2023 Mentor: Shimrit Maman
Senior Scientist & Director for the Earth and Planetary Image Facility, Head of Israel's UN-SPIDER RSO
Region: Middle East
Field: Satellite Technologies, Remote Sensing, GIS, SPIDER
Profile: Dr. Maman is a senior scientist in the Homeland Security Institute and Director of the Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF), both at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research deals with the application of satellite technologies (remote sensing, GIS, OSINT) to environmental challenges and climate change. She is an integral part of the research team leading BGUSAT, Israel's first research nanosatellite.
She also serves as a UN-SPIDER expert, and heads the Israeli Regional Support Office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response.
Previously, she served as the board director of D-mars, and is a founding board member of WiSpace, a women’s association promoting gender equity among Israeli STEM professionals and was previously selected as a mentor in the UNOOSA Space4Women Network. She is also currently on the board of directors of the Ramon Foundation.
Dr. Maman leads diverse education and outreach programs promoting Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), using hands-on research activities, at both the national and international scales, including the unique, all-girl, international remote sensing science program: She Space.