As we all discuss the latest announcement by SpaceX, it is easy to become overwhelmed with excitement with all that’s happening in the space industry. Many SGAC members have been asking how they can get involved in more projects.
Well, the Space Exploration Project Group (SEPG) has been working on the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation (PMAS 2017) since 2015. The Media & Outreach team for the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation (PMAS 2017) needs your help. The PMAS 2017 Media and Outreach Team (MOT) is dedicated to reaching the public, especially students and young professionals, by educating, engaging, and involving them in space research, projects, competitions, and other space-related activities. We need SGAC volunteers to achieve these goals through the following tasks/roles.
The Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC) is a non-governmental organisation, which aims to represent students and young space professionals to the United Nations, industry, agencies and academia. SGAC has permanent observer status in the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). SGAC has a long history, and was conceived at the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Space (UNISPACE-III) in Vienna in 1999. The SGAC Executive Council is made up of representatives from each of the six UN regions, and has a larger body of representatives from nation states. Our focus is on pragmatic space policy advice to policy makers based on the interests of students and young professionals, broadly in the age range 18-35, interested in space from around the world.
About PMAS 2017
The PMAS 2017 aims to conduct a realistic human Moon/Mars simulation mission, that means having a fully isolated analogue astronaut crew, where all communications from the Mission Support Center with the astronauts will be performed only via time-delayed channels to simulate the long distance between the Earth and Mars. We will conduct geological, psychological, technological, biological, and astronomical experiments to ensure the capabilities we use to explore Mars are safe, efficient, and sustainable. Learn more.
Tasks / Roles
- Graphic Designers: we have a list of ideas for new infographics, illustrations, and interactive infographics (both educational and promotional). We need graphic designers to work on these projects. The designs will be posted on the SGAC website, social media, and will be sent on our PMAS 2017 monthly newsletter.
- Video Editors / Script Writers: we have a list of ideas for video projects (both educational and promotional). We need video editors and script writers to write scripts, and to film/edit the list of video projects we have. One of the ideas is to create a series of short (less than 60 sec.) educational and promotional animation videos for PMAS 2017.
- Photographers: we need photographers, who are based in Torun, Poland. They will take promotional pictures for PMAS 2017 either in workshops/events or in the Mission Support Centre during the mission.
- Newsletter Officer: we need to write/design effective, informative, and engaging PMAS 2017 monthly newsletter.
- Dedicated SEPG/PMAS Social Media Officer (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram): we need a dedicated social media officer to share posts, interact with our followers on social media, increase our activity levels on social media, and analyse statistics to achieve our goals. The social media officer will be given a mothly goal/target that he/she should achieve. He/she should also prepare a monthly report about the social media analytics.
- Bloggers: we need bloggers who can spread the word about PMAS 2017 and its activities on their personal blogs. In addition to publishing our press releases on their blogs, they should also publish monthly articles about PMAS 2017 activities.
- PMAS 2017 Ambassadors: we need passionate individuals to spread the word about PMAS 2017 and its activities in their local schools and communities. We have prepared a presentation that PMAS Ambassadors could present in local space events/workshops. They should inform us prior to the event. (Badges, PMAS 2017 Presentation, Local events Schedule/plan, media presence, photographers)
- PMAS 2017 Mission Launch Event Organisers / Event Organizing Team: the PMAS 2017 mission launch event organisers / organising team should prepare an official announcement, prepare a registration form, write/send invitation letters, and work closely with our partners in Torun. (Team, Announcement, Registration form, Invitation letters, Preparation(working closely with our points of contact in ABM Space and Mars Society Polska)
- Competitions (Jury, Workforce): we need jury members who are experts in Photography, Programming, CAD, Mechatronics Systems, and Astrophysics to set guidelines and evaluation criteria, as well as evaluate submissions for the PMAS 2017 competitions. Additionally, we need volunteers to write a list of FAQs/Q&As and respond to participants' inquiries.
What do we expect from PMAS 2017 Media and Outreach team members?
Most volunteers will be volunteering for a minimum of 3-4 hours a week. Members volunteering as photographers or film crew should be living in the Netherlands or Poland. If you wish to volunteer for other roles, these can be performed remotely/regardless of location, as long as you can be available online.
- Volunteer for a minimum of 3-4 hours a week
- Meet the team lead and other team members via weekly/bi-weekly telecons (Skype/Hangouts) to chat and discuss action items
- Responsive to emails
If you wish to volunteer for the Media & Outreach team for PMAS - or if you cannot volunteer but wish to support the program - please contact us.
What incentives can you expect as a PMAS 2017 Media and Outreach team member?
Please note that all of our members are volunteers, and are not paid for their work. However, we offer all of the PMAS 2017 participants an amazing, a remarkable, and an unforgettable experience - the opportunity to get hands-on experience in an actual space project, and to work with an international, multicultural, and interdisciplinary team. The outcomes and discoveries of the PMAS 2017 will be recorded and will ultimately lead to several publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or at conferences. PMAS 2017 outcomes and lessons learned will contribute directly to space science and technology, advancing our current exploration systems / capabilities. As we are partnering / collaborating with leading agencies, organisations, and/or institutions in the space sector, the PMAS 2017 and its team will have an international exposure in the media. Additionally, we will offer certificates of recognition to our participants for their valuable contributions.
- Meeting and working with young space sector leaders from around the world
- International recognition on the SGAC webpage, social media, documents, etc.
- Participation in space projects and space events
- Opportunity to build leadership skills
- Spreading the word about SGAC and PMAS 2017
- Inspiring and engaging younger generations in space education and outreach
- Credit for your work on SGAC website and social media
- Certificates of recognition
How to Apply
- PMAS 2017 participants shall be SGAC members (18-35 years old). If you are not already an SGAC member, Please sign up here
- Fill out the Space Exploration Project Group membership form here
- Fill out this application form here
- Contact our PR Manager and Media and Outreach coordinator, and express your interest in joining PMAS 2017
|Project Director||Sebastian Hettrich|
|PR Manager||Camilo Reyes|
|Media & Outreach Coordinator||Candice Goodwin|
|SEPG Membership Coordinator||Hady Ghassabian|
Written by: Mina Takla, Danielle LeMieux, and Mclee Kerolle.
The Space Exploration Project Group (SEPG) and the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation (PMAS 2017) team hope you had amazing holidays and wish you a successful 2017!
Mission planning is going ahead and we had a PMAS workshop on December 10 in Prague, where we discussed PMAS organizational structures and plans for scientific operations during the mission.
Unfortunately, because of the harsh weather conditions in Poland this winter, our partner, the Space Garden Company, had to pause construction work on the Modular Analogue Research Station (M.A.R.S.), which will house the PMAS 2017 analogue astronauts during the mission. Therefore, the PMAS mission had to be delayed. The new mission dates are July 29 to August 14 2017.
In other news, we are glad to announce that at the start of this year the PMAS Mission Support Team (MST) supported MDRS Crew 172 Mission at the Mars Desert Research Station, run by the Mars Society in Hanksville, Utah, USA.
Last but not least, we would like to officially thank our crowdfunding supporters and backers for their valuable support. The digital perks will be sent soon; however, the tangible perks will take a little longer to organise and deliver, and are expected to be sent out by March.
We look forward to engaging with you in further PMAS outreach activities soon. Stay tuned!
Over and out…