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Building on the success of the previous (2017) SGAC event in Athens, SG[Greece] 2018 aspires to follow up with an inspiring evening session on Friday, 23 November.

Experts of the space sector as well as younger speakers will present their experience, focusing on potential opportunities for the new space generation, both within Greece and abroad.

SG[Greece] 2018 is organised under the umbrella of the ESA- and SGAC-supported European Space Talks initiative. Attendance is free and the hosting venue will be the Ceremony Hall of the National Technical University of Athens (link to location map on the right side of this page).

The event’s main thematic will be: dissemination of information regarding opportunities to get involved in the Greek space sector, applying for an internship at the European Space Agency (ESA), sharing of relevant experience in the field, offering advice, and raising awareness about the diversity and importance of the space domain. There will also be time for Q&As and networking.

Space is an interdisciplinary arena and consequently attendants from all backgrounds are welcome at SG[Greece] 2018. Greek will be the official language of the talks, but English-speaking enthusiasts are also welcome to attend.

Event Details

Title SG[Greece] 2018 – Space Opportunities in Greece and ESA
Date 23 November 2018
Venue National Technical University of Athens
Ceremony room – Αdministration and Management Buiding
157 04 Zografos, Attica
Participants Students, Young Professionals, General Public (100 participants)
Agenda Friday 23 November, 17:30 – 21:30 (TBC – see also Schedule below)
Activities 15-minute talks with Q&A by experienced as well as young speakers,
Networking and Exchange of Ideas opportunities
Panel Topics Space Opportunities in Greece; internships and work at ESA facilities; advice on pursuing space-related studies and careers
Speakers (1) Space professionals from international and local institutions
(2) Young students and young professionals with experience from ESA
Participation Fee Free

Event Schedule – To Be Confirmed

Time Activity
17:00 – 17:30 Venue open & on-site registration
17:30 – 17:40 Opening remarks
17:40 – 19:05 Speakers 1-4
Katerina Panopoulou (OHB Hellas)
Haris Kontoes (National Observatory of Athens)
Dimitris Athanasopoulos & Serafeim Zormpas (NKUA / NTUA & ESA-EAC)
Isaak Parcharidis (Harokopeio University)
19:05 – 19:30 Coffee Break & Networking
19:30 – 20:55 Speakers 5-8
Konstantinos Ouggrinis & Marianthi Liapi (TUC-TIE Lab) via Skype
Vasilis Zervos (International Space University)
Manthos Papamatthaiou (Libre Space Foundation)
Stelios Bollanos (si-Cluster)
20:55 – 21:00 Closing remarks

SGAC Contacts

SG[Greece] 2018 is supported by:

SG[Greece] 2018 Organizing Team

Leonidas Gargalis
Leonidas GargalisSGAC NPoC Greece
Leonidas Gargalis is a Production and Management Engineer with a Master’s degree in Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU) in France. Currently he is a PhD Candidate at the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group, University of Nottingham (UoN). At the same time he is a staff member at the Institution for Aerospace Technology (UoN – IAT). Leonidas spend 3 months at ESA’s European Space Research Technlogy Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands where he gained experience in the department of Materials Space Evaluation and Radiation Effects. He is a national representative for Greece at the Space Generation Advisory Council he has organized several social events.
Adrianos Golemis
Adrianos GolemisSGAC Greece Local Team
Adrianos Golemis studied Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and subsequently attained his Master’s degree on Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU) in France, compiling his thesis at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC). He was selected as a research doctor to carry out medical research for ESA at the isolated space analogue Station of Concordia in Antarctica and worked as a doctor for bed rest analogue studies. Currently he serves as an ESA Flight Surgeon, monitoring the health of European Astronauts. Adrianos has also had experience in event organising.
Mariana Paschidi
Mariana PaschidiSGAC Greece Local Team
Mariana Paschidi holds a Master of Science in Architecture from KTH Royal Institution of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and a diploma in Architectural Engineering from the Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece. Her passion for space-related research began when she became a member of the Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory (TIE Lab), actively participating in the “Intelligent Spacecraft Module” project. She was a member of the SG[Greece] 2017 organizing committee and greatly contributed in the organisation of the Public Talk and Workshop.
Serafeim Zormpas
Serafeim ZormpasSGAC Greece Volunteer
Serafeim Zormpas is studying (M.Eng) Electrical & Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), majoring in Electronics & Telecommunications. He is also a certified Soft Skills trainer specialising in Leadership and Team Building skills and has travelled all around Europe to deliver training to students and young professionals. His combined passion for space and education found an outlet during his 6-month internship at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC), where he collaborated with experts to develop instructional materials based on ESA astronaut training courses required for the International Space Station (ISS). He also worked closely with ISS payload instructors to improve training courses and operational procedures and create on-board training (OBT) material for use on ISS to enhance, and in some instances replace, prior ground training for astronauts.
Athanasios Mourampetzis
Athanasios MourampetzisSGAC Greece Local Team
Athanasios E. Mourampetzis is studying (BSc) Geography at the Harokopio University of Athens (HUA), majoring in Geo-Informatics, GIS and Remote Sensing applications. His passion regarding the space sector came from his participation at seminars/workshops such as the SG[Greece]2017 as well as online courses (e.g. MIT 16.00x Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: Astronautics and Human Spaceflight). He represented his university at the Fab Space 2.0 space entrepreneurship competition by winning the 1st prize. A year later he competed at a European Space Applications contest regarding “Precise Agriculture” using satellite data and came 2nd. During his placement at the Hellenic Hydrographic Service, participated at the re-evaluation of the Greek Maritime Geographic Information System.
Aris Golemis
Aris GolemisSGAC Greece Local Team
Aris Golemis has studied Civil Engineering (MSc) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) specialising in Hydraulics, Environmental Preservation & Energy. His affiliation with space started formally through the pursuit of his second degree of Astronautics and Space Engineering (MSc) at Cranfield University, UK. His areas of interest include Space Exploration, Space Habitats and Technology development in order to make space more accessible to humanity as well as more futuristic ideas like interstellar travel. He represented Cranfield University in the UKSEDS competition where he and his team prototyped a rover to extract ice from the Lunar surface. He continued pursuing his space exploration interest by joining Tohoku University in Japan to realise a project regarding robotics, receiving the first place award for his work on autonomous navigation of rovers. He received a scholarship by ESA to present a group project realised in Cranfield University at the International Astronautical Congress. Outside the workspace he is a member of SGAC, a fervent sci-fi fan, a Wikipedia editor and a musician.
Nefeli Politi-Stergiou
Nefeli Politi-StergiouSGAC Greece Local Team
Nefeli Politi-Stergiou is a consultant with 7 years professional experience in the public and private sector. She spent 5 years at IRIDA Labs, a high-tech company in Greece, specialised in computer vision, in a R&I analyst role and a marketing role. She was also the Greek Country Desk Journalist and Editor for ESA Hellas for 4 years, dealing with the production of news articles, outreach, and reporting for several events such as the Rosetta landing event in 2014 (ESOC, ESA), Researcher’s Night in Athens, and many more. Nefeli is currently working for a Brussels-based start-up, Evenflow, supporting user uptake and strategic communication and outreach activities for EU agencies (e.g. EEA, SatCen), and for projects to help them bring their innovations onto the market. She holds a BSc in Physics and has a post-graduate research background in image processing and machine learning. She is always enthusiastic to engage different audiences in the concepts of science and technology and was a SGAC volunteer for SG[Greece] 2017.

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