Space-focused event launches Expo 2020’s thematic programming

DUBAI – A virtual event bringing together some of the brightest stars in space travel and exploration, including Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency and science lead for the Emirates Mars Mission, will probe the benefits, solutions and challenges of exploring beyond our planet’s orbit.

Open to the public and hosted by Expo 2020 on 5th-6th October, 2020, during World Space Week, the virtual event will also feature James L. Green, Chief Scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. It underlines Expo’s commitment to bring together the world’s most ambitious minds, across 10 thematic weeks, to address some of the greatest challenges facing the planet.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau said, “Our theme weeks will draw on Expo 2020’s central role in bringing together the world’s brightest, most inquisitive and innovative minds from more than 190 participating nations, to participate in the sharing of knowledge, new ideas and innovations that will stand the test of time.

“Space, as a resource shared by all humanity, is one of these crucial topics. With the technological advancement of space travel and exploration making the dream of space tourism closer to reality than ever before, managing it peacefully and equitably requires the concerted international cooperation of all space-faring nations.”

The event will bring together numerous members of the Expo family, including Expo 2020’s participating nations, Official Partners and the general public, who can find out more and get involved on Day 1 and Day 2. It will highlight the latest innovations in space research and travel, while also providing a platform to discuss focus areas including space exploration, governance and law, space data and remote sensing, and the