SGAC Regions


Regional Coordinator
Suki Sule Beza Tesfaye

Suki Dauda Sule
Aug 2014-Jan 2017

Beza Tesfaye
Jun 2014-Jun 2018

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Africa has made great strides in recent years to develop its space capabilities. From agricultural applications to improving health services and education, space technology has become an indispensable component in today’s modern information society and contributes to the sustainable development of many African nations. With a growing network on the continent, SGAC Africa continues to embark on numerous outreach programmes, competitions and space education initiatives. Efforts to expand the SGAC African network have been successful, allowing African countries, not previously represented at SGAC, the opportunity to develop their space sector through participation with SGAC.

Current/Recent Activities in Region

  • SGAC African members represent SGAC at numerous conferences such as Space Generation Fusion Forum, International Astronautical Congress, UN/IAC Workshop and South African Space Association Congress
  • African members contribute their thoughts on broadening the African space networks through the African Working Group Initiative
  • Space outreach and lectures at universities in African countries
  • Participation in World Space Week outreach and educational events
  • Encourage partnerships between SGAC Africa and industry, universities and space science organisations

Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of Regional Coordinators and National Points of Contact for the region!


Asia Pacific

Regional Coordinators
Asia Pacific
Suresh Bhattarai
Suresh Bhattarai
Apr 2013 - Sep 2017
Zihua Zhu
Sep 2015 - Sep 2017
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Asia Pacific has been a growing region for SGAC, paralleling the region’s development in the space sector. The primary activities for the region have been education and outreach driven by budding space leaders.  Additionally, Asia Pacific has been the host of several Space Generation Congresses, including in 2005 in Fukuoka, Japan, 2009 in Daejeon, South Korea and in 2013 in Beijing, China. The SGAC community in the region is growing and the first Asia-Pacific Regional Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW) is being planned to be held in Yokohama, Japan in November 2014, in conjunction with Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF). 


Current/Recent Activities in Region

  • Expansion of SGAC presence in the region
  • Recruitment of NPoCs in new countries: North Korea, Mongolia, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, Pakistan,Tajikistan,,Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
  • Encourage each NPoC to recruit at least 50 new members on an interdisciplinary basis to SGAC from their country.
  • SGAC introduction to other youth space networks in the region.
  • Develop promotional material in the form of brochures, posters, etc. for advertisement.
  • Increase presence of the Asia-Pacific region in Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Toronto by promoting the event and sending more students and young professionals from the region.
  • Holding the first Asia-Pacific Regional Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW) in November 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Focus on Yuri's Night Party to celebrate the golden jubilee of human spaceflight
  • Active participation in the World Space Week in October 2014
  • Introduction of SGAC activities in the region in Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF)

  • Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of Regional Coordinators and National Points of Contact for the region!


    Regional Coordinators
    Guzel Kamaletdinova
    Guzel Kamaletdinova
    Feb 2013-Mar 2017
    Matteo Emanuelli
    Jun 2014-Jun 2018
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    Home to SGAC headquarters and place of origin, the European region is at the center of the organisation’s activities. Because of its proximity to many United Nations' organisations (e.g., UNESCO in Paris, UNIDIR in Geneva, and UN OOSA in Vienna), SGAC's European activities often are policy driven. SGAC participates in many conferences, UN committees, and space policy reviews and publications in the region.

    Current/Recent Activities in Region

    • SGAC statements at UN COPUOS sessions
    • Execution  of  the SGAC European Summit, a three-day meeting to discuss regional projects and collaboration
    • Organisation of  an SGAC outreach event at the Vienna University Institute of Sinology
    • SGAC leadership presentations at the International Space University Summer Program
    • SGAC executive office participation on panels at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) conference in Switzerland

    Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of Regional Coordinators and National Points of Contact for the region!

    North, Central America & the Caribbean

    Regional Coordinators
    North, Central America & the Caribbean
    Juan Esteban Gramajo Gonzálezr
    Juan Esteban Gramajo González
    Jul 2016-Jul 2018
    Alexander Gibson
    Mar 2016-Mar 2018
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    The North, Central America and the Caribbean (NCAC) region has exciting on-going projects and endeavors to express the opinions of the next generation of leaders in the space sector. The NCAC region has many universities offering degrees in aerospace or related fields and a strong space sector. SGAC members  in the region participate in workshops and conferences as well as educational outreach to pass on their enthusiasm for space to even younger generations.   A regional Facebook page was launched in 2012 to increase visibility for these activities and improve communication throughout the region. 

    Current/Recent Activities in Region

    • Space Generation Fusion Forum
    • Yuri’s night
    • SpaceUp conferences
    • World Space Week

    SGAC is active in the region with National Points of Contact in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, and Costa Rica. If your country isn’t represented please contact either of the regional coordinators and we’ll help you get involved.  Please see our SGAC Team Page for the full list of Regional Coordinators and National Points of Contact for the region!s

    SGAC Oman

    National Point of Contact

    Zainab Al Salhi
    Mar 2015 - Mar 2017
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    Welcome to the SGAC Oman page.‎‏ ‏Sultanate began attention in the field of space and astronomy before the creation of ‎the Department of astronomical Affairs in the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs which includes three sections: ‎section monitoring Crescents, the Department of astronomical observatories, endoscopes, the Department of ‎Astronomy and Calendar reports and be of its terms of reference:

    Follow-up monitoring of Hegira months, cosmic phenomena, supervise the work of committees, sub-‎field observation Crescents, coordination among themselves on communications for investigate crescents holy month of ‎Ramadan, Eid ‎and prayer timings As well as continue to run telescopes, observatories, supervise the maintenance, accuracy in ‎performance and prepare reports for astronomical migratory months.

    In addition to participating in conferences, seminars, lectures and exhibitions relating to the ‎astronomy science, follow the news and information cross the World Wide Web with regarding phenomena ‎of cosmic, continuous communication cooperation with the authorities that have to do the same field within and outside the Sultanate. ‎After that had been working on the establishment of the Astronomical Society of Oman in May 2004 after the fifth astronomy Gulf meeting which was held at Sultan Qaboos University. Then rolled several meetings to setting goals and ‎put Society system by consulting with stakeholders from the Ministry of Social Development and recommending the members of the Board of Directors to begin the adoption and publicize the Society actions. Reached the number of founders were 50 of who are interested in astronomy science.

    Society was declared on Saturday, June 7, 2008 by Ministerial decision of the Minister of Social Development. Its aims to gather who are interested astronomy in Oman for the purpose of exchange and dissemination of knowledge in this field through a series of workshops and meetings for members and interested. So Omanis interested in astronomy science since the era of Sinbad Oman and close attention to their daily lives.


    Young Space Activities Overview in Oman

    Space exploration projects in the Sultanate of Oman will achieve big leap in the march of comprehensive development,‎ It ‎will translates as cultural and technical development reached by the Country,‎ We will work on a new technical challenge ‎program results and looking for youth in Sultanate of Oman to be involved and contribute to the field of Space Projects in ‎every ‎them Specialty.


    Recent Country-Specific Events

    The seventh Astronomical camp for families
    29 – 31 August 2013; Jebel Shams‎, Oman

    Organized by the Astronomical Society of Oman in the summer activities. Where its activities are held the tourist resort of Jebel Shams, which lasted for two days, the first day has included many passages, including an explanation of how to do telescopes.

    And work of photographing the sunset Competition. Then the President of Public Relations and Media lecture about (the astronomical heritage of Oman). Also held a workshop for the little astronomer and explain sky Page and astronomical observation for men and another for women. Also they held an evening recreational for adults and astrophotography then spent attendance free time in roaming within the resort for an overview what is in the resort of different services prepared for visitors as well as meetings between the participants.

      Camp of Jebel Shams   Preparing for an evening of astronomical observations  


    Research, Collection, Preservation and Study of Omani Meteorites
    14 December 2012; Ministry of Commerce and Industry‎, Oman

    Regarding the draft study meteorites Omani properties which the Ministry of Commerce and Industry began work on it. It was cooperation with the Swiss Museum of Natural History and the University of Ottawa in Canada in order to assemble a number of pieces of meteorite to conduct laboratory tests and the completion of studies on them.

    There is also another project entitled "research, collection, preservation and study of Omani meteorites” It aims to understand the processes and conditions that lead to enrich the Omani desert meteors, and knowledge rates of the fall of meteorites per 1 ‎Km ‎ sq. in the year, and knowledge of operations and rates of erosion by collecting meteorites 5899 meteorite pieces.

      Overview meteorite search   Omani-Swiss meteorite search group  


    10th Arab Conference on Astronomy & Space Sciences
    05 - 08 Feb 2012; Muscat, Oman

    10th Arab Conference on Astronomy & Space Sciences which was held from 5-8 Feb 2012 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The theme of the Conference was "The Role of Astronomy and Space Sciences in Developing Contemporary Societies".

    The conference mainly dwelled on areas such as space-based earth observations and monitoring, innovations in astronomy and space science education, astronomical projects and observatories, youth and amateur astronomy research projects, peaceful usage of outer space technologies; and solar activities and climatic change relations. 

      Discussion of International experts   Participation global space agencies  


    Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Oman

    South America

    Regional Coordinators
    South America
    Avid Gonzalez Marco Cabero
    Avid Roman-Gonzalez
    June 2016-June 2018
    Marco Cabero
    Jan 2015-Jan 2017
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    The South American region prides itself on a strong network that looks to grow and develop space awareness.  The region has done well both in organizing events and in reaching out to local governments and space industry players to express the perspectives of university students and young professionals.  SGAC looks forward to participating in the region’s space sector growth. 

    Current/Recent Activities in Region

    • Seminars and talks about SGAC and its activities are given often by National Point of Contacts and volunteers at several Academic Institutions and space events in the region.
    • Yuri’s Night is celebrated in several places of the region.
    • SGAC South American members participate in regional and international aerospace events and competitions. 
    • A South American Team comprised by two National Point of Contacts participates in the SGAC Find an Asteroid Program.
    • South American RC was featured by the media on the work done at SGAC.
    • South American Regional Space Generation Workshop 2015
    • The South America Space Generation Workshop (SA-SGW) will be a two-day workshop, 4th and 5th of May, for university students and young professionals in the South American region. SA-SGW will take place in conjunction with the 8th Argentine Congress of Space Technology (8th CATE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 6 - 8th May 2015.

    For more information on our activities join our facebook group!


    South American Competition List 

    Competition List available to international graduate/undegraduate/high-school students/

    You would need a conversant-level of English to compete. SGAC members are willing and able to provide support if needed.

    • Type: Design, construction, and flying of model-rocket payload
    • Age group: Electrical/Aerospace/Computer engineering university students
    • Sponsors: AIAA, NASA
    • Pedro (Ecuador's NOPC) participated in 2010 games!
    • Website: 
  • Battle-of-rockets
    • Type: Model-Rocket design and payload
    • Age group: College/University students
    • Sponsors: AIAA
  • SAE – Aero design
    • Design, construct and fly an aircraft given design constraints
    • AgeGroup: University or graduate students in Aerospace
    • Sponsors: SAE
  • Design-build-fly AIAA
    • Design-build-and-fly aircraft
    • Sponsors: AIAA
  • RASC-AL competition
    • Develop mission architectures to employ innovative solutions
    • Age Group: University teams, 2 categories: undergraduate &graduate
    • Sponsors: NASA & NIA

    There are also a large number of design-only competitions. See AIAA and NASAOf special mention to high-school students around the world is the NASA Space Settlement Contest!


    South American Scholarships List

    • Scholarship to attend IAC, SGC & UN/IAF Workshop
    • Age Group: Students and young professionals
    • Sponsors: IAF
  • Erasmus Mundus
    • Open to people from all over the world to pursue graduate studies
    • Available in all subjects imaginable: 
    • Space Related: Astrophysics, Software Engineering, Nuclear Fusion, Geospatial Technologies, Computational Mechanics, Space Science and Technology!Age Group: University teams, 2 categories: undergraduate & graduate
  • Fulbright Program
    • Provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
    • Sponsor: United States Department of State


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