United Nations/Austria Symposium “Access to Space: Holistic Capacity Building for the 21st Century”
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Organized the symposium on “Access to Space: Holistic Capacity Building for the 21st Century” in Graz, Austria on 6-9 September 2017. The symposium aims to discuss innovative approaches to capacity-building in the space domain, particularly in the areas of policy, applications and technology, identification of partners, tools for capacity building and funding opportunities. The symposium output will be providing recommendations to COPUOS for UNISPACE+50 concerning the 7th Thematic Priority “Capacity-building for the twenty-first century” which is the most cross-cutting thematic priority for the implementation of UNISPACE+50.
University of Khartoum Space Research Centre participated in this symposium with a presentation about the “Availability of Space Science and Technology Infrastructure in Africa” under the Infrastructure for Capacity-Building session. The presentation tried to answer many questions regarding what is available in Africa related to space science and technology, for example which African countries have their space agencies/programmes? Which have managed to put spacecrafts on orbit? Which have cubesat projects at universities and research centre? Have they built capacity capable of running these space activities? How many of them are really contributing to the knowledge? What is the size of infrastructure that is available in Africa now? And where does Africa go for capacity building in the fields of space science and technology?