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Wednesday, September 28 • 9:00am - 11:00am
(REF 28234) Prospects for Latvian space science and technology to fulfill UN Space Agenda 2030

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The theme of UN Space Agenda 2030 is “Space Drives Sustainable Development” which positively impacts all 17 SDGs. It was approved by UNGA on 25 October 2021. Latvia has not yet developed a unified strategy to address issues and goals stated in Space Agenda 2030. This session will seek to articulate a strategic vision to achieve that.
Latvia has three observatories of significance to European space sciences: Baldone Astrophysical Observatory, Ventspils Radio Astronomy Centre, and the Geodynamics Observatory in Rīga that is a member of the International Satellite Laser Ranging Network. The other two observatories function in multiple research networks suited to their research facilities. The initiation of the Space Photonics ERA Chair creates the opportunity the develop a European centre of excellence in space sciences that draws upon all of Latvia’s space science capabilities to address challenges such as space debris, threats of space weather extremes including coronal mass ejections from the Sun and asteroid impact. Additionally, the strengthening of space research capacity in Latvia will strengthen the prospects for cooperation not only with European institutions, but also with emerging space research centres in Africa building on relationships that already exist.
Session speakers will present the vision of the development of space sciences in Latvia to 2030 and beyond and how this can fulfill UN Space Agenda 2030 ambitions as well as help to achieve UN climate goals starting with carbon neutrality by 2050.
The objective of the SSUNGA77 is “to develop and launch initiatives that demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities supporting the attainment of the SDGs.” The Latvia space science and technology session will present the existing space research and innovation capacity in Latvia to address UN Sustainable Development and climate change goals and recommend policies and investments required for Latvia to more fully fulfill the promise of its space science vision.

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Dr. Bernard Foing

Chief Exectuive Officer, EuronMoonMars
Dr. Bernard Foing Prof. Dr. Bernard Foing, President of Space Renaissance InternationalBernard Foing, CEO of EuroMoonMars Earth Space Innovation, is currently serving as President of Space Renaissance International. He is the Executive Director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group ILEWG sin... Read More →

Arnolds Ubelis

Scientific Secretary, University of Latvia

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Kalvis Salmiņš

Director, Institute of Astronomy University of Latvia
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Ilgmars Eglitis

main researcher, Institute of Astronomy University of Latvia
Astrophysics:Spectophotometry of Carbon starsResearch small bodies of Solar system

Aigars Atvars

senior researcher, University of Latvia
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Pauls Irbins

Head, Space Education Centre
Science communicator, Education expert, space industry professional.
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Roberts Kancāns

Mechanical Engineer II, Honeybee Robotics
Roberts Kancāns is a Mechanical Engineer II at Honeybee Robotics, a recently-acquired subsidiary of Blue Origin specializing in the design and deployment of space mechanisms, notably for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). Honeybee's previous work includes the Rock Abrasion Tool... Read More →
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Kaspars Karolis

Senior Expert Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Latvia Ministry of Education and Science
Kaspars Karolis is a Space Policy Senior Expert at the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Latvia and Head of the Latvian delegation to the European Space Agency.He is the Latvian representative to the European Space Agency in:ESA CouncilESA Requesting Party Activities... Read More →
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Angelina Bekasova

Space and Innovation Senior Expert, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia
Angelina Bekasova is Space and Innovation Policy Senior Expert at the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia and Director for International Relations and Industry Development at the Latvian Space Industry Association. Angelina represents Latvia at the European Space Agency... Read More →
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Aleksejs Klokovs

Director and CEO, Latvia space center VIRAC and VIRATEC Ltd.
Dr.sc.ing. Aleksejs Klokovs is a director of Latvia space centre VIRAC located in Irbene and a Chairman of the Board at VIRAC spinoff companies. Aleksejs is a member of the board of the International Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) Telescope (ILT) and a member of JIVE-ERIC council, the... Read More →

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Vidvuds Zigismunds Beldavs

Chairman, Riga Photonics Centre
Vidvuds (Vid) Beldavs Chairman of the Board of Riga Photonics Centre advancing light sciences and technologies for Latvia; futurist. Board member of ACES Worldwide. Convenor of the following SSUNGA77 sessions:Recovery of Ukraine’s science and innovation capacity after the fossil... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
  Space, astrophysics