SGAC Announces the Space Generation Fusion Forum Event & Global Grants Programme

26 January, 2012

SGAC is excited to announce its inaugural Space Generation Fusion Forum event in Colorado Springs, USA April 15 & 16, 2012 and its Global Grants scholarship programme.

For full details about the event, please visit

Space Generation
Fusion Forum Partners

The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA)

Hosted by The Space Foundation with participation from The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), The Federal Aviation Administration's Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the US-based event aims to highlight international thinking and is geared towards university students and young professionals.  The event will be held in conjunction with the 28th Annual National Space Symposium.

About the Event

The Space Generation Fusion Forum offers the next generation of space sector leaders from government, industry, and academia the opportunity to come together to exchange views on current, hot space topics via interactive panels. The programme will also allow these top delegates to network with each other as well as with today’s current space leaders, who will be speaking and moderating the panels.

The event will start with an opening from a key note speaker, followed by three spotlight session speakers. These spotlight session speakers will give a background on each of the panel topics, which parallel those of the 28th Annual National Space Symposium:

  • International Collaboration – From Space Situational Awareness to Exploration
  • Developing Regions & Space Applications
  • The New Role of Commercial in Space Flight

On the second day, approximately 15-20 of the 50 competitively selected delegates will serve on panels that address these three topics. The discussions will then open to all of the Space Generation Fusion Forum attendees to debate the issues. These new generation perspectives will be compiled in a report, which will be presented at the AIAA’s Space 2012, September 11-13 in Long Beach, California. The presenter of this report will be voted on by his or her peers at the Space Generation Fusion Forum and will be given a full scholarship, courtesy of the AIAA, to present the report in Long Beach.


At the end of the second day, participants will have the opportunity to be introduced to the National Space Symposium.  Space Generation Fusion Forum Delegates will participate in the Space Foundation's New Generation Leadership Exchange and New Generation Networking Reception.  The Leadership Exchange is a "speed networking" event where delegates will have the opportunity to interact with today's top space sector leaders from government and industry.  Last year's leaders included Lori Garver (NASA Deputy Administrator), Emmanuel de Lipkowski (French space attaché and representative for the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) to the United States), and Kay Sears (President, Intelsat General), among others.  Attendees of the Fusion Forum will also have access to the National Space Symposium Opening Ceremony and Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall.

For a schedule of the Space Generation Fusion Forum, please click here.


Applying for the Event

Attendance at the Space Generation Fusion Forum is competitive and only up to 50 delegates will be selected.  Delegates will be selected based on their knowledge of the event's topics.  The top 15-20 delegates will be invited to serve on one of the three panels.  Interested in coming to the Space Generation Fusion Forum? Click here to apply now. Applications are due by March 4, 2012.  Admission is rolling and spots are expected to fill quickly, so apply today!


Space Generation Fusion Forum Global Grants Programme

A main goal of the Space Generation Fusion Forum is to provide firsthand international perspectives to the US event.  SGAC is enabling this through its Global Grants Programme scholarhips. Ten of the top international applicants will be selected to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium. Winners must be SGAC members between the ages of 18-35 (it is easy and free to sign up for SGAC).  The Programme will cover round trip travel to Colorado Springs, lodging, visa costs, and the registration fees for both the Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium. The winners of the Global Grants Programme will participate in one of the three panels and will be noted at the National Space Symposium.  The deadline for applying for the Global Grants Programme is February 16, 2012. For further information about the Global Grants Programme, click here.




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