World Space Week Association
World Space Week Association (WSWA) is an international non-government organization with a mission to strengthen the link between space and society through public education, participation, and dialogue on the future of space activities, using UN-declared World Space Week, October 4-10 annually, as a focus.
Every year, World Space Week Association selects a theme as a guidance for celebration. Our 2021 World Space Week is dedicated to Women in Space. With this theme, WSWA wishes to showcase accomplishments and contributions of women working in the space sector and STEM and to promote gender equality in both space and other scientific fields.
Supported by a global coordination network, WSWA works year-round to encourage the space and education sectors to hold events during WSW. The result is the largest network of space-supporting organizations on Earth, which participate in this annual event. WSWA supports these coordinators and participants with services to help maximize the visibility and impact of World Space Week.
The Association works with educators, space industry, space agencies and other organizations to advocate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education by inspiring students through WSW. WSWA encourages use of WSW as a platform not only for STEM education but to involve the public in space programs and to encourage people around the world to express their passions for space.
One of the oldest space advocacy organizations in the world, WSWA has permanent observer status in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), is a member of the International Astronautical Federation, and is supported by numerous global sponsors and global partner organizations.