2. Annual Meetings
  3. APRSAF-24
  4. Meeting Details


Meeting Details

Group Photo


14-17 November 2017


Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
26/1 Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram-Rajajinagar,
Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560055, India


Space Technology for Enhanced Governance and Development


The 24th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-24) will be co-organized by the following organizations:

India: Department of Space (DOS)
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Japan: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

APRSAF-24 will also be supported by the following organizations:

India: Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) Bangalore Chapter
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare (MoAFW)
Japan: National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA)
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
Ministry of the Environment (MOE)
Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Overall Schedule of the APRSAF-24

Plenary and Working Groups
Dates Event Venue
14-17 November 2017 APRSAF-24
- 14-15 November
  Working Group Sessions
- 16-17 November
  Plenary Session
Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
APRSAF Activities & APRSAF Related Projects
Dates Event Venue
11-12 November 2017 Water Rocket Event

11 November 2017:
Guest House of ISRO in Devanahalli on Airport Road

12 November 2017:
Kendriya Vidyalaya, NAL Campus

13 November 2017 SAFE Workshop Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
Kibo-ABC Workshop
Space Policy Workshop
14-17 November 2017 Poster Contest
15 November 2017 Evening Session: Space for Future Society
16 November 2017 Welcome Reception hosted by ISRO
16 November 2017 Cultural Tour Bengaluru Sightseeing

Plenary Session

The Plenary Session of APRSAF-24 will be held from 16 to 17 November 2017.

The General Co-chairs are:

Mr. A. S. Kiran Kumar
    Secretary, Department of Space (DOS), India /
    Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Ms. Mami Oyama
    Deputy Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education,
    Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), Japan

Working Groups

Prior to the Plenary Session, the following working group sessions will take place in parallel from 14 to 15 November 2017. The concept notes for four working groups and initiatives are on:
APRSAF-24 Working Groups
Participants who wish to present are requested to send abstracts (approximately 400 words in length) to the APRSAF Secretariat when registering.
APRSAF-24 Registration

The Working Group co-chairs are listed below:

Space Applications Working Group (SAWG):
Mr. Shantanu Bhatawdekar Director, Earth Observation System, ISRO Headquarters
Mr. Kazuo Tachi Technical Counselor / Senior Chief Officer of Satellite System Development & Senior Chief Officer of Space Applications, Space Technology Directorate I, JAXA
Space Technology Working Group (STWG):
Dr. M. Annadurai Director, ISRO Satellite Center (ISAC)
Mr. Ryoichi Imai Vice President /Director General of Research and Development Directorate, JAXA
Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG):
Dr. S. Seetha Programme Director, Space Science Office, ISRO Headquarters
Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki Associate Senior Engineer, Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Utilization Center, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, JAXA
Space Education Working Group (SEWG):
Dr. A. Senthil Kumar Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS)
Dr. Nozomu Sakuraba Director, Space Education Office (Space Education Center), JAXA

APRSAF Activities

i. SAFE Initiative Workshop
Date: 13 November 2017
Reference: http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/

<Contact for further information>:
Mr. Ko Hamamoto
E-mail: hamamoto.kojaxa.jp TEL: +81-50-3362-7938

ii. Kibo-ABC Initiative Workshop
Date: 13 November 2017
Reference: http://www.aprsaf.org/initiatives/kibo_abc/

<Contact for further information>:
Mr. Kazuo Umezawa
E-mail: Kibo-ABCaprsaf.org TEL: +81-50-3362-2669

iii. Space Policy Workshop
Date: 13 November 2017
Organizer: National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), India
University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy, Japan

The workshop program consists of two sessions: Perspectives of National Space Policy and Latest Space Programs [Part I]; and Panel Discussion on “Space Exploration: Emerging Issues of Space Policy and Possibility for Collaboration.” These sessions will share a vision toward future exploration as well as identifying pressing issues such as space debris mitigation [Part II]. Distinguished speakers are invited from various countries in the region to share their views on desirable approaches to space exploration.

<Contact for further information>:
E-mail: yuritakayahotmail.com

iv. Evening Session: Space for Future Society
Date: 15 November 2017

This new session aims to collect ideas and discuss how aerospace technology, such as GNSS and remote sensing, can contribute to creating future society. Appropriate themes are: smart systems of energy management, transportation, healthcare, disaster reduction, agriculture, industry, environment monitoring and so on. With this in mind, the session provides presentation opportunities for those who have proposals of ideas for future society.

<Contact for further information>:
APRSAF 24 Secretariat
E-mail: aprsaf24aprsaf.org TEL: +81-50-3362-5880

v. Water Rocket Event
Co-organizers: ISRO and JAXA
Date: 11-12 November 2017
11 November 2017: Guest House of ISRO in Devanahalli on Airport Road
12 November 2017: Kendriya Vidyalaya, NAL Campus,
near Jeevan Bima Nagar Bus terminal, Bengaluru -560017, India
Reference: Rules
Application Information
Application Form

<Contact for further information>:
Ms. Ayako Uchida
E-mail: ap_wre_eduml.jaxa.jp TEL: +81-50-3362-6438

vi. Poster Contest
Theme: “United Through Space”
Co-organizers: ISRO and JAXA
Reference: Rules
Entry Form

<Contact for further information>:
Ms. Ayako Uchida
E-mail: ap_poster_eduml.jaxa.jp TEL: +81-50-3362-6438

vii. APRSAF-24 Exhibition
Date: 14-17 November 2017
Venue: Pre-function Area of Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
Further details: APRSAF-24 Exhibition

<Contact for further information>:
APRSAF-24 Secretariat
E-mail: aprsaf24aprsaf.org TEL: +81-50-3362-5880

Welcome Reception

A reception will be organized and hosted by the ISRO at the Grand Ball Room of Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway on Thursday evening, 16 November 2017 to welcome the participants of APRSAF-24. The schedule will be announced in due course.

Cultural Tour

Date : 16 November 2017
Destination: Bengaluru Sightseeing

Further details will be forthcoming later: APRSAF-24 Cultural Tour



Point of Contact for APRSAF-24

Ms. Yoko Kagiwada, APRSAF-24 Secretariat
c/o Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Ochanomizu Sola City, 4−6 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-8008, Japan
E-mail: aprsaf24aprsaf.org TEL: +81-50-3362-5880