Simonetta Di Pippo - Launching WIA-Europe
Through my professional experience and career, I have met many highly skilled, female engineers, scientists, managers, technicians and so on in the aerospace field and realised that there was no networking platform available for them. I realised there is a need for an association dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and to increase their visibility in the aerospace community. And this is the reason why WIA Europe has come into existence; I have always been aware of how effective and popular WIA has been since its foundation 20 years ago in the USA and it only made sense to use this model here.
As a woman, as a scientist, as a professional individual with over 20 years of experience in this field, and in my privileged position as Director of Human Spaceflight at the European Space Agency I felt it was important to have an association representing European women on a global level, one they could identify with. As such I am proud and looking forward very much to fulfil my role as president of WIA Europe.
I would like to emphasise strongly that WIA-Europe has come into existence through tight and fruitful coordination and cooperation with WIA USA and that we are working very closely in the overall process and will continue to do so in the future. Following their example, a small group of visionary and engaged women in Europe have come up with the idea of WIA Europe including myself and Claudia Kessler.
Our membership, women and men, share an interest in a broad spectrum of aerospace issues including human spaceflight, aviation, remote sensing, satellite communication, robotic space exploration, commercial space and space tourism. Our goal is to reach out to various potential members both at corporate and individual level from industries, research institutes, other associations, academic entities, national agencies, etc.
This is just the start and we looking forward very much to welcoming more members and sponsors.