The 4th African Space Generation Workshop series (AF-SGW) is a two-day regional workshop, which brings together students and young professionals with agency and industry representatives from across the African continent. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for the future leaders of Africa’s space endeavours to proactively establish strong relationships, exchange ideas and knowledge, and to collaborate on brainstorming new ideas and solutions using space technology for the benefit of Africa.
After the success of the previous edition, Ghana will host on 25th & 26th of February 2021 the 4th edition of the African Space Generation Workshops series (AF-SGW). The workshop will provide a platform for future leaders of Africa’s space endeavours to proactively establish strong relationships, exchange ideas and knowledge; and to collaborate on brainstorming new ideas and solutions on using space technology for the benefit of Africa. In doing so, these young, passionate minds can help to shape the future of the African space industry. The theme for this year’s AF-SGW is “A United Africa For Space Innovation: A Step Towards Our Common Future”.
The event involves and nurtures the perspective of the next African space generation on space and scientific issues in the African region. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts from academia, companies and space agencies through plenary sessions and panels, lectures and discussions in 5 relevant working groups.
As a pre-event, the 4th African Space Generation Workshop organising team is collaborating with Development in African with Radio Astronomy (DARA) Big Data, Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), and the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) to host an online SGAC - DARA Big Data Hackathon Competition.
This year the organizing team has made efforts to bring the United Nations space youth closer to the African Union Commission and heads of space agencies in African countries, not only because these institutions are the bulwark of development in the space sector in Africa but also because their leaders have a broader view and experiences that many young people need in order to grow.
Participating in the Workshop on African Space Generation is a unique opportunity to learn, share knowledge and interact with fellow students and young professionals in the sector, in addition to meeting industry leaders and experts. All working group discussions are expected to produce recommendations for relevant public, private and non-governmental sectors, helping to shape the future of the African space industry. The reports and recommendations of the workshop will be presented at high-level conferences and included in the annual report of the Space Generation Advisory Council and the United Nations Committee on the peaceful uses of outer space (UN COPUOS).