On 23 Nov. 2022, a side event on Women in Space Exploration and Innovation was successfully held in Haikou, China. The side event is an integral part of the United Nations/China 2nd Global Partnership Workshop on Space Exploration and Innovation. The event was organized by International Space Science Institute Beijing (ISSI-BJ) and fully supported by United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and China National Space Administration (CNSA). Dr. Jie JIANG, a professor from Beihang University and a Discipline scientist of ISSI-BJ, chaired the online meeting.
Four inspirational female leaders in space worldwide were invited to share their experience in space exploration and innovation. Chinese astronaut, Ms Yaping WANG shared her inspirational experience of being a female astronaut. Russian engineer and cosmonaut, Ms Anna Kikina, delivered a video message from the International Space Station and encouraged more women to pursue their dreams. Prof. Zeren Zhima from the National Institute of Natural Disaster of the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management gave a presentation on “Surpassing previous yourself to fulfill your potential”. Prof. Graziedlla Branduardi-RAYMONT from University College London (UCL) shared her story in pursuing a career in space.
The side event, aiming to encourage more women and girls to pursue their dreams in space exploration and innovation, attracted more than 2700 audiences both onsite and online.