Filipina women in space in spotlight on World Space Week

Filipina women World Space Week
Women in Space is the theme for the Philippines’ celebration of the World Space Week 2021.

Filipina women working in the space sector are in the spotlight during the Philippines’ celebration of World Space Week.

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) events for the week-long observation scheduled for October 4-10, 2021, highlight efforts to advance gender equity and inclusivity in the space sector and showcase the achievements of space enthusiasts in solving real-world problems using space data.

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The World Space Week is the largest annual international space event proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. It begins every 4th of October to mark the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 as the first artificial satellite in orbit. The annual celebration ends every 10th of October to commemorate the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies in 1967.

Here are the events for the Philippines’ celebration of World Space Week:

04 October 2021
LIFT OFF! Women in Space
08:00 AM – 10:00 AM (PhST)
Register here: https://forms.gle/gDNMay4e9FQWC6G98

In partnership with the US Embassy in Manila and American Spaces Philippines, this webinar will highlight the work and experiences of women scientists, engineers, astronauts, and entrepreneurs. Space enthusiasts of all ages will have a chance to interact with some of the influential women in the international space sector.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) former astronaut YAMAZAKI Naoko will answer some of the most interesting questions from the most curious Filipino kids. Watch out for her answers in this webinar. The event will be live-streamed through the Facebook Pages of American Spaces Philippines and the Philippine Space Agency.

04 October 2021
Build Your Own Model Satellite Competition
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM (PhST)
Register here: https://forms.gle/a9seR1L6dQkptduR8

Space cadets aged 09-10 years old, their parents, and siblings will be able to build their own model satellite using recyclable or edible materials. Learn from Engr. Ariston N. Gonzalez of the STAMINA4Space Program during the lecture and workshop. Winners will be announced during the Closing Program on 09 October 2021.

05 October 2021
Seeing the Sea from Space: Space Technology for Ocean Protection and Management
08:30 AM – 10:30 AM (PhST)
Register here: https://forms.gle/PvaFe5TM6UAawZPRA

In partnership with the US Embassy in the Philippines and Fulbright Philippines, this event will help you learn how women scientists utilize space technology for ocean research protection and management. The webinar aims to engage the audience and present a deeper understanding and consciousness of the enabling role of space for women. This also shows how space data is utilized for socio-economic development and for the attainment of sustainable development goals.

07 October
If You Need Space: A Career Talk in the Space Sector
07:30 PM – 9:30 PM (PhST)
Register here: https://forms.gle/Ze4ifd6GhSxsgYZP7

Students and enthusiasts interested in a career in the space sector are invited to join this fireside chat. Speakers from the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as in space law and diplomacy will share their career experiences. The panel discussions will be moderated by PhilSA Deputy Director General Dr. Gay Jane P. Perez, and PhilSA Director for Space Policy and International Cooperation Bureau Atty. Noelle Riza D. Castillo. The event will be live-streamed on PhilSA’s Facebook Page.

08 October
Demystifying the Space Data Dashboard Media Workshop
9:00AM – 5:00PM (PhST)

Filipino journalists are invited to discover the Space Data Dashboard, a public platform utilizing Earth Observation and remote sensing data monitoring air and water quality, critical infrastructure, and economic activities. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to understand the foundations of the Space Data Dashboard and how to navigate it. The workshop also includes topics on space law and diplomacy, and space science communication.

09 October
Closing Program
10:00 AM – 12:00 NN (PhST)
Register here: https://forms.gle/5zxNyvbvDhxjb2kH8

The closing program will recognize the creativity and accomplishments of space enthusiasts in the country. The winners of the 2021 Earth Observing (EO) Dashboard Hackathon will be recognized in this event. Team World MAQI and Team Givesight will also present their projects related to solving challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic using data from the EO Dashboard to inspire Filipinos to join hackathons. The winners of the Build Your Own Model Satellite Competition will also be announced during this event. This event will be live-streamed on PhilSA’s Facebook Page.

PhilSA is also partnering with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) for two (2) events that will be held during World Space Week 2021:

09 October
Space Generation Advisory Council’s SpiSEA Webinar 4: Diversity in the New Space Era
Register here: https://spacegeneration.org/event/space-in-south-east-asia-spisea-webinar-series-4

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) will hold the fourth installment of their Space in South-East Asia (SpiSEA) Webinar: Diversity in the New Space Era. Esteemed speakers from the academe, government and the space industry will discuss the career paths within the space sector. PhilSA Space Policy and International Cooperation Bureau (SPICB) Director Atty. Noelle Riza D. Castillo will talk about space law and policy.

PhilSA Chief Science Research Specialist Engr. Edgar Paolo Violan, who is also the Mechanical Analysis Engineer for the MULA Satellite will be a part of an international panel in “Exchanging Lessons Learned: Gender Diversity and Equality in Space” webinar to be held on 06 October.

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