On November 28-29, 2023, the second Macau Space Development Forum was successfully held in Macao. As a major component of the series of science and technology events, the forum was jointly organized by the China Space Foundation and the Macao Foundation, co-hosted by the Macau University of Science and Technology and China Space Science and Industry Consultation Co., Ltd. The second Macau Space Development Forum received widespread attention and participation from various sectors of society.
The forum is divided into a main forum and two sub-forums. On the afternoon of November 28th, the main forum of the 2nd Macau Space Development Forum was grandly held in the conference hall of the Wynn Palace Hotel in Macao. Li Guoping, chief engineer of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) delivered a speech, reviewing the remarkable achievements of China's Space industry in the past five years and the fruitful results achieved in the exchange of space technology between Macao and the mainland. He encouraged Macao to fully leverage its advantages in the long-term integration of diverse cultures from the East and West, and to deepen international exchanges and cooperation in space based on equality, mutual benefit, peaceful utilization, and inclusive development, especially in the field of space science, technology, and applications.
Wu Zhijian, chairman of the China Space Foundation, and Zhong Yi, acting chairperson of the Administrative Committee of the Macao Foundation delivered speeches on behalf of the forum organizers. They warmly welcomed the attending leaders, experts, and scholars, and introduced the achievements of their respective foundations in recent years in the cultivation of space talents and the development of the space industry.
Deputy director Pang Qifu of the Economic and Technological Development Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government briefed the guests on a series of policy measures and development goals adopted by the Macao SAR government to promote the development of high-tech industries, with space technology as a representative.
Academicians and experts in attendance, centering around the theme of interdisciplinary integration and technological convergence in space technology, delivered presentations on the latest achievements in their respective fields. Distinguished guests who traveled from afar to address the audience included David Gubbins, royal society fellow and distinguished professor of the Macau University of Science and Technology; Yu Dengyun, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and chief designer of the lunar exploration project (phase IV); Chui Sai Peng, president of the Association for Promotion of Science & Technology of Macau; Hu Zhongmin, chairman of China Great Wall Industrial Corporation (CGWIC); Sin Sai Weng, deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI at the University of Macau.
Royal Society Fellow and Distinguished Professor of the Macau University of Science and Technology, David Gubbins, delivered a keynote speech at the main forum
On November 29, 2023, the second Macau Space Development Forum hosted two sub-forums at the Macau University of Science and Technology. The two sub-forums focused on the role of space technology in promoting the diversified development of Macao's economy and the technology and applications of Macao satellites. Taking full advantage of Macao's international cultural and technological exchange platform, the forum gathered over twenty academicians, experts, and industry representatives from countries and regions including the United Kingdom, Australia, Norway, Austria, and Hong Kong, China. They took the stage to provide insights for the contribution of space technology to Macao's industrial and economic development, as well as to offer suggestions for the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao International Innovation Center, and to provide guidance for the technological advancement and satellite applications of Macao's scientific satellites.
Group photo of guests for the sub-forum I
The sub-forum I themed " Space Technology Boosts the Diversified Development of Macau's Economy Forum". Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Science and Technology Development Fund, Che Weng Keong, expressed in his speech that technological innovation is a key factor in realizing the moderately diversified development of Macao's "1+4" economy. The SAR government, through policy guidance, is gradually building a technology innovation system with enterprises as the main body, market-oriented, and in-depth integration of industry, academia, and research. This system aims to promote financial institutions and social capital to invest in the technology industry, supporting Macao enterprises in enhancing their core competitiveness through technological means. After years of exploration, the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund has established a technology innovation funding system with enterprises and universities as the main body. Representing cutting-edge national science and technology, the space and related industries can be deeply integrated with the diverse needs of Macao's industrial and commercial development through the conversion and transfer of high-tech achievements. There is enormous potential for future market development.
The sub-forum I comprises four main theme presentations. Director Zhao Jian will deliver a report titled " Space Technology Benefits Macau SAR and Provides Global Services." Vice President Tam, Kwong Hang will analyze " Exploring AI in Healthcare: Applications and Challenges." CEO Niu Min will present on the " Outlook for Commercial Space Development" and Academician Shyy Wei, will expound on the " Low Earth Satellite’s Societal Implications" Following the presentations, under the moderation of Secretary-General Wang Cheng, Chairman Che Weng Keong, Academician Shyy Wei, General Manager Li Cheng, Vice President Zhou Boyang, and Vice President Wang Ruijing engaged in a dialogue on the topic of "Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao International Innovation Center." They discussed ways in which space technology can contribute to the economic development of Macau and its significant implications.
The sub-forum II themed "Macau Science Satellites: Science and Application," The attending experts and researchers such as Dr. Anja Stromme from European Space Agency, Associate Professor Simon Edward Williams from University of Tasmania and Dr. Werner Magnes from Space Research Institute of Austrian Academy of Science, they provided detailed reports on various crucial scientific and technological issues and advancements related to the Macau Science Satellites-1 (MSS-1) . These included topics such as satellite data correction, the nature of the Earth's outer core power generator, distribution of the Earth's geomagnetic conductivity, and the magnetic structure of large-scale ocean currents. This forum laid a solid foundation for future scientific research and applications of data from the MSS-1.
Forum sub-forum II: Anja Strømme, European Space Agency(ESA)'s Swarm Mission Manager, to deliver keynote speech.
In sub-forum II: Associate Professor Simon Edward Williams delivering a keynote speech
In sub-forum II featured a keynote address by Dr. Werner Magnes
The hosting of this forum serves as a significant platform for exchange and cooperation between Macau and China in the space field. The reports presented by the participating experts not only showcased the latest research achievements in their respective fields but also indicated directions for future collaboration and development. The successful organization of the Macau Space Development Forum will further propel Macao's advancements in space technology and facilitate exchanges and collaboration between Macao and the international space community.