AP-SGW 2014

Delegate Information

This page will give you some useful information concerning the Asia Pacific Space Generation Workshop (AP-SWG), in order to facilitate your planning and to encourage your participation.

You can be sure it will be worth it!

  • How do I secure my spot at AP-SGW 2014?
  • What do I need to know about AP-SGW 2014?
  • What does it cost?


How do I secure my spot at AP-SGW 2014?

Step 1: You visit the AP-SGW 2014 Homepage and apply online

Step 2: SGAC reviews your application for approval/denial

Step 3: If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with more details on how to secure your place for AP-SGW 2014 

Admissions are rolling. This means applications are reviewed as they come in. The sooner you apply, the sooner your application will be reviewed for approval, the sooner you can secure your AP-SGW, and start making your travel arrangements!

The Asia-Pacific Regional Space Generation Workshop 2014 attendance is limited to 50 people, so only the most motivated applicants will attend.

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What is included in the AP-SGW ?

The AP-SGW includes the attendance to the Space Generation Workshop 2014 and the following points:

  • AP-SGW Delegate Handbook
  • AP-SGW Delegate Welcome Pack
  • Lunch on the 29th, and 30th November
  • AP-SGW Opening Dinner
  • AP-SGW Gala Dinner
  • WIFI available at the venue
  • Coffee breaks on the 29th, and 30th November
  • AP-SGW Cultural Night
  • Speakers, Staff and material needed for the working groups
  • Your AP-SGW Badge, which will give you access to all of the above.


What do I need to know about AP-SGW 2014?

You can find a link to the preliminary timetable of AP-SGW events. More info on the specific working group topics is available on the website.

You should plan to arrive in Yokohama, Japan on the 28th September, when we will have an optional welcome evening for all delegates and staff prior to the actual meeting days of 29th and 30th November.

The dress code for AP-SGW is business casual, however the dress code is formal clothing or your local national costume for the final gala closing dinner. 

There is no specific packing list, but here are some things you might want to take:

  • Passport and Tourist VISA (if required)
  • A laptop computer for AP-SGW work (if you have one)
  • An electrical adapter to change voltage or shape connector for any appliances brought overseas. 
  • Notebook
  • Business cards


What does it cost?

Thanks to the incredible support of our sponsors, registration for the AP-SGW 2014 event is FREE. As we are a volunteer organisation, any donation is a valuable contribution. Please use the donation button below to donate any amount you can spare for the SGAC AP-SGW, thank you!

SGAC is proud to be hosting the 1st AP-SGW event in association with the 21st Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF). In order to continue to organise initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, SGAC kindly asks for donations from delegates. More information on how you can donate to SGAC activities in the Asia-Pacific region will be detailed in your AP-SGW confirmation letter, or can be found here


Gala Dinner attendance

To attend the gala dinner, you can buy your tickets using the following paypal form. Thank you!

AP-SGW 2014: What is my role?

As a participant of the first Asia Pacific – Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW), your role is to be an active member of the Asia – Pacific space community: learn, grow, and network.

At AP-SGW most of your time will be spent discussing and debating with other delegates on the five themes targeted at increasing the proliferation as well as collaboration on space activities in the Asia-Pacific region. The conclusions of these working groups will be presented at the end of the congress to the other delegates but also in a wider forum the following week at the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF). After the congress, results from these working sessions will be turned into reports that will be widely disseminated in the space community and at the United Nations. This is your opportunity to be heard in space policy!

We will also have current leaders of the international space sector share their experiences and perspectives. They will assist with the projects and talk about skills that are important in becoming the next generation of space sector leaders.

The AP-SGW offers numerous opportunities for delegates to learn about and contribute to space policy, meet other future leaders of the space community, and develop professionally.




AP-SGW 2014: Working Group Topics

One of the primary components of the Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop 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, which is guided by Subject matter experts from the field, who 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 AP-SGW and the final conclusions are written into reports that are presented at the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum

The five topics of this year are:


Asia-Pacific Space Agency (APSA): Can/should it be realized?

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been a successful model for regional space collaboration with its development of Europe’s space capability and the delivery of continues benefits to the citizens of Europe. Is it possible for countries in Asia-Pacific to establish such kind of cooperation organisation to stimulate the development of regional space capability and undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single country located in Asia-Pacific.

The Working Group could explore:

  • The possibility of Asia-Pacific regional space agency like European Space Agency (ESA) in 2030s;
  • The challenges to establish such organization
  • The pros/cons to realize such cooperation

The Working Group could propose recommendations on:

  • How to ensure the political and legal practicality of this regional cooperation organisation;
  • Best practices for the regional cooperation in the future in case the establishment of such cooperation organisation is concluded not feasible.


Evolution of Asia-pacific regional space cooperation

Though there is no such multinational cooperative space agency like the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Asia-Pacific region, there are several cooperation partnerships such as the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum led by Japan, and Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization led by China (People’s Republic). By using these examples, we can trace the evolution of Asia-Pacific regional space cooperation, and discuss ways of furthering cooperation in the space sector of the region. 

The Working Group could explore:

  • The Asia-Pacific regional space collaboration in the past (20-30 years ago);
  • Efforts made 20-30 years ago for the regional collaboration.

The Working Group could propose recommendations on:

  • What we could learn from past efforts to promote collaboration within the Asia-Pacific region;
  • What the next generation of space leaders can do to enable future collaborations within the Asia-Pacific region.


Future of Asia-Pacific region: How will the transformation of the region affect the space sector in Asia-Pacific?

The Asia-Pacific region is predicted to have the largest population in the world, in addition to the fastest rate of economic growth in the past decade. This is due to the rapid development of the industry and growing market in the region. In 20-30 years, some developing countries are expected to transform into developed countries given the current economic growth, bringing the region to a new level of development.  How will the space sector be affected from such transformations, and what role would it play in the process of the transformation?

The Working Group could explore:

  • The prediction of Asia-Pacific region in 2030-40 including GDP of each country, industry, political situation, etc.;
  • Evaluation of the current plan of space faring countries in the foreseeable future;

The Working Group could propose recommendations on:

  • The role and responsibility of the countries in the region and possible regional cooperation based on the current plan;
  • How countries conduct space activities in the region based on the outlook of the region in 2030 or 2040.


Technology advancement in 2030-40: How will the evolution of technology affect space sector in Asia-Pacific region?

Since the industry evolution, technology has rapidly been shaping the world we live in. In the 1960’s, the space program officially launched and since then the space industry has grown exponentially. Currently, we have thousands of satellites to observe the Earth, have left footprints on the soil of the moon and even sent rovers to Mars. All these achievements could not have been accomplished without the support of innovation of technology. Stepping into the 21st century, innovation progress has shifted to an even faster rate, especially in Asia-Pacific region that has never encountered before. How will this explosion of technological advancement benefit the space sector in 20-30 years in Asia-Pacific region?

The Working Group could explore:

  • How does innovative technology shape the development of today’s space sector taking into consideration that some inventions (PC, Internet, and smart phones) may not have existed 20-30 years ago?
  • With the continuous advancement of space technology, what will happen in the foreseeable future (2030-2040) (such as Mars colonization, realization of space elevator, industrialized space tourism, etc.)

The Working Group could propose recommendations on:

  • The role and responsibility of the countries in the region with respect to the rapid technology advancement trend, and possible cooperation on Earth observation;
  • How  regional cooperation on space activities could be benefited  from fusing advanced technologies in 20-30 years. 


Space Outreach programs for developing countries in Asia-Pacific region

Most of the countries in Asia-Pacific region are still at the developing stages and the general public is often not informed of the benefits of the utilization of space technologies and space science. What could be the best way to reach out to the public in the region? 

The Working Group could explore:

  • What would be the best model for successful outreach of the benefits of space technologies and their impact to the general public?
  • What are effective tools used to empower the target audience with a tangible outreach and education plan? Evaluation of key challenges that developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region face in improving space science education with regards to capacity building, funding prospects, institutional hurdles etc.

The Working Group could propose recommendations on:

  • A sustainable plan for space science education and outreach by developing countries in the AP region
  • How to foster awareness among the general public on the importance of space science education in their daily lives
  • What is the African/South American region doing with regards to this topic. Is there anything that works for them that could work for the AP region?


What is APRSAF?

The Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) is the largest space-related conference in the Asia-Pacific region established in 1993 to enhance space activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Space agencies, governmental bodies, and international organizations, such as the United Nations, as well as companies, universities and research institutes from over 30 regional participants take part in APRSAF. With increasing attendance of high ranking officials, APRSAF offers opportunities to discuss international cooperation for space activities in concrete terms.

APRSAF currently organizes four working groups: Earth Observation (EO), Communication Satellite Applications (CSA), Space Education and Awareness (SEA), and Space Environment Utilization (SEU). These working groups provide a platform to share information about the activities and the future plans of each country and region in the  Asia-Pacific region. APRSAF also supports the establishment of international projects as solutions for common issues such as disasters and environmental protection, such that the participating parties can consider cooperation.

More details: http://www.aprsaf.org/



SGAC has previously participated in several APRSAFs, particularly in Space Education and Awareness (SEA) working group.

Yusuke Muraki, SGAC Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator, gave a presentation entitled "Proposal of Asia-Pacific Regional Space Generation Congress (AP-SGC)" on the Future Cooperation session at the 20th APRSAF held in Hanoi, Vietnam. This session focused on discussing proposals for future cooperation between APRSAF and other organizations.

Yusuke also gave a presentation entitled "SEA Activities of Space Generation Advisory Council in Asia-Pacific Region" in SEA working group. He detailed SGAC and its activities such as the Space Generation Congress, Space Generation Fusion Forum and the proposal of AP-event. The presentation also highlighted local SEA activities such as Yuri's Night organized by Filipino members of SGAC.

Read about SGAC’s presence at the 20th APRSAF here!


AP-SGW in association with the 21st APRSAF

The 21st APRSAF will be held in Tokyo, Japan from 2-5 December 2014. AP-SGW has been officially selected as the side event of 21th APRSAF. The result of AP-SGW will be presented in the Future Cooperation session at the 21st APRSAF. It is expected that young professionals attending AP-SGW will also attend the 21st APRSAF to develop a regional network of future space leaders.

Learn more about the AP-SGW and other associated side events at the 21st APRSAF here.




AP-SGW 2014: Space Generation Congress

AP-SGW follows on from 15 years of success by the globally recognised Space Generation Congress (SGC). SGC is SGAC's annual conference in association with the International Astornautical Congress brings together top young minds from around world to focus on key space topics. Aside from developing compelling and innovative policy recommendations on pressing space issues, SGC also fosters a unique environment of students, young professionals, academia, agency and industry. AP-SGW looks to emulate that success and focus in on the key Asia-Pacific region, which will be the largest growing space region in terms of space technology utilisation and development within the next decade. By developing a critical focus, AP-SGW seeks to ensure that serious questions about competition, co-operation and peaceful uses of outer space are discussed by those who will lead industry and agency in this region in the future.




AP-SGW 2014: About AP-SGW and its goals

The Asia Pacific Regional Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW) is a two-day regional workshop for students and young professionals in the Asia–Pacific region in conjunction with the 21st Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF21) held in Yokohama, Japan in November 2014. It will be co-organized by the Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University and supported by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The objective of the AP-SGW is as follows.

  1. To strengthen the regional network of the students and young professionals in the Asia-Pacific region
  2. To examine and consider key questions in Asia-Pacific region that the regional space community is facing and to provide inputs from the next generation of the space professionals
  3. To allow tomorrow’s space sector leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to have the opportunity to interact with today’s space leaders in the region through the cooperation with APRSAF.

AP-SGW is the first regional workshop to be held by SGAC.



AP-SGW 2014: Virtual Forum

If you are not able make it to the AP-SGW venue, you can still take part by attending virtually from the comfort of your office or home, with just a computer & internet connection, and it’s free to attend.

AP-SGW sessions such as presentations and speeches will be broadcasted via the internet. Several virtual working groups will also be hosted during working group time. The discussions and recommendations  of the virtual working groups will be presented at the venue via the internet. The participants of the virtual forum will be also selected through delegate selection. 




AP-SGW 2014: Local information about Japan

Yokohama, is the first harbor city introduced to the world as the entrance to Japan. Since opening its port, Yokohama has been vigorously acquiring new cultures and information from other countries allowing Yokohama to be the birthplace of Japan’s modern culture. Yokohama has grown from a small fishing village to Japan’s second largest city, incorporating the tradition of the “Hamakkos” cultivated long ago into the present fashionable and sophisticated streetscape.

More information is available at the Yokohama City homepage: http://www.yokohamajapan.com/


Yokohama is less than one hour away from the center of Tokyo by train. There are various areas of Tokyo worth visiting; Asakusa is the great area to feel the marvelous mix of modern living with old-fashioned manners of Japan, and allows you to experience bothhistoric and religious Japan. While in Tokyo, you can also experience the Tokyo Skytree where you can touch on the side of Tokyo metropolitan. At 634m in height, it's the tallest building in Japan and the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower.


The climate in Japan is relatively dry and mild in November so it's great time to visit Japan.

Temperature in Yokohama is around 10–17 degrees Celsius in November.


Vivid cherry blossoms at night. Photo courtesy of Yokohama Japan Tourism.

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