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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.

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Thursday, February 17 • 15:00 - 16:30
(Ref 171100) InSpire: Global Schools Satellite Project - Convened by ISC/Les Massanassa/ CIT

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The Schools Satellite Project (SSP) is intended to enable a cohort of high schools worldwide to design, construct, launch and fly a small satellite – also called a Nano Satellite or Cube Satellite.
Access to space has never been more accessible than it is today. We live in a truly exciting era in which space is no longer the preserve of a few space-faring nations. Satellites are becoming smaller and less expensive, yet more powerful in what they can do. Rockets to launch them are becoming greener, using cleaner fuels with consequent lower impact on the Earth’s environment. This is the era of Space 4.0 where all nations can now help to solve problems they face using new satellite and rocket technologies.
The SSP project takes advantage of these developments and adds one critical extra element into the mix – the wonderfully creative minds of young people across the globe. Harnessing your collective thoughts and ideas, we will push the boundaries of what’s possible with a small satellite and inspire the next generation of humans who will use space for the good of us all.
The project will allow high school students to have direct experience building and flying a small satellite and using satellites to collect data for analysis. By creating this enabling environment, students will have the opportunity to gain some experience in the design, construction and operation of a satellite. This will include designing the mission objectives, including designing the instrumentation on the satellite which will collect data to fulfil the mission objectives. A key component of the project will be to allow students to design the projects but the broad domain areas will include satellite navigation and earth observation.
In pursuing its objectives, SSP will engage with key enabling stakeholders including universities, industry bodies including satellite manufacturers and space agencies and others involved in the operation of satellites

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Niall Smith

Head of Research - Cork, Munster Technological University
Speech topic: Experiences from MTU Blackrock Castle ObservatoryMy research interests lie in (i) in using astronomy to communicate STEM on a global scale and (ii) high time resolution astrophysics. I co-founded an observatory and science centre at Blackrock Castle in Cork, Ireland... Read More →
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Silvia Parres Palomares

Head of technology department, IES Massanassa, Valencia, Spain
Sylvia has been a high school Technology teacher for the last 20 years in Valencia, Spain. She enjoys her job because it allows her to share her passion for science and technology with her students. In addition, she is committed to the improvement of knowledge of educational science... Read More →

Lissa Matyas

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Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →

Thursday February 17, 2022 15:00 - 16:30 CET