WSWA seeks Grants Proposal Manager

World Space Week Association (WSWA) is seeking a Grants Proposal Manager, to assist with funding of the largest space celebration on Earth.  The position of the Grant Proposal Manager will be a part time, voluntary position. The position can be performed from anywhere in the world.   The application deadline is December 10, 2018.  Below is more information. To apply, please send your CV a list of relevant experiences and a cover letter to Ms. Maruška Strah to mstrah@worldspaceweek.org. Short listed candidates will be contacted in the mid December. Position Description and Qualifications Grants Proposal Manager should be able to identify relevant grants and funding opportunities and be able to write successful proposals in accordance with the funder’s requirements. Experience with successful applications for grants and funding opportunities is required. Term The term is two years, approximately January 2019 to January 2021 and can be extended, if both parties agree. Compensation Position is voluntary.  Based on performance and financial success, compensation will be...
World Space Week 2018 Broke Records

World Space Week 2018 Broke Records

(Houston – October 11, 2018) – World Space Week, October 4-10, 2018 was celebrated at a record-breaking scale, it was reported today by World Space Week Association. A total of 4,413 World Space Week 2018 events were reported in 93 countries as of today by over 3,000 organizations. “These are all new records, and the numbers are expected to grow as reports continue to come in,” said Maruška Strah, the Association’s Executive Director. “Saudi Arabia was by far the greatest participant with over 2,500 reported events,” Strah said.  Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education uses World Space Week in the nation’s schools each year to promote STEM education, the Association reported. Other top countries participating in UN-declared World Space Week 2018, include India, Romania, Croatia, and the United States according to preliminary data. Highlights of this year’s global celebration included talks to schools across Western Europe by Airbus employees, daily IMAX videos on Instagram, public telescope viewings, open houses at space facilities, pictures of large events from space by Planet, and a special transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2. “We thank all the participants, coordinators, and World Space Week Association volunteers and staff, sponsors and partners for this record-breaking year,” said Strah.  About World Space Week The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually. It is an international celebration of the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week consists of a myriad of space-related events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs in a common timeframe to achieve...

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...

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.  ...
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