Following the success from 2017, SG[Greece] 2018 – Space Opportunities in Greece and ESA took place on Friday the 23rd of November at the Ceremony Hall of the National Technical University of Athens and was organized as part of the ESA and SGAC-supported European Space Talks initiative.
The event aimed to promote space-related career development for the new generation of Greek students and young professionals. It focused on the dissemination of information regarding opportunities to get involved in the Greek space sector and the European Space Agency (ESA). To that end the following speakers participated with their respective topics:
- Katerina Panopoulou (OHB Hellas) – “The first Space System Integrator company in Greece”
- Haris Kontoes (National Observatory of Athens) – “Space Science Technologies and Applications”
- 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”
- Issaak Parcharidis (Harokopio University of Athens) – “Space Applications in observation & estimation of disasters – From education to research and applications”
- Konstantinos Ouggrinis & Marianthi Liapi (Technical University of Crete – TIE Lab) – “A human-centered approach to space exploration”
- Vasilis Zervos (International Space University – ISU) – ‘’Thoughts on Policy and Economics around collaborations in the space sector”
- Manthos Papamatthaiou (Libre Space Foundation) – “Libre Space Foundation”
- Stelios Bollanos (si-Cluster) – “The Space industries cluster”
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 event sparked a dialogue between young professionals and the speakers and many expressed their interest in a future event with a similar theme.
The event was an overall success with about 130 attendees. Many interesting discussions took place, and the main goal to bring together experts and young professionals interested in joining the industry was achieved.
We would like to thank all the participants for joining us, and especially for young professionals. We hope that SG[Greece] 2018 was just the first step towards the incredible and full of opportunities world of Space.
SG[Greece]’s success wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration and support from the NTUA School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Electrical Engineering Students’ European Association (EESTEC), Athens. 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 and Chemecon and of course all the volunteers that helped support the event.