Dubai future foundation organizes space on earth forum

To examine role of space technology in addressing emerging challenges on earth

Dubai Future Foundation in collaboration of the United Nations of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), organizes the 1st Space on Earth Forum in Dubai between the 13th and 14th November which attracts representatives from space and advanced technology sectors in the UAE and around the world.

The forum, held at DFF’s AREA 2071 space, aims to provide participants with an overview of these technologies and advancements made in exploring space technology and their link towards benefiting and enhancing living conditions on earth.

Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation said, “We aim to capitalize on the UAE’s efforts and advancements in the field of space exploration and the use of technology to develop and accelerate such efforts, as well as, leverage on the studies being presented to develop vital sectors such as food, water and sustainable energy”

He added, that organizing the Space on Earth Forum supports the Foundation’s efforts to spread scientific content, build capacity and develop a sustainable future through the use of advance technology, knowledge sharing and the exchange of best practices.

Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo Director of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, said: “Space science and technology are essential allies in the main challenges facing humanity today, such as climate change, water scarcity and food security. UNOOSA is proud to collaborate with such strong partners as the Dubai Future Foundation for this conference, which brings together leaders with diverse experiences in the space sector and beyond to leverage the potential of space in addressing these issues”.

Space missions rely on efficient food and water technologies to support astronauts in constrained environments. Such technologies can have direct applications on Earth and can help strengthen food and water security environments that are similarly constrained.

In order to accelerate the gains of space research and its technological applications on Earth, the Forum featured 6 scientists out of 35 who received funding from the MBR Space Settlement Challenge, which was launched last year by the Dubai Future Foundation, to develop technological solutions for the various challenges surrounding living in constrained environments.

The participating scientists will highlight technological solutions that could be used to support sustainable food and water production on Mars, as well as, looked at various solutions that could helped long term space settlements minimize energy and resource consumption while maximizing the production of nutrition, food and water.

With the aim of disseminating research outputs to national stakeholders in support the UAE’s vision of achieving food and water security and becoming a knowledge-based economy and a hub for scientific research, the Forum featured presentations, sessions and panel discussions that focused on a wide range of topics, including the importance of space research and the growth of space technology sector in the region.