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University of Leicester academic to host ‘informative’ space session at upcoming United Nations event

A respected researcher from the University of Leicester will be sharing “the benefits of space for humankind” during a prestigious United Nations (UN) event next month.

Dr Sarah Fox is set to host a session dedicated to space during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2023 – an annual UN conference that defines issues, policies and frameworks to improve information and communication technologies.

Entitled ‘Working together to sustain our future: What space has to offer and how we protect it’, Dr Fox’s workshop will bring highly respected experts together to talk about their involvement in space research and how they view the merits of space activities to humans on Earth.

Taking place on Thursday, May 4, the interactive session will also include a global panel of experts answering a series of questions from the audience. 

Dr Fox said: “We are living in a truly exciting time for space exploration and research, with new technologies and discoveries constantly pushing the boundaries of what we thought possible.

“This session aims to showcase just some of the many ways in which space is benefitting humankind.”

She added: “By bringing together experts from various fields, I hope to shed light on the importance of continued investment in space and inspire the next generation of space researchers.”

Dr Fox is also involved in two UN virtual round-table events looking at cybercrime and cyber law in April.

“For me, cyber space is an extension of space and telecommunication technologies. It has many of the allied challenges in terms of international agreement and a consensus, regarding an approach for regulation and oversight,” said Dr Fox.

The session, Working together to sustain our future: What space has to offer and how we protect it, will take place between 12pm and 1pm on Thursday, May 4. 

Dr Fox was previously called to a UN Space Affairs meeting.

The University of Leicester operates Space Park Leicester, a world-leading cluster for innovative research, enterprise and education in space and Earth observation.

Space Park Leicester provides state-of-the-art facilities for research, development and manufacturing.

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