The ERC Space and Robotics Event is a prestigious space-robotics event combining international competitions of mobile robots with scientific and technological shows.

Guided by the slogan “we inspire a new generation”, we have been bringing the cosmos closer to the general public and making people aware of the growing role of modern technologies in our lives for six years now. ERC is also a meeting place for representatives of the European world of science and business interested in the use of space and robotic technologies.

Among the special guests of previous ERC editions, you could meet, among others Steve Jurczyk – Associate Administrator of NASA, Harrison Schmitt – NASA astronaut and member of the legendary Apollo 17 mission, or Tim Peake – an astronaut of the European Space Agency, who ran the London Marathon during his stay on the International Space Station.

The main part of the project is an international robotics competition, where academic teams from around the world present their mobile robot designs, competing in competitions based on real ESA and NASA missions. The competition takes place on the world’s largest artificial Martian track, that is directly derived from the surface of the Red Planet. This year’s edition will be the first that is organized in hybrid form. Competitors from several continents will remotely control the robot, physically moving along a track located in Poland, on the campus of the Kielce University of Technology.

 

The Science and Technology Show Zone, and from 2020 also workshops and other forms of online entertainment, are prepared for tens of thousands of space, science and new technology enthusiasts, attracted every year by the ERC. One of the most frequent groups of visitors to our event are parents with children, which is why we arrange the program of attractions to include workshops, interactive shows, speeches and popular science lectures tailored to audiences of all ages.

Dr Harrison Schmitt

Apollo 17

You're doing a great job, giving experience and encouraging people to take more action.

Maria Antonietta Perino

Director, Thales Alenia Space/IAF

We need new ideas and new points of view. That's why an event like the ERC is of great importance!

Dr Robert Zubrin

Founder of The Mars Society

This event is a spectacular success!

Steve Jurczyk

NASA Associate Administrator

The ERC competition teaches us that every large project consists of the sum of smaller activities and the performance of each of them determines the success of the entire undertaking.

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

2019

2018

2016

2015

2014

2019(5th EDITION)

University of Technology Kielce

  • A total of 100,000 viewers following the event on site and online
  • Special guest: Steve Jurczyk, Associate Administrator at NASA
  • 28 teams from 13 countries competing on the most geologically diverse Mars Yard in the world
  • IMPULS from the Kielce University of Technology, AGH Space Systems and Rover-Ova from the Technical University in Ostrava were in the Top 3
  • Over 40 exhibitors in the Science and Technology Show Zone
  • Mentoring and business conference with the participation of representatives of the European space industry
  • Marsobus – the first educational Mars bus in Europe

2018(4th EDITION)

Museum of Nature and Technology Starachowice

  • 56 registered teams and over 400 young constructors from 6 continents competing for victory
  • Special guest: Timothy Peake, ESA astronaut who took part in the Soyuz TMA19-M mission
  • A new category of ERC PRO for start-ups, companies, research groups and people working in the broadly understood field of robotics
  • The IMPULS team was the winner, followed by Raptors and Robotics for Space Exploration
  • Over 75,000 viewers following the course of the event online
  • Nearly 25 thousand visitors to the Show Zone in Starachowice

2016(3rd EDITION)

Exhibition and Congress Center of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship Jesionka

  • ERC joins the global league of robotic competitions Rover Challenge Series
  • Over 400 competitors from 7 countries taking part in competitions simulating the exploration of Mars
  • International debate on space exploration with the participation of the ESA
  • The top three places were taken by Raptors, IMPULS and McGill University
  • Meeting and discussion of representatives of the Polish space sector
  • 50 exhibitors in the Show Zone and 20 thousand visitors

2015(2nd EDITION)

Regional Science and Technology Center Podzamcze

  • Competition of 34 mobile robots made by young designers taking part in 5 competitions
  • Special guest: Harrison Schmitt, PhD, participant of the Apollo 17 mission and the twelfth man standing on the surface of the moon
  • A Martian track made of almost 800 tons of red earth, simulating the surface of the Red Planet
  • Dozens of exhibitors at the Science and Technology Picnic and hundreds of visitors
  • USST, Next and McGill Robotics teams finishing in the Top 3

2014(1st EDITION)

Regional Science and Technology Center Podzamcze

  • The first European competition of Martian robots
  • Special guests: Robert Zubrin, PhD, founder of The Mars Society and Scott Hubbard, former head of NASA AMES
  • 9 teams from 4 countries competing in four competitions, modeled on NASA and ESA missions
  • The winner of the 1st edition of the ERC was the SCORPIO team from Wrocław, followed by IMPULS from Kielce and the Egyptian Lunar and Mars Rover Team