National Points of Contact
Welcome to the Portuguese page of Space Generation Advisory Council. Portugal’s presence in the European and international space panorama has been increasing in the latest years, along with the number of companies involved in international space projects as well as the number of ESA contracts. We are pleased to give you a description of the on-going space related events Portugal and to share with you the most relevant websites.
If you are interested to know more about the Space panorama in Portugal, or want to help out in the organization of future events, get in touch with the National Points of Contacts. We look forward to hearing from you and collaborating with you!
Young Space Activities Overview in Portugal
The Space sector in Portugal has been mainly developed through the international cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA). Even though the industry panorama is considerably smaller than other ESA member states, the number of space related companies has increased to more than 15 in the last years. The PROESPAÇO association has had a major role in uniting the Portuguese Space industry, defending its interests when discussing with the public administration, the government and international organisations.
Portugal has also been active in supporting initiatives that inspire in pursuing a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. As an example, Ciencia Viva has had a major role in organizing and sponsoring international events and competitions such as the European CanSat competition or the Conference for Space Teachers.
Finally, the ESA Business Incubator Center (BIC) that was established in the end of 2014, already invested in more than 10 companies under their incubation program, enabling entrepreneurs to receive comprehensive business and technical support to set up their business using space technology for non-space industrial and commercial uses.
Country-Specific Events in 2019
Interesting Web Links
Groups & Entities
AED Portugal – The website of Aeronautical, Space, Security and Defence industries in Portugal
ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação
OAL – Observatório Nacional de Lisboa
CAUP – Center of Astrophysics of the University of Porto
CENTRA – The Multidisciplinar Centre for Astrophysics
ESERO – European Space Education Resource Office
ProEspaço – Portuguese Association of Space Industries
SPA – Portuguese Society of Astronomy
FCT Space Office – Foundation for Science and Technology Space Office
Dark Sky Alqueva
UL – Aerospace Engineering, University of Lisbon
UBI – Department of Aerospace Sciences, Universidade Beira Interior
UP – Astronomy degree, University of Porto
OAL – Astronomy and Astrophysics courses, Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon