In preparation for the Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Bremen, Germany on 27th – 29th September 2018, SGAC is seeking for qualified volunteers interested in moderating the SGC Working Groups. One moderator is needed for each of the SGC Working Groups. Performing this role will allow you to further develop your communication skills and leadership capabilities. You will also enjoy an international experience and make connections with students, young professionals, speakers and subject matter experts from around the world.

Please read further for the requirements and application details. Applications are open to all SGAC members.

Deadline for applications: CLOSED

About the 17th Space Generation Congress (SGC)

The 17th SGC will take place in Bremen, Germany from 27th – 29th September 2018, in conjunction with the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). SGAC is expanding, and the organisation is looking for highly motivated young space leaders to join SGAC as the SGC Working Group Moderators for next year’s Space Generation Congress.

The Space Generation Congress (SGC) is SGAC’s annual meeting in support of the United Nations (UN) Programme on Space Applications. Top university students and young professionals with a passion for space will travel from all around the globe to attend three days of the 17th SGC. The 150 delegates will enjoy an inspiring and resourceful engagement with their peers at the congress, held in Bremen, Germany on 27th – 29th September 2018 prior to the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

Benefits for successful applicants for the SGC Organising Team team include developing invaluable project management skills along with leadership, and international work experience. Applications are open to all SGAC members (membership is free and can be accessed through the SGAC website).

Working Group Moderators (6 Positions)

Moderators coordinate a Working Group and facilitate team discussions about the Working Group Topic (see the preliminary Working Group topics below).

Tasks include:

  • Work with Subject Matter Experts, Working Group speakers and conference delegates as a team, emphasizing good communication and moderating discussions
  • Provide respectful feedback during the discussions
  • Answer and direct the discussions in a timely, polite, and fair manner
  • Ensure SGC Working Groups are on task and on topic
  • Follow up with working group members to coordinate and edit the group’s contribution to the SGC final report
  • Report to the SGC Working Group Coordinators on progress and directions

In order to support the training of moderators, selected applicants will have a dedicated SGC Moderators Workshop to prepare for the role. The workshop aims to enhance your professional development, leadership, and international collaboration skills, as well as your verbal and written communication skills. Note that being selected for this position does not automatically imply that SGAC can provide funding for attending the Congress.

Estimated time commitment: 10 hours cumulative prior to SGC; 3 days during the SGC and 10 hours cumulative post SGC.

Period of Performance: 01 May 2018 to 01 Nov 2018


  • SGAC Membership (free registration on the SGAC website required, and aged 18-35 years old during the period of performance)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, good grammar and writing skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Dynamism and organisation
  • Interest in working with international cultures and diverse backgrounds.
  • Prior experience as moderator of other events or in attending a SGAC Event is prefered


This is your opportunity to help an organisation, interact directly with some of today’s top leaders in the space sector, work with the next generation of space sector leaders from around the globe and take part in space policy at the United Nations with space agencies, industry and academia. As part of the SGC Working Group moderators you will have a secured active member ticket for SGC 2018. Active members of SGAC are considered for different scholarships such as the Space Generation Leadership Awards or the Global Grants.

How To Apply

To apply please send an email with subject heading: [LAST NAME, 2018 SGC WG Moderator] to SGC Deputy Manager, Christopher Nie ([email protected]), no later than April 25th, 2018 at 23:59 GMT with the following documents as attachments:

  1. Resume (with headshot and date of birth) (limit 2 pages)
  2. Letter of Intent (limit 1 page) that details:
    1. Your suitability for the moderator role;
    2. Your preference of Working Group topic;
  3. List of three past experiences and how they have prepared you for this role (limit 1 page)

Only complete applications will be considered.

For any questions regarding the application process or requirements, please contact Christopher Nie ([email protected]).

Timeline for applications

Applications close: 25th April, 2018 23:59 GMT
Review of Applications: 26th – 30th April, 2018
Feedback Round to Applicants: 1st – 10th May, 2018
Announcement of Successful Applicants: 25 May, 2018


Space Exploration (NASA AES)
Space Policy (SWF)
Space Commercialization (DLR)
Space Society (CAELUS Partners)
Space Safety and Security (ESA)
Space Infrastructure / Applications / Technologies**
SGAC Special Track / Space Solutions – Bridging the Space Divide ***

*Note: the preliminary Working Groups may be subject to change from their current descriptions to their final versions before the Space Generation Congress on 27th – 29th September 2018. Please visit the working groups page  for more information.

**Note: the working groups are subject to change as no partner has been identified yet

***Note: the SGAC Special Track will introduce a new way of collaboration and interacting with delegates. Experiences as moderator and or SGC participation is requested.