Dubai confirmed for in-person 19th Space Generation Congress

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) will organise the 19th Space Generation Congress (SGC) as a hybrid event in Dubai, UAE, from October 21-23, 2021.

Held annually, SGC sees young delegates and key representatives from government, industry, academia, policymakers and entrepreneurs, debating and discussing issues encompassing the mushrooming global space sector.

The SGC is the annual meeting of the SGAC in support of the United Nations’ Programme on Space Applications and is traditionally held on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) – the world’s premier space community event – in the same hosting country.

IAC synergy

Organised by the International Astronautical Federation and hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, the 72nd edition of the IAC will be held as a hybrid event from October 25-29, 2021, at Dubai World Trade Centre, making it the first time that the IAC is being held in the Arab region.

University students and young space professionals – ages 18-35 – from across the globe will attend the three-day SGC 2021, which is to be held at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai city.

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SGC 2018 was held in Bremen, Germany. Credit: SGAC

The 150-odd delegates due to attend in-person SGC 2021 are currently being selected via a competitive application process that is open to SGAC members globally.

SGC 2021 participants will network among their global peers, while getting the unique opportunity to learn about important perspectives relating to very many space issues from the world’s leading space agencies and organisations, including the International Astronautical Federation, NASA, European Space Agency, UK Space Agency, and the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, apart from private space companies, such as Lockheed Martin.

New perspectives

In addition, leaders from the participating space entities at SGC 2021 will gain fresh, innovative and bold perspectives from the next generation of space leaders and exponents.

By hosting a SGC in a different country every year, the SGAC seeks to highlight the combined voice of young aspiring space sector leaders in the context of international space development.

Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the SGAC is a global non-governmental, non-profit organisation that represents university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.

The SGAC network of members, volunteers and alumni has more than 15,000 members from over 150 countries.

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Caroline Juang, a PhD student at Columbia University, created the SGC 2021 logo. Credit: SGAC

SGC 2021 will prioritise the active implementation of sustainability practices. This will involve working groups, keynotes and panels focusing on the UN’s Self Development Goals (SDGs) practices, in particular those related to using space technology to tackle climate and environmental issues, and increasing public awareness and engagement with sustainability principles and sustainable living.

SGC 2021 will also highlight the key technologies that the SGAC utilised in 2020 – during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic period – to encourage the participation of the global SGAC community throughout the 2020 pandemic year.

On the sidelines of the 72nd IAC in Dubai, the SGAC will organise two workshops for SGC 2021 delegates on October 24, 2021.

The delegates attending the twin workshops will network with subject matter experts to deepen their knowledge about various space topics while also being able to work on practical problem-solving activities involving the space industry.

Meanwhile, the SGAC and its partners are offering scholarships to university students and young space professionals from across the globe to attend SGC 2021 and/or the International Astronautical Congress 2021 in Dubai.

The SGC 2021 logo – commemorative of Dubai emirate – was created by Caroline Juang, a PhD student at Columbia University.

Key sponsors

SGC 2021 is sponsored by Lockheed Martin, European Space Agency, UK Space Agency, Planet, ispace, and GHGSat.

The 18th SGC was held from October 17-19, 2019, in Washington DC, United States.

SGAC holds Permanent Observer status at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) and regularly takes part in the annual meeting, as well as its legal and scientific and technical subcommittees.

SGAC also holds consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), contributing to discussions on the role of space in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 2020 editions of the IAC and SGC were not held in-person due to the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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SGC 2021 schedule (October 21, 2021). Credit: SGAC
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SGC 2021 schedule (October 22, 2021). Credit: SGAC
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SGC 2021 schedule (October 23, 2021). Credit: SGAC
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SGC 2021 schedule (October 24, 2021). Credit: SGAC
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