On 31st January 2016 during the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, the AU adopted the African Space Policy and Strategy. This document outlines the continent’s ambition to actively participate in the development of space-related science, technology, applications and services.
As a charity committed to promoting and investing in cutting-edge science and technology in Africa, the Planet Earth Institute (PEI) is keen to explore the potential benefits of space science and satellite applications in helping to address the many socio-economic challenges African countries face, particularly in relation to human and technological capacity building.
This event, developed in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult, will be the first in a series hosted by the PEI and its partners from business, academia and government, focusing on this theme of space science and satellite applications. Together we seek to explore and address the many challenges, opportunities and controversies associated with an African space strategy. This will include asking:
- On a continent where millions still live below the poverty line, without access to even the most rudimentary technology, is investment in space science and tech. really a priority?
- Can this exciting area of science and associated technology, such as satellites, act as a catalyst for much needed investment in Africa’s tertiary education systems?
- What role for the UK in supporting and collaborating with Africa’s fledgling space industry and is the UK and European space sector ready for Africa?
- What sort of space-related applications can best contribute to tackling Africa’s socio-economic challenges?
Ultimately, with the help of our partners and supporters, we seek to ask and answer: Is Africa ready for a space strategy and is space ready for Africa?
This event is invitation only.