IAF IDEA “3G” Diversity Breakfast

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 07:00 – 08:30, ÖVB Olbers


07:00 – 07:05 Introduction to IAF IDEA 3G Diversity Day by Moderator, Mary Snitch

07:05 – 07:10 Welcome by IAF President, Jean-Yves Le Gall

07:10 – 07:30 An International Asteroid Endeavour – A Splendid Achievement of International

Cooperation and Excellent Example of Geographical Diversity

  • Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board of DLR
  • Jean-Yves Le Gall , President of CNES
  • Hiroshi Yamakawa, President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA

07:30 – 08:00 How to Engage the very Young Generation? – ESA’s Kid’s Weightless Dreams Campaign

In August 2018 ESA helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights. Eight children from five ESA member states – UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy –boarded the converted Airbus A310 in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of the Kid’s Weightless Dreams campaign organised by Novespace and Reves de Gosse. The children also took part in science demonstrations, including lighting a candle, mixing liquids of different densities, playing ping-pong with bubbles of water and working a fidget spinner to demonstrate the effects of microgravity.

08:00 – 08:15 UNOOSA’s “Space for Women” – Project

UNOOSA is looking for partners for the implementation of the activities developed during the “Space for

Women” – Expert Meeting held in October 2017 in New York to answer the recurring questions of:

  • How to attract more women for space?
  • What can women do for space?
  • What can space do more for women?
  • What do women need from space?

08:15 – 8:30 Lockheed Martin Early Career Role Models: Keynote Speech by 2 Lockheed Martin Early Career Females

Excellence in “3G” Diversity Award Luncheon – Upon Invitation Only

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 12:30 – 13:30, ÖVB Olbers


The IAF Excellence in “3G” Diversity Award recognizes IAF member organisations (industry, government, academia) worldwide for outstanding contributions to the fostering of “3G” (Geography, Generation, Gender) Diversity within the space sector. At IAC 2018 this award will be given for the second time. This year’s winner of this award is the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). This Luncheon is dedicated to the award ceremony for the 2018 IAF Excellence in “3G” Diversity Award.


Excellence in “3G” Diversity Award Afternoon

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 16:00 – 17:45, ÖVB Olbers

The IAF IDEA “3G” Diversity Afternoon is organized in cooperation with and with participation of Young ESA, SGAC and WIA-Europe.

16:05 – 16:30 Young ESA / SGAC Diversity Award

About the award

This competition was organized for a second year by Young ESA in cooperation with Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). Participants were asked to submit a video and an essay on a diversity related topic as well as their CV. The selection was done through an internal committee of ESA representatives lead by the Strategy Department.


16:30 – 16:50 WIA-E Update & Awards Ceremony

Awards Background information

WIA-Europe would like to encourage and support upcoming talent – young professionals and students alike – and for this a grants programme was established. The programme provides grants of € 1000 to cover attendance at aerospace workshops and conferences and is intended to support new and young colleagues with their first experiences in presenting a paper in an international context. Applicants were selected based on their papers from all related aerospace disciplines. A grants committee of space professionals under the lead of Chris Welch, Professor at the International Space University, evaluated and decided on the winners. Along with the grant of € 1000 for the conference, they will also win a year-long free membership to WIA-Europe for the following year.

16:50 – 17:45 IAF IDEA Mentoring Session with Young ESA / SGAC / WIA-E & Networking reception

About the Mentoring Session

The IAF, SGAC, Young-ESA and WIA-E have joined forced for the first time to offer a joint Mentoring Session to Young Professionals with top space professionals. This speed mentoring serves as a bridge between the experienced and the incoming generation of actors in the space sector