Thursday, 11 February 2021 - 1:00pm to Friday, 12 February 2021 - 5:00pm
On the occasion of the 2021 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UNOOSA will host an event on the topic of "Making Space4Women in the Decade of Action". 

Space4Women - InnovaSpace

Dates: 11 & 12 February 2021 

Location: Meeting will be held virtually 

Time: 13:00-17:00 (Vienna time) February 11th,  and 8:30-12:00 & 13:30-17:00 (Vienna time) February 12th 

About event: The Space4Women project was launched one year ago, on the 2020 International Day of Women and Girls in Science to address Sustainable Development Goal 5 and specifically to promote space technology to: 

  • Facilitate access to education and jobs in the space sector  

  • Provide policy-relevant advice and awareness-raising to institutions and governments on ‘Space for Women’ and ‘Women for Space’ 

  • Facilitate capacity-building on access to and use of space-technology 

  • Promote a mentoring and networking platform to connect women and girls with role models in the field and career and educational resources. 

The 2020 meeting focused on awareness-raising about key issues related to gender equality in space and STEM, contributing factors to gender inequality in these fields, and implications on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. While awareness-raising remains an important objective, the focus of this year’s meeting is on translating these findings to action.  

Sessions in this event will discuss gender dimensions of key STEM and space-related challenges as well as existing and potential solutions. The schedule of events is as follows:

See the full concept note and event schedule here.

 

Open Sessions – 11 February 2021 

 Date/ Time 

 Event 

 Details 

 Opening & Introduction 

 13:00  -13:30  

Opening segment 

- Introduction to the meeting 

- Objectives and expected outcomes 

 Thematic Segment 1: Space4Women in its second year and beyond: Lessons learned and future directions. 

13:30 -14:30  

Mentor presentations 

- Presentations by 2020 Space4Women Mentors about their initiatives and participation in the network 

 14:30 - 15:00:  Break (30 min) 

 Thematic Segment 2: Space for women and women for space: Implications of rapid and emerging technologies 

15:00 -16:00  

Panel discussion 

- Panel discussion on gender dimensions and implications of rapid and emerging space technologies 

 Thematic Segment 3: Addressing the pipeline problem: Inclusion and equity in space and STEM education and the workforce 

16:00 - 17:00 

Panel discussion 

- Panel discussion on measures and actions to address gender equality in recruitment, retention, and metrics for women in STEM and space 

 

Closed Sessions (Space4Women Network Mentors only) – 12 February 2021 

Session 1 (morning) 

 Date/ Time 

 Event 

 Details 

8:30-9:15 

Consultation and working session 

- Designing best practices for space technologies and programs that incorporate contributions from women and diverse sources of knowledge systems, including indigenous knowledge 

9:15 – 10:00 

Consultation and working session 

- Developing meaningful metrics and indicators for assessing gender equality in space and STEM 

 10:00 – 10:30: Break (30 min) 

10:30- 11:00 

2020 Space4Women Survey Results  

- Closed presentation by UNOOSA to 2020 Space4Women Mentors of survey results 

11:00- 12:00 

Interactive mentor discussion 

- Closed discussion with 2020 Space4Women Mentors 

 

Session 2 (afternoon) 

 Date/ Time 

 Event 

 Details 

13:30-14:15 

Consultation and working session 

- Designing best practices for space technologies and programs that incorporate contributions from women and diverse sources of knowledge systems, including indigenous knowledge 

14:15 – 15:00 

Consultation and working session 

- Developing meaningful metrics and indicators for assessing gender equality in space and STEM 

 15:00 – 15:30: Break (30 min) 

15:30- 16:00 

2020 Space4Women Survey Results  

- Closed presentation by UNOOSA to 2020 Space4Women Mentors of survey results 

16:00- 17:00 

Interactive mentor discussion 

- Closed discussion with 2020 Space4Women Mentors