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World Space Week 2022 | Women in Space

World Space Week 2022

Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for the upcoming World Space Week (WSW) to provide a focus of the activities and events that take a place throughout the world, during 4-10 October. The World Space Week 2022 theme is “Space and Sustainability.”

During October 4-10, 2022 WSW will celebrate two branches of the topic to be covered-achieving sustainability in space, and achieving sustainability froms pace.

The theme is inspired by how sustainability in space relates to how humanity uses space, most pressingly, the orbital area surrounding Earth-itself a finite resource.

There is a much greater story to tell in terms of how space exploration and remote Earth observation can help drive change for our own home planet. This includes measuring climate change, identifying pollution on land and at sea, supporting agriculture in developing nations-an endless list. Of the 169 targets that form the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, 65 directly benefit through Earth observation satellites and related technologies. Achieving the SDGs would be so much harder without the tools and techniques available to scientists through space exploration.

The growth of World Space Week reflects widespread acceptance of this synchronized time frame to celebrate space, inspire students using space, and promote space programs, policies, and organizations.  WSW is celebrated by a network of over 1,000 space-related organizations, the largest such network in the world, according to WSWA.

The Association’s Board each year selects a theme for World Space Week to provide a focus of the activities and events that take a place in over 80 nations during 4-10 October.  WSW event organizers are encouraged to incorporate the theme into their activities and promotional materials.

Anyone, from anywhere in the world, can create a World Space Week event. The theme is a guideline for creating events, however, WSWA accepts the registration of any space-related events which start or end from 4 to 10 October as an official World Space Week event.

WSW event organizers are encouraged to incorporate the theme and poster into their activities and promotional materials. To see the history of World Space Week themes, please click here.

How do you celebrate World Space Week? It is much simpler than you may think! Just have a look at these simple steps on How to Organize a World Space Week Event.

Do you want to organize an event at World Space Week 2022?

What is it?

World Space Week is the celebration of the world’s largest space.

It consists of a cycle of events and spatial outreach activities organized by a multitude of entities from around the world, concentrated between October 4 and 10.

It takes place every year in that week to commemorate the launch of the first artificial satellite (Sputnik I, 4/OCT/1957) and the entry into force of the treaty on the principles governing the activities of states in the exploration and use of outer space, the Moon and other celestial bodies (10/OCT/1967).

Why should you participate?

  • To increase the visibility/recognition of your organization in online and offline media.
  • Build and maintain a global network in this industry and contribute directly to the development of space science and technology in Spain.
  • Educate society on the benefits they receive from space science and technology, as well as inspire young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
  • Promote greater use of space technology for the sustainable economic development of the country and demonstrate the existence of public support for space programs.
  • To promote international cooperation in space education and dissemination.


  • Help inspire and awaken vocations in students
  • Makes public support for science and development in the space field visible and tangible
  • Gain greater public awareness of space activities
  • Promote international cooperation in space and education

What is our role?

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As part of our work as an ESA broker in Spain, our ultimate objective is to promote technology transfer and adapt possible synergies between the space sector and other application sectors.

In this sense, during the last years Knowledge Innovation Market – KIM has organized during this week of October different activities together with specialist collaborators, with which to bring the space sector closer to the citizens.

We are National Coordinators of the World Space Week in Spain since 2019. In this role, we seek to promote this type of activities throughout the territory. We are contacting organizations potentially interested in holding their own activities related to this global event.

Our objective is to build and promote a network of activities and events related to space, providing the support and guidance necessary for the optimal development of these activities.

If you have any questions, contact us!

Do you have any doubt?

Contact us! We advise you on the type of activities admitted, procedures … If you meet the requirements, we will include it in the calendar and the global map and we will disseminate it through the web and social networks.

World Space Week

Relevant figures

In 2019 8,000 events and more than 96 different countries were held.

Since this annual commemoration was launched, around 2,000,000 attendees have participated in activities associated with the event.

Since 2007 approximately 500,000,000 press references.

WSW22: Our activities

These are our activities this year


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Mercè Cuixart

Previous editions

World Space Week 2021 | Women in Space

The theme chosen this year is “Women in Space”. The objective is to value the contribution of female figures in the space race and promote vocations in the new generations.

Just over 500 people who have been in space. But fewer than 70 have been women. These include Valentina Tereshkova (1962), Svetlana Savotskaja (1982), Sally Ride (1983) and Eileen Collins (1999).

World Space Week 2021

World Space Week 2020

Cycle of webinars | Galileo: The European satellite navigation system in Latin America

Organizers: Knowledge Innovation Market – KIM, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid Aerospace Cluster.

Fecha: September 30th – October 15th, 2020


SEPTEMBER, 30th | 14:00h UTC

Why Galileo? Description, systems and services

In this webinar the potentialities of the Galileo and GNSS for its practical application in Latin America were exposed.


  • 16:00h CEST
  • 11:00h Santiago de Chile, Chile // Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 10:00h La Paz, Bolivia
  • 09:00h Quito, Ecuador  // Bogotá, Colombia


  • Vanesa Ramos
    Galileo Information Centre – Chile Coordinator
  • Luis Cuervo
    DG-DEFIS at European Comission
  • José Luis Martín
    European Service Centre GNSS (GSC) User Support Services

OCTOBER 15th | 14:00h UTC

Galileo en la práctica: Casos de uso

In this webinar we’ll see two practical applications of Galileo: in the extensive livestock sector and in the precise location of underground pipes.



  • 16:00h CEST
  • 11:00h Santiago de Chile, Chile // Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 10:00h La Paz, Bolivia
  • 09:00h Quito, Ecuador  // Bogotá, Colombia

Interviews with aerospace entities

Date: October 5th 2020


FAQs New Space

Date: October 5th, 2020


Online debate

Date: October 7th, 2020



How satellites improve life: Spanish entrepreneurs travel to space

Our colleague Vanesa Ramos has participated in this initiative, where she presented the Galileo Information Centre in Santiago de Chile.

World Space Week 2019

Free workshop “3, 2, 1… Launch!”
Curso de teledetección con radar de apertura sintética SAR
Training: “SAR Technology: An innovative solution in Earth Observation”
SPAIN, 4- 10 OCTOBER 2019
Children’s and youth scientific dissemination contest

2018 Edition

Observatori Fabra

Photo contest

INSTAGRAM · 4-10/OCT/2018

Participants were required to post a space-related photograph on Instagram.

The winner obtained a double ticket for a night visit, with a glass of cava, conference, observation of the night sky at the Observatori Fabra.

Contest Rules

Lab-Workshop of Digital Creation and Manufacture


KIM and Tinkerers Fab Lab held this workshop on digital creation and fabrication, titled “How to Use Digital Fabrication for Small Space Technology Projects”.

The agenda consisted in a visit to the center and a subsequent demonstration for students and families.

Conference “Statistics as a grammar of science”

SABADELL · 10/OCT/2018 · 20h

Within the World Space Week 2018, KIM and the Agrupació Astronòmica de Sabadell held this conference, given by Jaume Llopis, entitled “Statistics as a grammar of science”, aimed at a specialized adult audience


Cinefórum: “Ikarie Xb 1” and colloquium with Miquel Sureda and Antoni Paz

BARCELONA · 10/OCT/2018 · 21:15h

On the occasion of World Space Week 2018, KIM and Zumzeig Cinecooperativa organized a film forum on the film Ikarie Xb 1, with aerospace expert Miquel Sureda, Master Coordinator – MASE ESEIAAT – UPC, and Antoni Paz, executive director of KIM.

Edición 2017

World Space Week 2017

Presentation: Data compression for space, ground and maritime applications


Presentation by Dr. Jordi Portell (DAPCOM) from Fully Adaptive Prediction Error Coder (FAPEC), a novel data compression solution initially conceived by researchers at the UPC and UB to overcome the limitations of other standards in environments with loss of data, like aerospace.

BCN Space Meeting 2017

BCN Space Meeting 2017


The Mobile World Centre hosted this space culture promotion meeting on October 9, 2017 with the aim of learning about aerospace technologies being developed by technology centers and start-ups. The BCN SPACE MEETING was a meeting day for companies in the aerospace sector in which, through talks, demonstrations and showcases, they were able to publicize their current situation and know first-hand what technologies are being developed or used by start-ups. and technology centers.

Webinar Design Thinking: Space technology available to everyone

ONLINE · 9/OCT/2017

In this online workshop, an attempt was made to expose through the Design Thinking methodology the possible synergies between the space sector and other sectors in a dynamic and participatory environment. The assistance of technological organizations from “non-space” sectors was sought, which bet on the generation of new opportunities, and sought to improve their products / services, adding value through the implementation of innovative solutions.

Workshop Exploring spatial synergies

MADRID · 10/OCT/2017

Continuing with the search for synergies between the space and non-space sector, a face-to-face workshop was held with a selection of companies from different sectors, linked or not to the space sector, so that they could delve into possible synergies with space technologies, explore the presentation of technological challenges of your company and even assess the implementation of innovative and viable solutions.

Debate: Do we’ll colonize other worlds?


Stephen Hawking said that humanity needs to colonize other planets to escape extinction. He did not say that as a species we had two newscasts, but more or less. Specifically, this scientist believed that the end of the world is approaching by leaps and bounds. Most likely we will not count another thousand years, a small sigh in geological time.

As a finishing touch to the WSW 2017 we have discussed with four experts the options that open up to us towards a future exploring other planets.

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