The Katara Space Sciences Programme, organised by Katara – Cultural Village, kicked off yesterday at the Al Thuraya Dome at Building 41.

The three-day programme, in collaboration with Maps International, aims to raise awareness and educate about space sciences and astronomy, promoting scientific research, a statement said.

The event features a series of workshops and scientific lectures by leading scientists, including Jim Adams from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa); Dr Stefan Lutz, a geomagnetic scientist from South African National Space Agency (Sansa); and Anilda Juncker, a Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education specialist.

The programme's theme is 'Weather in Space', which explores the existence of weather phenomena in space. Interactive lectures focus on the importance of space weather and its impact on earth. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how space weather events such as solar flares, magnetic storms, and solar winds affect satellite communications, power grids, aviation, and daily life on earth.

Scientists will share insights on how they monitor and predict space weather to mitigate potential risks and enhance space exploration missions. The programme also includes hands-on experiments and the 'Space Art Exhibition', showcasing breathtaking and exclusive artwork and photography related to space and science.

The programme includes simulated scientific activities, a question-and-answer session with expert scientists, and a certificate of participation signed by the scientists. Selected participants will also receive a special prize and recognition for their contributions.

The workshops are being held in two sessions at the Al Thuraya Dome: from 9am to 12noon and from 2pm to 5pm.
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