MBRSC announces the launch of the 2nd Annual EMM Science Workshop
posted on Aug 14, 2016
The workshop will discuss the science of the Martian atmosphere to educate UAE undergraduates and graduate students
14 August 2016
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the 2nd Annual EMM Science Workshop, which targets students, graduates and educational entities from various UAE universities. The workshop, which will be held on October 3rd at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, will address the science of the Martian atmosphere, as well as various topics about the Red Planet, its history and evolution over millions of years, with the participation and the presence of professors from UAE universities, the international scientific community, and students from the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.
Engineer Salem Humaid Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs at MBRSC, emphasised that: “The Emirates Mars Mission - Hope is of great importance, being a pivotal phase in the space sector journey in the UAE. Being delegated to design, implement and supervise all the phases of the project, under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency, MBRSC is committed to the development of national capacity in Martian science and outer space exploration technology, so as to achieve the UAE’s strategy in the field of space and to serve the project’s current and future requirements and objectives.”
Sarah Amiri, Deputy Project Manager, Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission, said: "This workshop is in line with the efforts of MBRSC and the Emirates Mars Mission, to create opportunities for exchanging information among those who are interested in Martian science.”
She also pointed out the team’s focus on developing the UAE's capabilities and enriching the knowledge on the Martian atmosphere amongst the new generation.
The 2nd Annual EMM Science Workshop offers a unique opportunity for a specific number of people wishing to participate as presenters for the submission of presentations on Martian science and atmosphere. Those willing to participate can register online via the page dedicated to the workshop on the MBRSC website, no later than August 18th, 2016. The names selected will be announced by the end of next month. Those selected will need to provide their presentations by no later than September 8th, 2016. Those willing to attend the workshop can register through the above mentioned page, starting from today until September 16th.
MBRSC is a Dubai Government entity which aims to promote scientific innovation and technology advancement in Dubai and the UAE. The Centre works on research projects and studies related to space science, in line with the approach of the United Arab Emirates, in its quest to develop the sector and build national academic skills through it.
Among the most prominent tasks entrusted to the Centre are the design, implementation, and supervision of all phases of launching the “Hope Probe” to explore Mars. The Centre is also responsible for all projects related to satellite technology and applications and specialized projects, and advanced technical projects assigned to stakeholders. Also, the Centre provides space imaging and earth station services and support to other satellite services.
In 2009, MBRSC launched "DubaiSat-1" into space, the first remote sensing satellite. In 2013, the second satellite "DubaiSat-2" was launched, while work is underway to launch the third satellite "KhalifaSat", which is being built purely by Emirati engineering and expertise in the UAE.