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March 10th, 2019

At GLEC 2019 in Morocco, Special Session on Technology and Skills Development is Announced

The upcoming Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries — GLEC 2019 — will be held from April 24 to 26, 2019, in Marrakech, Morocco, and will feature — on Thursday the 25th — a session on 'Technology and Skills Development.'

Given the nascent stage of developing countries in the field of space science and technology, technology and skills development become important success factors for the long-term sustainability of national space programs. This means that the consideration of different approaches to such development and the protection of intellectual property is vitally important during the implementation phase of national space programs. This session focus will be on:

  • Grasping the role played by academia in developing the requisite knowledge and skills required for national space programs,
  • Contextualizing the role of government in supporting the implementation of national space programs,
  • Understanding the cooperation modalities among the key players involved in skills and technology development.


The first part of the session will feature a Keynote Address from 0930 to 0940 hours from Juan de Dalmau, President of the International Space University (ISU).

Rania Toukebri, National Point of Contact for Tunisia of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), will moderate Plenary 3 from 0940 to 1100 hours and will welcome as speakers:

  • Abdelaziz Benjouad, Vice President for Research & Development, International University of Rabat
  • Jörg Feustel-Büechl, Space Consultant, Otto Koudelka, Head of the Institute of Communications Network & Satellite Communications, Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
  • Amal Layachi, Head of Capacity Building Department, Royal Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTS)
  • Pierluigi Mancini, NAVISP Program Manager, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Aimin Niu, Program Officer of the Space Application Section, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
  • Tidiane Ouattara, Space Science Expert and GMES & Africa Program Coordinator, African Union Commission
  • Robert van Zyl, Director of Amaya Space, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Carlo Viberti, Director, SpaceLand Africa.


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