Reducing Diversity Gaps – Inducing Space Environment Dynamic with Benefits for a Country´s Economy, Education, Strategy and Sovereignty

Wednesday 27 September 2017, 14:30 – 15:30
Location: Adelaide Convention Center – Hall C

Diversity goes beyond ethnicity and includes also gender, age and multidisciplinarity. “Unlocking imagination, fostering innovation and strengthening security” for the space sector are major demands to inspire our generation and the ones to come through the multitude of diverse perspectives.

The space sector is a truly global work area and has rapidly grown in the last decades whilst facing many challenges: settled space actors have been forced to keep up with commercial competition especially from the USA and with emerging space powers such as India and China. In the coming decades strengthened international cooperation will be a key to increase space business and to ensure the peaceful use of outer space. A manifold of perspectives and ideas created through different disciplines, ages and cultures is one step for success. Ensuring diversity at all levels of responsibility is another important step for success. Both steps are intertwined and need to be further developed joining competencies and cultures. Therefore, it is timely to give space to diversity.

The aim of the panel is to create awareness for diversity as a success factor for the vitalization of the space sector and the benefits for economy, education, strategy and sovereignty.

The moderated discussion will focus especially on issues of diversity in the following areas

global cooperation for high demanding issues like environment safeguard, exploration, security etc.

space economy developed and implemented via multidisciplinary approaches e.g. by joint work of space actors and non-space actors (New Space Economy etc.) economic benefits by reducing gender gap at all levels, especially at decision levels conjugate the age gap and new space dynamics for more innovative and disruptive approaches.



Lead, External Engagements, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States of America


Simonetta DI PIPPO

Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)


Jean-Yves LE GALL

President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)


Naomi Mathers

Deputy Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA)

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