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Aug 2013-Aug 2015
In addition to hosting the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), Austria is very proud to host the SGAC headquarters in Vienna. The main objective of the SGAC in Austria is to reach students and young professionals to inspire Austria’s next space generation! Over the past several years, Austria has established various space related organisations, including creating national space related science projects and collaborating on various international projects. These activities are contributing to an increased awareness of space and space related work in Austria.
Young Space Activities Overview in Austria
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(c)OeWF Paul Santek
Space related organisations and activities in Austria are aimed at drawing in young people to increase their interest in space and space related industries. SGAC Austria participates in this effort by serving as a networking base for a number of national groups and associations. They are also in a unique position because of their proximity to the United Nations centre in Vienna, which handles all of the space work of the UN. The Kuffner and Urania Observatories as well as the Planetarium Vienna are several of the institutions active in these efforts to increase space awareness by providing young people the opportunity to attend lectures and other space-related activities on a regular basis. Other highly motivated organisations include the museums for technology and natural history which often host space related activities and talks. These organizations often work in conjunction with SGAC and most recently, the University of Technology Vienna offered a course on "architecture in space". Other space related organisations include the Space Research Institute in Graz, which is developing hard- and software for international space missions as well as organising regular outreach events in Graz.
Additionally, the Austrian Space Forum (abbreviated OeWF in German), a national network for space professionals and enthusiasts, has a long standing history of cooperation with SGAC on a variety of activities. For many years the OeWF and SGAC have collaborated closely to develop space projects, giving young Austrians the chance to become an active participant in the space community. This partnership serves as an educational tool as well as a test bed for a wide array of scientific applications, including their most recent project, involving development of a rover and space suit for exploration of a Martian environment.
In 2014 SGAC, the OeWF and "der Orion" organised Austria's first SpaceUp event on 12th April. SpaceUp Vienna Homepage.
For those visiting or living in Vienna - there is a facebook group announcing events and activities - email Austria's NPoCs if you are interrested to join.
Country-Specific Events in 2015
- UNOOSA: Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, 52nd Session, Vienna, (2 - 13 February): SGAC has permanent observer status and is always invited to participate in both Subcommittees. If you are interested in experiencing the UN in action contact us - for joining either of the Subcommittee sessions.
- UNOOSA: Legal Subcommittee, 54th session, Vienna, (13 April - 24 April)
- UNOOSA: Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, 58th session, Vienna, (10 - 19 June): SGAC members worldwide who will be in Vienna at this time are invited to attend. There is a strict RSVP and it cannot be cancelled, so if you are certain to be there and would like to attend, please contact SGAC and they can have your name put on the UN attendance list.
- Summer School Alpbach 2015, Alpbach 14 - 23 July 2015 / The topic the 2015 Summer School is to explore what space missions can contribute to further scientific progress in the fields of Quantum Physics and Fundamental Physics. The purpose of the Summer School is to foster the practical application of knowledge derived from lectures, to develop organisational and team-work skills and to encourage creativity. Teams will compete to design the best project, judged by an independent jury. The teams themselves are responsible for the selection of the subject of the project and for the team structure and working methods.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Austria
ISU Alumni Association
Austrian Astronomical Society
Observatories in Austria
TV-Show "Supernova" on Austrian channel OKTO (webcasting)
Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
WAA (One of many Astronomy clubs)
Complete list of Astronomy Institutes and Clubs in Austria
Site for architects and industrial designers working and researching in the international field of space architecture and design
ESA Summer School Alpbach
TU Graz - Space Sciences and Earth from Space
University Innsbruck - Space Law