What We Do
SGAC works on the international, national and local level to link together university students and young professionals to think creatively about international space policy issues and voice the new generation point of view on international space policy creations.
All SGAC members are encouraged to present SGAC to their local schools, industries and space agencies using the presentation available above. Please notify us of its use by sending an email to email@example.com.
The SGAC Network
Our network is our strongest asset. Together, our voice rings loud and clear allowing SGAC to serve as the vehicle of change for space policy. Boasting more than 10,000 members and alumni in its network, SGAC represents over 110 countries around the world. Through our projects, events, and information resources, we strive to be the bridge between young space professionals and students. We provide an environment for growth and engagement for our members around the world to gain skills that can prove essential to their future careers.
Since 2001, the Space Generation Congress (SGC) remains to be our primary conference where top young minds converge annually from all over the world to converse with focal points on key space topics. The Congress takes place in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), and is an associated event of IAC.
The aim of the SGC is two-fold. First, to strengthen the international network of the Space Generation Advisory Council. For the individual delegates, many of whom come from developing countries, it is a chance to interact and engage with the incoming generation of space professionals from all over the world. For the Space Generation Advisory Council, it allows us to consolidate our international links in order to best represent and facilitate the voice of the next space generation. Second, to have the new generation of leaders in space examine and consider key questions that are facing the industry today. The outcomes of these discussions are then shared with the UN, various agencies, industry and academia.
The Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF), first held in 2012, was established with the aim of becoming our second annual global event. SGFF highlights international cooperation and thinking geared towards university students and young professionals. This event, held in conjunction with the National Space Symposium, seeks to gather a selected group of up to 60 young adults from various areas of the space sector–government, industry, and academia. These intuitive, interactive panel discussions moderated by today’s international space leaders will gather the perspectives of tomorrow’s space leaders on today’s key space issues. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet many high-level international space leaders through networking events and experience the opening of the Space Symposium.
Introduced in 2016, SGx held in conjunction with Satelite in Washington D.C. is SGAC’s third annual global event.
In addition to our global events, we organise a series of regional Space Generation Workshops (SGWs) with the aim of focusing on topics relevant to different regions. We also hold SGWs on a series of countries. Other network members also organise other events such as World Space Week or Space Up. In conjunction with these and other larger conferences, members are able to attend UN and other key space conferences around the world in order to offer unique perspectives from the next generation of space sector leaders on key space-related issues.
At SGAC, one of our key contributions to the space policy debate, and space education and outreach in all domains is the output of the project groups which SGAC undertakes year-round. Currently, SGAC is working on eight project groups ranging from the SGAC Group on Space Technologies for Disaster Management—an outreach group for space applications for disaster management,—to our YGNSS project—a group promoting cooperation and education in global navigation satellite systems. We work with both our members to generate new ideas for projects and our sponsors who are interested in getting the view point of the next generation of space leaders. Please click here for the Current Projects Page.
If you are an SGAC member and would like to get involved with current projects, please contact a project leader and get involved today!
In our quest to have more input and engagement on international space issues from our members, we work to provide financial resources. SGAC strives to allow our members to take part in the international space policy creation process from many global events such as attendance and presentations at UN COPUOS to participating in our annual events, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the Space Symposium, or issue-specific seminars. To do so, SGAC has partnered with various organizations to provide scholarships throughout the year which enable our members to attend.
More information about scholarships is available here.
Professional Development Opportunities
As a volunteer-run organisation, we rely on the skills of various members from around the world to operate. Various roles are available within SGAC not only to sustain the organisation, but also to provide an opportunity for our members to gain valuable skills to help promote personal and professional growth. More information about volunteer opportunities are available in the vacancies section of our website.
Work with the UN
Voice of the Next Generation of Space Sector Leaders
Having been created as an outcome of the United Nations environment (UNISPACE III), our work with the UN, particularly the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), is of central importance to our mission. SGAC works to give regular input to the work of the Committee and its delegates and to act as a conduit for the opinions of our members and the outcomes of our projects. We take part in a variety of UN Action Teams and Working Groups on space issues, as well as the UN Programme on Space Applications. No other space organisation for young adults has a Permanent Observer status with COPUOS and is as active or as engaged in the work of the UN as SGAC. In addition to having Permanent Observer status within COPUOS since 2001, SGAC also has had consultative status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2003.