Over the years, the European Rover Challenge has become much more than just a robotics competition. Every year the ERC gathers world-class specialists, industry leaders and scientists from around the world and creates a knowledge-sharing platform for university students, space enthusiasts and potential space sector employees.

Find out more about the amazing guests you will meet this year in Poland or see during the livestream ↓

ERC 2022 SPEAKERS

Dr. Gernot Groemer

Austrian Space Forum

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. |
2.00PM |
Introduction to debate: Future Mars Exploration & Debate: Living in a Martian city (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Founder and Administrative Director at the Austrian Space Forum, managing OeWF spacesuit laboratory Innsbruck. Gernot Groemer holds M.Sc. degree in astronomy and Ph.D. in exploration astrobiology from the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, graduate of the ISU Summer School (Houston/Texas). Lecturer at the International Space University and the University of Innsbruck. Member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (Board of Mentors) and Flight Crew 37th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign. He is also part of the Programme Management Group AustroMars and PolAres. Dr. Groemer gives lectures and does research at various universities in the field of human Mars exploration and Astrobiology. He led more 12 Mars expedition simulations, including the Dhofar desert in Oman, the Northern Sahara, Utah and southern Spain and leads the development of the experimental spacesuit simulator Aouda.X.

Dr. Reut Sorek Abramovich

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
11AM |
Debate: The Moon – from survival to living (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Astrobiologist at the Dead Sea and Arava Science Centre, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her research topics include: Hydrazine based bioreactors with extremophilic bacteria and algae. Cross contamination challenges in future space missions (published). Former employee at Check Point Software Technologies (2001-2005, Cyber). Co-founder and current chairperson of the Israeli Mars Society, former director of the NSW chapter in the Mars Society Australia (2009-2013). Participant in NASA’s Spaceward Bound Field Expedition in South Australia (2009). Graduate of the Microbial Diversity Course, at MBL Woods Hole, MA, USA (2013). Former Chief Scientist and Co-founder of D-MARS (Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station), Israel, 2017-2020. Analog astronaut since 2018. Co-founder of ME First - a new Middle East program to support women in space in the region, public speaker and outreach activist. Aiming to be the first Israeli woman in space.

Pedro Duque

First Spaniard in space

ONLINE |
11 SEPT. |
11AM |
Debate: Financing in the space industry (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Pedro Duque is a Spanish astronaut and aeronautics engineer who served as Minister of Science of the Government of Spain from 2018 to 2021. He was also Member of the Congress of Deputies from May 2019 until February 2020. Duque underwent training in both Russia and the United States. His first spaceflight was as a mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-95, during which Duque supervised ESA experimental modules. In October 2003, Duque visited the International Space Station on board of a Soyuz TMA Ship for several days during a crew changeover.

Erin Nickerson

U.S. Consulate General in Krakow

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. |
11AM |
Debate: How will new science and technologies change the world in the coming years? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Erin Nickerson has been the Consul General in Krakow, Poland since August 2022. She joined the Foreign Service in 2002. Erin previously served as a Senior Watch Officer in the Executive Secretariat’s Operations Center, as Deputy Economic Chief in Bangkok, Financial Economist in Rome, and as a political officer on the Interagency Provincial Reconstruction Team at Embassy Kabul. She completed an interagency detail assignment as the Mission Economist to USAID Dhaka. Erin also served in Washington as the Azerbaijan desk officer and at Embassies Tegucigalpa and Warsaw. Erin was a Distinguished Graduate from NDU’s Eisenhower School with a Master of Science in National Security and Resource Strategy. She was the 2021 recipient of NDU’s Society of Logistics Engineers Award and the 2011 recipient of the Secretary’s Award for Innovation. Erin also holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She speaks Polish, Spanish, and Italian. Erin is joined in Krakow by her husband and son.

Artemis Westenberg

Explore Mars Europe

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. 10.30AM Introduction to debate: Future technologies, research and projects of space agencies and private companies & Debate: How will new science and technologies change the world in coming years? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |
10 SEPT. 3.20PM Future of the space market labor (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM) |

Artemis Westenberg is CEO of Explore Mars, Europe, a position she took in 2019, when she stepped down as president and board of director member of Explore Mars, Inc. in the USA. Artemis handed the presidency over to Janet Planet and in Europe Artemis found a European Explore Mars president in Maria Antonietta Perino. At present Artemis Westenberg is Mission Director of the Stardust Research Station and Space Centre in Cochrane, First Nation country, Ontario, Canada. This initiative by Jason Michaud, the Founder and CEO of Stardust Technologies in Cochrane & Toronto, aims to have a seamless working relation between all inhabitants of Canada in this Arctic Analogue Research Station. Science and technologies to be used at the Moon and Mars and the human handling of them is what will bring the Stardust Research Station to the forefront of preparations for our next step in human evolution: living off planet on both our Moon and the planet Mars. In June 2020 Artemis joined Carbon Capture Coatings in a consultancy capacity with the aim of harvesting the CO2 and N from the atmosphere with the help of lichen (algae). As CO2AT - team this company entered the X-Price Carbon Removal competition in 2021. CO2AT believes that its natural solution of CO2 scrubbing from the atmosphere will save humanity within a decade. From the start of the COVID19 lockdown in March 2020 Artemis joined Janet Ivey (of Janet’s Planet, a STEM education company) living her passion of teaching in daily online zoom classes free for any kid (ages 7-19) that wanted to satisfy her/his curiosity. Together with Janet she had an incredible string of Scientists, Astronauts, Engineers and other amazing people give the class insight in their specialties and lives. During those years Artemis also served as CFO of MMAARS (Moon Mars Analog Academy & Research Science) at Spaceport USA in California, where she also educated analogue astronauts in concert with the founder of MMAARS, Dr. Susan Ip-Jewell. From 2010-2019 Artemis was president, also co-founder, of Explore Mars, Inc., as well as a member of its Board of Directors. EM Inc set up the Humans to Mars Summit among other projects to ensure humans will step on Mars by 2033, a goal that is set by NASA since 2017. Artemis has been a lobbyist for various causes and organizations for 37 years. Since 2000, Artemis has been involved in space exploration advocacy, as President of the Mars Society Netherlands and Steering Committee member of The Mars Society Inc. After serving as crewmember in a number of MDRS (Mars Desert Research Station) crews and consequently as CapCom for MDRS and FMARS (Flashline Arctic Research Station), also as logistics manager, for the 4 month FMARS crew in 2007, Artemis took on the responsibilities of Mission Director, managing the MDRS since August 2008, which she turned into a financially independent and self-sufficient project. She intends to establish a European Mars analog station, in which design she has been involved from the start. Artemis has organized (inter)national conferences since 1980, among which several conferences for the Mars Society in the Netherlands and Europe. Her former employment includes management in technological multinationals such as Honeywell and THORN EMI in public affairs and in business administration and as president of the Council of Women for Rotterdam. Artemis is a nationally decorated feminist in her home country and started her feminist career as a member of the Dutch government delegation to the UN conference on the status of women, Copenhague 1980. In 2021 Artemis was awarded the high honor of ‘officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau’ by the king of the Netherlands in recognition of over 4 decades of unpaid efforts to better society for all, and especially for women. In the Netherlands, Artemis is often the spokesperson for the space community when Mars is in the Media. She has been quoted in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines and has appeared on national and international television and radio. Artemis enjoys her work as space ambassador giving lectures for any age about space exploration and Mars. She holds an M.A. in Ancient History and Islam, with minors in International Relations, and in Classical Studies from Leiden University, the oldest university of the Netherlands (1575), and a degree in General Management, from the Dutch Entrepreneurial Society.

Dr. Gianfranco Visentin

European Space Agency

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. 11AM Debate: The Moon – from survival to living (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) & Differences between Mars and lunar rovers (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM) |
11 SEPT. 11.50AM AI and autonomous robots (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM) |

Gianfranco Visentin leads the Automation and Robotics Section, European Space Agency. The section initiates Research and Development projects in the field of Space Robotics. Gianfranco Visentin has been with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the last 25 years. He had previously worked as control engineer on aircraft flight software and active car body attitude control. Since his beginning at ESA he has been working with the Automation and Robotics (A&R) and in Research and Development (R&D) group. In supporting ESA projects he has participated to the development of the European Robot Arm (ERA), the Columbus Microgravity Facilities, the EUROBOT system (of which he was the initiator) and the ExoMars project. His R&D efforts have covered the whole spectrum of technologies needed for space A&R including: conventional robotics platforms (rovers, robot arms), alternative robotic platforms (moles, aerobots, walking robots), robot autonomy, teleoperation and remote control (robot programming stations, exoskeletons), perception (computer vision) and subsystems (robot joints, controllers). Gianfranco is the inventor of some original space concepts such as 3D digital camcorders (2 flown in the International Space Station), arm exoskeletons for space use, capture of space debris by means of throw nets. Since 2002 he leads the A&R group. In his current post Gianfranco Visentin is ESA’s responsible of the technology domain for Automation and Robotics, role that entails the preparation of ESA’s R&D strategy for the field and coordination with other European research organizations. Chair/co-chair of the ASTRA and iSAIRAS conferences which are the prime forums for discussion of ideas and achievements in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in space, and coordinator of the European Commission (EC) funded project PERASPERA (AD ASTRA) that provides the EC with the roadmap for developments within the H2020 space robotics technology Strategic Research Cluster (SRC).

Savva Kerdemelidis

Crowd Funded Cures

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
3.20PM |
Building Space Economy and commercialize Science (ENG, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM)

Savva is founder and CEO of the Crowd Funded Cures, Commercial/IP Consultant Legal Counsel and Patent Attorney with 18+ years’ experience advising in relation to IP, commercial law and crypto. He graduated with a LLM (1:1, Hons) and BSc (2:1, Hons) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and lawyer in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia. He also is a New Zealand and Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney. Savva conducted his LLM thesis in 2014 on alternatives to the patent system for developing medicines. He founded Crowd Funded Cures as a NZ charity in 2013 to implement the idea of using pay-for-success contracts as an incentive to find new uses for off-patent drugs and other unmonopolisable therapies.

Dr. Ilaria Cinelli

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. 11AM Debate: How will new science and technologies change the world in the coming years? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |
09 SEPT. 2.30PM Debate: Living in a martian city (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |

Ilaria Cinelli is the President of the Aerospace Human Factors Association and Member-at-Large of the Aerospace Medical Council. She is also Co-Leader of the Space Exploration Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council. Then, Ilaria is an invited member of The Mars Society Steering Committee. Ilaria is a senior engineer with work experience in biomedical engineering and space, including human factors, mission design, analogue missions and space medicine. Ilaria has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) and a structured doctorate in neural engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway. She is also a graduate of the International Space Studies program at TU Delft (The Netherlands), and she completed a Postdoc at Tufts University (USA) in neuromodulation. She is also the European representative of the AdCOM IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society starting in 2022. Ilaria is one of the 35 most influential women in space identified as a Mentor and Role Model of the Space4Women network of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs since 2020. In 2021, La Repubblica recognized her as one of the 100 women who will change the world and Il Sole24Ore as one of the 15 women who made their mark in Italy in the same year. More recently, Ilaria was selected as one of the top 12 by ASCEND Diverse Dozen 2021, powered by The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, for her vision of space traffic management.

Dr. Stefaan De Mey

European Space Agency

ONLINE |
10 SEPT. |
2PM |
Debate introduction: A new generation of space stations (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Stefaan is senior strategy officer at the European Space Agency (ESA) in ESTEC, coordinating the strategy area for human and robotic exploration. In this role he is also representing ESA in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group where he is co-chair of the Exploration Roadmap Working Group. Previously, on a secondment from ESA, he was secretary general of Paris based EURISY (2011-2016), an international association of space agencies with a mission to create networks between space and society. Prior to this, Stefaan acquired broad experience in ESA exploration programmes: providing the integration management function for the ESA International Space Station payloads, various system engineering assignments for payloads and systems e.g. instrumentation for biomedical research in microgravity, re-entry vehicle demonstrator and launcher services, and an Earth Observation system for high altitude lightning. Stefaan started his career as a researcher in the field of cardiovascular fluid dynamics and the non-invasive diagnosis of heart failure using ultrasound. Stefaan holds a PhD and a master degree in biomedical engineering, a master degree in civil engineering, and a bachelor degree in law.

Prof. Thais Russomano

InnovaSpace

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. |
2.30PM |
Debate: Living in a martian city (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Thais Russomano graduated in medicine from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil (1985) and worked in internal and emergency medicine until 2005. She also has a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Medicine - Wright State University, USA (1991), and PhD in Space Physiology - King's College London (1998). She worked for 3 years as a Space Scientist at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Cologne, before founding the Microgravity Centre (PUCRS), a unique international reference centre in the study of human space physiology and space biomedical engineering, which she coordinated for 18 years. Thais has been linked to King's College London in different academic positions since her PhD, having acted at CHAPS, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine as the Deputy Course Director/ Senior Lecturer of the Space Physiology & Health MSc degree course (2009-2020). In addition, she is a visiting professor at the Aalto University, Finland, in Space & Design; Deggendorf Institute of Technology (European Campus, Germany), contributing to the MSc in Medical Informatics; UFCSPA in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in the areas of human phys in extreme environments & digital health, and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lisbon in space phys & aviation medicine (CEMA). She is also a director of three space-related private companies: InnovaSpace Ltd. (UK), AstroBionix (UK) and the ISMC (USA). Thais has more than 30 years of experience teaching and researching in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Space Physiology, Aerospace Biomedicine, Aerospace Biomedical Engineering and TeleHealth & Digital Health, including participation in 200+ scientific events with 300+ scientific papers presented. She has also authored books, book chapters and numerous papers in her areas of expertise. Thais is an Elected Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM), and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), for which she serves on the Board of Trustees (2019-2023) and IAA Scientific and Publication & Communication Committees (2021-2023). She is also a member of international associations and societies in space, aviation and telehealth (ISfTeH), a Board Member of companies, reviewer for journals and acts as a Review Editor at Frontiers in Space Technologies, and further holds patents related to Space Life Sciences and Aerospace Biomedical Engineering. Thais acted as a voluntary Mentor for Space4Women, an initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA, 2020-2021).

Remco Timmermans

IN PERSON |
09–11 SEPT. MarsYard Studio Host (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM) |
11 SEPT. 2.30PM Debate: How to talk about space? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |

Content marketeer and social media specialist for the global space industry. Remco is an EU citizen with a Dutch passport, living in the UK and an e-resident of Estonia. He is the founder and owner of space marketing agency Spaceside OÜ, co-director of Powering Space, a community organisation for space communication professionals, he is a member of the International Astronautical Federation Space Education and Outreach Committee and a Faculty member of the International Space University. Remco is best known as a space influencer on social media, being selected as #EUinfluencer for space in 2020 and 2021.

Dr. Joanna Jurga

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. |
2.30PM |
Debate: Living in a martian city (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Product and interior designer, innovator and university lecturer. Specialist in sense of security design. Keen on discussing issues relating to the area of speculative and synesthetic design. Analogue astronaut and a two-time commander of space missions at the Lunares Habitat. Meditation teacher and outer space enthusiast. Conducted research in cooperation with infuture hatalska foresight institute and Instytut Kontekstów Pracy. Her works have been honored at exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Participated in numerous design festivals (Lodz Design Festival, Gdynia Design Days, Dutch Design Week). Finalist of competitions such as: MakeMe, Young Polish Designer, Innovation Ad and Jutronauci.

Dr. Niamh Shaw

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
2.30PM |
Debate: Art and living in space (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Dr. Niamh Shaw is an academic space communicator on a mission to see the Earth from space to share a new perspective of our planet and ourselves. Through her work with STEM, STEAM and mainstream audiences, Niamh has witnessed how understanding space better can awaken us to our interconnectedness and the shared human endeavour at the heart of science: making life on this planet better. Since consolidated by a qualification in Practical Science Communicating from Cambridge University, as a speaker, she shares innovative approaches to problem solving, collaboration and the personal steps she has learned that allowed her to dream big, develop a bigger social responsibility and fulfil her life's ambitions.

Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna

Polish Space Agency

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
11.50AM |
Differences between Mars and lunar rovers (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM)

Grzegorz Wrochna serves as the President of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA). He is a professor of physics. He served on the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, closely working with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) labs, in Geneva and Hamburg, respectively. From 1991 to 1998, while at CERN, he participated in the design and construction of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). During his professional career, Prof. Wrochna served at the Institute for Nuclear Studies, as director of the Institute, following his leadership of the Astroparticle Apparatus Laboratory. He initiated the creation of the National Center for Nuclear Research (NCBJ), and he served as its director. At NCBJ, among other achievements, he established the Department of Astroparticle Physics, and involved the institution in several space-related projects. Prof. Wrochna represented Poland at EURATOM, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, and the Board of Governors of the European Union’s Joint Research Center. He served as the President of the Scientific Policy Committee and as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, where his responsibilities included overseeing cooperation with the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Leszek Orzechowski

Space is More

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. |
2.30PM |
Debate: Living in a martian city (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Leszek Orzechowski is an architect and founder of Space is More – a space architecture company that also runs LunAres Research Station – a European analog habitat. Leszek is an enthusiastic science advocate with hundreds of lectures presented to the public and an award-winning designer. His group created a number of scientific reports on the future manned Moon and Mars missions presented during international competitions and conferences. Space is More was a part of a winning team in ESA Moon Challenge for a report on returning to the Moon in the next decade and a finalist of NASA 3d-Printed Habitat Challenge phase 1 from 2015. The team won multiple architectural awards for Mars bases colonies including Marsception (2018) and Mars Colony Design Competition (2019). Currently, Leszek is leading operations and research at LunAres Research Station. LunAres Research Station is an analog habitat created to study medical and psychological aspects of isolation during simulated planetary missions. From its beginning, in 2017 a total number of 13 diverse teams conducted isolation missions inside the habitat and it recently has been featured in the Science Magazine.

Dr. Dolly Daou

ONLINE |
11 SEPT. |
2.30PM |
Debate: Art and living in space (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

An expert in establishing and designing executive education and practice-based higher education programs and courses. Dolly’s career path led her to the West of France, where she expanded her area of research and expertise by leading the Food Design Lab with a clear mission on how to feed the planet in 2050. She is currently back in Melbourne. Dolly combines her doctorate knowledge in interior architecture and urbanism with food management and strategies to develop bespoke industry-based workshops and projects. She focuses on a system-based strategy working closely with the local agribusiness industry and with the government on implementing current and impactful projects with ecological and economic benefits. Dolly has 21 years of international experience in design pedagogy/research, leading philanthropic associations and a higher education quality assurance in Australia, Asia, Europe and in the Middle East. She is the author of many publications including: Unbounded on the Interior and Interiority. Due to her industry experience she has mentored professionals to transform theoretical methodology/research into their daily business practices.

Maria Antonietta Perino

Thales Alenia Space

ONLINE |
09 SEPT. 11.50AM What do rovers do on Mars and Mars Yard? (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM) |
10 SEPT. 10.30AM Debate introduction: Lunar exploration & Debate: The Moon – from survival to living (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |
10 SEPT. 3.20PM Future of the space market labor (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM)

Maria Antonietta has got a Degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. In 1988 she attended the International Space University (M.I.T., Boston, USA) and became Faculty Member. She is currently member of the Academic Council. Maria Antonietta works at Thales Alenia Space as Director for Space Economy Exploration and International Network. She is involved in different activities promoting the development of young professionals in the space industry. Author of several publications, papers, and reports, and Acta Astronautica Co-Editor. Member of the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace and of the International Academy of Astronautics, and former IAF Bureau Vice President. She is President of Explore Mars Europe. Awarded “Woman of Excellence 2010” by AIDDA and “Stella al Merito del Lavoro” by the Italian Republic President. Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of approximately 2.15 billion euros in 2021 and has around 8,900 employees in 10 countries with 17 sites in Europe and a plant in the US.

Dr. Adriana Marais

Proudly Human

ONLINE |
09 SEPT. |
11AM |
Debate: How will new science and technologies change the world in the coming years? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Dr. Adriana Marais has a background in research, her award-winning PhD and postdoctoral work in quantum biology focused on photosynthesis and the origins of the building blocks of life in space. She is an internationally renowned advocate for off-world exploration, and has given hundreds of talks to audiences on all seven continents of this planet, as well as been featured in documentaries including AOL’s “Citizen Mars”, and CNN’s “Africa’s Space Race”. Adriana is currently a Director at the Foundation for Space Development Africa, developing Africa’s first mission to the Moon, the Africa2Moon Project. She is Scientific Moderator on Space Resources with the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator, and Chair of Space Sciences at Tod'Aérs Aeronautics and Space Research. She is also a lecturer at the Faculty at the Singularity University and Duke Corporate Education. In 2019, Adriana founded Proudly Human, and she is currently leading the organization’s Off-World Project: a series of off-grid habitation experiments in the most extreme environments on the planet, in preparation for life on the Moon, Mars and beyond, as well as a sustainable future on Earth.

Andrea Merlo

Thales Alenia Space

ONLINE |
09 SEPT. 11.50AM What do rovers do on Mars and Mars Yard? (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM) |
10 SEPT. 2.30PM Debate: Art and living in space (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) & Live from MarsYard: Future of the space market labor (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM) |

Andrea Merlo, born in Italy, is an Informatic & Robotics Engineer graduated at the University of Genoa in 2006. He started working in Thales Alenia Space in 2007 on several Robotics Prototypes (Eurobot EWM, EGP, X-ROB) as SW/Control developer, and then joined the ExoMars Rover Team as Functional and Mobility Engineer. In the last three years, in parallel to the ExoMars Rover role, Andrea is acting as Head of Optics, Robotics, Mechatronics & Artificial Intelligence Group and as Thales Alenia Space Italia Technical Referent for the SFR Rover. Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of approximately 2.15 billion euros in 2021 and has around 8,900 employees in 10 countries with 17 sites in Europe and a plant in the US.

Inna Uwarowa

SAB Aerospace

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
3.20PM |
Building Space Economy and commercialize Science (ENG, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM)

Inna Uwarowa is a graduate of the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. In 2006, she was involved in the student satellite project of the European Space Agency - ESEO, then she became the coordinator of the PW-Sat2 satellite construction project, launched into orbit in December 2018. Inna was the first coordinator of the Polish branch of the ESERO ESA - European Space Education Office in Poland. Since 2015, Inna Uwarowa has been the chairman of the jury in the National, and since 2019 in the European CanSat Picosatellite Competition. Between 2016-2019, Inna was engaged in business development and technical consulting at the Future Processing, and from 2018 in the FP Space consortium. From 2019, Inna Uwarowa was responsible for running In-Space Services Sarl in Luxembourg. At the end of 2020, she joined SAB Aerospace as Program Director, and from April 2022 she took the position of Strategic Director.

Dr. Red Boumghar

Parametry.ai

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
3.20PM |
Building Space Economy and commercialize Science (ENG, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM)

Dr. Red Boumghar is former data scientist at the European Space Agency for Space Operations. He has led many AI applications in spacecraft operations. He also led several machine learning and automation projects as senior data intelligence portfolio manager at the European Central Bank. As PhD in robotics and embedded systems, entrepreneur and open-source advocate, he loves to live on the edge of new technologies. Red worked in many different industries including automotive, mining, robotics, satellite Earth observation and finance. Today CEO of the New Space Startup Parametry.ai, Red and his team research and create blockchain and AI applications to serve and govern the complex Earth orbit space traffic and participate in the whole inter-planetary space economy.

Ben Haldeman

LifeShip

ONLINE |
10 SEPT. |
2.30PM |
Debate: Art and living in space (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Ben Haldeman is a space entrepreneur, futurist, engineer, spacecraft architect, crypto enthusiast, product geek, and yogi. He founded LifeShip to make space accessible to everyone and to continue life beyond Earth. LifeShip is a web3 community space movement saving a forever copy of Earth in space and taking steps towards spreading life to the stars. LifeShip launched the first DNA Seed Bank, with the DNA of 500 species and 2000 humans, to the International Space Station on a SpaceX rocket in partnership with NASA. LifeShip exists to help Earth now and expand life beyond. Ben was an early engineer at Planet Labs where he designed and launched hundreds of imaging satellites into space to help Earth. Ben built a global network of dozens of big robotic telescopes around the world that are discovering new exoplanets. In grad school at UC Berkeley, Ben built instruments for Mars rover missions to look for life on the red planet.

Albert David Lewandowski

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
3.20PM |
Building Space Economy and commercialize Science (ENG, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM)

Experienced Big Data and Blockchain Architect involved in over 40 projects for startups and enterprises in highly regulated sectors. Currently working in the cybersecurity startup called Magellanic dedicated for aerospace, automotive and maritime industry and in the Deep Tech organizations providing software development services. Mentor in Starburst Accelerator, technical advisor in fintech, Web3 and robotics startup.

Dr. Milena Ratajczak

IN PERSON |
09–11 SEPT. Livestream Host (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |
09 SEPT. 11AM Debate: How will new science and technologies change the world in the coming years? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |

Milena Ratajczak holds Ph.D. in astronomy and works as an assistant professor at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw. Her research interests are focused on the subject of double stars and extrasolar planets. Milena is a member of the OGLE group - a large-scale sky survey using the Polish telescope located in Chile, and the Solaris project - aimed at searching for exoplanets using a network of robotic telescopes in the southern hemisphere. She cooperates with the international consortium of the BRITE program, which use the nano-satellite constellation to observe the brightest stars in our Galaxy. Milena was included in the Forbes Women list of Women of the Year 2020. In her free time, she popularizes science as a coordinator of the UNAWE educational program in Poland and a board member of the New Space, MultiŚwiat and Polish Astronomical Society foundations. Milena is co-founder of the Science Now creative studio specializing in scientific communication and the development of new ventures at the interface between science, education, art and entertainment. She collaborates with popular science magazines, edits books and games on astronomy. At weekends, she goes jogging, preferably in the mountains.

Dr. Krzysztof Kanawka

Blue Dot Solutions

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
3.20PM |
Building Space Economy and commercialize Science (ENG, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM)

Krzysztof Kanawka holds Ph.D. DIC. Currently his the president of Blue Dot Solutions and one of the editors of Kosmonauta.net. After studying in Poland, Germany and Great Britain, Krzysztof returned to Poland and founded the Blue Dot Solutions company, which deals with the practical use of satellite data and supporting other new companies through the Space3ac accelerator. His free time is filled with: karate kyokushin, swimming, traveling, astronomy and theater.

Jarosław Chojnacki

Krakow Technology Park

IN PERSON |
11 SEPT. |
11.50AM |
Start(up) in the space sector – for small and large companies (ONLY IN POLISH, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM)

Jarosław Chojanacki is a Project Manager and ESA Technology Broker. For over six years, he has been supporting startups in the Technology Incubator at the Krakow Technology Park. Mentor of several dozen startups in acceleration programs such as EIT Digital, KPT ScaleUp, BSA SpaceUp. He has over 10 years of experience in project management and company development. Coordinator of international projects related to the support of innovative technologies. For three years, he was the head of the SpaceUp acceleration program. As a Technology Broker at the European Space Agency, he supports technology transfer between space and non-space companies. He cooperates with many business partners from all over Europe in the field of new technologies. Organizer of international hackathons dedicated to startups and innovative technologies, and organizer of meetings and conferences related to space technologies. A graduate of business and science, Agile PM and Prince2 Foundation certified.

Rafał Grabiański

Urania

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
12.20PM |
The James Webb Space Telescope – how was it built, how did it get to orbit and what will it show? (ONLY IN POLISH, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM)

Rafał Grabiański is the editor of the Urania – Postępy Astronomii (Urania – Advances in Astronomy) portal. He has been dealing with astronautics and describing the challenges of the Polish and global space industry for five years. His interests include unmanned space exploration, in particular Martian missions and rocket technologies. He follows the emerging race to the Moon between the United States and China with interest. An IT specialist by education, he is a graduate of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. He works as a software developer.

Igor Kolek

NEUROSPACE

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
11AM |
Debate: The Moon – from survival to living (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Igor Kolek is an embedded systems engineer with years of aerospace experience. In his several accomplished projects he went through all classical or modern development processes. That’s why he is now the project lead at the Berlin-based space startup NEUROSPACE GmbH. With its latest development named CubeR, NEUROSPACE wants to offer their customers the possibility to leave their own footprints on the moon. Thus, they realized a novel, standardized and cost-reducing Moon rover solution. Igor studied communications and information engineering at the BHT Berlin. During his time as the lead of the software department at German Orbital Systems, he developed a system for time-controlled separation of up to 50 small-satellites in LEO. The system was successfully used at Fregat upper stage of the Sojus Rocket several times and is now successfully used at the upper stage of the Falcon9 rocket. In addition, he has several years of experience in the medicine technology industry, where he developed devices for minimal invasive surgeries.

Maximilian von Unwerth

NEUROSPACE

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. |
12.00PM |
NEUROSPACE (ENG, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM)

Maximilian von Unwerth is a space robotics expert, passionate lecturer and an enthusiast for space - the final frontier. He is just beginning his doctorate on lunar exploration rovers and is working as development engineer at the Berlin-based space startup NEUROSPACE GmbH. With its latest development named CubeR, NEUROSPACE wants to offer their customers the possibility to leave their own footprints on the moon. Thus, they realized a novel, standardized and cost-reducing Moon rover solution. Maximilian studied robotics and a minor in aerospace engineering at the TU Braunschweig. He was scientific assistant for the development of MIRA3D, an autonomous lunar rover demonstrator for the additive manufacturing of lunar regolith and team leader of the European Rover Challenge winning team 2020. He worked as a scientific assistant for teaching the basics of programming and was the organizer of the preliminary course in computer science. As a LEGO Lab mentor, he inspired young explorers to pursue robotics and the endless reaches of space. To strengthen computer science in schools, he got involved as a teacher at the high school and participated in the First LEGO League together with a team of pupils.

Łukasz Wilczyński

European Space Foundation

IN PERSON |
11 SEPT. |
2.30PM |
Debate: How to talk about space? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

The originator of the European Rover Challenge project. An expert in PR and communications, he has been involved in the public relations industry for more than twenty years. Founder and long-time president of Planet Partners and president of the European Space Foundation. From 2008 to 2013, European coordinator of The Mars Society. For 20 years, he has been spreading knowledge about the space sector, including in the media, at science festivals or TEDx, and IAC conferences. Lecturer on space sector subjects at Kozminski University in Warsaw and AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. In the process of preparing a doctoral dissertation on communication on the global space sector topic. Currently president and founder of the world's first international PR network for the space sector, Space Communications Alliance.

Justyna Redełkiewicz

European Union Agency for Space Programme

IN PERSON |
11 SEPT. |
10.30AM |
How to make business on Space Technologies? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Justyna Redełkiewicz is the Head of Sector Location Based Services, Market and Technology at the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA). EUSPA’s core mission is to provide reliable, safe and secure space-related services from European space programs such as Galileo, Copernicus and GovSatCom, maximising their socio-economic benefits for the society and businesses. Within the Agency Justyna is leading the Cassini initiative, encompassing a set of support activities for EU start-ups, offering funding opportunities for the development of space downstream products and solutions. She is also in charge of the market and technology research at the GSA, managing publications of annual reports on satellite navigation and Earth observation use in various industries. Prior to joining the GSA, she held business management responsibilities in Toshiba, Comarch and Nestle. She has a Master degree in International Business from Poznan University of Economics, Master in Business Administration from Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) and she is also an alumni of International Space University.

Katarzyna Malinowska

Kozminski University

IN PERSON |
11 SEPT. |
11.00 |
Debate: Financing in the space industry (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Professor of the Kozminski University, expert in risk management, insurance and space law. Author of at least several dozen publications in this field. She is currently researching the risk management and insurance of in-orbit maintenance projects. Frequent speaker at Polish and international conferences. Director of the Space Studies Center at the Kozminski University and head of postgraduate studies in "Entrepreneurship in the space industry".

Michał Szwajewski

IN PERSON |
11 SEPT. |
11.00 |
Debata: Financing in the space industry (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Michał Szwajewski started working in the space industry over 10 years ago as a heat transfer engineer at the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he supported the process of designing the first Polish satellite called Lem or BRITE-PL. He then moved to SENER’s newly established aerospace engineering department as an engineer and later as a project manager for such projects as “the space umbilical cord” for the ExoMars 2020 mission and MSGE for the Biomass mission.

Andrea Novák

Herius Capital

IN PERSON |
11 SEPT. |
11AM |
Debate: Financing in the space industry (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Andrea Novák is the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer at the Herius Capital. She has more than 12 years of finance and private equity experience. Before Herius, Andrea served as the Head of Fund Administration at Oriens Investment Management, a middle-market private equity firm investing in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia with $150 M of AUM. Andrea also worked at BlackRock, the world’s leading asset manager. She started her career at the Budapest Stock Exchange where she spent 7 years and held the Deputy Financial Director position.

Íñigo Estébanez de la Mata

Starburst

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. 3.20PM Debate: Building Space Economy and commercialize Science (ENG, AUDITORIUM, NO LIVESTREAM) |
11 SEPT. 11AM Debate: Financing in the space industry (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |

Íñigo is the European deal flow manager at Starburst Aerospace, the world's leading global aerospace & defense startup accelerator and strategic advisory practice. He is in direct contact with the most thriving innovators in the space sector, trying to identify the startups with the biggest potential and helping them grow connecting them to the industry and investors. He has a background in Aerospace Engineering, having studied at Universidad Europea de Madrid and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Before joining Starburst, he had been involved in the development of a small launcher and an IoT nanosatellite, developing both engineering and procurement roles.

Romain Fonteyne

ESA & Foresight Institute

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. 2.30PM Debate: Living in a martian city (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |
10 SEPT. 11.50AM Differences between Mars and lunar rovers (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM) |
11 SEPT. 11.50AM AI and autonomous robots (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM)

Romain Fonteyne is an aerospace and systems engineer at the European Space Agency, where he supports preparation and operational scenarios for ExoMars. He graduated from the Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées (IPSA, France) and Politecnico di Torino (POLITO, Italy). Prior to joining the ExoMars programme, Romain worked on the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) in collaboration with CNES and NASA’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) during an internship. This is where his love for Mars exploration began. Romain is an author and co-author about 10 publications. He was recognized by Forbes for the 30 Under 30 Europe list of 2021, and received the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Science and Research in 2021. Romain was also described as a French Research Engineer of the Future honoree by L'Usine Nouvelle in 2019.

Javier Rodríguez González

CDTI

IN PERSON |
10 SEPT. 11AM Debate: The Moon – from survival to living (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |
10 SEPT. 2.30PM Debate: Art and living in space (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM) |

Javier Rodriguez works at CDTI in the Space department since 2015 as an expert in Space Robotics and In-Orbit Servicing. Previously, he gained professional experience as a control engineer at ESA, INDRA &TTI. Currently, he is working as a Delegate and Steering Board Member in the European Commission (EC) funded project PERASPERA (AD ASTRA), which provides the EC with the roadmap for developments within space robotics technology Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) and Future Space Ecosystem Roadmaps and projects. Also involved in EPIC and the Strategic Research Clusters (SRC) Electric Propulsion. The teams are coordinated by ESA and are composed of members from the European Space Agencies: ASI, CDTI, CNES, DLR, POLSA and UKSA. Which main objective is to launch the first IOS orbital demonstrator for Europe and develop the robotics technologies for the next missions for Mars exploration and Lunar Base. Javier is also involved in regulation activities for IOS and STM in different groups such as the European Operative Framework (EOF), ISO and IAF.

Miquel Pastor Vinader

IN PERSON |
11 SEPT. |
11AM |
Debate: Financing in the space industry (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Miquel Pastor Vinader is a graduate of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with Master in Physics. Independent Consultant, Former ESA Senior Industrial Policy Officer in support of ESA New Member States. Ad personam member of the F4E Procurement and Contracts Committee. For 15 years after company incorporation, he was the General Manager of the NTE Spanish space equipment company. Miquel was also in charge as the R&D manager in Magneti Marelli Spanish branch and the Product Assurance Inspector for nuclear industry equipment in Brown Boveri Spain.

Patrycja Karwowska

Polish Space Agency

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. |
11AM |
Debate: How will new science and technologies change the world in the coming years? (ENG, AUDITORIUM + LIVESTREAM)

Patrycja Karwowska is the Chief Specialist in Strategy and International Cooperation Department at Polish Space Agency. She graduates from the Warsaw University of Technology in 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Applied Physics (Specialization: Materials and Nanostructures) and a Master of Science in Engineering in Applied Physics (Specialization: Ecological Energy Sources). In Polish Space Agency she is responsible for international cooperation in the field of technology and especially space exploration. She is an advisor to European Space Agency decisions bodies and POLSA representative in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).

Michał Zachara

KP Labs

ONLINE |
09 SEPT. |
11.50AM |
Differences between Mars and lunar rovers (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM)

Michał Zachara is the Chief Operating Officer at KP Labs, a Polish NewSpace company. The company was founded in 2016 and employs over 70 people. The mission of KP Labs is to accelerate space exploration by advancing autonomous spacecraft operation and robotic technology. Michał Zachara actively participates in the development of the Polish space industry by participating in projects for the European and Canadian Space Agency. He is a member of the Board of the Polish Space Agency and the Board of Polish Space Cluster. With a team of professionals working at KP Labs, he aims at exploiting running Artificial Intelligence in space, including the development of the Intuition-1 satellite. As part of the mission planned for late 2022, KP Labs intends to prove that processing complex hyperspectral data is feasible to be done in orbit. Michał Zachara is a graduate of Computer Science and Econometrics at the University of Economics in Katowice and a manager with over 10 years of experience.

Dr. Krzysztof Walas

Poznan University of Technology

IN PERSON |
09 SEPT. |
11.50AM |
Differences between Mars and lunar rovers (ENG, MARSYARD + LIVESTREAM)

Assistant professor at the Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (IRIM), Division of Control, Robotics and Electrical Engineering, Poznan University of Technology. He obtained a doctorate in technical sciences in 2012 in the discipline of Automatics and Robotics, specialization in Robotics. His scientific interests are walking robots and the perception of the robots' environment that allows them to interact with the environment based on the laws of physics – recognizing materials and modeling their properties. His internship took place at the University of Birmingham, UK. Main judge of the ERC Maintenance task (Remote).

Dorian Leger

ispace

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Dorian Leger is working at ispace where he is a Business Tech Partnerships Analyst. His role is to be a bridge between commercial and engineering teams in the development of private and public space missions. Dorian has a multidisciplinary background, with a B.A in Economics from McGill University, Canada, and a B.Sc in Molecular Ecology from Goettingen University Germany. Prior to joining ispace, Dorian worked in several industries including finance, IT, automotive, and life sciences. In 2019, Dorian developed a model which demonstrated that solar-driven microbial farming can produce 10x more protein than conventional agriculture (published in PNAS). Since 2020, he has been developing a model of the energy requirements for propellant production on the Moon with ESA. He is passionate about space and biology. With ispace, Dorian wants to help connect people with the opportunities that await us in our solar system.

Michael Healy

Unit Network

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Michael is co-founder of Unit, the leading token builder focused on powering the token economy using the Unit Network blockchain, powered by Polkadot. His mission is to solve wealth inequity, by providing a more cooperative economy. He is focused on social impact and positive change through education, entrepreneurship and empowering individuals. Michael is a self-taught full-stack, mobile and blockchain developer. Alongside, he has design and video expertise which support in building useful products. Michael has been in the crypto and blockchain industry since 2010 and has built several successful businesses with exits, ranging from an encrypted peer-to-peer video conferencing technology, one of the UK’s largest student social networks, the Wikileaks android application and many mobile apps used by millions of users worldwide. Alongside starting and growing businesses, Michael has advised and supported startups, investors and corporates in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. He was a finalist of the Thiel Fellowship by Peter Thiel and awarded the silver medal in the Mathematics Olympiad. Michael worked at top pan-European Venture Capital firm, Wellington partners (€800 million under management). As well as working for the Founders Forum, the leading technology conference and network globally (founder of $500m company to be invited). He founded a coding education bootcamp company which co-led the introducing coding into the British education system. He has done work for Google, KPMG, Saatchi & Saatchi, L’Oreal, Imperial College, Unilever, London Business School and other top startups/corporates/organisations. Michael is Singaporean, Irish and British. He was growing up in Singapore, then moved to the UK at 16. He enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures, having visited 88 countries. He is an Ironman triathlete. He has lived also in London, New York City, Bali, Shanghai, Berlin, Dubai, Hong Kong. He looks forward to live, travel and work in more places in the future.

Alice Miller

Project Helios

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Alice, like many, wanted to become an astronaut. Becoming a pilot was the first step. Once she realized women could not become pilots in the Israeli Air Force, she petitioned the high court and won the case (1995). She did not become a pilot but opened the doors for hundreds and thousands of women. After spending a decade as an Aerospace Engineer in the Israeli Air Force, Alice turned to the private sector in various areas. She founded a natural swim pond company, she founded a reusable energy startup, she built a resort in the Indian Himalayas, she initiated an Israeli – Palestinian municipal waste project, she even founded a travel company taking people star gazing… And now, Alice is leading the Lunar Scale-Up Project at Helios. Turning lab scale lunar oxygen production technology into full blown industry. Seeing this cannot be done alone… She is searching for serious space companies who would like to join the ride.

Fiammetta Diani

European Union Agency for the Space Programme

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Fiammetta Diani is currently Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation at the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), formerly GSA, where she is working since 2009. She is responsible for developing the market and innovative applications of space data while fostering competitiveness of space downstream industry, SMEs and start-ups. Before joining the Agency, she worked in the private sector for more than a decade, both in aerospace and information technology industry, with focus on business development of products, applications and services. Mrs Diani holds a master degree in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and a post-graduate Master in Economics and Business Administration of governmental and non -profit organisations from University of Ferrara, in Italy.

FAQ

Where can I find more information about the agenda?

The regularly updated, detailed information about the agenda – the Inspiration Zone, competitions and workshops – will be available in the VISITORS and ABOUT THE ERC -> INSPIRATION ZONE tabs on our website. We also invite you to follow the ERC profiles on social media.

How can I participate in the event?

Basically, you can participate in two ways: on-site and online. If you come to Kielce (Poland), you will be able to see experiments, interactive shows and presentations prepared by our exhibitors as well as take part in mini workshops. You will be also able to see the Mars Yard up close, spectate the competition and listen to debates in the main hall. If you can't come to Poland, you can watch the livestream on our website to follow the competition progress, listen to passionate debates and presentations of our speakers. The livestream will be provided exclusively in English.

Is the admission to the event free?

Yes! Participation in all attractions, livestreams, shows, lectures, workshops and debates are free of charge. You can use cash though to buy gadgets, posters or books at the on-site exhibitors’ stands.

AGENDA

The rover competition and the Inspiration Zone will be available to visitors every day (September 09–11, 2022, Friday to Sunday) from 10.00am to 5.00pm on the campus of the Kielce University of Technology. Below you can find a draft agenda of the online broadcast & on-site activities. Participation in the event is free of charge. The livestream will be provided exclusively in English.

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10am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Beginning of the first day

Milena Ratajczak & Jury representatives

10.30am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Future technologies, research, and projects of space agencies and private companies

Keynote presentation – Artemis Westenberg (Explore Mars Europe)

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

How will new science and technologies change the world in the coming years?

Debate – Artemis Westenberg (Explore Mars Europe); Erin Nickerson (U.S. Consulate General in Krakow); Ilaria Cinelli (Aerospace Human Factors Assoc. and Aerospace Medical Council); Milena Ratajczak (astronomer); Patrycja Karwowska (POLSA/PERASPERA); Adriana Marais (quantum biologist, Proudly Human’s Off-World Project)

What will the discoveries in genetics, cosmology, and AI research bring in the coming years of the 21st century? Will we be able to start time travel, reach the stars and meet other civilizations in space? Moderator: Aleksandra Bukała

11.50am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

What do rovers do on Mars and Mars Yard?

Remco Timmermans will talk to (among others): Maria Antonietta Perino, Andrea Merlo (Thales Alenia Space), Oskar Zdunek (POLSA)

Live from the Mars Yard studio. A conversation with the Jury and Space Experts on the applications of rovers in space exploration, with a mention of drones.

12.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

2pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Future Mars Exploration

Keynote presentation – Gernot Groemer

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Living in a martian city

Debate – Gernot Groemer (OeWF); Leszek Orzechowski (Lunares, metaverse); Romain Fonteyne (Foresight Institute, ESA); Ilaria Cinelli (Aerospace Human Factors Assoc. and Aerospace Medical Council); Joanna Jurga (designer, sense of security specialist); Thais Russomano (InnovaSpace), Nicolas Peter (ISU)

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about psychological, physiological, and biological aspects of life on Mars. A discussion on its future economy, governance, and possible lifestyles. Moderator: Milena Ratajczak

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Competencies in the space sector – who’s needed?

Remco Timmermans will talk to (among others): Przemek Rudź (Future Space, POLSA)

Live from the Mars Yard studio. A conversation with the Jury and Space Experts on the required competencies in the space sector.

3.50pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

4.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Wrap-up of the first day

Milena Ratajczak

4.30pm

STATIONARY (ENG)

Value chain in space mining and how it supports challenges on Earth

Dorian Leger (iSpace), Jarosław Bąkała (CBK PAN), Dariusz Marciniak (ING PAN), Alice Miller (Project Helios), Michał Zachara (KP Labs). Moderators: Mateusz Józefowicz & Albert Lewandowski (European Space Foundation)

Space Mining is rapidly growing sector. It contains multiple stakeholders and requires cooperation between many companies to achieve successful operations in the outer space. We plan to show the end – to – end value chain, the business opportunities and how it operates both on Moon and on Earth.

10am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Beginning of the second day

Milena Ratajczak & Jury representatives

A summary of the first day of the ERC competition.

10.30am

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Lunar exploration

Keynote presentation – Maria Antonietta Perino (Thales Alenia Space)

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

The Moon – from survival to living

Debate – Gianfranco Visentin (ESA / PERASPERA); Reut Sorek Abramovich (Ben Gurion Univ., Mars Society Israel); Igor Kolek (NEUROSPACE); Javier Rodríguez González (CDTI / PERASPERA); Carlos Espejel (iSpace); Maria Antonietta Perino (Thales Alenia Space), Grzegorz Wrochna (Polish Space Agency)

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about our lives and work on the Moon, how to survive extreme conditions, human-robot cooperation, and a zero-waste lifestyle. Moderator: Milena Ratajczak

11.50am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Differences between Mars and lunar rovers

Remco Timmermans will talk to (among others): Gianfranco Visentin (ESA / PERASPERA), Krzysztof Walas (Poznan University of Technology), Michał Zachara (KP Labs), Romain Fonteyne (Foresight Institute, ESA), Grzegorz Wrochna (POLSA)

Live from the Mars Yard studio. A conversation with the Jury and Experts on the differences between Mars and Moon rovers.

12.05pm

STATIONARY (ENG)

Presentation about NEUROSPACE

Maximilian von Unwerth

Neurospace is a Berlin-based NewSpace company founded in 2020 by a group of experienced space engineers, programming specialists and physicists. It has set itself the goal of developing space technology enhanced with machine learning capabilities and is turning its eyes toward the moon. Representatives of the company will present to the ERC audience, their concept of a lunar rover.

12.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

2pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

A new generation of space stations

Keynote presentation – Stefaan De Mey (ESA)

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Art and living in space

Debate – Dolly Daou (Food Design Lab, Cumulus org.); Niamh Shaw (art & engineering); Javier Rodríguez González (CDTI / PERASPERA); Andrea Merlo (Thales Alenia Space); Ben Haldeman (LifeShip)

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about the meaning of art, design, photography, music, and even gardening on space stations. Applied technologies in space. Moderator: Milena Ratajczak

3.20pm

STATIONARY (ENG)

Building Space Economy and commercialize Science

Albert Lewandowski; Krzysztof Kanawka; Inna Uwarowa; Red Boumghar (CEO & Founder of Parametry.ai, Libre Space Foundation); Julien Lamamy (iSpace); Savva Kerdemelidis (Crowd Funded Cures); Íñigo Estébanez de la Mata (Starburst Aerospace)

A discussion on building business models for projects operating in orbit and on the Moon in such a way that they are able to make money for themselves and that the private sector can realistically develop in space. Elements of the chain necessary for the new economy and potential risks will be presented.

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Future of the space market labor

Remco Timmermans will talk to (among others): Artemis Westenberg, Maria Antonietta Perino, Andrea Merlo, Larie Cujko

Live from the Mars Yard studio. What new professions will space exploration bring? What competencies should the next generation develop?

3.50pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

Presentation of Exhibitors, Teams and rovers participating in the ERC 2022.

4.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Wrap-up of the second day

Milena Ratajczak

10am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Beginning of the third day

Milena Ratajczak & Jury representatives

A summary of the second day of the ERC competition.

10.30am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

How to make business on Space Technologies?

Keynote presentation – Justyna Redełkiewicz (EUSPA)

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Financing in the space industry

Debate – Pedro Duque (ESA astronaut); Miquel Pastor Vinader (ESA former consultant); Andrea Novák (Herius Capital); Íñigo Estébanez de la Mata (Starburst Aerospace); Troy McCann (Moonshot); Michael Healy

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about financing in the space industry. Moderators: Katarzyna Malinowska, Michał Szwajewski

11.50am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

AI and autonomous robots

Remco Timmermans will talk to (among others): Gianfranco Visentin (ESA / PERASPERA); Oskar Zdunek (POLSA); Romain Fonteyne (Foresight Institute, ESA)

Live from the Mars Yard studio. What benefits does designing better autonomous space robots give us? What new applications for such technologies will we find in the future?

12.10pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Robotics and new technologies used in ocean exploration.

Nautilus

Surprise from the ocean! Online connection + Q&A

2pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Overview of space-related advertising and the most interesting communication campaigns from the space sector

Keynote presentation

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

How to talk about space?

Debate – Łukasz Wilczyński, Remco Timmermans & guests

An interdisciplinary conversation with experts from various fields about how we should talk about space, how to communicate its complex topics, and sway the public.

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Awaiting the results – interviews with the ERC’22 Teams

Live from the Team Zone

Conversations with Teams taking part in the ERC 2022 competition.

4pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Award and closing ceremony