Created in 1973 by Göskin Sipahioglu, today Sipa Press is one of the main photojournalism agencies in the world. Sipa Press covers all world events thanks to its photography personnel, its global network of over 600 correspondents, and exclusive distribution agreements with foreign agencies including Associated Press (AP), Rex Features, Olycom, and News International. Sipa Press has an exceptional archive collection of 25 million photos.

ESA, Europe’s gateway to space, is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its 22 member States, ESA undertakes programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. Space can play a key role in inspiring society and motivating young people to undertake scientific and technical studies. This is important for the future of Europe, and ESA is therefore committed to making it happen. The people featured in ‘Space Girls, Space Women’ will show, with their testimonies and passion, that space is an exciting domain where women can and do work highly successfully. Their stories will be an invitation to young girls to follow in their footsteps. With this in mind, ESA has decided to join forces with Sipa Press and become the Founding Partner of ‘Space Girls, Space Women’.


Since its creation in 1962, the French space agency (CNES - Centre national d’études spatiales) has made knowledge-sharing one of its main missions and has organised many campaigns to raise public awareness amongst the general public, school children and students. In house, CNES especially focuses on the role of women in its workforce. Over 30% of its engineers and management team are women compared with the national average of 25%. In 1996, Claude Haigneré’s first flight into space put women in the spotlight, promoting and supporting their role in the scientific field.

The Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) is an initiative of 24 regions and 40 associate members with one common objective: to spread the use and understanding of space technologies across Europe for the benefit of regions and their citizens. NEREUS offers a voice to Europe’s regions and serves as an advocate for regions on matters relating to the use of spatial technology as well as a direct channel to the regional users of space technologies (such as local authorities, SMEs, universities, research institutes and citizens). Promoting public awareness of space issues, especially among young people, while informing them of the broad range of space-related study options and career opportunities available is vital part of the network’s activities.

The GSA plays an important role in one of the most important initiatives ever undertaken by the European Union: the EU’s satellite navigation programmes. The GSA is dedicated to ensuring that these programmes, Galileo and EGNOS, bring direct benefits to Europe and European citizens. Our personnel form the heart of this mission and gender equality is a key value underpinning the Agency’s work. The GSA is a proud partner of the Space Girls, Space Women initiative.

Whether you are young or old, simply curious or a true enthusiast, Cité de l’espace will take you to the Gates of Infinity and its wonders within and beyond! Discover genuine spacecraft, train like an astronaut, travel to the confines of the Cosmos, admire treasures from Space, uncover the secrets of the universe, and much more besides. The Cité has 2,500m2 of exhibition space which is constantly evolving, 5 hectares (12 acres) of gardens, an IMAX 3D cinema with a giant screen, and a Planetarium with simulators: never has it been easier to discover Space and the wonders of the Universe!

The aim of Universcience is to make the sciences accessible to all and to provide a boost for the scientific and technical culture through a multiple range of exhibitions, digital tools and innovative services. As part of the French State’s “Future Investments” programme, Universcience’s ESTIM-Numérique project sets out to increase and share digital content through co-production grants for the creation of French-language audiovisual and multimedia works that promote the sciences and technology.

Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-Europe) was founded in May 2009 and has since grown and now counts more than 400 individual members and 16 corporate sponsors. The association aims to promote the role of women in the aerospace sector and pushes for a more balanced representation of women at all levels. The association offers training and mentoring schemes, grants to students, awards as well as regular networking opportunities. WIA-Europe is a network of local groups in key aerospace cities throughout Europe (Bremen, Cologne, Munich, Paris, Toulouse, Leiden, Brussels, Rome, Geneva) and offers organises conferences, training sessions, site visits and more simple networking lunch or evening events. WIA-Europe is proud to support Space Girls, Space Women.

Founded in 1988, ASI is a government agency supervised by the Ministry of Education, University and Research; it also works in cooperation with other ministries. In less than two decades, ASI has become one of the leading players in the world scene of Space science and satellite technologies; it has also contributed significantly to the development of systems aimed at reaching and exploring the universe. Nowadays, ASI is playing a key role both at European level, where Italy is the third cooperating country of the European Space Agency, and worldwide, representing the sixth Space authority.


The Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM) is a major public scientific, technical, cultural and professional institution which is dedicated to life long learning since its foundation by Henri Grégoire in 1794. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research its three missions are: adult vocational training, technological research and innovation and the dissemination of scientific and technical culture. The latter is provided by the Musée des arts et métiers (The Arts and Trades Museum, a department of CNAM). The mission of the Musée des arts et métiers is to promote awareness of France’s national heritage through the progress of science and technology and to contribute to the development of historical research and scientific and technical training. To this end it organises temporary exhibitions, educational and cultural events and produces various publications.

The Observatoire de Paris dates back to the reign of Louis XIV and is one of the world’s major research centres for the sciences of the Universe, physics and astronomy. Its research ranges from astronomy and astrophysics to space technology as well as time and frequency metrology. Located in three sites, Paris, Meudon and Nançay (the radioastronomy station), the Observatoire de Paris has a personnel of over one thousand. It offers often unique, advanced training in a variety of area and promotes awareness of science among all age levels.

project leaders Benoît Delplanque (Sipa Press) – Fiorella Coliolo (Exoworld)
scientific council ESA - CNES
editing and mixing François - Xavier Richard (DIZUITE)
executive production SIPA PRESS
production SIPA PRESS
conception, multimedia development, design Ivo Pereira and Paulo Morgado (GRAF)
translation Jonathan Sly, Christian Salzedo
reporters Magda Rakita, Laurence Geai, Martina Cristofani, Eva Parey, Anya Chibisova, Anne-Laure Cahen, Holly Wilmeth, Audra Melton, Jyothy Karat, Nichole Sobecki, Mariana Eliano

founding partners SIPA PRESS
associated partners CNES

production Isabelle Péricard
program manager Alain Labouze
With AMCSTI participation
with the support of Cop Eligible Structure – Universcience – Producer 2014