Danielle Wood, assistant professor of Media Arts & Sciences and of Aeronautics & Astronautics and director of the Space Enabled research group, is selected for a third time to serve as a Private Sector Advisor to the US Delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
On June 5 at 11:30am ET/5:30pm Vienna time, Danielle presents a livestreamed Technical Presentation as part of the COPUOS events. The event will be shared via the United Nations webcast system. see link above. Danielle's talk is part of a series of four Technical Presentations which will take place toward the end of the COPUOS meetings. Danielle's talk starts in the recorded webcast around 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Prof. Wood will participate in COPUOS between June 5 and 9 in person at the United Nations' Vienna International Center in Austria. Danielle was selected to serve as a Private Sector Advisor via a competitive process by which the US State Department reviews applications and identifies experts who can share their knowledge the delegation and other COPUOS participants. Prof. Wood's role as a Private Sector Advisor includes giving a technical presentation and discussing questions that arise for the US delegation during the course of the committee deliberation.
"The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 to govern the exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity: for peace, security and development. The Committee was tasked with reviewing international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, studying space-related activities that could be undertaken by the United Nations, encouraging space research programs, and studying legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.
The Committee was instrumental in the creation of the five treaties and five principles of outer space. International cooperation in space exploration and the use of space technology applications to meet global development goals are discussed in the Committee every year. Owing to rapid advances in space technology, the space agenda is constantly evolving. The Committee therefore provides a unique platform at the global level to monitor and discuss these developments."