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| 15 October, 2017

Dubai to host space science conclave

Image used for illustrative purposes. NASA handout image shows Saturn's atmosphere and its rings in a false color composite made from 12 images, captured on January 12, 2011. The mosaic shows the tail of Saturn's huge northern storm. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout

Image used for illustrative purposes. NASA handout image shows Saturn's atmosphere and its rings in a false color composite made from 12 images, captured on January 12, 2011. The mosaic shows the tail of Saturn's huge northern storm. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout

Inaugural edition of Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event to embrace the theme ‘Through Space We Flourish’

The first edition of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event (MBRSC Science Event) will be held on October 21 at the Etihad Museum, Dubai Media Office said on Sunday.

Under the theme ‘Through Space We Flourish’, it will be held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The event aims to develop national capabilities in space science, technology and research, in addition to raising awareness among all members of society interested in science and space, through interactive workshops and activities.

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council, will deliver a keynote address at the main session of the event.

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, will also participate in the main session.
Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general, Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre, praised the pivotal role of UAE diplomacy in supporting the space sector, which is clearly seen in the successful strategic partnerships with research centres and international institutions to transfer knowledge in space science and technology. “These partnerships provided us with the knowledge to localise the space sector and the ability to compete with countries that have vast experience in space.”

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Al Shaibani pointed out that “progress in the space sector is highly dependent on international cooperation, and the United Arab Emirates has a vision to be open to the space community around the world, which leads to the sustainability of the sector globally and the enrichment of human knowledge”.

The MBRSC Science Event, he said, is in line with the vision of the UAE leadership for the nation’s progress.

Main presentations and events

“The Role of Research Institutes in the Science and Technology Ecosystem” — by Prof. Michael McGrath, Expert and Researcher in Space Missions at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder

“What Mars and Exoplanets Can Tell Us About Each Other” — by Dr. Nidhal Guessoum, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the American University of Sharjah (AUS).

“STEM’s Importance to the Future of UAE” — by Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) – Hope mission

Overview of the strategic and scientific objectives of Hope Mission — by Sara Amiri, Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission

Earth Observation Satellites: The Journey & Beyond — by Amer Al Sayegh, KhalifaSat Project Manager at MBRSC

Hope Probe Development: Team Perspective — panel session by Suhail Al Dhafri, EMM Deputy Project Manager, Spacecraft Development, Khulood Al Harmoodi, EMM Deputy Project Manager, Product Assurance and Logistics and Mohammad Wali, EMM Launch Segment Lead.

Research papers by 31 speakers from MBRSC, the academic sector and the scientific community

Sub events: 3rd Annual EMM Science Workshop, workshops for the ‘Teachers Ambassadors’ programme, and the second edition of the Explore Mars Design Competition for university students

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