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Space Safety and Sustainability Essay Competition 2023

Topic For Essay Competition 2023

Private vs. Public – Who can push more for a green Space by contributing to one or more SDGs, and how?


This essay competition is an opportunity for students and young professionals to explore the role of private and public sectors in advancing sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to a more sustainable space sector. The competition seeks to encourage critical thinking and analysis of the different approaches that these sectors can take to address the challenges of climate change when it comes to the development of space activities, architecture, food, equality, etc.

Participants are encouraged to examine the potential contributions of private and public entities to SDGs related to space, such as SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). Essays may focus on topics such as the benefits and drawbacks of public and private partnerships in the space sector, the role of government policies and regulations in promoting sustainable planning and conservation efforts, and the importance of community engagement and public participation in decision-making processes.

The authors should present their arguments with supporting evidences, examples, and case studies from different regions and contexts. Essays should offer a clear analysis of the challenges, opportunities, and potential solutions for advancing SDGs related to space through public and private collaboration. Moreover, the essays should highlight innovative approaches and practical strategies that could be implemented by different stakeholders to drive positive change.

The essay competition is open SGAC members from all disciplines and backgrounds. The competition aims to provide a platform for participants to showcase their ideas and insights on a critical topic that is relevant to global sustainable development.

The essay competition will be judged based on originality, relevance, clarity, and evidence-based analysis. Winners will be offered a full scholarship to attend IAC 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan!

This essay competition is a unique opportunity to contribute to the global conversation on sustainable development and to promote collaboration between private and public sectors in advancing SDGs related to space.

How to apply

To take part in the competition you must submit your essay as an unlocked PDF document under 5 MB through the SSS Essay Competition Submission Form at the bottom of this page. Only submission in PDF format will be accepted.


1. Eligibility

– Participants must be aged 18 to 35 years old on the final submission date.

– Participants must be SGAC members. Become an SGAC member now!

– Participants can be a citizen of any country.

– Participants must not be a member of the competition organizing team. Juries and immediate family members of juries and of the organizing team members are not eligible for this essay competition.

2. Submission

1. All submissions shall be made by 2nd May, 2023, 23:59 UTC. Any submissions after the deadlines will not be considered.

2. The submission is due as an unlocked PDF document under 5 MB. It shall be submitted via the SSS Essay Competition Submission Form. You will need to be logged in as an SGAC member to access the submission page.

3. Essays:

a. must be written in English.

b. should have a length between 800 and 1200 words, excluding references and bibliography. Essays exceeding the limit of words will not be considered.

c. must include citation and have a bibliography.

d. must include original content and research: all paradigms of research are acceptable

e. must not be previously submitted to other competitions or published.

f. on behalf of another person will not be accepted.

g. will be judged equally regardless of the participant’s age, gender, race, nationality, religion, and title.

h. must be an original work of the participant.

i. may have any kind of graphic illustrations or tables, and must be properly cited and a caption included. These do not count towards the word count.

4. Formatting and citation: Poppins, size 12, single spaced. To cite an external reference(s), participants should place the Author’s last name and then comma (,) followed by the year of publication in parentheses. Participants may use APA style format for the bibliography. For further information about the APA style format, you may refer to the link:

5. Participants:

a. must not include personal identifiers (name, age, etc.) in the essay: judges will only see an anonymized essay without your email address to ensure a fair process.

b. have to be the sole author (team entries are not permitted) and must hold all rights to the essay.

c. are only allowed to submit one essay.

6. Plagiarism of more than 10% will be disqualified.

3. Copyright and Intellectual Property

By submitting an entry, participants agree to permit SGAC and all affiliated organizers to mention their names, affiliations, bio, and headshot picture in connection with the competition.

Copyright of the submitted entry shall remain with the contestants. However, by submitting an entry all participants agree that SGAC and all affiliated organizers are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights regarding all submitted papers. SGAC and all affiliated organizers may also present ideas and findings generated by this competition at relevant conferences.

4. Liability

The organizing team is not responsible for essays that are lost, misdirected, delayed, have incomplete information, are corrupted or essays that are not received for any reason.

The organizing team, its subsidiaries, and its affiliates are not responsible for any problems, losses, damages or injuries of any kind resulting from the attempt/failure of participation, participation in the essay competition or from the participant’s acceptance, possession and or use or misuse of any prize.

5. Evaluation

The Evaluators will be composed of the SGAC team and representatives from the sponsoring companies.

All admitted essays will be evaluated on the following criteria:

– Subject: clear, matches the topic, innovative

– Writing style: clear argumentation and easy to follow, creative, appropriate sentence length, logical progression of ideas.

– Structure: paragraphs are coherent and supports the main argument. Clear transition between paragraphs.

– Sources: verifiable supporting evidences.


For any questions, please reach out the co-leads Sara Venditti ([email protected]) and Ts Uma Shangery Aruldass ([email protected]).

The deadline to submit your essay is May 02, 2023, 23:59 UTC!
Submit Your Essay Here!


Previous Editions of the Essay Competition

In 2018 the SSS PG has launched the initiative of hosting a regular competition centered around current issues with regard to space safety and sustainability. With this competition, we intend to share the voice of the young generation on pressing issues in the space sector with a broader public.

2nd SSS Essay Competition – 2020

What Space Traffic Management measures should be implemented internationally to improve the safety and sustainability of outer space?

Sponsors and Partners



1st – Antonio Stark (KangSan Kim) (South Korea)

2nd – Yasha Kaushal (India)

3rd – Simon Kohlhase (Germany)

More information can be found on the official competition website and the final announcement


1st SSS Essay Competition – 2019
How can humanity expand into outer space in a safe and sustainable way?

Sponsors and Partners


European Southern Observatory (ESO)






1st – Alexander Gilbert (USA)

2nd – Monica Vidauri (USA)

More information can be found on the official competition website and the announcement of the winners together with the first 10 essays can be found here.