Azercosmos and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on October 23, 2019, with the aim of increasing the scope and breadth of the collaboration between the two organisations. A signing ceremony was organised at the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington D.C., United States. 

On behalf of their respective organizations, the Chairman of Azercosmos , Rashad Nabiyev, and SGAC Executive Director, Clementine Decoopman, committed themselves to work together in promoting space activities to young professionals and students, as well as strengthen the space sector’s workforce through career development, education and outreach.

Among the activities considered under the MoU, Azercosmos and SGAC expressed the intention of promoting SGAC in Azerbaijan by encouraging students and young professionals from the country to join. The MoU will also support finding a National Point of Contact for the organisation in Azerbaijan who could introduce SGAC to local universities in the country. Both organisations will also explore the possibility to organise joint activities in preparation to the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Baku in 2022 which could include the organisation of local events in Azerbaijan and joint activities at the Space Generation Congresses and IACs in Dubai and Paris. 

“To have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), the organisation that has the largest and most diverse network of students and young professionals in the space sector, is of great importance for us,” stated Rashad Nabiyev, Chairman & CEO, Azercosmos.

Mr. Nabiyev added: “Azercosmos puts great importance on revealing youth’s potential in the space industry in Azerbaijan and holds various projects to increase the students’ interest in this field. In this direction, we have already started our cooperation with SGAC. We believe that this MoU will be an impetus for further joint projects, activities, and scholarships with SGAC to engage with youth and provide them with opportunities for growth in the space sector.”

The SGAC Executive Director, Clementine Decoopman said “We are very thrilled about strengthening bonds with Azercosmos, fostering the diversity of partners that SGAC has always been proud of. This MoU will enable SGAC in better serving students and young professionals in the Caucasus, and provide a fruitful framework in the light of the IAC hosted in Baku”.