World Space Week 2016

on 15 September 2016

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites you to organise local activities for the 2016 edition of World Space Week (WSW), the largest space event in the world dedicated to the general public. Taking place each year between 4 and 10 October, WSW was celebrated in 2015 through more than 1800 events held in 73 countries, including Romania.

Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) defines a central theme of the event, which this year is going to be “Remote Sensing: Enabling our Future” — Earth Observation from space, carried out for the benefit of the human race.

Participation in World Space Week as an organiser is opened to any organisation or institution that wants to promote space benefits towards local communities. The type of activities remain at the choice of the organisers, as long as they adhere to the annual theme. Target groups can range from pupils and students to employees, governmental representatives, media or the public at large.

Those who want to join as local organisers can use the WSW name and logo in their media materials, as well as the official poster, created by a 17 years old artist from Croatia.

Local organisers are invited to submit their events to the WSW global calendar and, at the same time, they are encouraged to use the #WSW2016 hashtag. Also, the local event organisers in Romania are invited to post pictures and a short report on the official WSW Facebook page

The coordinator of WSW activities in Romania is the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA). The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research referring to the official recognition of the activities organised by the Romanian teachers.  

In 2015, our country was among the top 5 countries in the world in terms of number of events happening during World Space Week, and no 1 country in several other past editions. Should you need guidance for your local event, please contact Virgiliu Pop, ROSA Education Coordinator and ESERO Romania Manager (virgiliu dot pop @ rosa dot ro). 

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) signed an agreement with the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research so that activities organised by teachers are officially recognised. We invite teachers to contact Mr. Pop for further details.

After the event, local organisers can present a report on their activity, including the number of participants and media coverage.

For more details about the WSW 2016, please consult the official page.

About World Space Week

The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year during the same period: 4-10 October, since these dates commemorate two events: 4 October 1957: launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration and 10 October 1967: the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

World Space Week is coordinated by the United Nations with the support of the World Space Week Association (WSWA). The WSWA leads a global team of National Coordinators, who promote the celebration of World Space Week within their own countries.

Starting the first edition, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth.

Image credit: WSWA



 Word Space Week 2016 official poster