Building on the success of its inaugural event last year, the EMER-GEN™ program returns to the AMOS Conference September 15-17, 2019. A joint initiative of the AMOS Conference and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), EMER-GEN is designed especially for young professionals and students (35 and under) enthusiastic about careers in space.
To ensure the program stays relevant to its young audience, the presenting organization, Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), is drawing on the input of the young professionals. The planning committee includes two alumni of the 2018 EMER-GEN cohort, along with two members of SGAC.
“We received valuable constructive feedback from the 2018 cohort, what worked, what didn’t, and that has helped us to shape the 2019 program,” said Conference Director, Sandy Ryan of the Maui Economic Development Board. “It’s important to engage the young professionals in the planning to find out what they want and need for their own professional development. As a joint initiative with SGAC, we are looking forward to tapping even more into their experience in coordinating similar events.”
SGAC is a global non-governmental, non-profit organization and network that aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18 to 35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.
“As a member of SGAC and a part of the planning committee, I am excited to contribute new ideas through interactive activities that will maximize our engagement with and understanding of the topics discussed,” said Victoria Carter-Cortez, an astrophysicist and aspiring space policymaker based in Washington. “I think it’s of utmost importance that participants leave feeling inspired with their horizons broadened and challenged to keep growing professionally.”
The EMER-GEN program offers professional development with presentations, panel discussions and internationally-renowned thought leaders. The program also includes plentiful opportunities for networking with other young professionals.
The mentoring and professional development sessions will guide discussion on key questions and challenges to space cooperation and enable tomorrow’s leaders to meet and connect with today’s leaders and professionals.
“EMER-GEN was a great opportunity to learn from leading space specialists, network with industry peers, and learn professional skills.” said planning committee member, Robert Kalei Miler, a Geospatial Information Analyst with Pacific Disaster Center. “The knowledge and experiences I gained from EMER-GEN will help me with my continued career growth.”
Participants will also be exposed to technical short courses which serve to upgrade or expand technical job skills and help remain abreast of recent developments in respective fields of interest. EMER-GEN is limited to 40 participants to keep the intimate nature of the program. The young professionals and students are also invited to attend the main AMOS Conference at a special rate.
The 20th Annual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference, a program of the Maui Economic Development Board, will be held at the Wailea Beach Resort September 17-20. It is the premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space situational awareness. The cross section of private sector, government, and academic participation helps foster important dialogue and international collaboration. The continued growth in attendance and participating countries at AMOS reflects a growing interest in space sustainability and space commerce initiatives as new actors—national governments, private sector companies, non-governmental entities, and universities—become involved in these activities.