Italian Space Agency with Kenya Space Agency Opens Application for Training Courses on Remote Sensing, Space Sciences and Space Policy

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Since the beginning of the space era, international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space has provided an impetus for the development of international mechanisms and infrastructures for space cooperation at all levels. After the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015, calling for action by all countries to improve the lives of people everywhere; the United Nations, governments, and civil society are mobilising efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) set by the Agenda.
The use of space technologies in the attainment of higher levels of social, economic and environmental development has gained increasing importance, and today is key to achieving the SDGs and 2030 Agenda. To this regard, the Broglio Space Center (BSC) in Malindi, Kenya, represents one of the few facilities in the world, thanks to its equatorial position and consolidated infrastructure with high-level technological capabilities and qualified human resources, that can definitely contribute to the goals of educating and training young African students to capacity building in Space Sciences and technologies as well as to the use of satellite data, in particular, of Remote Sensing data.
Training Course Programme
The training format includes lectures, presentations, exercises and technical visits. The programme will address the following topics:
• Earth Observation data processing to develop applications and remote sensing possibilities for exploration; environmental challenges using remote sensing; remote sensing as a tool to shape the future
• Space Science activities and programs, Open-source software for space-borne image and scientific processing; use of scientific tools from the Italian “Open Universe” Initiative;
• key contemporary issues in space international environment: space governances, space policies, and international space law.

This training course aims at achieving the potential of Earth observation, remote sensing, space sciences as tools for providing fundamental applications and services and space policy.

Admission requirements

Candidates who would like to participate in the training must comply with the following criteria at the time of the application:

• age of candidates should not exceed thirty (30) years
• be a citizen and resident of an African country
• have a good command of the English language
• have at least a Bachelor’s degree and
• be able to use the experience gained in the study of the following fields: Physics, Mathematics, Engineering and aerospace disciplines.
The training upholds and considers Gender equality and women’s participation.

Financial support
Within the limited financial resources available, up to 10 selected participants will be offered financial support to attend the training course. This financial support will defray the cost of travel (a round trip ticket – most economic fare – between the airport of international departure in their home country and Malindi, plus transportation to/from Malindi and Malindi/BSC), and full board expenses during the duration of the training course.

The course is hosted by the ASI Broglio Space Center (BSC) – Malindi, Kenya, 9 -13 December 2019.

Deadline for Submission of Applications: 20 October 2019.

For more information on how to apply, click here.