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  • PocketQube Workshop 2020
    on 05/07/2020 at 03:54

    Oct. 08, 2020 → Oct. 09, 2020The 4th Annual PocketQube workshop is an international conference addressing the technical challenges associated with developing PocketQube technology for widening space access, shaping the future of space democratisation in the process. The PocketQube workshop provides a unique forum for collaboration between industry professionals, academic researchers and students who are developing the new and rapidly growing field of picosatellites. PocketQube Workshop 2020 will be held from the 8th to 9th of October 2020 at the Glasgow University Union in Glasgow, Scotland. 

  • UN/Austria Symposium: "Space Applications for Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action"
    on 05/07/2020 at 03:34

    Sep. 01, 2020 → Sep. 03, 2020The 2020 UN/Austria Symposium “Space Applications for Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action” will take place from 1-3 September. It will discuss how space technologies support climate action. Climate action is one of the most pressing priorities for action within the Sustainable Development Goals framework. The last 5 years were the hottest on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years have occurred since 2000. Average sea levels have risen by 23 cm since 1880 and by 9 cm in the last 25 years. Earth observation is an essential tool to monitor these changes: out of the 50 essential climate change variables, 26 can only be measured from space. Space technologies can contribute significantly to global efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This becomes evident when mapping contributions of space-based technologies to the SDGs: out of the 169 SDG targets, 65 are reliant on geolocation or Earth observation. The event aims to showcase concrete climate action cases through demonstrations of applications using space solutions. Users of space applications will present lessons learnt and experts will discuss the role of space applications in climate-related policies. A range of different presentation formats will be used to highlight various aspects of space applications for climate action, including best practices and live demonstrations of solutions and services available for developing countries. Specific policy discussions will enable exchange of experiences and know-how on how to incorporate space applications and tools for climate action in environmental policy. The overarching objective of the Symposium is to offer users, with particular focus on developing countries, an opportunity to explore tools, policies, and approaches that could be adopted in their respective regional, national or local context. BACKGROUND      The UN/Austria Symposium has taken place under the Programme of Space Applications of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Graz, Austria, since 1994. Since the first Symposium entitled “Enhancing Social, Economic and Environmental Security through Space Technology”, more than 2500 participants have attended the events. They addressed a variety of themes, ranging from security to youth, as well as the use of space for sustainable development, space accessibility, and international cooperation. The Symposia series has provided a forum for discussion between the different stakeholder groups of the wider space community, including the diplomatic community, statisticians, the private sector and academia, as well as UN entities. The main purpose of the Symposia remains to enable discussions on the use of space tools and applications, on capacity-building and to support policymaking. OBJECTIVES The main objectives of the Symposium are: To foster the exchange of best practices in the use of space applications for concrete climate change mitigation and/or climate-related adaptation activities. To share know-how and to explore what services are available, demonstrating how they can be accessed and used to support climate action according to national priorities. To showcase available toolboxes already implemented within case studies or pilot projects with the aim of promoting adoption of tested tools and approaches. To discuss the role of UNOOSA in implementing capacity-building activities, particularly in developing countries. To raise awareness in the various user groups, in particular government representatives, the diplomatic community UN and international organisations as well as NGOs on available space-related activities, services and cooperation programs. To showcase how space-related policies have been developed and how they are used in different countries. To discuss how international climate related regulations, such as the “Nationally Determined Contributions” of the Paris Agreement, can be fulfilled through the use of space technologies and applications. Presentations made during the Workshop will be published on the website of the Office for Outer Space Affairs to increase awareness about the capabilities and benefits of space technology applications. The report of the Workshop and its recommendations will be distributed to the participants and the space technology user community. PROGRAMME The programme will include plenary sessions interspersed with enough time for exchanges of opinions to identify the participants’ priority areas and examine what possible partnerships could be established. As a preliminary suggestion, the following subtopics, with a focus on climate action, will be addressed during the Symposium: Disaster management and emergency response Water management Agriculture Reduction of emissions by optimising transport networks Health and epidemics Energy, including reduction of emissions caused by energy production and transport Urban planning and flood prevention Climate migration Incorporating space-based technologies, applications and tools in climate policies at the local, national, regional, international level (cf Target 13.2 to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning) Climate change monitoring General principles of international environmental law and space activities Presentation of case studies, pilot projects and lessons learnt in respective countries are welcome.

  • 2020 InSAR Processing and Time-Series Analysis for Geophysical Applications
    on 05/07/2020 at 03:30

    Aug. 10, 2020 → Aug. 14, 2020Description This 5-day course will cover basic & advanced InSAR theories, InSAR processing with JPL/Caltech InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE), and time-series InSAR processing with interferometric products generated by different processing centers. We will use Webex Training using a JPL license. For computing and training modules, we’ll use the Alaska Satellite Facility’s OpenSARLab. We expect to have pre-workshop training modules, and Webex based Q&A sessions. Brief Agenda 1/3 day: InSAR theory 2/3 day: Stripmap InSAR processing with ISCE including lab exercises and discussion of ionospheric corrections 1/2 day: TOPS InSAR processing with ISCE including lab exercises and ionospheric corrections 1/2 day: Post-processing radar data products with GDAL 1/3 day: Accessing data from processed InSAR archives 1/3 day: Manipulation of data from archives including lab exercises 1/3 day: Troposphere corrections for InSAR and preparing InSAR data for modeling including lab exercises 1/3 day: Time-series analysis theory 2/3 day: Time-series analysis exercise with interferogram products from an archive 1/2 day: Processing your own data and processing InSAR stacks with ISCE Prerequisite, Computers and Data Students will be expected to know basic Unix/Linux command line usage and basic Python programming, and have done basic InSAR processing in the past. Students should review materials from 2015 and 2016 InSAR Processing with ISCE, GIAnT, and StaMPS training courses. Students should review online documentation and tutorial materials available for ISCE. Students must apply for WInSAR data access through their university representative if they don’t already have a WInSAR account. In addition, it would be helpful if participants apply for access NASA earthdata account and are able to access ALOS PALSAR and Sentinel-1 datasets via ASF. Participants will use their own laptop computer to access virtual machines where the software will be installed, and should have Python3 installed. Participants should be able to attend a Webinar focused on installation of pre-requisite software like ISCE, to be conducted 3-4 weeks before the short course.

  • United Nations Space for Women Expert Meeting: Initiatives, challenges and opportunities for women in space
    on 05/07/2020 at 03:19

    Nov. 30, 2020 → Dec. 02, 2020The meeting is part of the “Space for Women” Project (Space4Women), which falls under the United Nations Capacity Building Initiative. Space4Women encourages women and girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and raises awareness about career opportunities and the importance of gender equality and empowerment in the space sector. Purpose & Target audience The main focus of the meeting is to discuss how the benefits of space can reach women and girls, and ensure they have an equal and active role in the areas of space science, technology, innovation and exploration. During the meeting in Brazil, the participants will have the opportunity to engage in presentations, discussions, lectures and networking, whose main aim is to promote gender equality and women empowerment in the space area in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 (Quality Education) and 5 (Gender Equality). Decision-makers and experts from international organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, as well as senior officials and representatives of the private sector, research institutions and universities are all encouraged to apply. General Objectives Raise awareness about the role of women in the advancement of space science, technologies, applications and space exploration; Identify the main initiatives, challenges and opportunities for women in the aerospace sector; Enhance the participation of women in aerospace careers in terms of the number of women in the organizations of the sector and mainly in terms of the accessibility to leadership positions; Promote discussion on how space technologies and applications can help women and girls to overcome the current gendered structures of inequality, promoting empowerment and inclusiveness; Present models of women who can be an inspiration for young women and girls in their pursuit of careers in the aerospace sector; Use gender-sensitive lenses to look at the effects of institutionalized attitudes and gestures that reflect policies often legitimated in terms of masculine characteristics, contributing to the perceived inauthenticity of women’s voices in matters of policy-making in the aerospace sector; and Discuss how capacity-building initiatives can help the achievement of the objectives and targets proposed. Specific Objectives Focus on the discussion of specific themes related to (1) role models and mentors who promote careers in STEM fields and in the space sector; (2) opportunities for women in the space sector; (3) the space sector working as a driver for women development and (4) hands-on experiences. Expected outcomes It is expected that the meeting not only raises awareness on the theme but also promotes further concrete policies and actions towards gender equality and women empowerment in the areas of space science, technology, innovation and exploration, in Brazil and abroad.

  • Virtual Space App Camp 2020
    on 05/07/2020 at 03:03

    Sep. 11, 2020 → Sep. 21, 2020First virtual Space App Camp 2020 The European Space Agency (ESA) invites developers, artificial intelligence and machine learning specialists to its free online Space App Camp. The ESA Space App Camp offers a virtual workspace to 20 dedicated developers: a comprehensive preparation phase and an 11-day virtual ESA Space App Camp, supported by Earth Observation, Artificial Intelligence and business experts. Interested students, researchers and developers are able to register here from 30 June until 14 August 2020. This year, this virtual event will take place from 11 – 21 September 2020. What can be won?   Win up to EUR 3,100 Technical coaching from the Φ-lab on Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation and free computing A one-week visit to the Φ-lab in 2021 at ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) in Frascati near Rome/Italy including travel and accommodation A unique Earth Observation support package worth approx. EUR 3,500 (including: technical EO data consultancy, 8 hours of Software Engineering services, access to a global network of EO experts in applied and technical fields, support from professional ESA business developers, e.g. to find launching customers, 4 seats for an online EO business development course)   Details Huge amounts of data from space, the kind produced by the European Earth observation programme Copernicus and its fleet of Sentinel satellites, offer countless opportunities in connection with mobile applications. The Space App Camps bring programmers together to develop creative and innovative apps that make Earth observation data – particularly from Copernicus – accessible to a wide range of citizens. This unique one-week event was initiated by ESA in 2012 and has since been organised by AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.