The International Space Education Board (ISEB) was founded by CSA, ESA, JAXA and NASA in October 2005. It now brings together nine space agencies (AEM, CSA, CNES, ESA, JAXA, KARI, NASA, SANSA and UAESA) and one space education entity (VSSEC). Every year, the Heads of Education of the ISEB member agencies discuss cooperative space educational projects face-to-face. Once action plans are agreed upon by the ISEB HoE, working group representatives implement the plans throughout the year.
JAXA through its Space Education Center jointly organizes with ISEB member agencies the Student Participation Programs during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the world’s largest gathering of space professionals. One of the four founding members of ISEB organizes the International Student Zone (ISZ) at the IAC venue. The ISZ serves as an integral hub for university and graduate school students sponsored by each of the member agencies during the IAC. At the ISZ, students present their research, network with space professionals and fellow students, and conduct outreach for local school students. Every year, JAXA sponsors Japanese students to attend the ISEB Student Program. By providing opportunities for the exchange of information and ideas with students from other countries, the Programs assists young people to broaden their perspective so that they will look at their future with open minds.
Lunchtime session at International Student Zone at IAC2018, Bremen, Germany
Cross Cultural Workshop for ISEB students, 2018
The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) was founded in 1960. The objective of the IISL is to promote the further development of space law and the expansion of the rule of law in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes (http://iislweb.org/)
The IISL has organized the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition since 1992. Each year, students from North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific and Africa prepare and present written and oral arguments on a hypothetical space law case. Since 2001, JAXA has been sponsoring two finalists from the Asia-Pacific to attend the World Finals held in conjunction with the annual IISL Colloquium at the IAC.
World Finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court competition, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011