SGC 2018

Space Generation Congress 2018

Local and Global Organizing Team

A team of dedicated volunteers make up the organising team of the 17th Space Generation Congress 2018, to be held in Bremen, Germany. This passionate group of students and young professionals are working tirelessly to ensure SGC delegates enjoy the best possible experiences and opportunities while in attendance. On behalf of SGC 2018 Team,  we look forward to seeing you in Bremen in September!

Florian Ruhhammer (Germany)

Congress Manager

Florian Ruhhammer works as system engineer for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and is currently seconded to the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of the Ariane 6 Launcher System Embedded Team at ArianeGroup. Florian has worked two years at the Launchers Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S) Division of ESA in the frame of its Young Graduate Trainee program. He was a student research assistant for the DLR and Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). Florian has a M.Sc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bremen, Germany. Florian joined SGAC in 2016 and has been appointed as part of the SGC 2016 organizing team as well as Deputy Manager for the E-SGW 2017 and Deputy Manager for the SGC 2017.




Local Team


Abdelfattah Mostafa (Egypt)

Local Organising Coordinator


Abdelfattah Mostafa is a space propulsion engineer at Omnidea-RTG, Germany and is working on development, manufacturing and testing of several propulsion system components from bi-metallic joints to thrusters in the frame of ESA projects and with the LSI in the space industry. He has worked at FOTEC, Austria as an intern research within chemical space propulsion projects with green propulsion outlook. Abdelfattah has a M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of applied science in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. He has been a member of SGAC since 2014




Amina Zaghdane (Germany)

Local Organizing Coordinator


Amina is pursuing a master's degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bremen, specializing in PDE, optimal control and control engineering. During her studies, she did research on a project addressing the exploration of small celestial bodies at the Institute of Space Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Further, Amina worked on the accomplishment of the sounding rocket experiment UB-SPACE which was launched onboard REXUS 21 in March 2017. As scientific responsible, she was crucially involved from the very first ideation to the final data analysis. Beside her studies, she is dedicated to inspire youth's interest in space science and technology. She had the opportunity to do this over the past years as an instructor for robotics and as a student assistant at DLR_School_Lab Bremen, where she is still working. She looks very much forward to welcoming the delegates for the SGC 2018 in her home city Bremen!



Michael Elsen (Germany)

Local Organizing Coordinator


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Michael Elsen was born in Germany and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the FH Aachen - University of Applied Sciences and a Master's degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Bremen. He focused on orbital mechanics, space systems including guidance, navigation, and control (GNC), attitude and orbital control systems (AOCS), and thermal control design. For an internship and his Bachelor's thesis, he moved to Bremen to work at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). During his Master's course, he worked on several projects at the DLR in Bremen, for example a thrust vectoring for a lunar lander demonstrator as part of a master project team. Micha currently doing his PhD at the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen and is working as a research associate within the MAIUS (Matter-Wave Interferometry in Microgravity) project.


Christian Bach (Germany)

Local Organising Coordinator

Since 2013 Christian Bach works as a research associate for the Institute of Aerospace Engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany. Responsible for all chemical propulsion and rocketry related activities, he manages the project SMART, in which undergraduate students develop their own liquid-fuelled sounding rocket. In 2016, Christian started to give lectures, among others in the fields of space transportation and space exploration. In the same year he has been appointed as occupational health and safety officer at the Chair of Space Systems. In parallel he is a Ph.D. candidate in the research group for Space Propulsion and Advanced Concepts, in which he is working on novel thrust vector control methods for advanced nozzles. He published a total of 18 journal and conference papers. One of them resulted from his participation in the SGAC, where he is an active member since 2015. Christian has a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.



17th Space Generation Congress

Bremen, Germany

September 27 - 29, 2018

The Space Generation Congress (SGC) is the annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress. Participants are top university students and young professionals with a passion for space who are selected from among applicants from our Space Generation international network.

With SGC, SGAC aims to hone and promote the voice of the next generation of space sector leaders on the topic of international space development. SGC is proudly endorsed by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs.


Open Call for SGC 2018 Deputy Manager



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Key Dates on the road to SGC 2018
(These dates are subject to change. Please check here regularly for the most recent updates)


Date Milestone
November 2017 Open Call for SGC 2018 Deputy Manager
January 2018 Open Call for SGC 2018 Global Team
March 2018 Open Call for SGC 2018 Moderators
April 2018 Open Call for SGC 2018 Delegates
June 2018 Start of ticket selling for SGC 2018

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Space Generation Congress Goals

The Space Generation Congress (SGC) is SGAC’s annual meeting in support of the United Nations (UN) Programme on Space Applications. Top university students and young professionals with a passion for space will travel from all around the globe to attend three days of the 17th SGC. Up to 150 delegates will enjoy an inspiring and resourceful engagement with their peers at the congress, held in Bremen, Germany on 27 - 29 September, 2018 prior to the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

Delegates will gain exposure to perspectives on space issues from the world’s leading space organisations, including: the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).

In demonstrating the symbiotic relationship, leaders from these space organisations gained fresh, innovative and bold perspectives from the incoming space generation. Several sponsors along with a committee of volunteers are supporting the preparation of the 16th SGC. Without  the support of SGAC's dedicated volunteers and the continual support of our partners and sponsors, the 16th SGC would not be possible.

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