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Newsletter 2014/2

Message from the Chair of the Board
It feels like yesterday that Simonetta di Pippo and I met and created the idea of starting WIA-Europe, but it’s already 5 years ago. At that time it felt to us as if we were filling a void, new members just kept applying almost every day, and still WIA-Europe is growing more and more. Today WIA-Europe is an organization that is well established in all European space networks as well as on trans-European level with its sister organisations in Canada and the US. Our ultimate goal is to create a worldwide network in the near future.
WIA-Europe has moved a lot, we are supported by most of the European space organisations and many companies, we have more than 350 individual members and six local groups across Europe, we have awarded 11 grants and 5 awards, and we continue to connect women in the aerospace world.
But there is still a lot to achieve for WIA Europe: All Director General, Presidents, etc. of European space agencies are 100 % male (the same is true worldwide by the way) , the percentage of female ESA directors is less than 10%, and female leaders in the aerospace industry are hardly to be seen.
The goal of WIA-Europe is to increase the number of women in leadership positions as least to a visible number. The board of WIA-Europe will therefore meet again end of May to work together on a strategic plan on how to achieve this goal.
5 Years of WIA-Europe are a reason to celebrate, and I hope when we will celebrate 10 years of WIA-Europe, we can do that even with a significant number of women in leadership positions in the European aerospace community.
Claudia Kessler, Chair of the Board of WIA-Europe
Panel Discussion at the Berlin Air Show ILA

As mentioned in our previous newsletter, WIA-Europe will organise a panel discussion at the Berlin Air Show ILA to celebrate our fifth annicersary. This discussion will be held on May 22nd at 13:40. In this 45-minute discussion, will be discussed how the situation has evolved in the last five years and what should be done to improve the economic and social value of space activities.

The panelists and moderator are:
13.40 – 13.45: Welcome and introduction
13.45 – 14.25: Panel discussion
14.25 – 14.30: Summary and conclusion
Attendees are invited to attend the reception which will take place after the panel discussion.

Please send an e-mail to if you want to participate in this discussion. Please be aware that you need to have an entrance ticket* for the Berlin Air Show ILA to enter the venue.
The panel discussion will take place at the following location:
Exhibition of Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen
Hall 3, Stand 3415

*Visit the website of ILA Berlin Air Show to buy your ticket
Join us for a networking breakfast at the Berlin Air Show on May 22nd

This networking breakfast will take place on May 22nd, from 10h until 11h
hosted by the German Aerospace Center DLR in Hall 4, Stand 4301

Due to logistic reasons, we kindly ask you to register in advance by sending an e-mail to

Please be aware that you need an entrance ticket* for the Berlin Air Show ILA to enter the venue. 
*Visit the website of ILA Berlin Air Show to buy your ticket
Apply for a WIA Europe grant

Are you interested in applying for a grant to attend an aerospace conference or workshop in 2014? The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014.
WIA-Europe would like to encourage and support upcoming talent – young professionals and students alike – and for this we have set up a grants programme.
The programme provides grants of €500 to cover attendance at aerospace workshops and conferences and is intended to support new and young colleagues with their first experiences in presenting a paper in an international context.
Applicants should be WIA-Europe members.
Applicants should send a short CV and the abstract of the paper they intend to present to, with a copy to the Director of Mentoring. Papers should be formally accepted by the conference in which they are supposed to be presented, and the letter of acceptance emailed along with the application.
Submissions related to all aerospace disciplines are welcome.
Successful applicants will be informed via e-mail. Along with the grant of €500 for the conference, they will also win a year-long free membership to WIA-Europe for the following year. They will also be requested to give a short presentation of their work at the next WIA Europe General Assembly or event.
Have you renewed your WIA-E membership for 2014?

If you haven’t done so yet, please renew your membership by paying the annual membership fee. You can do so by following the link for Paypal or by making a bank transfer to: WIA-Europe, Rabobank NL, Katwijk, The Netherlands. IBAN: NL33RABO0150292716 (National account n°: 1502.92.716). Please quote your full name with every payment. Remember that a corporate discount on the individual membership fee is valid only for employees of our gold and platinum corporate members.  If you have any questions regarding your membership renewal, please contact
WIA Europe is associated partner of the project Space Girls, Space Women developed by SIPA press

SIPA press, one of the world's main photojournalism agencies and corporate member of WIA-Europe, is launching a major project dedicated to space exploration from women’s perspectives called Space Girls, Space Women. This provides a new photographic odyssey about three generations of “space” women: girls, students and professionals. The project aims to bring a new perspective to science, technology and innovation through space.
“We” says Simonetta di Pippo, President of WIA-E “accepted last January to be an associated member of Space Girls, Space Women because this project is perfectly in line with our final goal : To develop a society in which diversity will not be noticed anymore and to advocate the importance of aerospace activities at the same time”.
Would you like to know more about “Space Girls, Space Women”? Please contact:
Fiorella Coliolo,
Benoit Delplanque,
Past events

  • 29 April: Dinner & Talk about Conflict Management
  • 13 March: Introduction/demo of a course in public speaking, followed by a dinner.
  • 17 April: WIA networking lunch at ESTEC
  • 17 April: WIA dinner in Leiden
  • 13 May: WIA dinner in Delft with guest speaker Tineke Bakker- van der Veen 
  • 30 March: Guided Visit to Deutsches Museum, Avionics and Astronautics section
  • 18 March 2014: WIA Europe Award Ceremony + Huygens: Space meets Women
  • 10 April: Workshop on how to prepare for a job interview with Claudia Zesch
  • 9 May: Meeting with Telespazio Senior Vice President responsible for Satellite Operations, Alessandra Farese on her career experience in a male-dominated environment.
Upcoming events

  • 17 June: Valentina's Space Night at Beluga Bar
  • 27 August: Networking Dinner
  • More events coming soon...
  • 21 May: WIA networking lunch at ESTEC
  • 18 June: Valentine Tereshkova lunch
  • 3 September: Women and Innovation at woensdagmorgen event BIC, Noordwijk
  • 5 October: WIA stand at ESTEC open day- looking for support
  • (tbd) November:  Aerospace women's day at TU Delft
  • More events coming soon...
  • More events coming soon...
  • TBD: Stargazing with the Director of the Rome Astronomy Museum
  • TBD: Workshop on speaking in public

If you want more information about one of the events above, please send an e-mail to the relevant local group, by clicking on the name of the local group.

* Please note that the e-mail address of the Bremen Local Group changed into
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