At the 48th Annual World Affairs institute for Student Leaders, we interviewed our keynote speaker, Laura Delgado López, who has extensive experience in space policy (biography below). She shares with us how she got started in a space policy career, what scientific information is being collected from space and how it benefits us every day, how many countries are currently engaged in space activities, and why space is an international issue.
Ms. Laura Delgado López serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Space Policy Journal, the premier peer-reviewed publication for the interdisciplinary study of space policy. In this role she manages the timely coordination of the review and editing process of submitted manuscripts, and works with the publisher to guide the direction of the journal, identifying relevant policy issues for research and debate.
Shortly after this podcast was recorded Ms Delgado López joined the policy team of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. As Program Planning Specialist, she provides policy support to the Science Mission Directorate’s 90+ missions that span Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, as well as reimbursable projects for other agencies.
Her work has been featured in publications such as Space Policy, Astropolitics, Space News, among others, and has led to media appearance in major Spanish-speaking media outlets, including CNN en Español. She is engaged in various roles in the international space community, including serving on the board of directors of the American Astronautical Society, and as a member of the Subcommittee on the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) of the International Astronautical Federation.
More information about Ms Delgado López’s CV can be found on LinkedIn.