Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), in cooperation with Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and Inter Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology (ISNET) hosted the inauguration ceremony of “3rd International Conference on Space 2022” themed as “Role of Space Technology and Applications in Socio-Economic Development“at Serena Hotel, Islamabad on Monday, 28 March 2022. Chairman SUPARCO, Maj Gen Amer Nadeem, HI (M) was the Chief Guest of the Ceremony

Eminent experts of different faculties of space sciences & technologies from Azerbaijan, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, China, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Switzerland, Senegal, Turkey, UAE and many more attended the event.

In his address, Chairman SUPARCO, Maj Gen Amer Nadeem, HI (M), emphasized that being the National Space Agency, SUPARCO is fully committed to promote the use of space technology and its applications for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN member states. He said, “Today technology is not only assisting in determining new and alternate ways to save and reproduce depleting resources but also suggesting their effective utilization. Space Technology also contributes greatly in confronting countless challenges in the fields of climate change, resource monitoring, disaster management and mitigation, health and education”. He further added, ”SUPARCO has completed numerous important projects in Pakistan and few other countries related to Agriculture Monitoring, Disaster Management, Forest Estimation & Monitoring, Environment and GIS based Governance/Planning, all of which were focused on achieving the defined sustainable development targets.”

He expressed his gratitude to all the foreign/local participants and hoped that this event would be beneficial for everyone and this forum shall draw productive, fruitful and prosperous outcomes.

After the inauguration, 34 papers and a number of keynote speeches were made by national and international speakers/presenters. Inter Islamic Network on Space Sciences & Technology (ISNET) in collaboration with SUPARCO, Iranian Space Agency (ISA), Turkish Space Agency (TUA) and Azerbaijan Space Agency (Azercosmos) organized a panel discussion titled as “Promoting Space Education & Awareness in OIC Region: Lessons Learned from ISNET Member States”.

Workshop on “Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing” was another highlight of the day. During the conference, many interactive sideline activities have also been also organized including technical exhibition and poster display. Technical exhibition is showcasing SUPARCO’s Air monitoring lab, Space van, CubeSat, 2D clinostat and much more.      

      Upcoming Sessions

56 papers will be presented on the 2nd day of the conference by national and international participants. Workshops on “Application of Remote Sensing Data and Hazard Modeling”, “Space Technology: Navigation Error Analysis Tool (NEAT)” and “Microgravity & Space Farming” will also be organized. Winners of “ISNET’s 1st Outstanding Award Program on Implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Space Science and Technology” will also be announced during a special session.