United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

20th UN/IAF Workshop on "GNSS Applications for Human Benefit and Development"

Prague, Czech Republic, from 24 to 25 September 2010

Held in conjunction with the 61st International Astronautical Congress (27 September - 1 October 20010)

Co-sponsored by European Space Agency (ESA), International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic

 

Latest information for participants

Tentative programme

Tentative programme as of 20 September 2010

  • That is a tentative programme as of 17 September 2010, and online version will be updated periodically. Since there are still a few unconfirmed speakers, the programme may be modified by the time of the workshop. A final programme will be distributed during registration for the meeting.
  • For those who, due to time limits, are not scheduled for oral presentation, we have arranged poster sessions. Therefore, please bring a hard copy of your presentation with you (maximum 10 pages of A4 format) for posting it on board outside the meeting room, and be ready to answer questions from the viewers at real time.
  • Please review the attached programme carefully to verify date, time and title of your presentation. If there is any discrepancy, please inform us <sergei.chernikov(at)unoosa.org> as soon as possible.

Information on venue, logistics, etc.

General Information Note

  • Please review carefully the information note to get the latest information on the venue of the workshop, transportation, accommodation, etc.
  • Participants provided with funding support for accommodation as well as those self-funded participants who requested our assistance with hotel booking will be accommodated in the hotel Ibis Praha Mala Strana. Please look through the rooming list to check if you are there and if the period of you stay is correct. Please contact us urgently if you would find any discrepancy there.

Suggested reading and links to reference materials

Online application

Online application for the Workshop is now available. We encourage all candidates to apply for the Workshop online, as it helps us to streamline the processing of applications as well as helps applicants to save their time.

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Information:

Background

The United Nations (UN) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) have agreed to jointly organise a Workshop on the theme "GNSS Applications for Human Benefit and Development", from 24 to 25 September 2010. The Workshop will be held in conjunction with the 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place from 27 September to 1 October 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic. Workshop participants selected by the UN and IAF will be also invited to attend the IAC.

This Workshop is the 20th in the series of meetings jointly organised by the Office for Outer Space Affairs, under the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, and by the International Astronautical Federation. It builds on the recommendations and experience gained from previous workshops. The UN/IAF Workshop has been endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly as part of the 2010 activities of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications.

Objectives

The technology of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) is currently being used in a wide range of sectors including but not limited to: mapping and surveying, monitoring of environment, agriculture and natural resources management, disaster warning and emergency response, aviation, maritime and land transportation.

In the area of precision agriculture, the decision-making process could be significantly improved with the use of geospatial technologies, which allow for timely tactical or strategic decision-making at various levels. The use of GNSS could benefit various areas of the agricultural sector, ranging from basic rural cadastre and surveying to advanced precision agriculture. Agro-climatic and ecologic-economical zonings, crop inventory, monitoring and forecasting are only a few examples of agricultural activities where positioning is of paramount importance.

In the area of climate change, different factors and mechanisms drive land use and land cover transformation. In many cases, climate, technology and economics appear to be determinants of land-use change at different spatial and temporal scales. At the same time, land conversion is an adaptive feedback mechanism that farmers use to smooth the impact of climate variability, especially in extremely dry and humid periods. Satellites have for several years been an indispensable resource in global observation of the Earth and weather systems. They bring undeniable added value to global climate models but much remains to be done in developing finer-scale models capable of use in a regional or national setting. Space-based systems such as GNSS has demonstrated its ability to make precise and detailed observations of key meteorological parameters, whose measurement stability, consistency and accuracy should make it possible to quantify long-term climate change trends.

In the area of transport domain, a number of studies have already shown that civil aviation will significantly benefit from the use of GNSS. These benefits include: improved navigation coverage in areas currently lacking in conventional aids, accurate and reliable information about aircraft positions and routes enables safe and efficient management of air traffic, and thereby safety on airport approaches. Road transport applications can automatically revise a route to account for traffic congestion, changes in weather or road works. Similarly, at sea GNSS technologies can provide efficient route planning, collision avoidance and increased efficiency in search and rescue situations. For rail transport, GNSS offers enhanced cargo monitoring and assists track surveying.

In addition, communication systems, electrical power grids, and financial networks all rely on precision timing for synchronization and operational efficiency. For example, wireless telephone and data networks use GPS time to keep all of their base stations in perfect synchronization. This allows mobile handsets to share limited radio spectrum more efficiently.

With the increased use and application of GNSS and the requirements to relate the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) solutions with already existing mapping products based on local and national coordinates reference systems, there is an urgent need to establish and determine the transformation data to and from such systems to GNSS reference systems. This will be achieved on full realization of the regional reference frames known as African Geodetic Frame (AFREF), Geocentric Reference System for the Americas (SIRGAS), Reference Frame Sub-Commission for Europe (EUREF) and the European Position Determination System (EUPOS), and the Asia Pacific Regional Reference Frame (APREF).

The Plan of Action, contained in the UN document A/59/174 entitled "Review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space" and endorsed by the General Assembly in its resolution 59/2, presented findings and proposed specific actions in the areas that are important for strengthening and further developing the well-being and the future of all nations. These actions include, among others, maximizing the benefits of the use and applications of global navigation satellite systems to support sustainable development, improving medical and public health services through the use of space technologies, developing a comprehensive, worldwide environmental monitoring strategy as well as improving the management of the Earth's natural resources.

In its resolution 61/111 of 14 December 2006, the General Assembly noted with appreciation that the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) had been established on a voluntary basis as an informal body to promote cooperation, as appropriate, on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing and value-added services, as well as the compatibility and interoperability of global navigation satellite systems, while increasing their use to support sustainable development, particularly in developing countries.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, as the Executive Secretariat of the ICG, develops, in cooperation with international, regional and national agencies/institutions, a wide range of activities focusing on capacity building, specifically, in deploying instruments for the international space weather initiative (ISWI), developing a GNSS education curriculum, and utilizing regional reference frames.

The Workshop will address these issues and will discuss GNSS technologies, applications and services that contribute into sustainable economic and social development programmes, primarily in developing countries, with the following main objectives:

  • To increase awareness among decision makers and representatives of research and academic community about ongoing activities and trends in the use of GNSS technologies, applications and services;
  • To examine GNSS technologies, applications and services available for addressing social and economic issues;
  • To strengthen institutional and human capacity building in the area of GNSS technologies, applications and services; and
  • To strengthen international and regional cooperation in the subjects.

Programme

The Workshop will be composed of a series of technical presentations with sufficient time set aside for discussions. Technical sessions will be followed by open discussions, which will focus on specific topics of interest and will provide additional opportunities for participants to voice their opinions.

The programme of the Workshop may include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Status of and trends in existing and planned satellite-based navigation systems.
  • Applications of GNSS technologies and services for sustainable development ( application areas may include environment, agriculture, disaster management, civil aviation, land transportation, maritime applications, LBS, surveying and mapping, scientific applications, timing and telecommunications).
  • International initiatives, programmes and cooperation.
  • Capacity building in developing countries, including discussions on human, financial and technical resources required for successful use of GNSS technologies and services.
  • Presentations on practical experiences and case studies by participants.

Participants of the Workshop are encouraged to make presentations on the topics suggested above, as well as to participate actively in all discussions of the meeting and its Working Groups.

Co-organizers of the event also plan to continue a practice of holding a concluding round table discussion with participation of heads/top managers of space agencies and other relevant national/regional/international institutions and organizations from both space faring and non-space faring countries in order to establish a direct dialogue with the Workshop participants on how space technologies and policies in general, and GNSS technologies in particular, can contribute into sustainable development programmes in developing countries. The round table will also discuss issues and problems in participants' countries as well as will open an exchange of pragmatic ideas between decision-makers and leaders from the above-mentioned organizations and participants of the Workshop.

Language of the Workshop and presentation by participants

Applicants must have a good ability of English, which will be the only working language of the Workshop.

Selected participants who are funded by the cosponsors of the Workshop will be required to prepare a presentation of approximately 10 to 20 minutes on topics relevant to the Workshop objectives and the programme. Presentations on actual on-going projects will be of particular interest to organizers of the Workshop.

Participation requirements

Applicants must have a university degree and well-established professional working experience in a field related to the theme of the Workshop. Applicants should be working in relevant government organizations, international or national agencies, non-governmental organizations, research or academic institutions or industry.

Special consideration will be given to the applicants:

  • who are policy- and decision- makers;
  • who have papers accepted by the IAC International Program Committee;
  • who have experience in leading or performing project(s) in the topic areas, or who have sound ideas and good potential of realizing the ideas to real projects.

Equally qualified female applicants are particularly encouraged.

The co-sponsors of the Workshop will jointly select participants on a competitive basis. Selected participants will be notified by 18 June 2010.

Financial arrangements

Within the limited financial resources available to the co-sponsors, a number of selected participants from developing countries will be offered financial support to attend the Workshop and IAC. Funded participants will be provided with round trip air tickets between the international airport of their home countries and the international airport at Prague, Czech Republic. The funded participants will also be provided with daily subsistence allowance to cover board and lodging for the duration of the Workshop and IAC. Any en-route expenses or any changes made to the tickets will be at the participant's own expense.

Due to limited availability of financial support, not all participants can be funded. In this respect, applicants and their nominating organizations are strongly encouraged to find additional sources of sponsorship to allow them to attend the Workshop.

Funded participants will receive detailed information upon notification of their selection.

Deadline for submission of applications

All applicants are encouraged to use the online application forms to apply for participation in the Workshop (use the links below). In a case of application through traditional - "hard copy" - forms, the completed application form, properly endorsed by applicant's government/ institution, should be mailed to:

Office for Outer Space Affairs
United Nations Office at Vienna
Vienna International Centre
P.O. BOX 500
A‑1400 Vienna, AUSTRIA
Fax: (+43‑1) 26060‑5830
E-mail: unpsa@unvienna.org

to reach the Office no later than 15 May 2010 . The applicant may also submit the original of his/her application through the Office of the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the applicant's respective country.

In either cases, an advance copy of the application form should be e-mailed or faxed directly to the Office for Outer Space Affairs .

Applications received later then the deadline will be considered, but applicants will not be eligible for financial support.

Life and Health Insurance

Life/major health insurance for each of the selected participants is necessary and is the responsibility of the participant or his/her institution or government. The co-sponsors will not assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance, nor for any expenses related to medical treatment or accidental events.

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with 61<sup>th</sup> International Astronautical Congress<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>

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text-align:center;line-height:normal'><b><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:
12.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p>

<div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;
mso-border-bottom-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 0cm 1.0pt 0cm'>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;
text-align:center;line-height:normal;border:none;mso-border-bottom-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;
padding:0cm;mso-padding-alt:0cm 0cm 1.0pt 0cm'><span lang=EN-GB
style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Co-sponsored by European Space Agency (ESA) and by
International Committee <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;
text-align:center;line-height:normal;border:none;mso-border-bottom-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;
padding:0cm;mso-padding-alt:0cm 0cm 1.0pt 0cm'><span lang=EN-GB
style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG). <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;
text-align:center;line-height:normal;border:none;mso-border-bottom-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;
padding:0cm;mso-padding-alt:0cm 0cm 1.0pt 0cm'><span lang=EN-GB
style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Hosted by the Centre for International Services, by
the Ministry of Education, <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;
text-align:center;line-height:normal;border:none;mso-border-bottom-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;
padding:0cm;mso-padding-alt:0cm 0cm 1.0pt 0cm'><span lang=EN-GB
style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Youth and Sports and by Czech Space Office<o:p></o:p></span></p>

</div>

<p class=MsoHeading9><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:18.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:
10.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoHeading9><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:18.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:
10.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>GENERAL INFORMATION<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;
text-align:center;line-height:normal'><span lang=EN-GB style='font-size:12.0pt;
font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>1.<span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Transport<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>&amp; Accommodation<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;line-height:normal'><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>1.1.<span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Flight arrangements<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB'>Those participants who are being provided with UN/IAF funding support
for travelling to the workshop should have been already contacted by a travel
agent regarding the issuance of their air flight tickets. Please note that <u>any
changes to the original air travel arrangements will be at the participants'
expense</u>.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>1.2.<span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Airport arrival<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.05pt;text-align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph;line-height:
normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>Upon
arrival at the Prague Ruzyn&#283; Airport, participants should proceed to the Workshop
Information Officers standing near the exit from the airport security zone (both
for participants who will arrive to the Terminal 1 (flights from non-Schengen
countries) or Terminal 2) in order to use a free shuttle bus service offered by
Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for transportation between the airport and Prague
(metro station And&#283;l, line B). Information on the shuttle bus schedule will
be available on the following Internet site: </span><span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><a
href="http://www.czechspace.cz/cs/un-iaf-workshop-shuttle-bus-schedule">http://www.czechspace.cz/cs/un-iaf-workshop-shuttle-bus-schedule</a>.
For those who are not able to use the shuttle bus service due to an unmatching
flight schedule, there is a possibility to use the public transport service - bus
Nr. 119 to the metro station "Dejvicka", then the metro line A to the station
Malostranska, than tram line Nr. 12, 20 or 22 to the station Hellichova (second
stop). </span></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.05pt;text-align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph;line-height:
normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>
<o:p></o:p>
</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph;line-height:
normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>Workshop
Information Officers at the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Prague</st1:PlaceName>
<st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Ruzyn&#283;</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Airport</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>
will be for your disposal from 08:00 to 20:00 on 23 September 2010.
Participants who arrive before that date should arrange for their transfer themselves.
Information on the transfer options is available at the 2010 IAC website: <a
href="http://www.iac2010.cz/en/general-info/public-transport">http://www.iac2010.cz/en/general-info/public-transport</a>
. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph;line-height:
normal;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>1.3.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Hotel accommodation for UN/IAF-funded
participants</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Participants who are provided with
funding support for hotel accommodation will be accommodated at <b><i>Hotel
Ibis Praha Mala Strana </i></b><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;
mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>(number 3 on the city map on the next page)</span>.
We have made your booking and will cover costs of your stay in a hotel for the
duration of the workshop and the IAC. If you arrive earlier or leave later due
to the arrangement <u>made through the UN</u>, we will cover your extended stay
in a hotel. </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Please note, that participants are
responsible for any additional charges (telephone calls, laundry, room service,
etc.) in a hotel, as well as for extending their stay in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place
w:st="on">Prague</st1:place></st1:City>.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Hotel Ibis Mala Strana</b> address is as follows:</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>Plzenska 14<span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";
mso-fareast-language:KO'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>15000 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Prague</st1:City>,
<st1:country-region w:st="on">Czech Republic</st1:country-region></st1:place> </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>Tel: +420-221-701-700; Fax: +420-221-701-800</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>Website: <a
href="http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-5211-ibis-praha-mala-strana/index.shtml">http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-5211-ibis-praha-mala-strana/index.shtml</a></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Participants and speakers who are
self-funded are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Listing of
hotels with special rates for the congress is available on the IAC website<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><a href="http://www.iac2010.cz">http://www.iac2010.cz</a>
. </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

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id="_x0000_t202" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="202" path="m,l,21600r21600,l21600,xe">
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</v:shapetype><v:shape id="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t202" style='position:absolute;
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height:3.55pt;z-index:1' stroked="f">
<v:fill opacity=".5"/>
<v:textbox style='mso-next-textbox:#_x0000_s1026'>
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<table cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0 width="100%">
<tr>
<td><![endif]>
<div>
<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span
lang=EN-GB style='color:red;text-transform:uppercase;mso-ansi-language:
EN-GB'>Hotel A<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
</div>
<![if !mso]></td>
</tr>
</table>
<![endif]></v:textbox>
</v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><span style='mso-ignore:vglayout;position:
absolute;z-index:1;left:0px;margin-left:626px;margin-top:201px;width:10px;
height:9px'><img width=10 height=9
src="General_InfoNote-Prague2010_files/image003.gif" alt="Text Box: HOTEL A"
v:shapes="_x0000_s1026"></span><![endif]><span style='mso-no-proof:yes'><st1:place
w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Prague</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">City</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>
Centre</span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-bidi-font-family:
Arial;color:#0070C0'><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_i1026" type="#_x0000_t75"
style='width:509.4pt;height:494.4pt'>
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</v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img border=0 width=679 height=659
src="General_InfoNote-Prague2010_files/image005.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1026"><![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;tab-stops:58.5pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;tab-stops:58.5pt'><a
href="http://maps.google.cz/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=cs&amp;geocode=&amp;q=karmelitsk%C3%A1+7,+praha&amp;sll=49.813176,15.001831&amp;sspn=1.64822,4.229736&amp;brcurrent=5,0,0&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Karmelitsk%C3%A1+529%2F7,+118+00+Praha-Mal%C3%A1+Strana&amp;z=16">Venue
of the workshop on Google maps</a></p>

<p class=ATEXT2><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;tab-stops:58.5pt'>1.4 <span
style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>Living expenses</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Participants, who are being
provided by co-sponsors with funding support for living expenses, will receive
during the Workshop an allowance to cover their living costs for the duration
of the Workshop and the Congress. <b>Please note that, in order to receive the
finance aid, you are requested to provide a photocopy of your passport (only
page(s) with your name and signature) and a photocopy of your original air
tickets. Please note that it is also required to submit all the air ticket
stubs and boarding passes that the airlines returned to you after checking in. </b>If
participant(s) stays for a shorter period of time, the amount of payment will
be adjusted accordingly.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Workshop information</p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.1.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Workshop venue</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>The workshop will be held at the
premises of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS). The MEYS
address is as follows:</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><span lang=DE style='mso-ansi-language:DE'>Room C081<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><span lang=DE style='mso-ansi-language:DE'>Karmelitska&nbsp;7
<br>
118 12 Praha 1, Czech Republic<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'>Tel: +420-234-811-111 </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:72.0pt'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";
mso-fareast-language:KO'>Mr. Ondrej Novak, Department of International
Cooperation in Research and Development, MEYS<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>During the workshop, LOC will
provide participants with transportation <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>from
Hotel Ibis Mala Strana</b> to the venue of the Workshop and with return
transport to the hotel after the sessions and/or social events.<span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";mso-fareast-language:KO'> The
complete complimentary shuttle bus schedule will be available online at <a
href="http://www.czechspace.cz/cs/un-iaf-workshop-shuttle-bus-schedule">http://www.czechspace.cz/cs/un-iaf-workshop-shuttle-bus-schedule</a>
<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>very soon.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.2.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Registration details</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Participants' registration to the
UN/IAF Workshop will take place on Friday, 24 September, from 8.00 to 9.00 am
at the workshop venue<span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";
mso-fareast-language:KO'>, MEYS</span>. Each participant will receive a badge
that should be worn visibly throughout the entire period of the workshop.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Please note that you have to bring your passport or other ID with you
in order to pass through security check at the front gate of MEYS.<o:p></o:p></b></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.3.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Work Period</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>The event will be held from Friday,
24 September to Saturday 25 October 2010. The working hours will be between
9.00 am and 6.00 pm. Please refer to the attached programme for further details
(please note that programme might be slightly modified later on). On Friday 24
September the Social Event will be organized by LOC. The Social Event will
start at approx. 7:00 pm. Transport from the venue of the Workshop to the place
of the Social Event will be provided. The place of the Social Event will be
confirmed.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.4.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Presentations</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>All speakers have been scheduled to
make presentations of <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>20 minutes</b> in
length, followed by a discussion at the end of each technical session. Please
see the attached programme for the schedule of your presentation. Since there
are still a few unconfirmed speakers, the programme might be slightly modified
by the time of the workshop.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>For those who, due to time limits,
are not scheduled for oral presentation, we have arranged poster sessions.
Therefore, please bring a hard copy of your presentation with you (maximum 10
pages of A4 format) for posting it on board outside the meeting room, and be
ready to answer questions from the viewers at real time.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>If you wish to use PowerPoint
presentation software for your talk, please bring a copy of your presentation
on CD or on USB memory stick to the workshop.</p>

<p class=ATEXT3 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>If you have not already done so,
please provide us with your abstract and brief biographical details for the use
in the programme by Friday, 16 September 2010 (please send this to &lt;<a
href="mailto:sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org">sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org</a>&gt;).
</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Please review the attached
programme carefully to verify date, time and title of your presentation. If
there is any discrepancy, please inform us (&lt;<a
href="mailto:sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org">sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org</a>&gt;)
as soon as possible.
<o:p></o:p>
</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.5.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Documents</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='background:white'>An
up-to-date programme will be distributed to participants at the time of their
registration. The proceedings will be published electronically after the
Workshop.</span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.6.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Working languages</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>The working language of the
Workshop is English. </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.7.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Facilities, Materials and Equipment</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>The Workshop's conference room is
equipped with PC<span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Malgun Gothic";
mso-fareast-language:KO'> and </span>PowerPoint projecto<span style='mso-fareast-font-family:
"Malgun Gothic";mso-fareast-language:KO'>r</span>. The LOC will provide
photocopying, fax, Internet, and computer services and equipment and office
supplies for the Workshop.</p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;
tab-stops:36.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>2.8.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Lunch </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Please notice that only light lunch
will be prepared for the participants of the workshop. List of restaurants in
the vicinity can be found at: <a
href="http://www.lunchtime.cz/restaurace/praha/mala-strana/english/">http://www.lunchtime.cz/restaurace/praha/mala-strana/english/</a><span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>.</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>3.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>International Astronautical Congress (IAC)</p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Those participants
who have been offered and who have accepted the funding support for attending
the Congress will be registered to IAC after the workshop. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The venue of IAC is
the Prague Congress Center (PCC). Shuttle bus service between the official
Congress' hotels and PCC will be available during IAC. Please refer to the
Congress website <a href="http://www.iac2010.cz">http://www.iac2010.cz</a> for
information related to the event. We also strongly advise you to read the
Congress programme thoroughly in advance in order to attend the event and be
benefited at the maximum.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:
"Malgun Gothic";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:KO'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>4.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Contacts</p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:
EN-US'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>4.1.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
bold'>Mr. Sergei Chernikov: <span style='mso-tab-count:3'> </span></span>E-mail:
<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><a
href="mailto:sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org">sergei.chernikov@unoosa.org</a> </p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>(All matters related to programme
and organization)</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Phone: <span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>+43 1 26060 4948</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Fax: <span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>+43 1 26060 5830</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Mr. Kurian Maniyanipurathu:<span
style='mso-tab-count:2'> </span>E-mail:<span
style='color:black'> </span><a href="mailto:kurian.maniyanipurathu@unoosa.org">kurian.maniyanipurathu@unoosa.org</a><span
style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>(All matters related to travel,
accommodation and visas)</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Phone: <span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>+43 1 26060 4268</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'>Fax: <span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>+43 1 26060 5830</p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>4.2.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Local Organizing Committee in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place
w:st="on">Prague</st1:place></st1:City></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><span style='mso-bidi-font-family:
Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:212.65pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Mr. Ondrej Novak<span style='mso-tab-count:
1'> </span>Email: <a
href="mailto:ondrej.novak@msmt.cz">ondrej.novak@msmt.cz</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:72.0pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Phone: +420-234-811-118<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:72.0pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:72.0pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Mr. Martin Sunkevic<span style='mso-tab-count:
2'> </span><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>
</span>Email: <a href="mailto:sunkevic@czechspace.cz">sunkevic@czechspace.cz</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;tab-stops:72.0pt'><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'>Phone: </span>+420-603-557-752<span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:none;
tab-stops:36.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=AHEADING1 style='margin-bottom:1.0pt'><![if !supportLists]><span
style='mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>5.<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]>Useful Information</p>

<p class=ATEXT1 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:28.2pt'><span style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Please refer to the
Congress website <a href="http://www.iac2010.cz">http://www.iac2010.cz</a> for
more details on local currency, services, climate conditions, as well as for
information on social events during IAC.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:1.0pt;
margin-left:0cm'><span style='color:red'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=ATEXT2 align=center style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:
1.0pt;margin-left:0cm;text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:12.0pt;
mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;color:red'>Have a nice travel to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place
w:st="on">Prague</st1:place></st1:City>! We are looking forward to working
with you towards a productive and enjoyable workshop!</span></b><span
style='mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#0070C0'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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