Barbara is an interdisciplinary researcher at the University of Salzburg, Austria. As a biologist and geoinformatic specialist, her thematic focus lies in indicator-based modelling for NGOs working in the humanitarian field. Within the Copernicus ecosystem her emphasize is on promoting user uptake and the Copernicus Academy. She is proud being member of the Women in Copernicus initiative and hopes that this webinar series fosters further cooperation to promote equality and inclusion in this sector.
Graduated in environmental geography and project management Marie works as a project manager for satellite applications within the cluster "Brittany Remote Sensing (BreTel), France. Her role is to make satellite data (including Copernicus images and products) known and accessible to different publics (regional institutional actors, researchers, students, general public) and to support them in their discovery and new uses. Her missions are at the interface between researchers, companies, local authorities, students and national and European institutions.
Being trained as a German lawyer, Roya Ayazi held for more than 20 years positions in European/Governmental Affairs and has work experience in public administration and associations of civil society represented in Brussels. Since 2009 Secretary General of NEREUS (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) Roya heads its Brussels/Belgium based secretariat and is the main interface of the association at European level and coordinates network activities. She followed the major space legislative procedures with impact for the downstream sector in the past 10 years and established the network as a reference for regional user-communities. Outreach and promoting space towards the next generation and society, as well as a better gender balance are priorities to the network. In this context she embraced one of the networks’ flagship initiatives “Space Girls Space Women” and mobilized numerous member regions to share the exhibition as a joint European experience and bring it to their regions.
NEREUS made Roya a space enthusiast and she joined Women in Aerospace (WIA) to share the fascination with other women and win new-comers for the sector.
Susana has a degree in Chemistry and Postgraduate in Science Journalism and Communication and in Management of European R&D projects. She has a long experience in working in Science Museums and Outreach Programmes including the organization of scientific events.
Nathalie is geographer/ geomatic expert in public services of Wallonia. She worked as project manager and team leader on EO and GIS in private companies, at UBrussel, and at the EU JRC with a postdoctoral research on geomodelling. She created the EO and Geodata unit at ISSeP. Her interest in gender issues started within the GMOSS project with workshops and papers on gender and remote sensing. As representative of Wallonia, she promoted the Nereus Space Girls Space Women exhibitions and initiated the Women in Copernicus project funded by Cordinet. LinkedIn
Markus Woltran is a Programme Officer in the Office of the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). He supports the Director of the Office in a broad variety of tasks and engages in diverse strategic and policy relevant areas such as #space4SDGs, interagency affairs, UNOOSA strategic directions and operational priorities (SDOP) as well as planning efforts. Additionally, he supports key activities and leads the organisation of international conferences, workshops, expert meetings and symposia. Markus is also in charge of the office's engagement on the implementation of a dedicated 'Space for Women' Project. He also supports different UNOOSAs outreach and awareness raising activities as well as contributes to papers and other written products and publications. Markus has an experience as Associate Programme Officer in the UNOOSA programme on Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) as well as in the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) and in the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Markus holds a master's Degree in political science.
Alissa J. Haddaji
Dr. Alissa J. Haddaji is a faculty researcher and lecturer in Space Law, Policy and Ethics at Harvard University and Harvard Law School. She founded and leads the Space Consortium at Harvard & MIT. Her expertise is in Natural Space Threat Management, more specifically, Planetary Protection and Planetary Defense. She is the coordinator of the United Nations-mandated SMPAG Legal Working Group on Planetary Defense. Prior to her Planetary Defense work, she served for four years as COSPAR’s Planetary Protection Project Officer, where she co-authored and led the coordination of the International Planetary Protection Handbook (IPPH) and of its subsequent trainings in America, Europe and Asia. She is a UNOOSA Space4Women Mentor where she advises a class of 12 mentees and organizes monthly mentee webinars for all UNOOSA Space4Women mentees. During each of these 90min monthly webinars, a prominent woman of the space industry is invited to share her life journey and advice for the next generation and participate in a live Q&A with the UNOOSA S4W mentees. Alissa J. Haddaji is also an International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and an International Astronautical Federation (IAF) member and the COSPAR point of contact at SGAC.
Sweety Pate is a Satellite Operations Systems Engineer at QinetiQ. She is leading the Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) Brussels group and a core member of the Space Generation and Advisory Council (SGAC) Belgium team. She is the Technical Committee Member of the AIAA Space Operations and Support (SOSTC). She is promoting science among students as the National Coordinator of Scientist of a Day NASA JPL competitions. Over the past years, she has been working with the leading aerospace industries and research organizations - German Aerospace Center (DLR), Thales Alenia Space (Italy), and Siemens R&D. She won awards from NASA for eco-friendly aircraft designs successively in 2011 & 2012 and presented the award-winning research at NASA Langley. She holds a Master's degree in Space Systems Engineering from TU-Delft. At the university, she also worked at the Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering student association as a space engineer & launch crew member of STRATOS 2+ sounding rocket that made a European amateur rocketry altitude record in 2015. She was involved in Poland Mars Analogue Simulation (PMAS) 2017 as an Analog Astronaut and a CapCom.
Stella Alexandrova is a project manager at QinetiQ. Previously she worked as project manager at Thales Alenia Space Belgium and managed long-term research innovation projects for the European Commission (EC). In the early days of career she worked at the ESA's European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC). In her free time she writes books and articles about the importance of commercialization of space technology and solutions. She was awarded a PhD by the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU-Delft and holds a Master of Space Science from the International Space University (ISU).
Julia is a geospatial analyst, PhD candidate and community-builder who promotes the use of large volumes of open meteorological and climate data and open geospatial software. She works together with companies and intergovernmental organisations and runs Jupyter-based training on geospatial data analysis and programming. By co-founding Women in Geospatial+ in March 2019, she follows her calling to improve diversity and gender-equality in the geospatial field. She co-developed a speakers database giving more visibility to speakers from under-represented gender backgrounds and organises a webinar series on career development.
Aida Monfort Muriach
Aida is a computer engineer specialized in geospatial technologies, she has worked as a researcher since 2016 with GEOTEC: Geospatial Technologies Research Group - Universitat Jaume I, a research group specialized in geospatial technologies and Geographic Information Systems development. Here she has worked on developing web and mobile apps in several European and international projects. She joined Women in Geospatial+ in March 2019 and is currently developing and maintaining the WiG+ speakers database to give more visibility to women working in the field. She also a member of the core team in the Women in Copernicus initiative.
12/05/2021 at 15:00 CET
GEOCHICAS– Closing the gender gap in the open street map community
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Miriam has built a career in Geospatial startups. Currently she is doing Partnerships at UP42. She is Geochicas co-founder and President of the Board in HOTOSM. She is passionate about how Geospatial data and EO technologies can change the world.
María is a Oceanographer who turned the wheel of her career towards GIS working in different roles top Geospatial companies and is part of Geochicas. She believe in tech sector open for all and inclusive.
19/05/2021 at 15:00 CET
EUROGI “WOMEN IN GI” – A policy focus group to promote gender equality in the GI sector
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Monica Sebillo is an Associate Professor in Information Processing Systems at the Department of Computer Science, University of Salerno (Italy). She received a PhD degree in Applied Math and Computer Science. Monica is an ACM senior member and the president of AMFM GIS Italia, member of EUROGI. Her research interests include spatial databases and geographic information systems, Human-GIS interaction and territorial intelligence services. As GIS Laboratory Director, Monica is involved in international and national research projects and has several collaborations with national and international institutions. She also collaborates with primary and secondary schools to promote geo-education initiatives. Monica is the author of more than 100 publications in international journals and conference proceedings.
Marion Murphy is the Managing Director at Mallon Technology Ltd. She has been instrumental in growing the company from a small team to one of the largest GI service providers in Ireland, delivering GI and EO projects for a range of public and private sector clients. Marion holds a BSc in Technology Management. She is an executive committee member of IRLOGI and represents Mallon as a member of EUROGI.
26/05/2021 at 15:00 CET
EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION – Views for the European Commission
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Vera Pinto is a space enthusiast that transformed her passion into a career. Currently she works as Policy and Equality Coordinator at Directorate General for Defense Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) at the European Commission, specialising in European Space Policy and European Space Programme: Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS. She holds a Master's Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her time working at the European Commission, she worked in different Ministers in Portugal. At her last position before she moved from Lisbon to Brussels, she was an European Union Grant Manager for the Portuguese Ministry of Home Affairs, covering migration and refugees.
WiC at the "Women and Copernicus" webinar
WiC at the "Women in GI" IRLOGI / EUROGI webinar
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Space Girls Space Women (Nereus) - WiC pitch during SGSW Nereus websessionWatch recording
WiC at EOcafe (EARSC) - Presentation of preliminary results and debate on Women in CopernicusWatch recording