Call For Papers

Aim Of The Competition  | Submission Guidelines

On the occasion of the UNISPACE+50 Conference, the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite students and young professionals worldwide to submit a paper on the “Post - 2030 Agenda and the role of space”.

Deadline:23 January 2018 , 23:30 CET


Aim of this competition

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a set of 17 "Global Goals" with 169 associated targets which the state community adopted on 25th September 2015. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. The commitment was taken to achieve this Agenda and utilize it to the full to transform our world for the better by 2030. But what comes after 2030? What may be the goals to archive beyond 2030 by governments, the private sector, civil society and individuals for a sustainable future? And how space can contribute to it? Which role could space play in this context? 

The papers should address potential new goals or targets which take into account the needs and interests of the whole international community and how they might be achieved by the support of space applications. The paper can also analyze how the existing themes may evolve further with regards to space activity. It is strongly encouraged that the paper only focus on one issue, rather than try to discuss a number of issues. This will allow the paper to adhere to the word limit while still offering an in-depth study. Beyond this limitation, participants are free to choose their subject, although it is encouraged to choose a unique and novel subject. 

The most innovative, inspiring or well-written papers will be accumulated and published. Moreover, the selected papers will be used as working material to support the discussion of The Space Generation Congress (SGC), the annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council, which will be held in Bremen, Germany on 26 - 29 September, 2018 prior to the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). By submitting a paper participants consent to publication of their paper or part of it.

Please send your contribution in both a word and pdf format simultaneously to the following two e-mail addresses to ensure, from a technical point of view, that your contribution is well received: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to your contribution and thank you for taking part in this space endeavor!



Submission Guidelines

  1. Participation is open for all students and young professionals (graduated within 5 years before the deadline). There is no regional restriction on participation. Students and young professionals worldwide are invited and encouraged to submit papers. Submission is limited to one paper per person.
  2. Papers should be submitted in Standard UK English via e-mail in both Word and PDF format; both the e-mail and paper should include the title of the paper and the author’s name.- The paper should not exceed 5,000 words, be written in Times New Roman, size 12 with line spacing 1.5 and include consecutively numbered footnotes (which should be created through the Word footnote function; size 10 with line space 1.0).
  3. Headings and subheadings in text should be written in Times New Roman, bold, size 12 with line spacing 1.5 and include consecutively numbering (1., 1.1., 1.1.1. etc.)
  4. The first footnote should contain the name, e-mail address and, if applicable, affiliation (University, Institute, Firm, etc.) of the participant.
  5. The paper should make use of the OSCOLA reference style for the footnotes:
  6. A short abstract (max. 200 words) should be included after the title but before the start of the paper, the abstract does not count towards the word limit (in Times New Roman, Italic, size 12 with line space 1.5)
  7. A bibliography is not expected. Tables and figures should have a title and number (ex. Table 1: Space and SDG 1).
  8. Cross-references should be created through the Word function in order to guaranty the right numbering.
  9. A short bio including the authors e-mail address should be added to the paper on the last page of the document. This bio will not count towards the word limit.
  10. The author should have all rights on the submitted paper, which has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  11. The paper should be written individually, co-authored papers will not be accepted. - Quotations may be in the original language as long as a translation is provided in English either in the text or in a footnote.
  12. Spelling should be consistent throughout the paper.
  13. The paper should have numbered pages, placed on the right-hand side of the bottom of each page.
  14. Please indicate your telephone number in case of further questions. Thank you!


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