Networking Friday with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)

On June 18th, 2021, 1-3 PM UTC, The AIR Centre will have a session with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. 

SGAC is a global non-governmental, non-profit organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.

SGAC has a clear purpose to connect, inspire, engage and advocate; it works to raise awareness among the next generation of space professionals on a global scale. The SGAC network currently represents over 15 000 members across 150 countries – the world’s largest network of students, young professionals and alumni in the space industry.

SGAC’s core purpose is to be the voice of the “Space Generation” to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and other international organisations through its Observer Status within the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS).

The Commercial Space Project Group of SGAC conducts research concerning developing space economies and its enabling factors, holds idea acceleration programs, and partners with commercial companies for capacity building projects. It counts with circa 60 volunteering members worldwide.

Programme (UTC):

  • 1:00 PM. Opening, João Bentes, AIR Centre
  • 1:05 PM. Welcome and speaker introductions by the moderator, Andrew Kurzrok, Co-Lead for the Commercial Space Project Group (CSPG).
  • 1:10 PM. The Space Generation Advisory Council: Overview of a worldwide organization for the next generation of space leaders, Davide Petrillo, Executive Director of the SGAC.
  • 1:30 PM. The Commercial Space Project Group: Overview of the activities carried out by the group focusing on space assets and entrepreneurial endeavours, Andrew Kurzrok.
  • 1:50 PM. Space In Africa initiative: Identifying key factors that attract investment and evaluating the business readiness level within the African space ecosystem, Imane El Khantouti, Project Manager of the Space In Africa initiative, CSPG
  • 2:10 PM. Pre-Accelerator initiative: Pushing novel space business and technical ideas for today’s and tomorrow’s problems within SGAC while capacitating our members to thrive within acceleration schemes, Alina Vizireanu & Harlee Quizzagan, Project Managers of the Pre-Accelerator initiative, CSPG
  • 2:30 PM. Q&A, moderated by Andrew Kurzrok.
  • 2:55 PM. Closing remarks, by Andrew Kurzrok, Davide Petrillo & João Bentes.
  • 3:00 PM. End of the Webinar.

More Information

Jose Luiz Moutinho, The Air Centre