the others members. As an NPoC for Italy, I can share what my country does in the space field and inform other members about the events organised for the young space community. I am convinced that the young space community can really make the difference, helping developing countries through increasing awareness of the benefits coming from the exploration of the outer space and giving everybody the opportunity to play a role in the space sector.Being an SGAC member, and in particular NPoC is an amazing experience but it also requires a lot of attention, constancy and patience, which I hope to always deliver.  I would like to thank every member of SGAC for this appointment!" Vanessa Passoni.


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