The Former Administrator of NASA, Charles Bolden; Forum Director General of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain, and the Former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, Dr. Koppillil Radhakrishnan are to sharing their experiences with young people at the at 2019 Young Space Leaders Forum Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
Resource persons that will speak at the event are impressive range of leaders in the space sector.
With youth empowerment in the space sector high on the agenda of the 2019 Congress, the event will look to nurture and encourage young people with key capabilities related to the space sector, in order to help build their careers and enhance the UAE’s pool of talent in the industry.
The Young Space Leaders Forum is part of a range of activities that the Global Space Congress, is implementing to inspire youth to learn about the opportunities within the industry.
In addition to the Forum, the Global Space Congress will be organising Next Gen Space, which contains a wide range of activities and workshops designed for STEM students and recent graduates looking to pursue a career in the space sector.
Next Gen Space is partnering with the Space Generation Advisory Council, a non-governmental organisation which works with university students and young space professionals to offer events focused on career advancement and leadership.
Speaking, Chief Innovation Office at the UAE Space Agency, Sheikha Al Maskari, said, “Inspiring and educating the next generation of space pioneers is essential to ensuring the continued growth and success of the UAE’s national space industry, and the Young Space Leaders Forum falls in line with our commitment to providing youth with the opportunities and resources they require to begin rewarding careers in the space sector.”
“The UAE Space Agency continues to work closely with numerous local and international partners to develop innovative and informative programs for students and young professionals from around the UAE. During the final day of the Global Space Congress we are delighted to welcome international space leaders to share their experiences and knowledge with talented youth keen on becoming the next leaders of our national space sector,” Sheikha Al Maskari added.
Speaking ahead of the Young Space Leaders Forum, Managing Partner of Streamline Marketing Group, Nicholas Webb the organizers of the Global Space Congress said, “As the UAE’s Space Sector continues to grow at increasing speed, it’s imperative that as an industry we nurture our most valuable resource: the next generation of global space leaders. That is why we’re proud to be implementing a variety of initiatives at this year’s Global Space Congress, ensuring that young people who wish to pursue a career in the space sector can receive guidance and mentorship from former space leaders with impressive legacies behind them.
“Not only does this year’s Young Space Leaders Forum look to provide young people with guidance and mentorship, but it also works to discuss and debate with them some of the most cutting edge technological challenges which we face in space exploration. Their insights into these challenges, alongside their contributions in these debates, will be highly formative in shaping their careers in the space sector,” Nicholas Webb added.
Workshops will include sessions on the life cycle of satellite design, commentary on the challenge of researching on board the International Space Station, and research on what it’s like living in space.
Additionally, young people attending the session can take part in ‘Speed Mentoring’, where key leaders from the space sector will provide career advice for young people looking to advance their prospects.
The Forum will also see universities from across the country displaying projects related to space, including New York University Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi University, the University of Sharjah and several more.
The Congress, taking place at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort between 19 to 21 March, 2019, is the largest gathering of space sector leaders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The event brings together space agency leaders, aerospace executives, government representatives, and leading scientists and academics to discuss challenges, policies, strategies, and the latest technologies in the space sector.