IIAS believes that communities are empowered when they are represented. We are proud to support several educational outreach programs. In 2019, IIAS partnered with Project PoSSUM to introduce the ‘PoSSUM 13’ and ‘Space for all Nations’ and has also partnered with ‘The Out Astronaut Project’. The PoSSUM 13 is a talented group of thirteen Scientist-Astronaut Candidates and Advanced Academy PoSSUM graduates who will serve as global ambassadors in increasing opportunity and representation for students — and especially young women– who have a passion for space science and exploration. Space for All Nations fosters collaboration between emerging space nations and facilitates access to universities in these nations to established programs in the US and Canada. The Out Astronaut Project is an organization that will address the under-representation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people in science and space by highlighting the contributions of LGBTQ members currently working in science and space and provide grants to promising LGBTQ students currently pursuing professions in space-related fields.
Alignment with United Nations Strategic Development Goals
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
✓ By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrollment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programs, in developed countries and other developing countries.
✓ By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs, and entrepreneurship.
✓ By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
✓Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Goal 10. Reduced inequality within and among countries
✓By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or other status
Created to honor the legacy of the Mercury 13, Project PoSSUM manages the PoSSUM 13 Project, a talented group of thirteen PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates and Advanced PoSSUM Academy graduates who serve as global ambassadors in increasing opportunity and representation for students — and especially young women– who have a passion for space science and exploration. Through a combination of educational outreach initiatives and mentorship, the PoSSUM 13 will serve as representatives for citizen science, striving to increase opportunities and representation for students — notably young women and girls — who have a passion for space science and exploration.
The Out Astronaut Project is a collaboration between Stardom Space and Project PoSSUM to address the under-representation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people in science and space. Astronauts inspire our youth, represent limitless possibilities, and serve as ambassadors to STEM. We highlight the contributions of LGBTQ members currently working in science and space and provide grants to promising LGBTQ students currently pursuing professions in space-related fields. The Out Astronaut Project will train and fly a member of the LGBTQ community as a scientist-astronaut. This person would be an inspiration to the LGBTQ community while enabling cutting-edge PoSSUM research.
Space For All Nations helps emerging space nations work among themselves to participate in pure science ventures of global importance while creating opportunities for these nations to collaborate with established space nations. Space For All Nations helps its member institutions develop STEM outreach activities within their own nations to inspire the next generation of space professionals.