NASA Astronaut Heide Piper Promotes Female Empowerment (November 29)

NASA Astronaut Heide Piper. Photo: NASA

NASA Astronaut Heide Piper Promotes Female Empowerment and Careers in Science as Part of the U.S. Embassy’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (November 29)


Heide Piper, NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain from Minnesota, will visit Georgia December 2-8 as the second speaker in the U.S. Embassy’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Heide will talk about the challenges she faced working in male-dominated fields, and encourage young women to follow their dreams.  Heide will share the highlights of her career as a Navy salvage scuba diver and the crewmember of five space shuttle missions. She will present awards to notable and courageous female alumni of the Aviation University in Tbilisi and a the Maritime Academy in Batumi, and hold lectures in Telavi, Zugdidi, and Batumi.

Heide will participate in the following public engagements:

  • Guest speaker at San Diego State University Georgia’s STEM Academy, GITA Tech Park, Saturday, December 2. This free, all-day workshop is for 12th grade students interested in science and engineering. Register here: Heide will speak at 17:00.
  • Screening of the IMAX documentary A Beautiful Planet (45 minutes), Cavea Cinemas, East Point Mall, Sunday, December 3, at 14:00, followed by a Q&A with Heide Piper. In English with Georgian subtitles. Tickets available on
  • Judge of the U.S. Embassy’s Spacehackathon science competition, Fabrika Hostel, Sunday, December 3, at 18:00.
  • Public lecture, Youth Palace of Georgia, Monday December 4, at 18:00. Free and open to the public.
  • Award ceremony for Batumi Maritime Academy alumna and presentation at the Radisson Hotel Batumi, Friday, December 8, at 16:30.

Search for the hashtag #WomanInGeorgia (#ქალისაქართველოში) to discover the ways women of all ages and backgrounds contribute to the culture and economy of Georgia.

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Click here to download Heide Piper’s Bio (PDF, 137 Kb)