AP-SGW 2016


Ms Neevy Van Laningham

Neevy van Laningham covers a broad portfolio of diplomatic efforts focused on bilateral and multilateral civil space policy cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role she headed the effort to develop new bilateral space dialogues with Republic of Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia and helped NASA and other U.S. space agencies expand civil space cooperation with countries throughout East and Southeast Asia.  She is also the representative for the U.S. ITER International nuclear fusion project, formerly known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, with six other members, China, India, Korea, Japan, Russia, and EU.


Mr Yusuke Muraki

Yusuke Muraki is an engineer of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He received a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan. After working in the International Space Station program in JAXA for six years as a flight controller for the thermal and environmental control system and an engineer for development of Kibo’s spare equipment, he was seconded to Asian Development Bank (ADB) to promote satellite applications in the field of development aid for developing countries for four years. After returning to JAXA, he is now in charge of planning and development of JAXA’s new program in the mission planning department. He was also an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) as the Regional Coordinator of Asia Pacific Region (2013-2015) and lead the new regional event, Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW) in 2014. He won the Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme of IAF in 2014.

Dr Naohiko Kohtake

Dr. Naohiko Kohtake is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of System Design and Management of Keio University. He worked in research and development on avionics systems for the H-II/H-IIA rocket at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and on-board software at the European Space Agency. He established the Geospatial and Space Technology consortium for Innovative Social Services (http://gestiss.org) with the Japanese government as one of founders. He is a Division Manager of the High Performance Sport Center, Japan Sport Council. He is also visiting associate professor at the Asian Institute of Technology.


Mr Soichi Noguchi

Soichi Noguchi is Chief of the Astronaut Group at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. In 2005, he did his first flight on space shuttle Discovery on the “return to flight” mission, the very first mission after the Columbia accident. On that mission he conducted 3 spacewalks demonstrating in-flight repair techniques of the space shuttle. In 2009, Soichi spent 161 days aboard the ISS as a Flight Engineer for the Expedition 22/23 Mission. Soichi has logged a total of 177 days 3 hours 5 minutes in space. He now serves as the president of the Association of the space explorers, which is an international non-profit professional and educational organization of over 400 astronauts and cosmonauts from 36 nations.


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Organizing Team

Event Manager:

Deputy Manager

Shashank Khurana (NPoC for India)

Zhuoyan Lu (China)

Local Organizing Team:

Rogel Sese (NPoC for Philippines)

Adrian Josele Quional (Philippines)

Program Team:

Delegate Team:

David Ho (NPoC for Malaysia), Zihua Zhu (China,RC for Asia-Pacific), Eren Gorur (Australia), Muhammad Shafie Mukhre (Malaysia), Yasith Ramawickrama (NPoC for Sri Lanka)

Armando Nathaniel B. Pedragoza (Philippines)

Communication Team:

Lisa Stojanovski (NPoC for Australia)


SGAC Executive Office:

Stephanie Wan (Chair, USA), Ali Nasseri (Co-Chair, Canada/Iran), Minoo Rathnasabapathy (Executive Director, South Africa/Australia), Jacob Hacker (Treasurer, Australia), Laszlo Bacsardi (Regional Event Coordinator, Hungary), Chantelle Dubois (Web Team Coordinator, Canada)

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SEARCA Guest House

For the participants of the 3rd AP-SGW, one recommended lodging is the SEARCA Guest House which offers a serene ambiance at the foothills of Mount Makiling. Being a hub of local and international academicians, scientists, and students, the area in and out of the University campus is flocked with numerous lodgings and accommodations suitable for everyone. For the 3rd AP-SGW delegates, the SEARCA Guest House offers Deluxe Rooms with a dual occupancy. The details for the rates are as follows:

Rate for one person per room for double occupancy (with the inclusion of breakfast):

PHP 1,255.00 or USD 27.00 per day

Centtro Residences

Another recommended accommodation is the Centtro Residences, a hotel just 5-10 minutes walk from the university campus. It offers Standard, Presidential, and Executive Rooms ranging from PHP 3,920.00 to PHP 8,400.00 or USD 84.00 to USD 180.00 per room per day.


Transportation to and from the guest house and/or hotel will be provided for by the 3rd AP-SGW Local Organizing Committee.

For bookings and other inquiries, you may contact Mr. Armando Nathaniel B. Pedragoza, Delegate Assistance Coordinator of the 3rd AP-SGW Local Organizing Committee, at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..


SEARCA Guest House Facade. Photo courtesy of the SEARCA Facilities Management Unit.


SEARCA Guest House Deluxe Room. Photo courtesy of the SEARCA Facilities Management Unit.


Centtro Mall Facade where the Centtro Residences is situated. Photo courtesy of the Centtro Residences Management.


Standard Room at Centtro Residences. Photo courtesy of the Centtro Residences Management.

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Working Group Topics

The Future of GNSS in the Next Ten Years

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technologies are an integral part of our everyday lives and the market for such technologies is growing.  GNSS technologies offer a myriad of uses and the countless applications that it enables run the gamut from Location-Based Services (LBS), road applications, maritime solutions to technologies for infrastructure management.

This group will explore the following questions:

Question 1: What is GNSS and what are the existing systems?

Question 2: What are the future GNSS systems and upgrades planned or anticipated in the next ten years?

Question 3: What would the new capabilities and applications be and how should Asia Pacific prepare to harness them?


Space Diplomacy: Bridging the Divide

Not only is Asia Pacific widely believed to be the region that is the most active in space (if we exclude the USA), it is also likely to remain highly active for many years to come.  Despite such an optimistic space outlook, the Asia Pacific space scene is deeply divided.  With dominant space powers vying for influence, cooperation is something we can only hope for in the future.  How can youths of today play a part in that future?  This Working Group will survey the divided scene, explore the reasons underlying such disunity and suggest proposals for how to remove these obstacles.  This Working Group endeavours to take one of the first steps towards future space cooperation in Asia Pacific.

This group will explore the following questions:

Question 1: Who are the current space players in Asia Pacific and what have traditionally been their interests?

Question 2: On what basis would Asia Pacific cooperate on space?

Question 3: What is the role of NGOs and the UN in this cooperation?


A Working Group in action!

Agricultural Applications of Space Technology

Despite incredible developments on the space infrastructural front, with reusable launchers and spaceports being all the rage, many still believe this to be the age of space applications.  It is not hard to see why, as the burgeoning global middle class and rise of developing countries provide demand for high-tech space services enabled by space applications.  With this year’s AP-SGW being held in the Philippines, we place our focus on the agricultural aspects of space applications.  This Working Group will survey the global trends of agricultural applications of space technology, focus on the technological breakthroughs and challenges of recent times, and propose ways for the youth of today to play a part in the development of agricultural applications.  This Working Group positions itself at the forefront of space technological understanding and advocacy.

This group will explore the following questions:

Question 1: What are the current space technology applications dedicated to agriculture?

Question 2: How can we harness the use of satellite data that is currently available for free for the agriculture sector?

Question 3: What are other technologies that can complement space technology to improve agriculture?


Asia Pacific’s Economic Priorities in Space

Since the 1960s, the Asia Pacific region has actively embedded itself into the global economy and participated in the flow of goods and services across this planet.  It is inconceivable that the region would remain relatively isolated from the economic action related to space.  Already we witness the emergence of important space companies that are native to Asia Pacific, and the advance of Western space companies.  Serious thought about what economic role Asia Pacific will play in space in the future requires understanding of what the region’s needs and priorities are.  This Working Group will delve into these issues, focusing particularly on near earth space usage and countries that have shown interest and activity in recent times.  This Working Group considers itself a youth think-tank in the space economy field.

Questions to follow.


Talent Development to Sustain a Space Era

In the knowledge and service economy, world-class talent and experts drive value and innovation.  There is no doubt Asia Pacific supplies some of the brightest minds in mathematics, science and engineering.  However, given that Asia Pacific’s activity in space can only increase in the future, is the region adequately preparing its youth for future space-related roles?  Will we have enough talents to drive Asia Pacific into the Asia Pacific Space Era?  This Working Group will consider the current efforts being expended in the area of developing Asia Pacific space talent, identify best practices from around the world and propose ways for youth to get involved in preparing the future human resource pool in the Asia Pacific region.  This Working Group’s work will contribute towards the promotion of the Asia Pacific Space Era to come.

This group will explore the following questions:

Question 1: What kinds of talents does Asia Pacific need to propel it into an Asia Pacific Space Era?

Question 2: What are the current measures in place to develop Asia Pacific’s space human resource pool?

Question 3: What are potential measures for Asia Pacific to adequately prepare its next generation for future space-related roles?


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 *Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Last updated 27 October, 2016

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Getting Around

The basic local transportation in the Philippines is operated by jeepneys of every province. Especially in the town of Los Baños, the way to get around is through riding jeepneys from place to place. Jeepneys are also the basic means of getting from town to town, for instance from Los Baños to nearby towns of Calamba and Bay all the way up to the town of Sta. Cruz. It may not be the most ideal mode of transportation, but jeepneys represent a touch of Filipino culture that has been around since six decades ago.


Jeepneys are also a mode of transportation within the University campus. 
Photo courtesy of the University of the Philippines Los Baños



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Practical Information

Dubbed as the “Special Science and Nature City”, with the prominence brought on by the UPLB campus and its flock of scientists and scholars, and Mount Makiling and its abundant hot springs, Los Baños is a lakeshore town in the southeastern side of the country’s largest inland lake. Laguna Lake, also known as Laguna de Bay, is the edge of six of Los Baños’ barangays where fishing is the main occupation. Aside from the lake being a rich fishing ground, it also brings a sense of awe and beauty for inhabitants and tourists of nearby towns, not only of Los Baños but also on the rest of Laguna province. As to the town’s geographical characteristic, visitors and constituents of Los Baños experience both the mountainside and lakeside views of nature, through Mount Makiling and Laguna de Bay, respectively.


A view of Laguna lake


Because of its rich natural resources, Los Baños is not only a “Nature City” but also a “Science City” - a city for scientists, academicians and scholars. In fact, the town is probably the densest habitat of academicians in Southeast Asia. The UPLB campus alone is a home to various national and international research institutions in the field of agriculture and the biological sciences. It houses the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), to name a few.  Through the declaration and proclamation of Los Baños as a “Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines” on August 7, 2000, the town has remained the country’s hub of science and nature with the presence of national and international research institutions collaborating towards the advancement of science research in view of preparing the country for global competition.

Facade of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Photo courtesy of the University of the Philippines Los Baños 


Ultimately, the beauty of Los Baños has attracted numerous foreign dignitaries, including heads of states such as former US President Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Mexican President Mateos Lopez, Princess Beatrix of Holland, Thailand’s King Bhmibol and Queen Sirikit. For more information on the town of Los Baños, you can visit http://losbanos.gov.ph/. For more information on the province of Laguna, you can visit http://www.laguna.gov.ph/.

The nearest airport is Ninoy Aquino International Airport outside Manila about 2 hours drive from the venue. and 3 hours from the nearest beaches in Batangas on the West Philippine Sea. This is about 63 km southeast of Manila, in Laguna Province.The airport is served by all major airlines and provides a gateway to enter the Philippines. Transportation to and from the airport will be provided to all the delegates, with details to be communicated closer to the event.

The time zone in Los Baños is GMT +8 hours.


Tagalog (Filipino) and English are the most widely spoken languages in the Philippines. Tagalog is the dominant language, while English is fairly understood by a large number of inhabitants.

Climate and Expected Weather

The climate in Laguna province is tropical and divided into wet season from June to October and relatively dry season from November to April. When the wet season starts, southwest winds dominate. The rainy season is also a typhoon season throughout the Philippines and occasionally affects Los Baños as well. Air temperatures range from 22 ˚C to 32 ˚C (71.6 ˚F to 89.6 ˚F) with average temperature at 27 °C (80.6 ˚F). Humidity is high. Light, loose-fitting, and cool cotton clothes can be worn throughout the year. Wearing sunglasses and using sunscreen are recommended for beach outings or for prolonged outdoor activities.

Currency & Banking

The local currency in the Philippines is the Philippines Peso. You can exchange Asian currencies into Peso at the airport after landing. Expect a rate around 0.021 US Dollars per Peso, or about 46 Peso per US Dollar.

Landmarks and places of interest around Los Baños

  • Mount Makiling and the Makiling Forest Reserve
  • Rizal Centenary Carillon Tower
  • Makiling Botanic Gardens
  • Church Among the Palms
  • Museum of Natural History
  • IRRI Riceworld Museum
  • Dampalit Falls
  • Laguna de Bay
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Alligator Lake
  • National Arts Center


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What is My Role?

The AP-SGW 2016 will be the third installment, and participants’ experience in past AP-SGWs have been nothing short of enriching, both intellectually as well as professionally. Come expected to meet, and learn from and grow with youths experienced in the space industry, engaged in the academia or simply interested in the exhilarating field of space.

During the AP-SGW, participants will spend most of their time listening to expert speakers, applying these knowledge during the Working Group discussions and then sharing the results of the discussion with the other Working Groups during the Group Presentations. The topics are designed to be closely related to the APRSAF, of which the AP-SGW is a side event.  Just to give you an idea, this year, the Technology Working Group will emphasize on agricultural applications of space technology, which is a focus for this year’s APRSAF held in Philippines.

The two-day AP-SGW will not be the end, in fact to many participants it would barely be the end of a beginning, for the friendships and projects developed during the two days will be carried on after the conference through systematic networking. You should expect to develop your ideas to make them worthy of being shared at a conference, reach out to a wider Asia-Pacific audience regarding space awareness, bring together youth from different countries to build a true regional space community, and achieve many other things. As past participants have realised, your joining the workshop would be a beginning to a long-lasting involvement in the Asia-Pacific space scene.  


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