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Newsletter Special 2016/3

Report on the WIA-Europe Breakfast at the IAC 2016
More than 100 participants enjoyed our traditional breakfast and the following very fruitful networking session, where attendees were able to meet new contacts, and exchange with colleagues and friends.
The first part of the WIA-E Breakfast started with a welcome from our Honorary President Simonetta di Pippo (Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs) who addressed some changes in the WIA-E organization and the UNOOSA initiative to sustain gender balance, through the Space for Women project.
Simonetta di Pippo, Honorary President of WIA-E
“It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you all here today at the usual gathering of Women in Aerospace Europe at the IAC. This breakfast is now a well-established event in the framework of this Congress,  and for the ones of you who are attending for the first time, you will understand why very soon!"

WIA-E website – full text of speech >
Following on, Kiyoshi Higuchi, President of the International Astronautical Federation, Francisco Javier Mendieta Jimenez, Director of the General Mexican Space Agency and Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board German Aerospace Center warmly welcomed the participants and addressed the importance of the work that we are doing at WIA-E.

The following section included important and representative speakers such as Jan Wörner, Director General of the European Space Agency and Simonetta di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA and Honorary President of WIA-E, that addressed specific initiatives within the institutional environment and also Kay Sears, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development of Lockheed Martin that presented her personal experience and illustrated some initiatives coming from the industrial environment, where Gender Diversity plays an important role.

The participants highly appreciated the informal atmosphere and opportunities to have time and space to talk to each other, to get to know new contacts and to have the chance to chat with the attending Board Members from WIA-Europe in order to ask questions, propose initiatives and bridge network gaps.


SPECIAL NOTE INSERT: The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is preparing the UNISPACE+50 in June 2018 in Vienna, Austria, where the global space community, will have the opportunity to shape the future of space in terms of global space governance, and to consider space activities as  tools to ensure a sustainable development for all. There is a new project of the United Nations underway in the field of women and STEM which is dedicated especially to emerging  countries: the Space for Women project.
Report on the WIA-Europe General Network Forum Panel at the IAC 2016
The WIA-E Panel was attended by more than 120 participants. The panelists highlighted original issues in relation to a balanced and inclusive development of the aerospace field.

The Director General of AEM, Francisco Javier Mendieta Jimenez, , discussed with four panelists urgent topics such as the management of migration challenges, health promotion in remote areas and developing countries through tele-health approaches, benefits of medical research in microgravity and the overarching topic of young women’s careers in the space arena. We are proud that Simonetta di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director of GEO as well as Sandy Magnus, Executive Director of AIAA and Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Executive Director of SGAC accepted our invitation to the panel and their contributions were very effective, also through the illustration of their personal experience.


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