SGC 2012

SGAC at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress

After a very successful Space Generation Congress in the last days of September, SGAC continued to consolidate its position in the international space community through a very strong presence at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress, held from the 1st to the 5th of October in Naples Italy. Highlights of the event included:


SGAC Booth

Throughout the week, SGAC successfully hosted a booth in the IAC exhibition, where they distributed materials, continued to recruit new members and introduced IAC delegates and organisations to SGAC efforts and events. SGAC members volunteering at the booth spent their time answering questions about the organisation, collecting details of prospective new members, and engaging potential sponsors and supporters.

The SGAC team is very confident that most of the agreements from this year’s IAC will be consolidated throughout the coming year.

As is tradition, this year SGAC also hosted a reception at the booth. Almost 100 people gathered around the booth on Thursday evening to drink and eat typical Italian delicacies, while chatting about the organisation and their new and exciting projects.

Friendly Faces at the SGAC Booth

Friendly Faces at the SGAC Booth


SGAC Members and IAC Delegates at the SGAC Booth Reception

SGAC Members and IAC Delegates at the SGAC Booth Reception

SGAC would like to thank to all the members who volunteered their time to represent the organisation in a very professional manner at the booth.


SGAC Technical Presentations

Many SGAC members presented papers and posters based on their work, during the week, a number of SGAC members also presented work on behalf of the SGAC.

Two papers written for the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability working group were presented at the IAC. Philip Maier presented the paper ‘Active debris removal: a multinational policy option’, which he wrote together with Minoo Rathnasabapathy and Zhuoyan Lu. Michael Kretzenbacher presented a paper written together with Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Tiffany Chow and Guzel Kamaletdinova entitled ‘Novel Approaches to International Cooperation and Data Sharing for SSA.’ Both papers were well received and continued the SGAC tradition of allowing the next generation of space leaders to voice their opinions on current issues in the space community.

In total, 33 presentations, including posters, papers and panels, were given by SGAC members at this year’s IAC.


SGAC Panels

SGAC also had a strong presence on various panels held throughout the week.

SGAC Executive Co-Secretary Aafaque Kahn was featured as a panellist at the Plenary entitled “Next Generation Visions for Uses of Social Media for the Advancement of Earth and Space Science, Technology and Operations”, with Bill Nye, the Science Guy as moderator.

On Thursday the 4th of October, SGAC Executive Director Andrea Jaime, together with other SGAC members, was also featured in a young professionals panel, organised by ISEB at the International Student Zone. The panel was a complete success; the students asked the panelists many questions regarding the transition between student and professional, and SGAC was mentioned many times during the panel, as the perfect platform to start building the professional network.

The Young Professionals panel at the ISEB Student Zone

The Young Professionals panel at the ISEB Student Zone. From left to right: Andrea Jaime, Ahmed Fari, Nick Fishwick, Chris Johnson and Stephanie Wan

This year, SGAC hosted a panel on Thursday, at the Global Networking Forum of IAC, entitled “Space Women in Emerging Countries”. Andrea Jaime, Executive Director of SGAC was the moderator. The panelists were a selection of female leaders, originating from emerging space nations, who are already working or studying in the space sector. The participants were Catherine Doldirina (Georgia), Minoo Rathnasabapathy (South Africa), Victoria Alonsoperez (Uruguay), Behnoosh Meskoob (Iran), Zhuoyan Lu (China) and Andrea Boyd (Australia). Topics including space programmes in their respective countries, challenges of being a woman in the space sector and managing family life and a space career were addressed during the panel.

The highlight of the panel involved a woman from the audience sharing her own experience of being one of the first woman hired at NASA back in the 60s, Rhoda Hornstein. Her contribution highlighted that, while today, woman are treated equally in the space sector, it is important not to forget those pioneers who had to fight to be heard or to be taken into consideration at the beginning of their careers.

Space Women in Emerging Countries” Panellists, together with Rhoda S. Hornstein (second from left), one of the first women to work for NASA

Space Women in Emerging Countries” Panellists, together with Rhoda S. Hornstein
(second from left), one of the first women to work for NASA.


Other Highlights

On the last day of the congress, SGAC co-organised, together with the WD/YP and SEOC IAF Committees, the S.P.A.C.E. workshop, led by Dragos Bratasanu, that gathered about 30 young professionals and students to learn more about the 4D system, and the importance of team work.

On the same day, SGAC had an Advisory Board Meeting, taking advantage of the presence of many of their board members at IAC.

It is important to highlight, that SGAC, as IAF member, had the opportunity to participate at the General Assembly, and vote for the election of the new president and the new host city for the IAC 2015. The Vice President of JAXA, Mr. Higuchi was elected as the new president of the IAF. SGAC would like to congratulate him, and wish him all the best on his new position.

Jerusalem was elected to be the host of the 2015 IAC. SGAC is excited that the 2015 Space Generation Congress will be held in the same location.

Finally, during the Closing Ceremony, the many contributions and achievements made by former SGAC Executive Director Ariane Cornell, former SGAC Chair Agnieszka Lukaszczyk and former SGC Manager Kevin Stube were acknowledged when they were both awarded with the International Astronautical Federation Young Space Leaders awards. Congratulations to all of them!

2012 Young Space Leaders, Ariane Cornell (former SGAC Executive Director), Danielle Wood and Agnieska Lukaszczyk (SGAC Advisory Board member, and former Chair and Executive Director)

2012 Young Space Leaders, Ariane Cornell (former SGAC Executive Director),
Danielle Wood and Agnieska Lukaszczyk (SGAC Advisory Board member,
and former Chair and Executive Director)

The 2012 International Astronautical Congress saw SGAC continue to expand its presence in the international space community, a trend that will be carried on next year at the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing, China.

Space Generation Congress 2012 Suggested Accommodation

If you have been accepted to attend the Space Generation Congress 2012, and/or the International Astronautical Congress, SGAC has lined up some very good rates for all our SGAC delegates. If you wish to stay in any of these hotels, please let us know by sending an email to the SGC 2012 organising staff Delegate Team, and we will give you guidance on how to proceed with the bookings to get these fantastic rates*!

Space Generation Congress: Hotel Punta Quattro Venti

The Hotel Punta Quattro Venti in Herculaneum is a four story building facing the sea with salt water swimming pool and private beach located just 2km from the SGC Venue.

Via Marittima, 59 - 80056 Ercolano (NAPOLI) Tel. +39 081 777 3041 / 081 732 2329

Ercolano is right on the beach, although very far from the city centre, it has good nightlife nearby at the Fabric Hostel Club, the Hotel PQV has its own bar and entertainment area along with SGC organised night events. The historic city centre can be reached by train from the Stazione Ercolano Miglio D'oro 1.6km away.

Room Type Cost per person (€) Rooms Available
Single Room 50 3
Twin Room 40 10
Triple Room 30 10
Quad/Quin Room 25 14

Breakfast is provided each morning.

The rooms face Capri, Ischia and Procida islands showing on one side a panoramic view of the gulf of Naples and on the other the Amalfi coast. Each room has a private small terrace (except the singles), Luxury bath tub and shower, Hair dryer, air condition, telephone, Sky satellite tv, Minibar, High speed internet, Electronic Safe.

As you can see there are not many single rooms, so request this fast if you would like a single.

The double rooms will be specially configured as twin for us with two single beds – if anyone requires a marital double bed let SGAC know. If you have roommate preferences let SGAC know otherwise please just select a room and we will organise them by gender as much as possible

There are some limitations in room numbers and 10-20 delegates may be at a nearby partner hotel.




If you are staying for the IAC we have another amazing accommodation also right on the beach:

International Astronautical Congress: Ostello Mergellina

The Ostello Mergellina is a self-contained multistorey building 400m from the sea, with terraces overlooking the ocean and direct train and metro to the nearby IAC Venue.

Salita della Grotta 23, 80122 Napoli (NAPOLI) Tel. +39 81 7612346

The Ostello Mergellina is located right on the beach in a strategic position at the centre of the town in the cleanest and safest district of Mergellina where night life goes on until late in the night. The historic city centre can be reached by train from the Stazione Mergellina 200m away.

Only 200m from both the metro and train station actually you can easily reach Pompei ruins excavations, the archaeological area of Ercolano and Oplonti, the Amalfi coast, the Sorrento coast, the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, the Vesuvius and the Natural Park. For IAC purposes both of these metro and train stations are on a direct line, no connections required, which runs frequently all day to arrive at the conference in under 10mins total. Delegates can walk to the beach, relax in the hotel terrace or common room and access the islands and Naples city easily at extremely fantastic SGAC only negotiated rates!

Room Type Cost per person (€)
Single Room
Twin Room (request specifically for a double bed if required) 20
4 or 6 Room (female or male gender only, no mixed) 16


Meals and Toiletries (optional – see reception during stay) Cost per person (€)
Towels and Soap (if you forget to bring your own) 2
Lunch pack (request at reception if you want this to take with you) 6
Dinner (at the Mergellina Restaurant) 9

Breakfast is provided each morning.

The Mergellina has more than enough rooms to accommodate everyone and we have blocked off all the single and twin rooms for those who apply and confirm by payment first. All rooms have linen provided, but not towels or toiletries, you can get these at 2euro if you need. Wifi is available and there is a common internet area with desktop computer provided also.

No curfew, 24 Hour Reception and Security, Cable TV, Card Phones, Common Room, Elevator, Free City Maps, Free Parking, WiFi, Hairdryers, Internet Access, Laundry Facilities, Luggage Storage, Outdoor Terrace, Restaurant, Safe Deposit Box (Front Desk), Towels for hire, Vending Machines, 400m from the beach.


*Note: This offer it is only for SGAC members that have been accepted to attend the Space Generation Congress 2012.


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Practical Information about Naples and Italy

Travel to Naples

Naples, Napoli in Italian, is in the region of Campania in Southern Italy. It sits on the coast on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy. Its harbor is the most important port in Southern Italy.

Naples is the third most-populated city in the country, and the biggest city in Southern Italy. Its name comes from the Greek Neapolis meaning new city. Its close proximity to many interesting sites, such as Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, makes this place magical. Naples is a lively and vibrant city, full of wonderful historical, artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets.

Naples is the main transportation hub for southern Italy with several major train lines.

Most Trenitalia trains arrive at or depart from Stazione Centrale or, underneath the main station, Stazione Garibaldi. These include slow regional services and the faster Frecciarossa, InterCity (IC) and Eurostar (ES) trains. There are trains to Rome, Salerno. International trains departing from Naples include services to London, Paris and Madrid.

Naples has an airport Aeroporto Capodichino (NAP), linking Naples with most Italian and several major European cities, as well as New York. To get there by public transport you can either take the regular ANM bus from Piazza Garibaldi, or the Alibus airport shuttle from Piazza del Municipio or Piazza Garibaldi.

The Intercontinental Rome Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci Airport is about 1 hour and half by train or car from Naples.



Italy is one of the 15 signatories of the Schengen Convention, an agreement whereby participating countries have abolished customs checks at common borders. EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy.

If you are a non-EU citizen you must apply for it in your country of residence, so check if your citizenship required a VISA to enter to Italy as soon as you are accepted to participate in the SGC. Travelers are advised to check visa requirements with their travel agents before traveling.

Nationals of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA do not need visas for stays of up to 90 days in Italy, as in any Schengen country.

Please enquire about visas as early as possible to avoid last minute complications!

Getting Around

Naples has good public transportation, and lots of traffic problems. Naples has a large but crowded bus network, trams, a subway, funiculars, and a suburban train line, the Ferrovia Circumvesuviana, which will get you to Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Sorrento. The train and bus stations are in the huge Piazza Garibaldi, on the eastern side of Naples.

By Bus
In Naples, buses are operated by the city transport company ANM. There’s no central bus station but most busses pass through Piazza Garibaldi, the city’s chaotic transport hub. To locate your bus stop you’ll probably need to ask at the ANM information kiosk in the centre of the square.

By Train
Naples is southern Italy’s main rail hub.
Most Trenitalia trains arrive at or depart from Stazione Centrale or, underneath the main station, Stazione Garibaldi. These include slow regional services and the faster Frecciarossa, InterCity (IC) and Eurostar (ES) trains. There are up to 30 trains daily to Rome, some of which stop at Mergellina station, and some 20 to Salerno. International trains departing from Naples include services to London, Paris and Madrid.
The Ferrovia Cumana and the Circumflegrea, based at Stazione Cumana di Montesanto on Piazza Montesanto, 500m southwest of Piazza Dante, operate services to Pozzuoli and Cuma.
The Circumvesuviana, southwest of Stazione Centrale (follow the signs from the main concourse in Stazione Centrale), operates trains to Sorrento via Ercolano, Pompeii and other towns along the coast.

By Boat
Naples, the bay islands and Amalfi Coast are served by a comprehensive ferry network. In Naples ferries and hydrofoils leave for Capri, Sorrento, Ischia, Procida and Forio from Molo Beverello in front of Castel Nuovo. Tickets can be bought at the ticket booths on Molo Beverello and at Mergellina.

By Taxi
Official taxis are white, metered and bear the Naples symbol, the Pulcinella (with his distinctive white cone-shaped hat and long hooked nose), on their front doors. They generally ignore kerbside arm-wavers. There are taxi stands at most of the city’s main piazzas, although we strongly advise to call one of the five taxi cooperatives:

  • Napoli (081 556 44 44)
  • Consortaxi (081 20 20 20)
  • Cotana (081 570 70 70)
  • Free (081 551 51 51)
  • Partenope (081 556 02 02)


Top Tourist Attractions

  • The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has one of the world's best collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, including mosaics, sculptures, gems, glass and silver, and a collection of Roman erotica from Pompeii. Many of the objects come from excavations at Pompeii and other nearby archaeological sites.

  • Piazza del Plebiscito is the center of modern Naples. San Francesco di Paola, on the piazza, is a huge domed church. Palazzo Reale, the Royal Palace, is across the square (closed Wednesdays). Inside you can visit the restored rooms and royal apartments and visit the roof garden where there are good views of the bay
  • Spaccanapoli, or Via San Biagio, is the main street that divides Naples and is the heart of the historic center. Teeming with people, the street holds many interesting churches, shops, and other buildings. Originally the heart of the Greek and Roman city, the Spaccanapoli district is a string of narrow, winding streets and is mainly a pedestrian zone.
  • Via San Gregorio Armeno, off Via San Biagio, is famous for its nativity workshops and stores. Via dei Tribunali, another street in old Naples, has arcades dating back more than 1000 years.
  • Santa Chiara Church is part of a large complex that includes a monastery with beautiful cloisters decorated with majolica tiles and frescoes and an interesting archaeological museum.
  • The Duomo is a 13th century Gothic cathedral dedicated to Naple's patron saint, San Gennaro. A huge festival is held when a vial of his blood is taken out of its storage place in hopes that it will liquefy. On one side of the duomo is the 4th century Basilica Santa Restituta (the oldest church in Naples) with columns believed to be from the Temple of Apollo, good ceiling frescoes, and archaeological remains from the Greeks to the middle ages. The 5th century baptistery has good 14th century Byzantine-style mosaics.

  • San Lorenzo Maggiore is a 13th century medieval church with extensive Greek and Roman remains underneath.
  • Piazza del Mercato has probably been a market square since Roman times.
  • Via Toledo, a pedestrian street, is one of the main business and shopping streets.
  • Castel dell'Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples, sits in a prominent position on the harbor and is used for exhibitions and concerts.
  • Castel Nuovo, a huge castle erected in 1279-1282, houses the Civic Museum (closed Sundays). Inside are 14th-15th century frescoes and paintings, silver, and bronzes from the 15th century to present.
  • Teatro San Carlo, known for its perfect acoustics, is the best place to hear opera in southern Italy. Opened in 1737, it's the world's oldest surviving opera house although it was rebuilt in 1816 after a fire.
  • The Capodimonte Museum and Park, built as King Charles III's hunting lodge, houses one of Italy's richest museums with a great picture gallery and collection of majolica and porcelain.
  • Museum and Monastery of San Martino, on the Vomero Hill, has a famous display of Neopolitan nativity scenes, beautiful cloisters and gardens, frescoes and mosaics, artwork, and fantastic views.
  • Funiculare, inclined railways, take you up the hill to the Vomero district where you'll find fabulous views, Castel Sant'Elmo, and Certosa and Museum of San Martino. Funiculare Centrale, one of the longest in the world, leaves from Via Toledo by Galleria Umberto. The other two are Funiculare di Chiaia and Funiculare di Montesanto.
  • The Orto Botanico, botanical garden, is one of the best in Italy.
  • Naples University, founded in 1224, is one of Europe's oldest universities.
  • Many interesting destinations on the Bay of Naples and in Campania can easily be visited from Naples.
Safety and Security

Naples is as safe as most international cities. But it is important to be careful on the street, especially crossing the road, because the Neapolitan style of driving is quite aggressive. Also it is recommended to pay attention to your bags and purses, and not trust on street-sellers. Avoid some areas of the city at night, and most importantly: behave as local.


Currency & Banking

Since 2002 Italy’s currency has been the euro. The euro is divided into 100 cents. Coin denominations are one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents, €1 and €2; the notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.

Credit and debit cards can be used in ATMs (which are widespread and known locally as bancomat) displaying the appropriate sign. Visa and MasterCard are widely recognised, as are Cirrus and Maestro; Amex is accepted but is less common.

Credit cards are widely accepted. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, at post offices or in a cambio (exchange office).

Banks are generally the most reliable and tend to offer the best rates. Banks open from 8.30am to 1.30pm and 2.45pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. They are closed at weekends but it is always possible to find a cambio (exchange office) open in Naples and major tourist areas.

Major post offices are open from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday and also 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday. All post offices close two hours earlier than normal on the last business day of each month (not including Saturday).


Shopping & Business Hours

Shops in Naples generally open from 9.30am to 1.30pm and 4.30pm to 8pm (in winter) or 4pm to 8.30pm (in summer) Monday to Saturday. They may close on Saturday afternoons or Monday mornings.

In Naples most department stores and supermarkets now have continuous opening hours from 9am to 8.30pm Monday to Saturday. Some even open from 9am to 1pm on Sunday.

Pharmacies are open from 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 7.30pm Monday to Friday. Most shut on Saturday afternoons and Sundays but a handful remain open on a rotation basis. All closed pharmacies are obliged to display a list of the nearest ones that are open.

Bars and cafés generally open from 7.30am to 8pm, although some stay open until the small hours, typically 1am or 2am. Restaurants open from noon to 3pm and 7.30pm to 11pm (later in summer). Restaurants and bars are required to close for one day each week although in busy tourist areas this rule is not always observed.

Opening hours for museums, galleries and archaeological sites vary enormously, although many are closed on Mondays. Increasingly, the major national museums and galleries remain open until 10pm during the summer.



Direct international calls can easily be made from public telephones by using a phonecard. Dial 00 to get out of Italy, then the relevant country and area codes, followed by the telephone number.

Italy is one of the most mobile-phone saturated countries. Phones operate on the GSM 900/1800 network, which is compatible with the rest of Europe and Australia but not with the North American GSM 1900 or the Japanese system. TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), Wind and Vodafone all offer SIM cards and all have retail outlets. It is necessary to have a passport to open an account.



An international driver’s license is required in Italy and the license must include a photograph as well as the signature of the holder.



Italian is the official language in Naples, but on 14 October 2008, a law was passed by the Region of Campania, stating that the Neapolitan language was to be legally protected. The Naples dialect, a distinct language which is mainly spoken in the city, is also found in the region of Campania, and has been diffused to other areas of Southern Italy by Neapolitan migrants. The majority of the people in Italy cannot speak Italian, so a list of key phrases, or a “latin” friend will always help you.


Naples Tourist Information

There are tourist offices in the main train station, Piazza Gesu Nuovo, and Piazza Martiri.



At Naples’ main police station (081 794 11 11; Via Medina 75) there is an office for foreigners.
To report a stolen car, call 081 794 14 35.
Ambulance 118
Coastguard 1530
Fire 115
Police 112/113
Road assistance 803 116



Go Italy Website
International Astronautical Congress 2012 Website

SGC 2012 Working Session Topics

One of the primary components of the Space Generation Congress is the working group sessions. Each delegate is assigned into one of five groups. The groups in the break-out sessions discuss a pertinent space topic in one of the five themes: Industry, Agency, Society, Exploration, and Earth Observation. Subject matter experts from the field will join these working groups to support them with knowledge to make the group discussions more fruitful. The preliminary conclusions of each group are presented to the rest of the delegates on the last afternoon of SGC and the final conclusions are written into reports that are presented at the International Astronautical Congress, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and other conferences around the world in the year following the Congress. For last year's report, please see here.

When you apply for the 11th Annual Space Generation Congress, be sure to review this page to choose your working group preferences.


Space Generation Congress 2012 Topics

Industry Space Transportation

This working group will discuss space transportation, and the role of the new European launch capability in the international sector; linking it to the country hosting the Congress, as the Italian industry is the main partner in the new European launcher, VEGA, which had a successful first flight on February 2012.

2011 and 2012 have been full of news and advancement in space transportation: the Space Shuttle retirement, the new role of the commercial space sector, emerging countries with new launch capabilities, and the increased overlapping of some launcher characteristics. It is indeed a topic that all space agencies around the world are considering in their national programmes.

The SGC working group could discuss:

  • Countries with launch capabilities: increasing the number of countries with launch capabilities, what each can offer, differences among them, potential challenges, and issues of competition and/or collaboration
  • European launch capability and its place in the international context: the recent successful VEGA launch, the Soyuz’s new launch platform at the European Spaceport, and potential collaborations with other regions in the world

The SGC working group would make recommendations on:

  • How to improve the European launch capability image at international level
  • How countries with similar launch capabilities could have stronger collaborations between them


Agency The International Space Station

In 2010, the main partners of the International Space Station (ISS) agreed on an extension of the ISS for at least 10 more years. Japan, Russia, USA and Europe, the main partners, committed to extend the life of the ISS up to 2020 and possibly even 2028. The economic crisis that is affecting some of those partners has caused several cuts in their respective budgets for space activities. The retirement of the Shuttle and the current lack of a replacement for it are making access to the Low Earth Orbit station not as easy as before.

The SGC working group could discuss:

  • The implications and benefits of this extension at an international level
  • The use of the ISS as an analogue platform for human space exploration
  • The ISS and outreach: Android applications, websites, human spaceflight programmes, etc.

The SGC working group would make recommendations on:

  • Potential new collaborations with other countries on the utilisation of the ISS for the coming years
  • Suggestions for how to use the ISS as the main outreach tool for space


Society Space for Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian relief during natural or man-made disasters requires rapid decision making with accurate, real-time data that only satellites can provide. Space data can help support humanitarian tasks focused on the people that need assistance, the cause of the problem or the response to the problem. Satellite data, for example, can be used to find good locations for refugee camps, and support with logistics when planning, building, and monitoring. Damage estimates and planning data are also crucial for reconstruction activities, and space technologies are known to be excellent supporting assets. Moreover, NGOs are known for using space-derived data to influence the behaviour of governments and to provide public awareness and verification of war crimes.

The SGC working group could discuss:

  • How space is used in humanitarian efforts in conflicted areas (e.g., migration of refugees)
  • How NGOs (e.g., UNOCHA, WFP, UNHCR, WHO, Red Cross, Doctor's Without Boarders) are using space tools

The SGC working group would make recommendations on:

  • How governments and NGOs can improve the usage of space tools in humanitarian efforts in conflicted areas
  • What type of partnerships between NGOs and the space sector could exist


Exploration Communications for Exploration

Space agencies are focusing their exploration programmes beyond the ISS. The Moon, NEO (Near-Earth Objects such as asteroids) and Mars, are the primary destinations being considered by the space agencies. Among all the difficulties to overcome, communications is one of the most important.

The SGC working group could discuss:

  • The importance of communications in exploration programmes (e.g., for tele-medicine, crew support, and instructions for robotic exploration)
  • Communication challenges depending on the destionations on exploration beyond LEO, such as delay time
  • The importance of crews' self-reliance during non-real time communication with mission control

The SGC working group would make recommendations on:

  • How to implement new methods of communications beyond LEO
  • Which analogue activities should be performed on Earth to test new communications systems and improve self-decision processes for crews


Earth ObservationSpace Resources for Water Management

Desertification, access to drinking water, and management of water-related emergencies are some examples of problems that countries are facing, particularly those in developing regions. Space technology can contribute to improve the water management of the Earth in many different ways.

The SGC working group could discuss:

  • Previous water-related natural disasters occurring around the world and the national emergency strategies followed
  • Current space technologies available being used for water management purposes (e.g., Earth-observation satellites, remote sensing, etc.)
  • Awareness of developing and developed countries of the capabilities of space technology for the improvement of water management

The SGC working group would make recommendations on:

  • How to enhance capabilities of countries in the use of space-related technologies, applications, services, and information for identifying and managing water resources
  • How to increase awareness among decision-makers, researchers, and academic communities of space technology applications for addressing water-related issues, primarily in developing countries, and how to strength their collaboration
  • How to promote educational and public awareness initiatives in the area of water resources management, as well as to contribute to capacity building process in this area

SGC Speakers

In alphabetical order:

Lorenzo Campo

Research fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence

Lorenzo CampoLorenzo Campo graduated Summa cum Laude in Environmental Engineering in 2003. He earned his PhD in 2007 with a thesis about the coupling between a limited area atmospheric models and an assimilation scheme for the Land Surface Temperature retrieved by satellite platform, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

His research interests include the retrieving and the assimilation of satellite data at the purpose of estimating the energy and water budget at the interface between land and atmosphere, the distributed hydrologic modeling for flood forecasting and water resources management, remote sensing application for the soil moisture estimate, the land-atmosphere interactions, the soil moisture feedback on precipitation, and the seasonal forecasts of drought indices.

He presently works at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Florence, in Italy.


Mario Cosmo

Technical Director, Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Mario CosmoMario Cosmo graduated, Summa Cum Laude, in Aerospace Engineering, in 1987. He presently works at the Italian Space Agency (ASI) where he is the Technical Director.

Before ASI, Dr. Cosmo worked for over 20 years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. where he has been involved in several NASA programs and international collaborations, like: Tethered Satellite System 1 and 1R, SEDS, the UV coronagraph onboard SOHO; the X-Ray telescope on board Hinode, and several other scientific space-borne payloads.

Dr Cosmo has authored a book and over a hundred scientific publications and technical reports and he is the reviewer of various scientific publications. He is the Vice-Chair of the Industrial Policy Committee at the European Space Agency Dr. Cosmo has been awarded the “Superior Performance Award” by the Smithsonian Institution in USA and the “Giuseppe Colombo” fellowship by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Italy.


Antonio Fabrizi

Director of Launchers, European Space Agency

Antonio FabriziAfter completing his studies at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, where he graduated in mechanical engineering, he began work with BPD. Between 1975 and 1989 he held several positions, as design engineer or project manager for different types of propulsion systems apogee motors, liquid propulsion systems, Ariane boosters...

In 1990 he was appointed Commercial Manager at Fiat Spazio in charge of developing new initiatives. Then in 1993 he returned to BPD to become head of the Space Transportation Systems Business Unit. From 1997 to 1999 Antonio Fabrizi carried out the same responsibilities for FiatAvio’s Space Business Unit where his duties included responsibility for the Cyclone and Vega launchers programmes. In 2000 he became Vice President of Fiat Avio’s Space Business Unit, with responsibility for all the space activities of the company.

Antonio Fabrizi has held several positions as member of the board of Directors of companies, including Europropulsion, ELV, Regulus and Arianespace.


Marco Ferrazzani

Legal Counsel, Head of the Legal Department, European Space Agency

Marco FerrazzaniMarco Ferrazzani is the Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Department at the European Space Agency at ESA Headquarters, in Paris, France. In this position, he provides a full spectrum of legal advice and guidance on the legal and programmatic aspects of ESA programmes and policies.

As ESA’s Legal Counsel, Dr. Ferrazzani is advisor to the ESA Director General and to the ESA Council for all institutional and legal matters, including the interpretation of the ESA Convention and all relevant legal instruments. As the head of ESA’s Legal Department, he provides advice to the Agency’s organs and Member States on all legal matters, including defending the rights of the Agency, preparing draft Agreements and conducting international negotiations, identifying the Agency’s legal liabilities and devising legal solutions to mitigate them, and preparing Resolutions, Declarations, and other legal instruments for the execution of the Agency’s programmes.

He graduated cum laude from the University of Naples’s Faculty of Law, where he specialized in and received the university prize for best doctoral thesis in international and comparative law. His postgraduate legal studies included courses at the Georgetown University Legal Center, Harvard Law School, and the University of Salzburg, and he practised corporate law, international transactions, and foreign investment at the Milan offices of Baker & McKenzie

Dr. Ferrazzani is a member of the International Institute of Space Law, the European Centre for Space Law, the Société française pour le droit international, and the Institut International pour la Recherche sur les Biens Communs. He has worked at ESA since 1988, represents the Agency at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and regularly lectures and publishes on the international law of space activities.


Berndt P. Feuerbacher

President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

feuerbacher_250Dr. Feuerbacher currently serves as the President of the International Astronautical Federation. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the European Physical Society (EPS) and a member of the IAF IPC Steering Group. As a scientist, he joined the ESLAB (European Space Laboratory, today Research and Science Support Department of ESA) in 1968 and has worked on projects such as the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the First Spacelab Payload as well as on experiments on lunar material returned by the Apollo missions. Starting in 1981, Dr. Feuerbacher was promoted to managerial positions including those of the director of the Institute of Space Simulation at DLR in Cologne and the Chair for Space Physics at the University of Bochum, Germany. He was also appointed vice chairman of the DARA Advisory Panel, Chairman of the ESA Microgravity Advisory Committee, the Space Station User Panel, and Committee Member and President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). Elected full member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1986, he also acted as Co-Chairman of the IAF International Program Committee (IPC) at the International Astronautical Congresses in Toulouse 2001, the World Space Congress 2002 in Houston, and the Bremen IAC in 2003. Prof. Feuerbacher has published scientific achievements in more than 180 contributions to international scientific journals. He is holder of 8 patents and has written 14 books.


William H. Gerstenmaier

Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, NASA


William H. Gerstenmaier is the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this position, Gerstenmaier provides strategic direction for all aspects of NASA's human exploration of space and cross-agency space support functions of space communications and space launch vehicles.

Gerstenmaier received a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1977 and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo in 1981. In 1992 and 1993, he completed course work for a doctorate in dynamics and control with emphasis in propulsion at Purdue University.

Gerstenmaier began his NASA career in 1977 at the then Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, performing aeronautical research. In 1998, Gerstenmaier was named manager, Space Shuttle Program Integration, responsible for the overall management, integration, and operations of the Space Shuttle Program. In December 2000, Gerstenmaier was named deputy manager, International Space Station Program and two years later became manager. He was responsibility for the day-to-day management, development, integration, and operation of the International Space Station. Named associate administrator for the Space Operations Directorate in 2005, Gerstenmaier directed the safe completion of the last 21 Space Shuttle missions that witnessed assembly complete of the International Space Station.


Kiyoshi Higuchi

Vice President,Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mr. Higuchi is vice president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Previously, he was vice president, Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation; served as technical counselor and managing director, Lunar and Planetary Exploration Program Office; was executive director, JAXA; served as executive director for strategic planning and international relations, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA); and was special advisor to the executive director, NASDA. Higuchi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Nagoya University, Japan, and a Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).





Yasushi Horikawa

Chairman, United Nations Committee on the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)
Technical Counselor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Yasushi HorikawaDr. Horikawa is a technical counselor of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tokyo, Japan. He earned his PhD from Tokyo University in Electrical Engineering. He worked for many years in the field of spacecraft design. He contributed to the successful implementation of Japanese meteorological satellite programs and Earth observation programs, as well as the development of the International Space Station program. Dr. Horikawa also contributed to the implementation of the Japanese International Space Station program as the Program Manager. Subsequently, Dr. Horikawa was responsible for all satellite application programs as an Executive Director of JAXA. This included the operation of satellites for many diverse uses including Earth observation, global positioning, communications and broadcasting. Today, he continues as an advisor for Japanese satellite application development and utilization programmes. Additionally, Dr. Horikawa is a professor at Tokai University and is the president of the Japanese Society of Cost Estimate and Analysis since 2011. In June 2012, Dr. Horikawa began a two year term as the Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).


Mendieta Jimenez

General Director, Mexican Space Agency (AEM)


Dr. Mendieta-Jimenez was appointed the first general director of the Mexican Space Agency on November 1, 2011. Previously, he was director of the Applied Physics Division and general director of Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE). He has been published in diverse scientific journals, has written conference papers and holds several patents. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and his Certificate of Higher Studies and Doctor of Engineering degree is from the National Superior School of Telecommunications (ENST), France, in the field of optical telecommunications.




David J.W. Kendall

Senior Executive Advisor to the CSA President

David KendallDr. David Kendall is currently the Senior Executive Advisor to the CSA President and past Director General of the Space Science and Space Science and Technology branches of the Canadian Space Agency located in Montréal. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University based in Strasbourg, France.

Born near London, England and having obtained his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Wales, Dr. Kendall obtained both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Calgary, Canada. After his Ph.D. he worked in private industry as an R&D scientist specializing in Fourier Transform Spectroscopy. Since the early 1980s, he has worked for the federal government, first with the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa as a program scientist in the Space Sciences Division and in 1989 with the newly created Canadian Space Agency.

Dr. Kendall's scientific interests include upper and middle atmospheric chemistry and physics, atmospheric spectroscopy, Michelson interferometry, space environment interactions and space debris. In 1984 he was the principal investigator for an experiment that flew on the Space Shuttle to measure orbiter glow and has served on several science teams involved with space science experiments devoted to the atmospheric sciences.

Dr. Kendall is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and serves on numerous national and international advisory committees and working groups including as a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), leads the Canadian delegation at the STSC and plenary meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), is a Canadian delegate to the ESA Council and a member of the Steering Group of the International Living With a Star (ILWS) program. He is past-chair and current member of the Steering Group of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), a past co-chair of a subgroup of the international ad hoc Group on Earth Observations (GEO) as well as a past Bureau member of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

In 2002, Dr. Kendall was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant contributions and achievement to Canada. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and is listed in Canadian Who's Who.


Michael K. Simpson

Executive Director, Secure World Foundation


Dr. Michael K. Simpson is the Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, after joining SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). Simpson holds a post as Professor of Space Policy and International Law at ISU. He is a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. After 23 years of service, Simpson retired from the Naval Reserve in 1993 with the rank of Commander.

He is the author of numerous scholarly papers, presentations, articles and book contributions and his practical experience includes service as a Political Military Action Officer, observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and member of the Association of Space Explorers International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. He currently serves on the Commercial Spaceflight Safety Committee of the IAF.


Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Johann-Dietrich WörnerJohann-Dietrich Wörner was born in Kassel in 1954. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 1 March 2007.

He studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent two years in Japan, investigating earthquake safety. Until 1990 Wörner worked for the consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. In 1990 he returned to Darmstadt University, where he was appointed to a professorship in Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Testing and Research Institute. Before being elected President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty.

Wörner has been honoured with a series of prizes and awards such as the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of the Technische Universität Darmstadt for 'outstanding scientific performance'. He was also appointed to the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and is a representative of the Technical Sciences Section of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Wörner has received honorary doctorates from the State University New York (USA), the technical universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, the Saint Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia), and École Centrale Lyon (France). He has been honoured by the German state of Hesse and the French government.

Wörner is Vice President of the Helmholtz Association; he is also a member of various national and international supervisory bodies, advisory councils and committees. He was a member of the board of École Centrale Paris and École Centrale Lyon, the Convention for Technical Sciences (acatech) and the supervisory board of Röhm GmbH, to name just a few. Furthermore, he was appointed to the energy expert group of the German Government. He continues to be a member of the advisory boards of several universities such as the Technische Universität Berlin and the IST Lisboa.


Badri Younes

Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program Office, NASA


Mr. Badri Younes is presently the Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Space Communications and Navigation (NASA SCaN). He is responsible for NASA’s space communications and navigation infrastructure and services. Mr. Younes manages the SCAN Program Office at NASA Headquarters and oversees all NASA telecommunications and navigation projects and networks, including NASA’s Space Network (SN), Near-earth Network (NEN), and Deep Space Network (DSN). Mr. Younes is also responsible for the development of enabling technologies critical to meeting the Agency’s vision for an integrated SCaN architecture aligned with NASA’s future space exploration needs.

Prior to returning to NASA in 2007, Mr. Younes was the DoD Director for Spectrum Management with responsibility for spectrum policy and strategic planning and implementation for the Department of Defense. Under his leadership, the Department has successfully negotiated major win-win agreements with the FCC, NTIA, and US private sector. He has successfully led the DoD spectrum management organization to become more proactive in addressing RF and spectrum issues and has been instrumental in transforming the management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum within and outside the Department. He has played a lead and positive role in developing the Presidential Initiative Recommendations on Spectrum Reform.

Mr. Younes’ experience spans over twenty two years of leadership in microwave and RF systems engineering and technology. His interpersonal skills and rich linguistic ability have been instrumental in furthering US objectives both nationally and abroad. He has over ten years of involvement in various forums of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and has provided direct support to US ambassadors to three World Radio Conferences (WRCs). Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Younes successfully managed the RF systems engineering and spectrum management for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Space and Ground Networks.

Mr. Younes is a recipient of the 2005 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society. He holds a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Catholic University of America and had completed all his PhD requirements except for the dissertation.

Space Generation Congress 2012 Venue



The venue for the 11th Annual Space Generation Congress is located in the historical city of Ercolano, in the western foot of the Mount Vesuvius, 10km away from Naples, Italy. The chosen place where the Congress will be held is the Museo Archeologico Virtuale (MAV). This great placement will offer the delegates not only a comfortable and unforgettable participation to the Congress, but also the possibility to experience the museum itself and get lost on the ancient times. It will be a great contrast experience to be in such a historical emplacement discussing the future of space sector!



The venue offers a high-quality Auditorio room where all the delegates will gather for the common plenary sessions, as well as very well equipped smaller rooms for the working group sessions. The galleria will serve as the lunch area, and wi-fi is available in this area.

MAV Galleria MAV Auditorio
Galleria of the MAV Auditorio of the MAV

For further details of the place, please visit the webpage of the museum:

SGAC will provide transportation to all delegates to and from Naples, at the beginning and end of each session day.

Other points of interest situated in close proximity include:

  • Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town covered and destroyed by the Vesuvio eruption in 79 C.E., located in the Italian region of Campania in the shadow of Mont Vesuvius. This ancient town can be visited, and it is only 3 minutes walk away from the MAV.
  • The Mostra d’Oltramare (IAC 2012 Venue), which is 10km away from the MAV.


Address of the SGC 2012 venue: MAV Via IV Novembre n.44 80056 - Ercolano (NA) Italy

Tel +39 081 19806511


Please note that delegates will be recommended to stay in Naples, not in Ercolano. Further information will be given shortly on accommodation.

SGC 2012 Staff Team

SGAC has selected a fun team of motivated, self-starters to organise SGC 2012! A Congress of this calibre takes the dedication of selected volunteers. Keep reading to know better the SGC 2012 Staff Team, and the SGC 2012 Local Organising Team.


Chair: Catherine Doldirina (Georgia)

Catherine Doldirina earned her PhD at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University. She has been conducting legal research relating to space activities since 2005. Her expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law and her current research relates to the legal status of remote sensing data. She has lectured on European competition law, European copyright law and space law at the University of Bremen and at the European Humanities University (Lithuania). She has also tutored at the European Space Law Centre summer school on space law and policy. Her professional experience was gained as legal assistant to specialist copyright lawyers (Bremen). She successfully completed an internship at the European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, drafting the study “Case for Space” during this time. She authors work on other aspects of space law, is engaged in the research activities at the Institute of Air and Space Law (e.g., the Space Security Index) and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. In 2009, she was awarded the Diderick Verschoor award and prize for the best paper by a young author for the Colloquium on Space Law of the International Institute of Space Law. Catherine has been involved with SGAC for several years as the SGAC’s National Point of Contact for Georgia and the Project Coordinator for the 2010 Space Generation Congress.

Co-Chair: CJ Nwosa (Nigeria)

CJ Nwosa holds a Bachelor degree in Astrophysics from the University of Nigeria, and a Masters in Space Science and Technology from the University of Cape Town. His Masters research focussed spacecraft-environment interactions including space debris and space weather effects on space missions. As an ardent space enthusiast, CJ has been involved in payload design, experimental rocket campaigns, in-orbit risk assessment for spacecraft, and has actively participated in many local and international space-related events. He was a major driving force behind the success of the first-ever Space Generation Congress, and International Astronautical Congress, on the African continent. CJ's professional membership profile includes the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), South African Space Association (SASA), South African Institute of Physicists, and Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). CJ is the CEO of Heliocentric Technologies ZA Ltd, and co-lead for SGAC’s Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group, which contributes to the global debate on the safety and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.

Executive Director and Congress Manager: Andrea Jaime (Spain)

Andrea Jaime Albalat (Andrea Jaime) is a Spanish aerospace engineer that was born in Onda, Spain. In 2007 she earned a double undergraduate degree in both Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona. During these studies, she spent one year at the North East of Wales Institute (NEWI) in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Andrea earned her Masters in Aerospace Science and Technology, also from UPC in Barcelona (2010). Additionally, Andrea is an alumni of the International Space University's (ISU's) 2009 Summer Studies Program (SSP) which was hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center in California, USA; and of the CVA (Communauté des Villes Ariane) Summer School on Space Transportation, hosted in Rome in 2011.
She started her professional career working as part of the organisational committees of several workshops and conferences including the ISU's 2008 SSP in Barcelona. Since then, Andrea has worked at the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee. Based at ESTEC in the Netherlands, she worked for the Human Spaceflight and Operations Directorate.

Logistics Lead Coordinator: Matteo Emanuelli (Italy)

Matteo Emanuelli was born in Milan, Italy. He has served as a National Point of Contact since July 2011 and he is currently in the final year of his Masters degree in Space Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI). He worked on his thesis project on a space debris removal mission at the Omsk State Technical University in Russia. This project was presented during the Heinlein contest “Flight into the future 2011” in Moscow.
“I’m truly excited to be part of the LOC team. SGC 2012 will be my first Space Generation Congress and it’s going to happen in Naples, a city I love and that I think the delegates will also love. I have already known some of the other people in the team and they are all very committed and enthusiastic. I'm looking forward to working with them.”


Logistics Co-Coordinator: Pierre Van Heerden (South Africa)

Pierre did his undergraduate studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and completed a MSc. under the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme at the University of Cape Town. He has been involved with the organisation of two SGCs (Prague 2010 and Cape Town 2011) and he has been NPoC for South Africa since 2011.
“I'm happy to have been given this opportunity and will do my best to ensure that this year's SGC runs smoothly. It is my sincere hope that we can make SGC 2012 even more productive and enjoyable than the previous ones.”


Logistics Technical Supporter: Chris Vasko (Austria)

Christopher was born in Vienna, Austria. He studied Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, which brought him in contact with the topic of space and research from a scientific perspective. During his studies he became an active voluntary member of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) where he participated as an engineer in various national space related outreach/educational projects. During his last years at the university, he worked as an intern at a small privately held Austrian company, assisting in developing a novel plasma engine for space applications. After his thesis, Christopher had an internship at the European Space Policy Institute, the SGAC Vienna office and worked as scientific advisor for an international think-tank based in Germany. Christopher is currently completing his PhD in applied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He has been an active member of SGAC since 2009 as part the SGAC web editors, as National Point of Contact for Austria and as the Treasurer of SGAC.
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to support our team in Italy! I am confident that we can make this congress as smoothly, pleasant and well organized as previous ones."


Project Lead Co-Coordinator: Kate Becker (USA)

Kate Becker is a masters student at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, Washington DC, USA. Kate holds a BA in physics and mathematical sciences and an MA in theology and ethics. She previously worked at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in space science education and as the staff assistant at the Space Policy Institute. She currently works for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Satellite and Information Service International and Interagency Affairs Division.
"I am honored and excited for the chance to be part of the SGC 2012 Project Team. The project reports coming out of SGC are the primary output of the congress and a great chance to get the student and young professional voice heard. I look forward to working with the other members of the Project Team and SGC Staff Team to produce great results from SGC 2012!

Project Lead Co-Coordinator: Carmen Felix (Mexico)

Carmen Felix is a Mexican space professional with a Master in Space Science from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and a BS. in Electronics and Communications from the ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico. She is the Deputy Manager for the Space Safety Magazine and the National Point of Contact in Mexico for Space Generation. She is currently collaborating with the International Space University for the Space Studies Program 2012 to be host by NASA Kennedy and the Florida Institute of Technology in Florida. Carmen has experience working with companies as AT&T and Texas Instruments in the areas of networking protocols, communications and testing. During 2010, she worked at NASA Ames as an engineer researcher for the Small Satellite Division, at the Mission Design Center. Carmen has experience in leadership and management, and has experience in space analogs testing in Rio Tinto and publishing some papers. She is driven by a passion for space exploration and human spaceflight.
“I am really thankful for the opportunity to be part of the SGAC 2012 team. I am sure this will be a great experience and I will enjoy it and put a lot of hard work into it. I have experienced organising symposiums and congresses but something tells me that this is going to be a unique event for me. I am expecting to increase my management abilities, to meet new people and to bring new ideas to the event in order to help to create a successful Congress in Naples.”

Project Lead Co-Coordinator: Natassa Antoniou (Greece)

Natassa Antoniou is Project Manager for Secure World Foundation. She is based in Brussels where she supports and oversees projects dealing with space policy and human and environmental security issues. Prior to joining Secure World Foundation, Natassa worked as a trainee for the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry, Unit Space, Research & Development, where she assisted in The European Earth Observation Programme (GMES). She also worked as an external consultant for Ecopolis Europa and Act2innovate. Moreover, in her work as a former EU policy assistant in REGIOEUROPA, the representation office for Greek Local and Regional Authorities in Brussels, she assisted the regional and local authorities in meeting the demands of a modern regional policy with a European dimension.
Natassa studied Environmental Science at Aegean University, Department of Environment, in Greece. She received her Master's at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands where she double majored in Urban Environmental Management and Environmental Communication and Education, with an emphasis in environmental management systems and tools. She also holds a specialisation as a Project Consultant and Community Advisor from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium in collaboration with the Italian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce.
“I am very glad I have been selected to join the Project Team of the SGC 2012. Ever since I learned about SGAC, I have admired the efforts and commitment these young people put into the organisation of this event and I look forward to start working for the same cause.
This position will give me the chance to contribute to this great idea and support the whole organisation in reaching its goals. I am aware that a lot of hard work is waiting for me, but I am prepared to face all the difficulties. Thanks to teamwork, inspiration and enthusiasm I am sure that we will prepare an excellent conference. I expect to be able to combine hard work with a nice and enjoyable environment, to meet interesting people and organise a great conference”.

Delegate Lead Co-Coordinator: Edu F. Aymerich (Spain)

Edu F. Aymerich was born in Barcelona in 1987. He has been interested in space since he was a child. He earned an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-2008). He spent his last six months of university at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, completing his final project. In 2010, Edu earned his Master’s in Aerospace Science and Technology from UPC and received the award of “first class with distinction”. He started his professional career in 2010 as a Research Assistant with the Center for Research in Nanoengineering in Barcelona, dealing with nanocomposites. He is also pursuing his PhD in Aerospace Science and Technology. He also earned a Master’s in Education from UPC in 2011. His Master thesis was entitled “How to improve communicative skills.” Since 2009, Edu has been teaching maths, science and technology at the high school level. Edu is co-founder and CEO of the company “I Sweet Horta, S.C.P,” which operates a candy shop in Barcelona. He is also an amateur actor for a local theatre company and a professional assistant director for other stage plays. Sport is always present in his life; he has practiced Judo for 11 years, played Handball for 3 years and continues to regularly swim and play football.

"I am really proud to be part of the Delegate Team for the SGC 2012. I know how difficult is to get this position, so I will work with responsibility. It also represents the chance of working in an international environment and learning from every second of the experience. I'm glad I can contribute to SGAC this way or anyway."


Delegate Lead Co-Coordinator: Guzel Kamaletdinova (Russia)

Guzel has been a member of SGAC since 2010 and is a National Point of Contact for Russia. She is a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering (Life Safety) at the State University of Aerospace Technology in Moscow (MAI). Her research focuses on long-term spaceflights and crew operation.
Guzel has a Master's degree in Engineering from the State University of Aerospace Technology in Moscow (MAI) (Applied mathematics and physics faculty with a special course of applied economics). Her graduate work received an order of the Department of Education and Science of Russia. She is currently working as an engineer in JSC “NIIchimmash”. Her work includes hardware and software design, scientific research, as well as public work with the youth community. In 2010 she received a grant from the International Astronautical Federation to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress, in Prague, Czech Republic and previously was previously awarded Russia’s Astronautics Federation Medal.
Guzel is also a youth inspiration programme manager at the World Space Week Association.

"I am very proud to be chosen! It is very important to me and I am looking forward to working with such a great team! I am ready and happy to work hard to help with our annual event preparation and I believe we will be able to uphold our usual high standards! I hope our collaboration will be fruitful and very interesting! So, it's time to buckle down!"


Delegate Lead Co-Coordinator: Muhammad Shafiq (Pakistan)

Muhammad Shafiq is a space enthusiast and has completed a PhD in Remote Sensing. His interests include the application of space science and technology in various areas of use. He has been a general member of the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2005. He has participated in several SGAC activities with various responsibilities. He was the Moderator of the Climate Change working session at the 2010 Space Generation Congress and received the UNOOSA award for workshop on “Space and Climate Change” in 2011. He has been an National Point of Contact for Pakistan and an Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator during his volunteer activities with SGAC.
“I am pleased to hear about my election for the prestigious role of Delegate Coordinator for the 2012 Space Generation Congress to be held in Naples, Italy. This role means a lot to me and is a great opportunity to work with future leaders in space science and technology and to act as a point of contact for the reputable delegates of SGC 2012. I would like to thank SGAC for trusting me and assigning me this role. I am happy to be a part of the Space Generation. The SGAC is a great example of a multicultural volunteer youth network, where the members come from different countries, religions and customs and are committed to volunteer in space awareness and outreach activities. I would say, SGAC is simply awesome.”


Communications Lead Coordinator: Mattia Mazza (Italy)

Mattia was born and raised in Pordenone, a small city in North Eastern Italy. He studied his Bachelors and Master in International Sciences and Diplomatic Relations (University of Trieste) in Gorizia, Italy. He also holds a Masters in Diplomatic Studies and is currently completing another one in Space Institutions and Policies, with both courses undertaken at SIOI, The Italian Society for International Organisation, in Rome. He spent a year in Madrid, Spain as an Erasmus student and 4 months in New York, USA for an internship at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN. He has worked for the French Trade Commission in Milan, Italy and for the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU in Brussels, Belgium.
“With my background, I decided to provide myself with a new, vibrant and extremely interesting experience, the Space Generation Congress. I am eager to give my best in order to promote and advertise this wonderful event, as well as to meet and interact with the rest of the incoming generation of space policy professionals and students from all over the world. I strongly believe that communication and public relations in this field, both in Italy and abroad, must be strengthened and expanded. My mission will be to get our message across and let the new generation's voice be heard.”

Comunications Lead Co-Coordinator: Wissam Rammo (Germany)

Wissam Rammo attended the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, and the University of Leipzig, both in Germany where he earned his physics degree. In 2008, Wissam studied at the University of Toulouse, France as part of an exchange programme. He has worked for the Astrophysics Institute Jena (Germany) and has moved to France in order to attend the International Space University (ISU), obtaining an MSc in Space Studies. Together with people from 20 different countries he worked on the project “Human Spaceflight from Kourou Spaceport” to communicate sustainable European human spaceflight from Europe’s spaceport. He works for the German Space Agency (DLR), and is an active volunteer as one of the Sub-Project Coordinator for CONSTELLATION, which is a platform for all kinds of aerospace related simulations.
“I feel very honoured to have been chosen to be a member of the communications team; and I am looking forward to being more involved in SGAC activities and to work with people who share my enthusiasm for space. When I first attended the 2011 SGC, I was not only impressed by the idea of giving young people a voice in the space world, but also of the wonderful people I’ve met there. This has really ignited me from inside to strengthen SGAC visions in the world. My involvement will offer me a unique possibility to work with colleagues from a diverse range of disciplines and cultures to communicate findings and insights. Being a part of the SGC 2012 staff team is an ideal support for me as young professional to achieve and to broaden my educational horizon into a much a higher degree and to broaden my knowledge of space and the world we live in.”


SGC Local Organising Team


Nunzia Paradiso (Italy)

Nunzia grew up with stars and galaxies in her mind. Her keen interest for space never died down, even though her studies and her passion for life were leading her to explore and experience very different things. Something important happened the day she discovered that her Master Degree course on International Relations offered a course on Space Law: she could finally link her university studies with her never-ending passion for space! She wrote her final dissertation on the Moon Treaty. She then attended a post-university Master course on Space Policy and Institutions and she was chosen to present it to the UNCOPUOS with a technical presentation. She participated to the ESA/ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy and then went to ESA HQ in Paris for a six-month traineeship. She is currently a resident fellow at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, and she is the SGAC Regional Coordinator for the European Region.

Simone Pirrota (Italy)

Simone’s education has included a M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering, a B.Sc in Naval Engineering and a PhD in Materials Engineering. Since September 2007 he has been at the Exploration and Observation of the Universe Unit of the Italian Space Agency, ASI, where he has used his technical background in structural and experimental mechanics for the management of engineering aspects of space programs. His strongest recent challenge was being responsible for the design and qualification process and interface management for the launcher and spacecraft hosted modules for the LARES Italian mission that was recently launched on the maiden VEGA flight. Simone found Participating in the launch campaign operations at Centre Spatiale Guyanais in Kourou and following the final chronology and flight from the Control Room were a very unique professional and personal experience. Simone also contributed to the development of Long Duration Flight Balloon born experiments, including the organisation and the participation of launch campaigns in the arctic region, through the SoRa mission from the Svalbard Islands. Currently, he is part of the ASI team of the Italian instrument SIMBIOSYS for the BepiColombo ESA mission, cooperating with French partners, the LESIA and IAS institutes. Simone is also working on the Italian scientific payloads for the ExoMars 2016 ESA-NASA missions, specifically the DREAMS pl for EDM.
“To be involved in the 2012 SGC as part of the LOC team is so exciting to me! I was only introduced to the SGAC last year and experienced the SGC in Cape Town in October 2011, but I feel as if I’ve been part of the group since the beginning. I’m very proud that I have the opportunity to contribute to the next SGC in Naples, where Italian hospitality is at its best. I hope all of the participants will be able to experience this!”

Andrea Faber (Italy/Australia)

Andrea Faber is an ISS Operator and Operations Engineer based in Brussels with dual Italian and Australian citizenship. Her SGAC involvement started in 2006 with the inaugural internship in Vienna and she's enjoyed working in many other positions to assist through the years. Andrea has a degree in Mechatronic Engineering from Australia/Korea, postgrad Diploma from Italy and many years of experience in Control Systems and Automation along with world skills gained through work & study adventures in ~50 countries across six continents. Most definitely from the South, Andrea is half from Calabria and did high school in Sicily next to the active volcano Mt Etna. She looks forward to supporting the Logistics and Delegate teams, interfacing bilingually and showing off her other home country's best side. She looks forward to meeting you in the birthplace of pizza - If you need assistance in Italian or English, let her know.

Dragos Paun (Romania)

Dragoş Alexandru Păun has been an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2010. He completed his degree in Aerospace Engineering at Transylvania University in Braşov, Romania (2003 – 2008). In December 2009 Dragos obtained his Postgraduate Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin after successfully completing the international SEEDS programme. He completed an internship within the Mechanical CAE unit of Thales Alenia Space in Turin, Italy and has since continued his activities within the same department as an external consultant. He is a specialist in the finite element modelling of space structures, particularly in the field of Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels and has extensive knowledge in the field of Space Systems Engineering. In 2010 he has participated in the Space Station Design Workshop held at the Stuttgart University Institute of Space Systems, Germany. He also holds a glider pilot license with the Romanian Air Club.
“Being a part of the SGC 2012 local organising team represents a wonderful challenge and a great responsibility. It is an honour to have been chosen to be a part of such a great team“

Benjamin Stepin (Germany/Australia)

Benjamin Stepin has been member of the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2007. He has completed his degree in Applied Physics at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, Australia (2006-2010) where he specialised in Lasers and Optics and worked in the Laser Light Scattering Lab. He took part in the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Summer School held at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. In July 2010 Benjamin decided to move closer to the action and was able to secure a job in a start-up Firm in Switzerland, called Air-On. He is head of Humidification, and is a specialist in High Voltage Filter Technologies. He has attended and Contributed to two successful Space Generation Congress' and is looking forward to being a part of the next.
“I am honoured to be a part of the SGC 2012 local organising team! This is an opportunity I don't take lightly and will give my best efforts to make this SGC Successful! I am looking forward to the things I will learn from the team and the contributions I am able to make!“

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