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...

WSWA-UNOOSA Essay Contest

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN OOSA) and World Space Week Association (WSWA) are announcing Essay contest winner: Winner of the Essay contest is Mr. Ramasamy Venugopal from South Africa. Mr. Venugopal will receive a flag flown in space ship Orion during the mission EFT-1 with plaque. The winning essay will be published for a period of six months on UNOOSA’s website, in World Space Week section. There is also one essay as the first runner up with a special mention, written by Mr. Ganiy Agbaje from Nigeria. Essay of Mr. Agbaje will be published at UNOOSA’s website, in World Space Week section.   Congratulations to the winner!       UNISPACE+50: Space and Society From 20 to 21 June 2018 the international community will gather in Vienna for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the 61st session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). UNISPACE+50 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. It will also be an opportunity for the international community to gather and consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind. In the lead up to UNISPACE+50, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) invite World Space Week volunteers to participate in an essay contest on the role of space and society, now and in the future.   Participants – eligibility: All World Space Week volunteers (volunteering managers, national coordinators, event organizers) Persons who never organized World Space Event can register new event in WSW calendar before...

World Space Week Association Leadership Change

Goran Nikolašević has been selected as interim Executive Director of World Space Week Association, Association President Dennis Stone announced today. “Goran has risen through the ranks of World Space Week due to his dedication, capability, and diligence,” Stone said. Nikolašević began as World Space Week National Coordinator for Croatia, then managed all WSW national coordinators, and became our global Operations Manager last year, he said. Nikolašević succeeds Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, a recent law PhD graduate who is now focusing on developing her research as a post-doctoral fellow in governance innovation, he said. “Timi served World Space Week Association ably during a crucial period, building the volunteer base and achieving record growth in the scale of this annual global celebration of space,” Stone said. UN-declared World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, had over 2,700 events reported by 1,300 organizations in 86 nations last year. The theme for World Space Week 2017 is “Exploring New Worlds in Space.”  The volunteer-led Association coordinates World Space Week at the global level in support.  ...

World Space Week 2017 Poster Design Announcement

The World Space Week 2017 poster will be designed by renowned space artist Pat Rawlings, it was announced today by World Space Week Association.  The artwork, showing a human stepping on Mars, was chosen to represent the 2017 theme “Exploring New Worlds in Space”. “We are thrilled to work again with Pat Rawlings, the brilliant space artist who has designed posters for several World Space Week since its inception in 2000,” said Dennis Stone, President of World Space Week Association. World Space Week, the largest space celebration on Earth, included 2,700 events in 86 countries last year.  The United Nations-declared event is held annually from October 4 to October 10, according to the Association’s 2016 report. “Youngsters around the globe are excited about the idea of exploring new worlds in space.  World Space Week 2017 will stimulate their interest in learning, so that they might become space explorers of tomorrow,” Stone said. The World Space Week Association Board of Directors selects a different poster each year which best portrays the annual theme of World Space Week.   The poster is distributed each summer to participating nations and its image is widely seen during that week through the world, the Association said. “This year’s theme will focus on both human and robotic exploration of new worlds in space, including exciting plans of the government and private sectors,” Stone said. The Association encourages the space community to celebrate World Space Week 2017 and to add planned events to the calendar at...

World Space Week Report 2016

World Space Week Association (WSWA) has released its latest annual report of events organized in 2016. The global network of World Space Week National Coordinators, volunteers, supporters and sponsors together achieved a new record, running over 2700 events across 86 countries during World Space Week 2016. By synchronizing events globally, every year World Space Week provides the space community the leverage to raise public awareness, grow media attention and inspire youth. The theme for 2016 “Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future” provided an opportunity to recognize the enormous significance of Earth observation from space for the betterment of humanity. Remote sensing is very relevant to all nations across the world and was embraced by everyone who participated in the celebrations during World Space Week. 2016 witnessed several high level events during World Space Week with our partners and sponsors taking the lead. A few of the highlights included Airbus Defence & Space’s astonishing 227 events held in France, a special space and policy panel in Nigeria, and a record number of events held in Pakistan and in the United Kingdom. The top 10 countries with the most number of events recorded (in descending order) were Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Brazil, India, Romania, United Kingdom, Mexico, USA, Spain, and France. World Space Week has grown rapidly in the last 10 years, from less than 500 events in 2007 to more than 2500 events recorded in 2016. As we gear up for the next year, WSWA would like to thank the sponsors, partners, and the global WSW community who have made it the largest space event on Earth. Read the World Space Week 2016...
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