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Open letter requesting the UK Government, UKRI and UK universities to work together on a UK Space Science Education Plan

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    Suchith Anand

    Dear colleagues,
    I have been working and championing over a decade for providing more full scholarships in UK universities for UK students from economically poor families and first-generation students (first in family to go to university) in the UK. 
    I humbly request the UK government to share a clear action plan for ensuring the right to quality education opportunities for the 4.2 million children currently living in poverty in the UK.Access to quality education opportunities is a human right. There is a need for focused policies at the UK Government level about equitable education with a binding on Universities and the Higher Education Institutes to comply. 
    Child poverty, education and the postcode lottery
    I request the UK Government, UKRI and UK universities to work together on a UK Space Science Education Plan to rapidly expand Space Science research and education in the UK. I request UK universities to provide full scholarships for UK students from economically poor families and first generation students (first in family to go to University) studying  Earth Observation, geospatial science, data science, geography, environmental science, climate science and space science courses in all UK universities. This is key to build Space Sector Skills for delivering a skilled, diverse, and sustainable space sector workforce.  
    GeoForAll was established with a vision to make geospatial education opportunities accessible to all, enabling a better future for everyone. 
    Why GeoForAll?
    GeoForAll is committed to making geospatial education opportunities accessible to all. This will help enable widening STEM education opportunities for all. You can find details at 
    Access to quality education opportunities is key for getting rid of poverty and enabling broadly shared prosperity for all.
    Best wishes
    From: Suchith Anand
    Sent: 14 January 2024 09:06Subject: The joint ISRO-NASA space mission NISAR – The world’s most advanced Earth observation satellite to help scientists monitor climate change 
    Dear colleagues
    The jointIndian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission calledNISAR will measure Earth’s changing ecosystems, dynamic surfaces, and ice masses providing information about biomass, natural hazards, sea level rise, and groundwater, and will support a host of other applications.  NISAR’s data can help people worldwide better manage natural resources and hazards, as well as providing information for scientists to better understand the effects and pace of climate change. Data collected from NISAR will reveal information about the evolution and state of Earth’s crust, help scientists better understand our planet’s processes and changing climate, and aid future resource and hazard management. 
    NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR)is a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) observatory being jointly developed by NASA and ISRO. NISAR will map the entire globe in 12 days and provide spatially and temporally consistent data for understanding changes in Earth’s ecosystems, ice mass, vegetation biomass, sea level rise, ground water and natural hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides.
    NISAR is the most advanced satellite built by any country till now for Earth observation. NISAR will be the first radar of its kind in space to systematically map Earth, using two different radar frequencies (L-band and S-band) to measure changes of our planet’s surface, including movements as small as centimeter.
    NISAR is set to launch from Sriharikota spaceport in India in early 2024. 
    Details at 
    I thank all scientists at ISRO and NASA who worked on this important mission that will benefit all humanity.
    Best wishes
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | AI Ethics | AI Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data and AI Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate

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