Programmes

WIA Europe provides professional development, conferences, networking opportunities and annual awards for the aerospace community.

WiA-E-logo_stern-solo-blue-dark_001a3b_ach_

Awards & Grants

WIA-Europe has set up a WIA-E Awards & Grants Committee with 4 high-level personalities: The Committee reviews all applications and provides a recommendation to the WIA-Europe Board of Directors for approval.

The WIA-Europe Outstanding Achievement Award is an engraved statuette and an Honorary Membership, presented at the award ceremony.

The WIA-Europe Student & Young Professional Award is €1,000 and is open to individuals aged 21 to 35 who are registered as a full time student at a European university or as a young professional in the aerospace sector in Europe.

WIA-Europe would like to encourage and support upcoming talent – young professionals and students alike – and for this we have set up a grants programme.

One of the main goals of WIA-Europe is to enable our members to fully realise their potential. To help them do this, we regularly organise training workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics, with skilled and experienced trainers.

Award Committee Chair
Committee Members
WiA-E-logo_stern-solo-blue-dark_001a3b_ach_

Outstanding
Achievement
Award

Guidelines

The WIA-Europe Outstanding Achievement Award is an engraved statuette and an Honorary Membership, presented at the award ceremony. It is presented to a person who has:

  • Shown noteworthy achievements in or contributions to an aerospace related project or programme that represents a breakthrough or milestone in the aerospace field in Europe.
  • Shown noteworthy achievements in or contributions to an academic/educational project or programme that represents a breakthrough or milestone in the aerospace field in Europe.
  • Shown exemplary leadership abilities in the aerospace field.
  • Served/serves as a role model or mentor who demonstrates dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace.
  • Contributed positively to raise awareness and recognition of women in aerospace.
  • An active commitment to the professional growth of women in aerospace.

There are no constraints on age, gender or nationality for the WIA-Europe Outstanding Achievement Award. WIA-Europe promotes diversity and as such accepts candidates from all nations, and encourages the nomination of men focusing on points 4, 5 and 6 of the above criteria.

Procedure

The candidate can apply themselves, or can be nominated by someone else. All entries are judged by a committee of three WIA-Europe members and two WIA-Europe Board members. The entries must have:

  • A completed, signed application form WIA E_ Outstanding_ Achievement_Award_Form
  • An essay of up to 500 words explaining the motivation for the nomination, including at least:
  • The relevance of the nominated individual in the aerospace sector;
  • His/her role in supporting women leadership and presence in the aerospace sector;
  • His/her recognition in the international arena.
  • The nominee’s extended CV
  • A copy of a valid passport or other official identification document.

2017 WIA-Europe Outstanding Achievement Award Winner:

2017 WIA-Europe
Outstanding Achievement
Award Winner:

Claudie Haignere

Claudie Haigneré

Claudie Haigneré has been selected for her outstanding contribution in the field of space exploration, in increasing visibility of women in the space sector and in engaging young girls in science and technology.
In 2001, Claudie became the first European woman to visit the International Space Station, as part of the ”Andromède” mission. She played a key role as astronaut, scientist and as a leader.

A full biography of Ms. Haigneré can be found here.

WiA-E-logo_stern-solo-blue-dark_001a3b_ach_

Student & Young
Professional Award

Guidelines

The WIA-Europe Student & Young Professional Award is €1,000 and is open to individuals aged 21 to 35 who are registered as a full time student at a European university or as a young professional in the aerospace sector in Europe.

Candidates may have a non-European nationality. Applicants must be members of WIA-Europe.

The award is presented to the student or young professional who writes the best essay of no more than 1,000 words that discusses:

  • The relevance of studying and working in the aerospace sector and their view on their future role in this field
  • What the candidate intends to do with the prize money and the experience to be gained through it, including efforts to share what has been learned

 

Procedure

Candidates should submit:

  • A completed, signed application form WIA_E_SYP_Award_Form
  • A reference letter from a current professor or employer
  • A copy of a valid passport or other official identification document
  • An essay of maximum 1,000 words, in accordance with the guidelines provided
  • An extended curriculum vitae

Six months after receiving the award, the winner must provide a brief report outlining how the prize money has helped her to advance his or her career/studies.

2017 WIA-Europe Student Award Winners:

Damiana Catanoso

B37N-DMCIAEgOzF

 

Damiana Catanoso is an aerospace engineer, graduated from La Sapienza University of Rome and pursuing the Joint European Master in Space Science and Technology (Spacemaster). She is currently working at Airbus Defence and Space on the topic of GNSS satellites navigation.

Damiana was born in 1992 in Messina, Sicily, Italy. In 2011 she moved to Rome to pursue her Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering. Damiana immediately involved herself in an active and productive university environment. As Secretary of Sapienza Aerospace Student Association (AIAA Student branch) she managed many activities and projects. In 2013 her team won the First National and Second World Prize of the NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2013 with a greenhouse concept for Mars. In 2014 Kiwanis Club awarded her with the “We build” Prize. She participated and won the First Prize of “Gravity” National Competition with a project about asteroids’ capture. In 2015 she has been elected as representative of the Aerospace student body. After completing her bachelors she attended the first of two years of the Space and Astronautical Engineering master in La Sapienza. In 2016 she left Rome to start Spacemaster, at the end of which she will have a double degree from Lulea University of Technology and Würzburg University. At the end of September 2017 she will start her third semester in Germany and at the same time she will work in Zentrum Für Telematik on a three cubesats formation mission.

Damiana is an alumna of the International Space University after participating in the Space Studies Program 2016 in Israel. To pursue her growing interest in new formation flying techniques of small satellites constellations, in 2018, she will be joining the Stanford Space Rendezvous Lab as a visiting research student to work towards her thesis.

Damiana is a member of WIA Europe, SGAC, Royal Aeronautical Society, Society of Satellite Professionals International.

Damiana loves every kind of sports: from boxing to swimming and cycling. She likes adventurous travels in strict contact with nature and local people. She loves singing too.

Damiana wants to share her energy and enthusiasm with young dreamers by the Space Open Day Project in a high school of Sicily (in Messina), at the beginning of the scholastic year to give them a full charge of energy and motivation. The activities will be finalized to learn interactively, through group games, and to invite speakers with the space experience (students/professors/workers) and a Sicilian Astronaut (Luca Parmitano) as special guest  to attract the students to hear their experience. The Space Open Day will be the small flame that starts a big fire spreading without fear.

Olympia Kyriopoulos

Olympia_Kyriopoulos

Olympia Kyriopoulo is a multicultural citizen of the world with an innate passion for space. Mechanical Engineering studies at Technische Universität Darmstadt and University of California, Berkeley with PhD in Fluid Physics Microgravity Research. Highly motivated and goal-oriented professional, 10+ years of experience in Project Management, Business Development, Commercial Sales, and Leadership for various international aerospace projects, and recent astronaut candidate. Life always accompanied by music and sports, traveler around the world and never stop explorer. Look up and dream big to make the impossible possible.

Olympia wants to transfer to the new generation her enthusiasm, passion and competence for the space sector by an Young Children Education Project in primary school to increase awareness and recapturing the aerospace pioneer spirit in both industry and society. She wants to distribute a “miniature” rocket module among kindergartens, elementary schools, and high schools throughout the world covering all continents to be filled with their own little experiments, small souvenirs, or wishes, ready for launch to space on-board the new suborbital reusable launchers.

The WIA-Europe Awards & Grants Committee has finalized its work and the WIA-Europe Board of Directors has endorsed the recommendation for this year’s Student & YP Award Winners.

We would like to congratulate the winners.

The Award Ceremony will take place on June 20 from 16:45 – 17:00 at the ESA Pavilion of Le Bourget in Paris.

WIA-Europe Awards, Grants & Training

We believe in the importance of recognising achievement and celebrating individuals who strive towards their goals. To learn more about each programme, please click on a link.

WiA-E-logo_stern-solo-blue-dark_001a3b_ach_

Grants

2017 Grant Winners:
Rita Neves

Rita_Neves

Rita Neves is a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield University, in the UK. She is a member of WIA Europe, and used her grant to present her research at the International Astronautical Conference (IAC): ‘Asteroid Capture Missions for Unattainable Targets using Earth-Resonant Encounters‘.

Helia Sharif

Helia_Sharif

Helia Sharif holds a B. A. Sc. in Systems Engineering from Simon Fraser University and a M. A. Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in Canada. Additionally, she has completed the Space Studies Program at the International Space University in Austria.

Her passion for space and robotics has lead her to pursue a number of exciting and unique opportunities ranging from camping in the Arctic while working for NASA, to developing image processing algorithm at the Advanced Concepts Team in the European Space Agency, and for Canadian Space Agency’s micro-rover: Kapvik.

Now in Bremen, she’s pursuing a doctoral thesis research degree funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to train satellites become smarter. She’s responsible for the design of an autonomous vision-based system onboard aerial vehicles to help in guidance and navigation maneuvers in real-time.

WIA-Europe would like to encourage and support upcoming talent

Are you interested in applying for a grant to attend an aerospace conference or workshop in the first semester of 2018? The deadline for submissions for this grant is 15 December 2017.

WIA-Europe would like to encourage and support upcoming talent – young professionals and students alike – and for this we have set up a grants programme.

The programme provides grants of € 1000 to cover attendance at aerospace workshops and conferences and is intended to support new and young colleagues with their first experiences in presenting a paper in an international context.

Applications

Applicants should send a short CV and the abstract of the paper they intend to present to the Board Assistant. Papers should be formally accepted by the conference in which they are supposed to be presented, and the letter of acceptance e-mailed along with the application. The size of the application package should not exceed 1 MB. Applicants should be WIA-Europe members.

WIA-Europe will acknowledge the reception of the application via e-mail.

Submissions related to all aerospace disciplines are welcome.

Successful applicants will be informed via e-mail. Along with the grant of € 1000 for the conference, they will also win a year-long free membership to WIA-Europe for the following year. They will also be requested to give a short presentation of their work at the next WIA-Europe General Assembly or event.

Interested to participate? Send your application package to info@wia-europe.org before December 15th!

2017 Grant Winner Helia Sharif

Helia Sharif holds a B. A. Sc. in Systems Engineering from Simon Fraser University and a M. A. Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in Canada. Additionally, she has completed the Space Studies Program at the International Space University in Austria.

Her passion for space and robotics has lead her to pursue a number of exciting and unique opportunities ranging from camping in the Arctic while working for NASA, to developing image processing algorithm at the Advanced Concepts Team in the European Space Agency, and for Canadian Space Agency’s micro-rover: Kapvik.

Now in Bremen, she’s pursuing a doctoral thesis research degree funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to train satellites become smarter. She’s responsible for the design of an autonomous vision-based system onboard aerial vehicles to help in guidance and navigation maneuvers in real-time.

WiA-E-logo_stern-solo-blue-dark_001a3b_ach_

Training

One of the main goals of WIA-Europe is to enable our members to fully realise their potential. To help them do this, we regularly organise training workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics, with skilled and experienced trainers.

Join WIA this year for in-depth discussions on the latest budget implications to the government and industry, as well as on personal success stories of current women leaders in aerospace.

Workshops and Seminars

Would you like to learn how to present yourself on camera, or do you perhaps feel that your networking skills could use some honing? Maybe you’d like to improve your communication skills, or get professional guidance on how to move up the corporate ladder?

WIA-Europe Events

All our trainings will be advertised in the events section, please check back regularly to see all the opportunities we offer.

Suggest a Course

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa.

WIA Membership

All these subjects and more are on offer for our members. Please email us if you would like to take part in the programme.

WIA-E Local Groups

As any professional will tell you, interpersonal connections form the very cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling career.

Among WIA-Europe’s goals is building our members’ careers through our network, and what better network to nurture than the one you are already in?