From June 5, World Environment Day, Nova SBE will host the Portuguese Space Agency's exhibition, Space for Our Planet, which looks at the Space's role in the United Nations 2030 Agenda. This exhibition aims to demonstrate how Space provides innovative solutions and contributes to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The project consists of 40 information panels, with texts and photographs, and shares real testimonies of academics, fishers, astronauts, students, teachers, or scientists, among others. Each testimony is presented with the portrait of one of the "actors of change" who uses or benefits from space technology or its applications that allow the construction of an increasingly sustainable future.
Space for Our Planet extends into the digital universe through an online platform that enables an immersive experience with audio interviews, dedicated webinars, and podcasts.
Nova SBE hosts this project in a phase of increasing investment in the inclusion of Space Economy-related topics in its academic portfolio. In addition to the international program Space for Business, in partnership with the European Space Agency, created in 2021, there are several initiatives focused on Space Economy planned, from educational offerings, research, partnerships, and innovation projects with industry, as well as case-studies developed by students and events, to amplify the existing community and bring Space closer to Earth.
Created in 2021, the exhibition has already been present in some of the world's major capitals, such as New York, Brussels, or Paris, and has also been associated with major strategic events, such as Expo Dubai, now arriving in Portugal. After a month in Terreiro do Paço, it moves to the Nova SBE campus, where it can be visited in the Exterior Gallery, until June 28.
"We are excited to welcome the Space for Our Planet exhibition to Nova SBE. This initiative plays a key role in our strategy to transform the Nova SBE campus into a living platform for knowledge, art, and science, reflecting our commitment to promoting meaningful interactions between these areas and opening new horizons of discovery and inspiration. The Space topic is of special importance to Nova SBE, which is one of the organizers of the international program Space for Business, in partnership with the European Space Agency, and for all the initiatives already planned in the Space Economy area," explains Madalena Borges de Sousa, Executive Director of Community Engagement & Alumni Relations at Nova SBE.
"This exhibition is a way to show citizens that Space is not just a source of inspiration and technological overcoming and only within the reach of a few, but that it belongs to all and for all. Space and satellites allow us to understand our ecosystems better and improve our quality of life on Earth in the most diverse areas. We hope that each person who visits this exhibition can relate to the testimonies of those who already use these resources in their activities and are inspired by the incredible images of our Planet that Space offers us", says Carolina Sá, Earth Observation Project Manager at the Portuguese Space Agency.