Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) and the Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia (RCSSTEWA) jointly organized a workshop on Space4Women on 13 August 2020, virtually.
The workshop was based on two sessions: Session-I contained lecture on “Introduction to United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Space4Women Project” and “APSCO’s Initiatives for Promoting Women in Space” presented by Ms Aisha Jagirani, Director General Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs of APSCO. She is one of the UN Mentor for Space4Women Network. In Session -II, a lecture was delivered by Prof Dr Thais Russomano, Space Physiology and Aerospace Medicine; Founder and CEO of InnovaSpace Ltd, UK on “How Humans Adapt and Live in Outer Space”. She is also one of the UN Mentor for Space4Women.
The lecture was delivered through the virtual space platform of the RCSSTEWA and was attended by participants from the APSCO Member States and the following organizations of the regional center:
- The Arab Union for Astronomy and Space sciences
- Sharjah academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology (UAE)
- Cairo University (Egypt)
- National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research (Helwan / Egypt)
- The Office of Astronomy for Development in the Arab Region
- Science Palace in Monastir / Tunisia
- Syrian Astronomical Society
- Sudanese Society for Astronomy and Space Sciences (SSASS)
- Jordanian Astronomical Society
- AstroJo Institute
- Arab League for Astronomy and Space Sciences
Dr. Awni, the director of the RCSSTEWA appreciated Ms. Aisha Jagirani and Prof Dr Thais Russomano for the lectures that benefited participants on the situation of women in space and provided insight on the importance and challenges of participation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education and careers, particularly the space education and space related careers. Furthermore, the lecture on how human adapt in space provided opportunity to learn about the interesting aspects of human physiology and the impacts on human body. The discussion also focused on future human travels to Mars and space tourism aspects.
RCSSTEWA and APSCO committed to continue organizing such workshops to create awareness and promote space education., particularly promoting and encouraging females form the developing countries.