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Interactive Panel Debate with Young Belgian Space Professionals.

  • How and why did they get involved in the space industry?
  • Astrophysics & Astronomy
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Business, Space Law and Science Communications

You have always been interested in the Space industry but have no idea what opportunities are available and where to start?
You want to talk to young Belgian professionals and ask them how and why did they get involved in the space industry?
Lucky for you, there is an online event organised by SGAC Belgium on November 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. CET. Don’t miss it!
Belgian young professionals will talk about their career’s path so far in the space industry and how they got it started. It will be a very informal and interactive panel debate open to your questions.


This event is organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council. SGAC, in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, is a non-governmental organisation and professional network which “aims to bring the views of students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space industry and other organisations”. 


Confirmed Speakers


Simon Vanden Bussche
Simon is an electrical engineer with a passion for space. For the last six years he has been working as electrical systems engineer at QinetiQ, where he is the main responsible for the spacecraft avionics on two satellite projects. He graduated as an electrical engineer from KU Leuven and started his career as a young graduate trainee at the European Space Agency. After that he worked for Newtec (now ST Engineering iDirect) as an applications engineer, before starting at QinetiQ.
Simon has also co-founded Valispace, an engineering software start-up company. He is also a co-founder of beSPACE.
Céline Dubron 
Celine followed the master of space studies at the Catholic University of Leuven and this helped her to get a young graduate trainee at the European Space Agency (ESA) as an economic business analyst of space enabled applications.
Throughout her education and experience she has acquired a passion for aerospace and she believes that the future of space transportation will remain as exciting as its past. For this reason she is now pursuing her second degree in Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield University.
Sarah Moens 
Sarah Moens is a lead lawyer at DLA Piper in Brussels and has expertise in public and administrative law, with a particular interest in litigation matters and public procurement. Furthermore, she is experienced in space law and drones law. She is a Board Member of the European Centre for Space Law and an elected member of the International Institute of Space Law. Sarah also gives guest lectures on drones law and space law at various universities such as Université Paris-Sud XI (Paris, France), Universiteit Leiden (Leiden, The Netherlands), Universiteit Gent (Ghent, Belgium) and during specialized summer courses. Furthermore, she is a speaker at national and international conferences. She is author of legal articles on drones law and space law.
Joffrey Coheur
Joffrey Coheur is a PhD candidate since 2017 in aerospace engineering at the von Karman Institute (VKI), University of Louvain and University of Liege and is supported by a FRIA research grant from the FNRS. His current research interests are about uncertainty quantification and in particular Bayesian inference and its application to atmospheric entry problems. During his PhD, Joffrey worked for 6 months at NASA Ames Research Center on the characterization of thermal protection materials for atmospheric reentry and in particular on the reentry data of the Mars Science Laboratory mission. Before the PhD, Joffrey pursued the Research Master program at the VKI in Aerospace and Aeronautics engineering in 2016, and obtained a Master Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Liege in 2015. Aside from his work, Joffrey is invested in the Space Generation Advisory Council as Regional Partnership Manager in Europe and aims at bringing a larger interest of the public in space and to promote the exchange of innovative ideas from our generation.

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