Professor Javier Martín-Torres, leader of the Group of Atmospheric Science, has been invited to give a presentation at this year’s United Nation/Austria Symposium, whose core topic is “Space for sustainable development goals”, organized by the UN’s Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). The event will be held, as usual, in Graz, Austria, from 17th to 19th September and, on this occasion, it will be aimed to get “stronger partnerships and strengthened cooperation for 2030 and beyond” within the international space community.
Prof. Martín-Torres will pose the possibilities of sustainable development that can be extracted from HABIT (Habitability: Brines, Irradiation and Temperature), an instrument originally conceived for Mars research. His presentation will take place during the Session 2, devoted to address the application of space technologies as support for the sustainable goals marking the activity of the Austria Symposium.
The UN/Austria symposium, which has been held as a scientific conference of international significance since 1994, is inspired by the conviction that the future course of space exploration development will provide powerful tools for the benefit of humankind through the implementation of solutions for reaching a sustainable development aimed to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Space has become a critical field for developed nations since it was opened with the first exploration missions, and currently space-related activities have a significant contribution from private entities. In this sense, the symposium pays attention to the inclusion of public and private partners, and has as its ultimate objective to close the existing gaps that prevent countries from making full use of space assets. Hence, this year the overall goal is building an optimal frame of cooperation between all the actors involved.