MBRSC opens registrations to Young Professionals in Space Conference 2019

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced early registrations to the 4th Young Professionals in Space Conference (YPS) 2019, from 4 to 6 November 2019, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

YPS is an initiative launched by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to bring scientists, practitioners, engineers and leaders of the space industry and agencies together in a single venue to discuss recent research breakthroughs, technical advances, existing opportunities and emerging space technologies.

The UAE, represented by MBRSC, won the right to host the 4th YPS, during the 3rd YPS held last year in Barcelona, Spain. Those interested to visit can apply on

His Excellency Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, highlighted that hosting the 4th YPS reinforces the UAE’s position in the field of space, as well as Emirati youth’s capabilities to make major achievements in this promising sector. He stressed that this international conference is an opportunity for youth interested in space to form a comprehensive vision of space science, engineering and technology. It also allows them to meet and communicate with professionals and experts from around the world to understand the requirements of the space industry and learn about the latest technologies and opportunities in the industry.

Commenting on the initiative, AlShaibani said: “Hosting YPS in Dubai is part of MBRSC’s strategy to support the vision of our wise leadership to develop Emirati youth to promote technical innovation and scientific research in space science and technology, and enhance the role of advanced space technologies in finding solutions to the challenges facing humanity. The conference also contributes to achieving the UAE’s ambitious strategic plans in space exploration, as well as preparing national cadres that contribute to the development of the space sector as one of the new development sectors in the national economy.”

Speaking on the conference, Adnan AlRais, Mars 2117 Programme Manager, added: “By hosting this conference, we aim to attract local and international expertise in one place to enrich knowledge of space science and technology among Emirati and Arab youth, as well as those interested in space science. The conference allows youth to discuss key topics in the space industry, such as modern trends and research in space exploration, utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) for earth observation, among others.”

“The conference, which is being held for the first time in an Arab country, is a Mars 2117 initiative. Mars 2117 sets out the objective to the UAE’s leading engineers and scientists to explore the Red Planet and find solutions to the challenges facing the Earth by studying the possibility of living in space.”

Saeed Al Mansoori, Chair of Young Professionals in Space Conference 2019 noted: “YPS conference is a great opportunity for young people and space professionals to share ideas and learn about the latest technologies and opportunities in the industry, by meeting scientists, engineers, and space professionals.”

The conference addresses several topics, including UAE & Space, employing space observation technology to the protection of our environment, Lifecycle of CubeSat design and development, AI for earth observation, and Launch and observation of earth observation satellites, including information about the command and control room, and the ground station.

YPS is a Mars 2117 initiative which is funded by the ICT fund of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).