Astronomers Without Borders is a global astronomy community. Astronomy enthusiasts, educators, and others around the world participate in programs that create interaction and cooperation through common interests in all aspects of astronomy including observing, outreach, the arts in astronomy and more. Our common heritage of astronomy, which is present in the traditions of every culture, is a perfect platform for bringing us together across cultural and geopolitical borders. Astronomers Without Borders’ signature program, Global Astronomy Month, has become the largest annual celebration of astronomy with a diverse range of programs and participation from over 100 countries.
Founded in 1999, SpaceRef is a new media company focused on the space sector and based out of Reston, Virginia. The company maintains four online properties including, SpaceRef, SpaceRef Business, NASA Watch, and the Astrobiology Web. SpaceRef Interactive Canada Inc., a separate Canadian corporation, maintains the SpaceRef Canada online property.
SpaceRef is a pioneer in news aggregation but also creates original content in the form of timely news stories, coverage of ongoing events and unique editorial content.
SpaceRef is open to a variety of business opportunities and welcomes partnerships, sponsorships, social media promotion and other business development opportunities.
Asteroid Day takes place annually on June 30. It is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids, the impact hazard they may pose, and what we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations from future asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day is held each year on the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia. A relatively small asteroid, about 40 meters across or the size of a modest office building, devastated an unpopulated area about the size of a major metropolitan city. Regionally organised large and small events are held on Asteroid Day, and range from lectures and other educational programmes to live concerts and broader community events, to raise public awareness of the need for increased detection and tracking of asteroids.
Since our founding in 2010, our impact and influence in advancing the goal of landing humans on Mars has been unquestionable. But our most significant work is about to unfold, as we continue in 2017 to expand and accelerate our numerous programs and projects. Through programs such as the Humans to Mars Summit, the Mars Affordability Initiative, and Why Mars workshops, we bring space stakeholders, policy makers, and others together to tackle the tough issues that have frequently divided them.
We have launched technical projects such as ExoLance, which is building momentum and should make great strides forward in 2017. Our active outreach to policy makers, elected officials, and others has been extremely successful, as we have built (and will continue to build) relationships with key decision makers.
WIA-Europe is part of a Global Network and based in Europe with collaborations around the world. We are an active ambassador for aerospace (Networking, Awards, Grants, Mentoring, Training, Lectures, Visits) and we join forces with partners and corporate members (Key players from agencies, academia and industry).
We are passionate about increasing diversity in the aerospace sector in all working positions. It offers the opportunities to expanding women’s visibility in terms of leadership and competence. Being a part of our ever-growing network means benefiting from our programmes and special member offers, as well as connecting with likeminded professionals through our local communities.
We organise regional events and participate to international events regularly featuring speakers and panel discussions on a broad spectrum of aerospace issues, including aeronautics, human spaceflight and exploration, science, remote sensing, telecommunications, robotic missions, commercial space, space tourism, and the policy issues surrounding these fields. Our Local Groups are strong, ever-growing and dynamic units that meet regularly for networking events, trainings and lectures. These events include professional trainings and workshops with qualified trainers and coaches, company visits, mentoring evenings or simply chatting over drinks and dinner. All local groups are free to organise a programme that matches the expectations of the local WIA community.
We offer various levels of individual and corporate membership, with benefits for both the corporate members and their employees.