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World Space Week : Women in Space


World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:

  • October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration.
  • October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

At BIRA-IASB, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate our scientists and engineers in Space Aeronomy! With this year’s theme being “Women in Space”, we thought this would be a perfect time for a few of BIRA-IASB’s women researchers to say "hello".

For each day of the week, we published a video of one researcher: *Subtitles available in english, french and dutch*

October 4, 2021 : Viviane Pierrard - Solar Wind

Viviane Pierrard

October 5, 2021 : Karolien Lefever - Science Outreach and Education

Karolien Lefever

October 6, 2021 : Ermioni Dimitropoulou - Enhancing Satellite Data on Air Pollution

Ermioni Dimitropoulou

October 7, 2021 : Alice Michel - Belgian User Support and Operations Centre

Alice Michel

October 8, 2021 : Lenka Zychová - Space Weather

Lenka Zychova

October 9, 2021 : Sophie Vandenbussche - Sand and Dust Storms

Sophie Vandenbussche

October 10, 2021 : Christine Bingen - Air Pollution & Science Education

Christine Bingen

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The BIRA-IASB "Women in Space" for World Space Week 2021.