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Dr. Scott Madry presented the keynote address for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) session in the Young Professionals Virtual Forum of the 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Naples, Italy, held 1–5 October 2012.
Scott Madry participates in international conference in Naples 2012

The title of his address was “Integrating Space Technologies into Disaster Management Operations: Pitfalls and Promise.” The IAC, made up of all space agencies and organizations around the world, meets annually.

Dr. Madry presented his address to the Young Professionals Virtual Forum members before a live audience, and it was streamed via WebEx around the globe to allow full participation for those who could not travel to Naples. Virtual Forum members are those who have just entered the profession.

Madry also taught an all-day seminar called the Cross-Cultural Presentation Workshop, on how to present a paper at an international congress for the winners of the IAC Young Persons Plenary competition. This year there were 18 competition winners from 14 countries. They were offered travel, hotel, and conference attendance. Each winner gave a short presentation, which Madry and his colleague, Carol Carnett, the English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor for the International Space University (Strasbourg, France), critiqued while videoing their talks. Madry made a presentation that highlighted how to structure a professional talk, gave tips on delivery, and addressed the issues that may come up when giving talks to multi-culture and multi-language groups.

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