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Training Course on Remote Sensing, Space Sciences and Space Policy

The Remote Sensing, Space Sciences and Space Policy training to be conducted in Malindi has been organized by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in collaboration with Kenya Space Agency and with the support of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) .

The training will be hosted by The ASI Broglio Space Centre (BSC) in Malindi, Kenya, from the 9th to 13th December 2019. This Training course is aimed at uncovering the potential of Earth observation, remote sensing,space sciences as tools for providing fundamental applications and services and space policy.

Training Course Objectives

The participants will acquire basic knowledge and training on Remote Sensing with an emphasis on COSMOSkyMed System and other ASI programs and services, on Space Sciences and observations using real data from satellites, as well as an overview of the key contemporary issues in international space e environment with the main space programs. The training course will also contribute to international cooperation by providing opportunity to exchange updated information among the participants.

Training Course Programme

The training format includes lectures, presentations s, exercises and technical visits. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Earth Observation data processing to develop applications and remote sensing possibilities for exploration; environmental challenges using remote sensing; remote sensing as a tool to shape the future;
  • Space Science activities and programs. Open-source software for space-borne image and scientific processing; use of scientific tools from the Italian “Open Universe” Initiative;
  • key contemporary issues in space international environment: space governances, space policies and international space law.

Sponsorship of the Training course

The Italian Space Agency and the Kenya Space Agency are responsible for organizing the Training course with the support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs; UNOOSA).

Financial support

Within the limited financial resources available, up to 10 selected participants, as specified below, will be offered financial support to attend the training course. This financial support will defray the cost of travel (a round trip ticket – most economic fare – between the airport of international departure in their home country and Malindi, plus transportation to/from Malindi and Malindi/BSC), and full board expenses during the duration of the training course.

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The candidates who would like to participate in the course must comply with the following criteria at the time of the application:

  • age of candidate should not exceed thirty (30) years;
  • be a citizen and resident of an African Country;
  • have a good command of the English language;
  • have at least a Bachelor’s degree;
  • be able to use the experience gained in the study of the following fields: physics, mathematics, engineering and aerospace disciplines. Gender equality will be respected and women’s participation will be promoted.

Application Procedure

The present Announcement of Opportunity is addressed to the citizens of all African countries (with the exception of the hosting and co-organizing country for which there will be an a separate procedure) in order to choose the best candidates to the course who possess the mandatory requirements listed under point 7. The Governmental Institution/University/Research Institution of each country, if interested, should send the CV of their best candidate exclusively to the e-mail address indicated below.

No more than one student from each country will be selected;

  • the candidate application must be submitted by a University or by a Research Institution or by a Governmental entity
  • the Application Form must be completed with the following attachments: –
    • Copy of the University Diploma
    • Copy of a valid passport issued by the Country of residence
    • A updated Curriculum Vitae written in English language both in a Word written file without signature and as a scanned PDF file with signature
    • Three (3) signed letters of reference

The completed application form, properly endorsed by the applicant’s institution, should be mailed to the Italian Space Agency (ASI) at the e-mail address: no later than 20 October 2019.

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About the Training Partners

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space, and in the utilisation of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. The Office assists any United Nations Member States to establish legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities and strengthens the capacity of developing countries to use space science technology and applications for development by helping to integrate space capabilities into national development programmes.

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The Italian Space Agency was founded in 1988. Its purpose is to coordinate all of Italy’s efforts and investments in the space sector that had begun in the 1960s with the management of the San Marco Project in Kenya. Within over twenty years’ time, ASI became one of the most significant players in the world in space science, satellite technologies and the development of mobile systems for exploring the Universe. Today, ASI has a key role at the European level where Italy is the third contributor country to the European Space Agency. ASI is strongly engaged in remote sensing activities with the scope to predict and prevent environmental disasters, ensure rapid intervention in crisis-stricken areas and measure the effects of climate change. For example, the Italian program COSMO-SkyMed, is aimed at improving our knowledge of the Earth. It is involved at the international level in many programs like the International Space Station, missions to Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Italy, through the work of ASI and the Italian industry, also pursues a tradition in the field of space propulsion research. In particular, ASI performs a leading role in the VEGA European program, the small rocket fully designed in Italy and launched from the ESA launch base of Kourou in French Guiana.

The Kenya Space Agency was established in 2017 with the mandate to promote, coordinate and regulate space activities in Kenya. The Agency became operational in 2018 following the appointment of the Board of Directors. Kenya deployed its first nano-satellite, 1KUNS-PF, from the International Space Station on 11 May 2018 through UNOOSA- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency cooperation Programme called KiboCUBE.

For information regarding the submission of nominations for attendance and funding, please contact Ms. Sabrina Ricci at the following e-mail address:

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