I am a political Scientist working on space Policy as an Executive Officer for the Space generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
The Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Application (SGAC) is a non-governmental organisation which aims to represent students and young space professionals to the United Nations, States, and space agencies. SGAC has permanent observer status in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). SGAC has a long history and was conceived at the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Space (UNISPACE-III) in Vienna in 1999, the SGAC Executive Council is made up of representatives from each of the 6 UN regions, and has a larger body of representatives from nation states. Our focus is on pragmatic space policy advise to policy makers based on the interests of students and young professionals, broadly in the age range 18-35, interested in space from around the world. In addition to policy advice our members carry out a range projects including Under African Skies - a grass-roots science teaching project in Africa, Yuri’s Night - a World Space Party, an Association for the Development of Aerospace Medicine, and a Global Space Education Curriculum.
The policy input of SGAC to date includes regular input to COPUOS, including to the UNISPACE-III Action Teams. We give input to national and international space agencies, for example the SGAC was the only non-governmental organization invited to the Space Policy Summit in Houston in 2002 which gathered heads of space agencies and major space companies to discuss the future of space. SGAC was invited by the European Commission to provide the perspective of the future European space workforce during the consultation process for the Green Paper on European Space Policy.
In collaboration with European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), SGAC opened its first office in 2005 in their premises and hired its first intern who started in January 2006.
The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is also a global Network of Networks which brings together students, young professionals, space organisations and other NGOs to present a unified vision for the future exploration of space to the United Nations and other bodies.
What I love about SGAC the most is that it brings enthusiastic, brilliant and passionate young people from all over the world regardless of their background, status or nationality. At SpaceGen we all care about space and how it effects our lives here on Earth. We have fantastic young women in our organisation and I would like this journal to be the place where they could share their stories and their thoughts with the rest of their SpaceGen gals.