Empowering all Women, in Space and on Earth

Smart Working

Working Group 5: Smart Working

Working smarter, not harder in the Space Industry

Over the past two years, traditional working models have had to adapt to overcome the challenges of the pandemic.  As workers are now beginning to transition back into the office, there is a shift towards adopting remote working policies in combination with the traditional working model full time to create a new way of smart working.  There is now a greater focus on helping workers to achieve a better work/life balance and enabling them to have greater autonomy in their role. In order to investigate how the Space industry has adapted its working practises and to review the lessons learned, we invited participants from the agencies and private entities in Europe to share their experiences and suggestions to help determine what should be the best practises in the future. During this event, the results of this survey will be presented and a discussion with a guest speaker from the commercial space industry will follow, to provide their insights on best practises to implement smart working going forward and the challenges associated with it.

The White Paper “Smart Working – Challenges and Opportunities” contains recommendations on further initiatives to be implemented by a WIA-Europe Working Group. All WIA-Europe members are invited to join the Working Groups and contribute with their experience and expertise.

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Eva Georgiou / Maria Pia Di Donato / Rachel Jenkins / Sneha Deshpande

With thanks to Sabrina Melchionna


Thursday, 19 May 2022, 13:00 CET


Join us in this lunch-time webinar for a presentation of the results of the White Paper research and a discussion on Smart Working practices. We will be joined by a guest speaker Lucia Sardo, Satellite Operations Manager at Inmarsat, who will provide their insights on best practices to implement smart working going forward and the challenges associated with it. Interesting for stakeholders as line managers and HR personnel as well as anyone interested in working more smartly!

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Working Group 1: STEM Education

This White Paper gives a concise summary of the main issues, transverse across European countries, focussing on early inspiration, retention of young women, the contribution and influence of peers/family, the perception of women in STEM careers, and the importance of European coordination.

Working Group 2: Skills Gap in the Aerospace Sector

This White Paper gives an overview of sector trends and specific needs, and proposes a set of actions based on the analysis of available reports and studies carried out in Europe and beyond. It contains country-specific information and recommendations for implementation at different points in the career profile.

Working Group 3: Increasing the number of women in C-suite Roles

Find out: How to increase the number of female board members? How to support female professionals in bridging the gap between their skills and experience to reach an executive role? Which steps do businesses wanting to grow the number of females in C-suite roles have to take?

Working Group 4: Visibility of Female STEM Experts

The acknowledgement of women as highly skilled professionals and experts, especially in traditionally male-dominated sectors, heavily depends on how they are being presented across all forms of media as well as at relevant public and professional events. Which best practices can help to accelerate the process?

The current Working Groups have finalised their work, but if you would like to contribute with your expertise in future, we would love to hear from you. The next WIA-Europe working groups will be formed soon.

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