WSW Association Elects New Officers, Announces 2017 Results

      February 2, 2018 – World Space Week Association (WSWA) today released its 2017 report, announcing record growth of World Space Week (WSW) last year with an official 3,746 events in 80 nations.   UN-declared WSW is held October 4-10 annually. Also announced today was the election of seven new WSWA officers: Ben Baseley-Walker, Executive VP Athiye Jawad, VP-Development Catherine Doldirina, VP-Board Relations and Secretary Alex Karl, VP-Partners and Programs Tiffany Chow, VP-Project Management Armengol Torres, VP-Education and Coordinators Andrea Boyd, VP-Space Sector and Social Media “We welcome these vibrant space leaders to help power growth of the World Space Week celebration and of World Space Week Association,” said Dennis Stone, WSWA President. Saudi Arabia led the world with the nearly 1,000 events during WSW 2017, it was announced.  The Kingdom’s participation was led by its Ministry of Education, which used WSW to teach STEM in schools throughout the nation.  Pakistan was second with 474 events, and Ireland third with 313 events. World Space Week 2017 was 37% larger than the previous year, the Association reported. The Board of Directors, at its meeting today in Vienna chaired by Mexican Space Agency Director Francisco Javier Mendieta, also elected Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty to the Board and promoted Michel Laffaiteur and Ali Al-Mashat to the position of Senior Vice President. It was also announced that Executive Director Goran Nikolasevic will leave the Association.   “Goran was a very hard worker, highly dedicated to World Space Week, and we are sorry to see him go,” Stone said. About World Space Week The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October...

WSW 2018 Poster Artwork Solicitation

World Space Week Association (WSWA) seeks a poster artist to design the World Space Week 2018 poster. UN-declared World Space Week is the largest space event on Earth, held October 4-10 each year. In 2017, it was celebrated with over 3,800 events in 82 nations. Each year, the Association publishes a poster which is used around the world. The poster reflects the annual theme of World Space Week. In 2018 the theme will be “Space Unites the World.”

This solicitation is open to all amateur and professional artists.

Click on headline for more…

World Space Week 2018 Theme: “Space Unites the World”

Houston – December 12, 2017

The theme for UN-declared World Space Week 2018 will be “Space Unites the World,” it was announced today by World Space Week Association (WSWA).

“World Space Week, October 4-10, 2018 will celebrate the role of space in bringing the world closer together,” said WSWA President Dennis Stone.

The theme is inspired by UNISPACE+50, an historic gathering of world space leaders which will occur in 2018. UNISPACE+50 will promote cooperation between spacefaring and emerging space nations and help space exploration activities become open and inclusive on a global scale, according to the UN.

WSWA Executive Director Goran Nikolašević said, “World Space Week 2017 broke records with over 4,000 events. Most events were held in countries which are not top space-faring nations, showing the strength of World Space Week in the developing world.”

Click on headline for more…

World Space Week Enters New Chapter Of Growth With Striking New Brand Identity

Houston (November 29, 2017) – Today, 18-year-old World Space Week is stepping into a new chapter of growth and expansion. Along with the recent election of Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta, Director General of the Mexican Space Agency, to Chair the Association – the first-ever election of the head of a space agency to lead the organization – World Space Week Association is proud to unveil a striking new visual brand identity (new logo, color palette and overall design) – the first update to the event’s aesthetic since its founding. Having attracted millions of participants since its inception in 1999, with 3,500+ activities in 82 nations during WSW2017 alone, WSWA president Dennis Stone has bold aspirations for the organization: “One million events in 10 years.” This new brand identity signifies renewed commitment to bringing many more humans closer to space, and indelibly marks this inflection point in the organization.   About The New Brand Identity Born of careful consideration and partnership between the WSWA Board and Cosma Schema, a design agency founded specifically to create greater understanding, accessibility and excitement about outer space, WSWA’s new visual brand identity is modern, sophisticated, and powerful. The new logo cites cosmic origins in its graceful suggestion the organization’s core values: inclusivity, synergy and the union of humanity and space. Its proportions are derived from a ratio based on the actual sizes of the earth and moon when placed adjacent to one another. Along with its strikingly simple form, the unexpected choice of electric purple communicates power of a regal order and a distinct breath of fresh air and innovation amidst of sea of...

Mendieta Elected Chair of World Space Week Association

Adelaide (September 27, 2017) – Dr. Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jiminez, General Director of the Mexican Space Agency, was today elected Chair of World Space Week Association.   Mendieta is the first head of a space agency to lead the Association. “We are deeply honored to elect Dr. Mendieta as our new Chair,” said Max Grimard, outgoing Chair of the Association.  “Under his leadership, the Mexican Space Agency has dramatically expanded the number of World Space Week to inspire students across Mexico.  This is a great example for the world.” Dr. Christopher Welch was elected Deputy Chair, it was also announced today.  Dr. Welch directs the masters program of International Space University. UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually.  A total of 2,800 events were reported in 86 countries during World Space Week in 2016, according to the Association. The theme for World Space Week 2017 is “Exploring New Worlds in Space.”  For more information on World Space Week, including planned events for October 4-10 around the world, visit www.worldspaceweek.org. Chair:  Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jiménez, Ph.D. Francisco Javier Mendieta-Jimenez is the General Director of the Mexican Space Agency. Prior to his appointment, he was involved in development projects on applications of optical fibers to electrical power systems at the Institute for Electrical Research, Mexico.  Mendieta-Jiminez previously served as Director of the Applied Physics Division and General Director of the Center for Scientific Research and High Education of Ensenada, Baja, California (CICESE), where he formed the optical communications group and laboratory and lead diverse research and development projects on optical telecommunications, free space optical satellite communications and detection. He was a candidate...