Dr. Shimrit Maman

Senior Scientist and Head of Israel's UN-Spider Regional Support Office

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Dr. Maman is a Senior Scientist at the Goldman Sonnenfeldt School of Sustainability and Climate Change; and Director of the Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF), at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research deals with the application of satellite technologies (remote sensing, GIS, OSINT) to environmental challenges and climate change. She is an integral part of the research team leading BGUSAT, Israel's first research nanosatellite. 

She also serves as a UN-SPIDER expert, and heads the Israeli Regional Support Office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response.   

Previously she served as the board director of D-mars, and is a founding board member of WiSpace, a women’s association promoting gender equity among Israeli STEM professionals and was appointed by UNOOSA as a mentor in the SPACE4WOMEN Network. Currently on the board of directors of the Ramon Foundation.  

Maman leads diverse education and outreach programs promoting Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), using hands-on research activities, at both the national and international scales, including the unique, all-girl, international remote sensing science program: She Space.  

Quote by Dr. Maman: 

"Although it is a vast, icy void, I think space holds unique opportunities for dreamers unafraid to boldly face meaningful challenges". 

Photo credit: David Machlis.

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