Seminar on Space Education for Educators

Venue: Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), ISRO, Dehradun, India

November 15-16, 2018

Jointly Organised by ISRO & JAXA within the framework of APRSAF / SEWG


Start Date - Sept. 5, 2018

End Date - Oct. 5, 2018   Oct. 14, 2018

List of selected participants for SEWG-2018

About Us

About Seminar

The Seminar will be attended by the School Teachers (Class - IX to XII), Educators from Planetarium, Science Museum, Mentors, etc. The expected number of participants are 60-70, of which 10-15 participants are expected to be from about 10 countries (e.g. Japan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea) in the Asia-Pacific region. The Seminar aims at building a working knowledge for teaching tools and methods to impart space education with a scope to include in schools curricula and extra-curricular activities for future generations.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

India decided to go to space when Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) was set up by the Government of India in 1962. With the visionary Dr. Vikram Sarabhai at its helm, INCOSPAR set up the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in Thiruvananthapuram for upper atmospheric research.

Indian Space Research Organisation, formed in 1969, superseded the erstwhile INCOSPAR. Vikram Sarabhai, having identified the role and importance of space technology in a Nation's development, provided ISRO the necessary direction to function as an agent of development. ISRO then embarked on its mission to provide the Nation space based services and to develop the technologies to achieve the same independently. read more..

Event Photograph of 2017

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was born through the merger of three institutions, namely the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). It was designated as a core performance agency to support the Japanese government's overall aerospace development and utilization. JAXA, therefore, can conduct integrated operations from basic research and development, to utilization.

In 2013, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its founding, JAXA created the corporate slogan, "Explore to Realize," which reflects its management philosophy of utilizing space and the sky to achieve a safe and affluent society. read more..

Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF)

The Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) was established in 1993 to enhance space activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Space agencies, governmental bodies, international organizations, private companies, universities, and research institutes from over 40 countries and regions take part in APRSAF, the largest space-related conference in the Asia-Pacific region. The increasing attendance of high-ranking officials at APRSAF events provides opportunities to discuss international cooperation for space activities in concrete terms.

APRSAF currently organizes four working groups—Space Applications, Space Technology, Space Environment Utilization, and Space Education—to share information about the activities and future plans of each country and region in these respective areas. APRSAF also supports the establishment of international projects as solutions for common issues, such as disaster management and environmental protection, so that participating parties will benefit from mutual more..

Space Education Working Group (SEWG)

The Space Education Working Group (SEWG) was established to promote space education activities including space topics and to provide opportunities for space education. The working group has been actively pursuing a variety of programs in close collaboration with educators from the Asia-Pacific region, in service of a goal: to encourage young minds to see the world through a larger, more cosmic perspective, and channel the spirit of the seeker, the adventurer and the maker to make a contribution to the global community, to become a part of the solution to the ills that plague today’s more..


To exchange lessons learned from previous experiences in teaching space science and technology and share ideas to let space education inspire new generation.


Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), ISRO,
4-Kalidas Road, Dehradun – 248001, India

The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) is a constituent unit of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space, Government of India. Since its establishment in 1966, IIRS is a key player for training and capacity building in geospatial technology and its applications in Southeast Asia. The training, education and capacity building programmes of the Institute are designed to meet the requirements of professionals at working levels, fresh graduates, researchers, academia, and decision makers.

IIRS hosts headquarters of Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), affiliated to the United Nations and provides support in conducting the Remote Sensing and GIS training and education programmes. read more..


School Teachers (Class - IX to XII), Educators from Planetarium, Science Museum, Mentors, etc.

Expected outcome

Building a working knowledge for teaching tools and methods to impart space education with a scope to include in schools curricula and extra-curricular activities for future generations.

Proposed Activities

Day 1: November 15, 2018

09:00 - 09:30 hrs


09:30 - 10:05 hrs

Opening Ceremony

10:05 - 10:30 hrs

Group Photograph & Tea

10:30 - 11:15 hrs

Space Science and Technology - Introductory and Overview session

– by Mr. Masanobu Tsuji, JAXA

11:15 - 12:00 hrs

Applications of Earth Observation Data for Societal Development

by Dr. Y. V. N. Krishna Murthy, Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST), Department of Space, Government of India

12:00 - 12:45 hrs

Space Education in Your Classroom - For Lifelong Learning Society

by Dr. Nozomu Sakuraba, JAXA

12:45 - 13:15 hrs

Briefing on Water Rocket

by Dr. Yukio Shimizu, JAXA

13:15 - 14:00 hrs


14:00 - 15:00 hrs

Demo & Hands-on Rocketry - Water Rocket*

– by Dr. Yukio Shimizu & Team JAXA and Team ISRO

15:00 - 15:30 hrs


15:30 - 17:30 hrs

Hands-on Rocketry – Water Rocket* (continued)

– by Dr. Yukio Shimizu & Team JAXA and Team ISRO

18:30 - 20:00 hrs

Celestial Observation Techniques

– by Mr. Sachin Bahmba, SPACE Group, Delhi

Day 2: November 16, 2018

09:00 - 10:00 hrs

Learning about our Solar System and Beyond

– by Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, Physical Research Laboratory, Department of Space, Government of India

10:00 - 11:00 hrs

Innovative Astronomy Education and Outreach Programmes in Schools - for STEM Learning

– by Mr. Sachin Bahmba, SPACE Group, Delhi

11:00 - 11:15 hrs


11:15 - 12:45 hrs

Hands-on Vacuum Experiment

– by Dr. Yukio Shimizu, JAXA

12:45 - 13:30 hrs


13:30 - 14:30 hrs

Visit to Space Exhibition

14:30 - 15:00 hrs

Viewing Moon and Mars from Space

– by Dr. Prakash Chauhan, IIRS, ISRO

15:00 - 15:25 hrs

Open discussion

Coordinated  by Dr. S. K. Srivastav, IIRS, ISRO & Ms. Mika Hosobata, JAXA

15:30 - 16:00 hrs

Indian Space Programme: Current and Future Perspectives

– by Mr. R. Uma Maheswaran, ISRO

16:00 - 17:00 hrs

Closing Ceremony

17:00 - 17:30 hrs


Note: The topics mentioned for JAXA are tentative and may be modified by the JAXA team.


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Dr. Prakash Chauhan, Organiser
Director, IIRS, ISRO
e-mail: prakash[At]iirs[dot]gov[dot]in
Fax: +91-135-2740785

Dr. S. K. Srivastav, Co-organiser
Dean (Academics), IIRS, ISRO
e-mail: sksrivastav[At]iirs[dot]gov[dot]in
Phone:+ 91-135-2524135
Fax: +91-135-2741987, 2748041

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mika Hosobata
Space Education Center
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuo-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, 252-5210, Japan
Email: hosobata.mika[At]jaxa[dot]jp
Tel: 050-3362-7590 | Fax: 042-759-8612



1). The participants will arrange travel from their place of posting to the Seminar venue. No travel support will be provided by the organisers.

2). Local transport from Dehradun Airport & Railway Station only to Seminar venue will be provided by the organisers based on request received from the participants.


1). The local accommodation to the participants will be provided in the Hostels of IIRS Dehradun. The expenses will be borne by the organisers.

2). The accommodation for local participants will not be provided. The accommodation request for family or friends will not be considered.


During the Seminar, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided to the participants by the organisers.


For any query please contact us by email at- sewgseminar2018[At]iirs[dot]gov[dot]in