Space Generation Congress 2012
When: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Where: Ercolano, Naples, Italy
The Space Generation Congress (SGC) is SGAC's annual conference that brings together top young minds from around the world to focus on key space topics. The Congress takes place in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress. This year, Secure World Foundation is partnering with SGAC to organize a session entitled "Space for Humanitarian Relief."
Attendance for SGC is competitive and limited to 130 or fewer. SGAC aims to select a diverse group of dedicated university students and young professionals in the space sector. SGC 2011 had 130 attendees from 42 different countries, with delegates representing organisations.
The aim of the SGC is threefold:
- First, to strengthen the international network of the Space Generation Advisory Council. From the perspective of the individual delegate, many of whom come from developing countries, it a chance to interact and engage with the incoming generation of space policy professionals from all over the world. From the perspective of the Space Generation Advisory Council, it allows us to consolidate our international links in order to best represent and facilitate the voice of the next space generation.
- Second, to examine and consider key questions that are facing the space and international community at large and to provide input to international thinking from the next generation of space professionals.
- Third, to allow tomorrow's space sector leaders to grow their network within their generation and to also have the opportunity to interact with today's space leaders by way of our high-level speakers.
SGC 2012 Working Session Topics:
One of the primary components of the Space Generation Congress is the working group sessions. Each delegate is assigned into one of five groups. The groups in the break-out sessions discuss a pertinent space topic in one of the five themes: Industry, Agency, Society, Exploration, and Earth Observation. Subject matter experts from the field will join these working groups to support them with knowledge to make the group discussions more fruitful. The preliminary conclusions of each group are presented to the rest of the delegates on the last afternoon of SGC and the final conclusions are written into reports that are presented at the International Astronautical Congress, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and other conferences around the world in the year following the Congress. The report from the congress can be read here.
- Industry - Space Transportation
- Agency - The International Space Station
- Society - Space for Humanitarian Relief
- Exploration - Communications for Exploration
- Earth Observation - Space Resources for Water Management