Space Generation [Greece] 2018

Space Generation [Greece] 2018 – Space Opportunities in Greece and ESA took place on Friday the 23rd of November at the Ceremonial Hall of the National Technical University of Athens and was organized by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA, as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)-supported European Space Talks initiative.

The event was an overall success with about 130 attendees. Many discussions took place and the main goal to bring together experts, ECE-NTUA students and young professionals interested in joining the industry, and promote space-related career development was achieved. It focused on the dissemination of information regarding opportunities to get involved in the Greek space sector and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Speakers shared their experience of working in space institutes and companies in Greece or abroad, raised awareness regarding a career in the space sector and talked about scientific missions, technology applications, spin-offs, education and other capabilities.

The following speakers participated with their respective topics:

  1. Katerina Panopoulou (OHB Hellas) - “The first Space System Integrator company in Greece”
  2. Haris Kontoes (National Observatory of Athens) - “Space Science Technologies and Applications”
  3. Dimitris Athanasopoulos (National Kapodistrian University of Athens & European Space Agency - European Astronaut Centre) & Serafeim Zormpas (National Technical University of Athens & European Space Agency - European Astronaut Centre) - “What it’s like to do an ESA internship and 3 ways you can do it too”
  4. Issaak Parcharidis (Harokopio University of Athens) - “Space Applications in observation & estimation of disasters - From education to research and applications”
  5. Konstantinos Ouggrinis (Technical University of Crete - TIE Lab) - “A human-centered approach to space exploration”
  6. Vasilis Zervos (International Space University - ISU) - ‘’Thoughts on Policy and Economics around collaborations in the space sector”
  7. Manthos Papamatthaiou (Libre Space Foundation) - “The Libre Space Foundation”
  8. Stelios Bollanos (si-Cluster) - “The Space industries cluster”

The event was also supported by the Harokopio University of Athens (HUA), the International Space University (ISU), the Transformable-Intelligent Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete (TUC-TIE Lab), the Libre Space Foundation (LSF), the Olympian Centre for Astrophysics (OCfA), OHB Hellas, the si-Cluster, Space Applications and Research Consultancy (SPARC), Moutzoura graphic arts company, the Greek NewSpace Society, Euroavia Athens, EESTEC LC Athens, Chemecon and volunteers that helped organise the event.

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is an international non-profit volunteer organization operating under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). Its goal is to promote the benefits of space exploration, technology and science and to inspire the new generation.

We would like to thank all the participants for joining and we hope that SG [Greece] 2018 was just the first step towards the incredible, full of opportunities, world of Space.

Photo credit: SG [Greece] 2018