An important part of the European Rover Challenge, which distinguishes this project from other events of this type organised around the world, is the Inspiration Zone accessible to the general public.

We are visited by viewers of almost all ages. Most of them are people interested in astronomy, new technologies and science, but there are also those who appeared at the ERC quite by accident and now accompany us at each new edition. A large group of visitors to the Inspiration Zone are families with children, so we make sure that there are also attractions for the youngest. Following the slogan “we inspire the new generation”, we have been bringing space and the growing role of modern technologies in our lives to the general public for seven years now. An inseparable part of this process are shows, workshops and presentations prepared by our exhibitors as well as lectures, talks and debates with the participation of guests from all over the world.

By scrolling down this page, you will get acquainted with the #ERC2021 exhibitors and speakers.


Quick access:   ERC2021 EXHIBITORS | ERC2021 SPEAKERS


The rover competition and the exhibitors' zone will be available to visitors every day (September 10–12, 2021, Friday to Sunday) from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on the campus of the Kielce University of Technology. You will also be able to follow the entire event on the livestream in the "#ERC2021 LIVESTREAM" tab. Below you can find a detailed program of the event and online broadcast. Participation in the event is free of charge.



10am (CEST)


Why do we need swamps and wetlands – water resource management and climate change


The area of swamps is shrinking at an alarming rate on Earth. People occupy these areas for agriculture, industry and construction, not realizing that drainage of peatlands entails irreparable losses for the climate and nature. Moderators: Małgorzata Stanek and Dariusz Ochrymiuk, Fundacja dla Biebrzy

10am (CEST)


Homemade Mars rover


The Astronomical Club ALMUKANTARAT has prepared a short lecture and online workshops, during which young explorers and their parents will be able to construct a rover powered by a rubber band.

10am (CEST)


Mars and lunar rovers part. 1


Presentation of the projects of young constructors of OMSA winners

10.10am (CEST)


Through the eye of a geologist: what we can read from Martian photos


Lecture: Natalia Zalewska, CBK PAN

10.14am (CEST)




Eco education: The film presents some species of plants and animals that occur in the Biebrza marshes or are dependent on them. Film by Fundacja dla Biebrzy

10.18am (CEST)


Battery – a small thing, but a big risk


Fundacja Odzyskaj Środowisko, has prepared two films as part of our Eco education series

10.20am (CEST)


How are craters on the Moon formed?


The Astronomical Club ALMUKANTARAT will explain, with a simple demonstration, how craters on the Moon are formed. Young explorers will be able to repeat this experiment themselves.

10.20am (CEST)


Installation for the processing of refrigerators


Zosia from the School Recycling Center will take us on a short trip to the electro-waste processing plant.

10.22am (CEST)


Live from ERC MarsYard


Conversation with Jury and Teams taking part in ERC 2021 competition

10.24am (CEST)


Mars and lunar rovers part. 2


Presentation of the projects of young constructors of OMSA winners.

10.30am (CEST)


Young constructors – designs of space devices


Sebastian Soberski and #RoboticTeamGrudziądz will show selected designs of lunar and Martian rovers presented by young designers during OMSA.

10.40am (CEST)


The Nature of Space – The Imperative for Bringing Elements of Earth with Us for Interstellar Travel


Presentation: Billy Almon

10.44am (CEST)


History of astronomical observations of the Moon


film for kids by Geonatura Kielce

10.50am (CEST)


Interactive Quiz for Children: Explore the Moon and IGLUNA


Presentation: Tatiana Benavides, IGLUNA

10.50am (CEST)


The geology of Mars


Lecture: Michał Poros, Geonatura Kielce

11.00am (CEST)


Introduction: Space Technologies for the Earth


Justyna Redełkiewicz, EUSPA

11.05am (CEST)


Live from ERC MarsYard


Conversation with Jury and Teams taking part in ERC 2021 competition

11.10am (CEST)


Where should the first base on Mars be built?


A presentation prepared by Aleksandra, Geralt and Paweł, high school students, the winners of the SpaceShip - Cosmos Challenge competition

11.15am (CEST)


Project Space Region


Presentation: Marek Banaszkiewicz, CBK PAN

11.25am (CEST)


A new era of electronics using IoT systems


Presentation: Anna Krzyżanowska, Danish Technological Institute

11.30am (CEST)


Live from ERC MarsYard


Conversation with Jury and Teams taking part in ERC 2021 competition

11.30am (CEST)


How not to freeze on the Moon – thermal control system


Presentation: Piotr Osica, Spacive

11.40am (CEST)


The first active seismic experiment on Mars to investigate mechanical properties of the shallow subsurface


Presentation: Nienke Brinkman, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich

11.45am (CEST)


How to develop a space business in a city of less than 200,000 residents


Presentation: Dominik Pierzak, Activtek Medica and Marcin Malicki, Activtek Polska

11.50am (CEST)


Zero gravity – how do the astronauts deal with it?


Interview with Tim Peake, ESA astronaut, special guest of ERC 2019 by the editors of Urania

11.55am (CEST)


Catch the space junk


Presentation: Black Spheres AGH

12.00pm (CEST)


Mission control systems in the European Space Agency and planetary robotic missions


Presentation: Maciej Prokopczyk, GMV Innovating Solutions

12.05pm (CEST)


Space for Earth: Space Technology Transfer – challenges and opportunities


Presentation: Chiara Chiesa

12.10pm (CEST)


ESA_Lab@CH IGLUNA: a space habitat with remote operations


Presentation: Tatiana Benavides, IGLUNA

12.20pm (CEST)


Behind the scenes of the European Rover Challenge


Szymon Dzwończyk, Leo Rover / Main Coordinator of ERC Remote and Anna Łosiak, Institute of Geological Sciences PAS / ERC Science

12.25pm (CEST)


Celestial in new space economy


Presentation: Mayank, Celestial Space Technologies

12.30pm (CEST)


Chinese Space Program


Lecture: Rafał Grabiański, Urania

12.40pm (CEST)


The CLose UP Imager on the ExoMars rover: searching for morphological biosignatures on Mars


Presentation: Tomaso Bontognali, Space Exploration Institute / University of Basel

12.45pm (CEST)


You can see more from above! How satellites help people in the seas, deserts, underground and on its surface


Presentation: Jacek Strzelczyk, SATIM

12.50pm (CEST)


International Space University Lunar-themed Team Projects


Chris Welch, International Space University

1pm (CEST)


Behind the Scenes of the ExoMars Project: Interview with Thales Alenia Space Engineers


Maria Antonietta Perino and Andrea Merlo, ThalesAlenia Space

1.05pm (CEST)


Planetary Transportation Systems – IoT solution for logistics


Presentation: André Radloff, PTS Space

1.10pm (CEST)


Jordan Space Research Initiative: Sustainable Development and the Moon Village


Presentation: Sahba El-Shawa

1.10pm (CEST)


What might our life on Mars look like?


Presentation: Leszek Orzechowski, Space is More

1.25pm (CEST)


Space tech in everyday life


Presentation: Kinga Gruszecka, POLSA

1.30pm (CEST)


Behind the scenes of the ThalesAlenia Space lunar projects


An interview with engineers: Maria Antonietta Perino and Franco Fenoglio

1.35pm (CEST)


The road to the largest astrophotography of the Milky Way in the world


Presentation: Michał Ostaszewski, astrophotographer

1.45pm (CEST)


Propellant production on the Moon


Discussion: Rasmus Pedersen, DSAR and Gordon Wasilewski, Astronika

1.45pm (CEST)


Space for cities



2pm (CEST)


Live from ERC MarsYard


Conversation with Jury and Teams taking part in ERC 2021 competition

2.05pm (CEST)


Space technologies for the Earth – future and trends


Presentation: Annalisa Donati, EURISY

2.10pm (CEST)


Technology and Instruments Applied in rovers for the Exploration of Space Missions


Presentation: German Sarmiento, The Mars Society Colombia

2.15pm (CEST)


Presentation of a new robotics project by Stardust Technologies


Presentation: Jason Michaud, Stardust Technologies

2.25pm (CEST)


Feeding the world with the use of drones, satellites and artificial intelligence


Presentation: Cesar Urrutia, AG Space

2.30pm (CEST)


What’s Up on Mars?


Presentation: Tanya Harrison

2.35pm (CEST)


How to overcome technological, physical and biological difficulties on the ISS, space habitats, and space exploration?


Presentation: Jawad El Houssine, Stardust Technologies

2.45pm (CEST)


UNIVERSEH – European Space University for Space and Humanity


Presentation: Maciej Myśliwiec, AGH

2.55pm (CEST)


Live from ERC MarsYard


Conversation with Jury and Teams taking part in ERC 2021 competition

3pm (CEST)


AN INTERVIEW with: Robert Zubrin – The Case for Space


An interview with Robert Zubrin on the issues raised in his book "The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens a Future of Limitless Possibility" (Czas Kosmosu, WN PWN), which has just been published in Polish.

3pm (CEST)


CREODIAS platform – access to Earth Observation images for everyone. Application examples.


Presentation: Maciej Jurzyk, Data Scientist, CloudFerro

3.05pm (CEST)


Debate: Business case for the Moon


With participation of: Katarzyna Malinowska (ALK), Aleksandra Bukała (POLSA), Gianfranco Visentin (ESA), Ken Davidian (Federal Aviation Administration), Maria Antonietta Perino (Thales Alenia Space)

3.20pm (CEST)


EUSPA: possibilities of space projects financing


Presentation: Dafni Dimoudi, EUSPA

3.30pm (CEST)


SPECIAL GUEST: Robert D. Cabana


Presentation and Q&A with Robert D. Cabana, NASA Associate Administrator

3.45pm (CEST)


AN INTERVIEW with: Andrew Chaikin – A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts


An interview with Andrew Chaikin, author of the book Man on the Moon. The Apollo Program ”(Astra Publishing House, 2021), which had the opportunity to meet astronauts and people whose passion and persistence led to the first human landing on the moon.

4pm (CEST)


DEBATE: Summary of the ERC 2021


Łukasz Wilczyński (European Space Foundation) and ERC 2021 Guests

4.10pm (CEST)


Debate: Human space and suborbital flights – advantages and challenges


With participation of: Artemis Westenberg (Explore Mars Europe), Grzegorz Wrochna (POLSA), Christopher Welch (International Space University), Jason Michaud (Stardust Technologies), Paweł Wojtkiewicz (Polish Space Industry Association). Moderator: Łukasz Wilczyński (European Space Foundation)

4.15pm (CEST)


DEBATE: Humans To Mars by Explore Mars


With the participation of: Chris Carberry and Janet Ivey (Explore Mars), Jim Garvin (NASA Goddard Chief Scientist), Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne)

5pm (CEST)


End of the second ERC day


5pm (CEST)


End of the first ERC day


5pm (CEST)







Space is essential to the way we live, work and play. EUSPA’s core mission is to implement the EU Space Programme and to provide reliable, safe and secure space-related services, maximising their socio-economic benefits for European society and business. By fostering the development of innovative and competitive upstream and downstream sectors and engaging with the entire EU Space community, EUSPA is driving innovation-based growth in the European economy and contributing to the safety of EU citizens and the security of the Union and its Member States, while at the same time reinforcing the EU’s strategic autonomy.

At the EUSPA information stand, you will be able to find out about the agency’s activities, its mission and possibilities of obtaining financing support for companies and space projects.



The Rzeszów IT Group brings together the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Science Club and the “ROBO” Automation and Robotics Specialists Science Club operating at the Rzeszów University of Technology. The Group’s activity focuses mainly on constructing robots and designing printed circuit boards with particular use of RFID. Robots created by members of the Rzeszów IT Group occupy high positions in international competitions. The Group also organises shows and exhibitions thematically related to its activities. The Rzeszów IT Group’s stand will present electronic constructions, including line follower robots and sumo robots as well as the unique Curiosity rover built from LEGO bricks in 1:4 scale and a special 3D printing zone.

OPROGRAMOWANIE NAUKOWO-TECHNICZNE SP. Z O.O. SP. K. – Distributor of The MathWorks, Inc. software in Poland


Oprogramowanie Naukowo-Techniczne Sp. z o.o. Sp.K. is the exclusive Polish distributor of MathWorks products – the provider of MATLAB and Simulink software used by engineers all over the world.

MATLAB is a programming environment designed for algorithm development as well as data visualisation and analysis. It also enables performing numerical calculations. Thanks to MATLAB, problems can be solved faster than using such programming languages as C, C ++ or Fortran. What’s more, the software can have many uses. It will be demonstrated at the company’s stand in the Exhibitors’ Zone. ONT experts have also prepared many interactive attractions and online workshops.



Hugo Green Solutions is a startup operating in the field of Agriculture 4.0. Its goal is to improve the quality of food and human health, thanks to the use of innovative technology based on plant biostimulation and satellite data for detailed analysis of crops. The use of technology for plant biostimulation allows to increase the yield by 300%. It makes possible to apply it in various plant crops as well, including herbs, and helps to solve problems related to the cultivation of plants in unfavourable conditions.

At the company’s stand, you will be able to watch how the Hugo agricultural robot works and learn some examples of satellite data use for analyse of the needs of some cultivated areas.



Spacive Sp. z o. o. is a company operating in the space sector, providing research and development services for domestic and foreign entities. Company specializes in thermal control systems, carries out tests in a thermal-vacuum chamber (space simulator). The company’s engineers design mechanisms and perform structural and thermal analyses of the satellite or its components. Spacive conducts its own research in the field of thermals and mechanics, and carries out projects for the European Space Agency (ESA).

On the Spacive stand you will be able to join interactive demonstrations related to thermal, vacuum and mechanical issues.



The Integra Science Club has been operating at the Department of Automatic Control and Robotics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at AGH for over 10 years. Its main activity is the creation and continuous improvement of mobile and autonomous robots. The club brings together students from all over the university who, thanks to active work on various projects, can develop their skills and interests. Integra is not only involved in scientific activities. Every year its organises the Robocomp Robotics Festival and actively participates in charity actions, such as Szlachetna Paczka or Przyłbica dla Medyka – AGH.

At its stand the Integra Science Club will present projects implemented by its members, including an educational model of the autonomous DuckieTown and an autonomous tournament F1/10 car, as well as a video on the activities and most important projects of the club in the Online Inspiration Zone.

Space Studies Center, Kozminski University


The Space Studies Center is an interdisciplinary research unit unit that conducts activities related to the development of the space sector. The Center supports the development of Polish space sector companies, cooperates with government agencies (such as the Polish Space Agency, Industrial Development Agency) and non-governmental agencies (Polish Association of Space Professionals), participates in the implementation of competitions (European Rover Challenge) and international projects (carried out by ESA and NASA). The Center conducts research and work on legal regulations relating to the space sector, development of space entrepreneurship, is supporting education for the space sector and Poland’s participation in international partnerships.

At the stand of the Space Studies Center you will be able to take part in VUCA Space – workshops illustrating how the uncertain and dynamically changing space sector can be an opportunity, but also a difficulty for various participants and actors of the space sector.

European Space Foundation


European Space Foundation’s mission is to foster a thriving global community of space explorers and bringing together top professionals from space–faring countries and new talents and ideas from the aspiring areas to create new synergies.

By connecting people with fresh insight and alternative approaches with the existing resources and experience ESF ignites the New Space Renaissance, defined by promoting diverse, international, partnership-driven opportunities and sustainability. Following the philosophy behind the Global Sustainable Development Goals, ESF hopes to become a space community gateway for many, including underprivileged countries, regions and scientific communities.

ESF realizes its goals by setting up community platforms, organizing events, campaigns and programs, publishing and content development, exploring possible career paths for the new generation of specialists in the upstream, downstream, human exploration and space science sectors. EFS is an organizer of European Rover Challenge.

At the ESF stand, it will be possible to take part in workshops and learn how we know that the climate is changing, and what instruments help us to understand this. With a few experiments, in an accessible way, the workshop leaders will show how satellites work, what thanks to them we can learn and how to use this data for the benefit of the Earth and ourselves.



MAC Group S.A. is a Polish family company with 100% Polish capital and is one of the leading educational publishers in the country. As the only company on the Polish educational market, it offers comprehensive support for nurseries, kindergartens and schools. Company provides high-quality educational materials, textbooks, exercises, teaching and educational aids, as well as furniture and equipment for schools, kindergartens and nurseries, and offers multimedia equipment for educational institutions.

On Friday, on MAC S.A. stand you will be able to learn the STEAM solutions offered by the company, robots and Mozabook software, which is also a great tool in combination with coursebooks for grades 4-8.



The Education Support Foundation of the Aviation Valley Association has been established with a view to creating new development opportunities for children and adolescents by organising specially prepared, interactive classes and scientific demonstrations. Its main goal is to prove to young people that science does not have to be boring and can be very rewarding. The foundation’s mission is to develop their interests and encourage them to learn about the world so that the “adventure” with science will bring benefits in their future professional life. The foundation carries out its goals through such projects as free classes for children and teenagers as well as popular science events. The foundation’s stand will present the world of modern technologies, virtual reality and aviation.



Skriware Sp. z o.o. is a Polish producer of a comprehensive educational laboratory, SkriLab, based on 3D printing, programming and robotics. The laboratory includes a 3D printer, educational robots, building blocks, online tools for 3D modelling and the Skriware Academy platform for teachers. The laboratory is dedicated to primary schools and can be used in technology, computer science, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and geography classes as well as in early school education.

The Skriware team consists of 3D printing enthusiasts who use it to educate young people around the world. Their goal is to arouse interest in science and ignite passion in the fields of STEAM. Their educational ecosystem focuses on teaching creative problem solving and critical thinking. With SkriLab, including educational robots, construction kits, designing own models using modern programming tools and 3D printing, visitors will be able to get acquainted with the company’s stand.



Kielce University of Technology is a modern university offering education in 21 fields of study and over 60 specialisations. Students as well as research and teaching staff can use over 130 well-equipped laboratories, the unique Centre for Laser Metal Technologies for conducting research in the field of laser and plasma technologies, the CENWIS Scientific and Implementation Centre, a library, a new educational and sports hall, a multifunctional athletics stadium and six dormitories. For many years the Kielce University of Technology has been focusing on cooperation with industry and economic environment institutions. Good contacts with the business community make university graduates willingly employed by employers.

At its stand, the Kielce University of Technology will present projects and initiatives created at its various faculties, bringing science closer to the public in an inspiring way.



MAB Robotics is a company that likes to challenge itself and solve problems, especially with futuristic, efficient and cool machines. The team’s portfolio includes complex mechanical devices, custom electronics as well as advanced software for all kinds of computers and microprocessors. The main area of interest of MAB Robotics are walking robots. The company’s goal is to push the state-of-the-art walking robots underground so they can show the world their true potential.

At the MAB Robotics stand visitors will be able to see walking robots, manipulators and collaborative robots as well as learn more about drives, electronics and robotics.



The Fairy Tale Centre combines cultural education with entertainment and fun. There is a Fairy-tale World – a magical land that brings together an unusual museum with an interactive exhibition – prepared for children. After a fairy-tale journey, the Little Theatre opens its doors, in which viewers take part in puppet shows. At the end of each of them, they learn the history of the theatre and the details of the technique of playing with puppets. The Soria Moria Land is an interactive game based on Norwegian and Scandinavian literature. The Fairy Tale Centre also runs educational workshops for children. They can be magical, scientific, artistic… but they cannot be boring!

At its stand the Tale Centre will conduct safe experiments with warm nitrogen and demonstrations entitled “How it Works” thanks to which visitors will be able to expand their knowledge of physics, optics, electricity and stimulate your creativity and imagination.



The goal of the Maria Kunic Astronomy Association is to educate and popularise astronomy and astronautics among children, adolescents and adults, to spread knowledge about space, research and achievements in its conquest, and to popularise the scientific achievements and the figure of one of the world’s greatest astronomers, Maria Kunic. The Association runs the Maria Kunic Astronomy and Astronautic Education Centre in Cieszęcin based on the RT13 radio telescope, sharing its observation data online with everyone interested.

At the Association’s stand visitors will be able to learn more about the Astronomy and Astronautic Education Centre and find out the extraordinary scientific discoveries made by Maria Kunic, her work called “Urania propitia” as well as places related to her life and activities. The RT13 radio telescope will also be presented.



The New Tech 7570 team and the New Technology Technical College have been taking part in ERC competitions with great success for two years. It is the youngest team in the tournament and the only one representing a high school.

The activity of New Tech 7570 focuses on two priorities: the promotion and development of youth robotics, especially the international FIRST Robotics Competition among primary and secondary school children and youth, and the development of STEAM education and soft skills among young people by encouraging school management and bodies to introduce innovation education in the field of robotics, technology, computer science.

At the New Tech 7570 stand visitors will be able to see robots that were entirely conceived, constructed and programmed by this youth robotics team. After a short training, anyone willing will be able to control them on their own.



EPFL Xplore is a student association from Switzerland building a Mars Rover and participating in the European Rover Challenge. More than 50 students from different faculties come together and enrich their experience by putting into practice the theoretical knowledge they have gained during classes.

General presentation of the Rover. Exhibition of the competing Rover, demonstration of motion of the Rover, answer of questions from the general public.



Since 2011, the Odzyskaj Środowisko Foundation has been working to promote ecology, popularise the idea of recycling and raise public awareness in the field of proper handling of used electrical and electronic equipment. Educational campaigns conducted as part of the nationwide Electric Waste project include workshops, webinars and conferences as well as more non-standard activities in the form of setting up recycled city apiaries and unique trash art.
At the Foundation’s stand, there will be a show of rovers built with the use of electro-waste organised. Visitors will also find out how recycled apiaries are made and what trash art is. There will also be an opportunity to see an exhibition of a collection of recycled artworks for the first time. In the Online Inspiration Zone the foundation will present a short educational video.



Since its establishment, PWN has been a reliable and trustworthy source of knowledge. Value the tradition that has brought up generations of Poles, the PWN Group simultaneously over the years has consistently been improving itself believing that thanks to the constant development and the achievement of new competencies will be able to meet customers’ needs more effectively. Observing the changing circumstances in science, education and business sectors very closely the PWN Group operates in three key areas – publishing, distribution and e commerce. The Group’s publishing houses issue over 500 titles annually, including books, e-books and multimedia products. They specialise in providing knowledge in many different fields, including science, economics, management, computer science, psychology and medicine.

At the PWN stand visitors will be able to buy the Polish edition of the world bestseller “The Case for Space” by Robert Zubrin – an astronautics engineer, founder and president of The Mars Society, president of Pioneer Astronautics – and meet the author himself in the Online Inspiration Zone.



Digital Dialog is an association operating in the field of digital education (learning programming, robotics, security), STEAM – related to an innovative design approach and competences of the future. It supports schools, teachers, parents, educators and children.

The Digital Dialogue carries out nationwide projects related to increasing the level of digital competences (Zaprogramuj Przyszłość, Centrum Championship IT, Kindloteka STEM), conduct trainings and webinars, and create educational materials.

At the stand of the Dialogue Center, you will be able to view and join the creation of mini STEAM and robotic projects related to Mars, the Moon and the Earth on individual days. The Association will invite all visitors to play and show them how to easily make various machines (e.g. a rocket) from easily accessible elements. In this way, it will be possible to learn the mechanics of operation of various devices and phenomena occurring in the world around us.



SatRevolution was founded in 2016 and is Wroclaw-based NewSpace company. Its rapidly growing team consists of creative, dedicated engineers and experienced managers. Company specializes in NanoBus platforms, subsystems and nanosatellite-based services. SatRevolution provides In-house R&D, Assembly, Integration and Testing.

At the company’s stand, you will be able to learn about the construction, functioning, operation and application of nanosatellites, and talk with the company’s experts about New Space and satellite imagery.



LunAres is an analog research station for manned space mission simulation, located at the post-military airport in Poland. LunAres was built in 2017 and it was the first of its kind project in Europe. The facility provides full isolation, allowing for complex research on the psychological and physiological impact of long-term extra-terrestrial human presence. The station can hold a Lunar and Martian 2 weeks mission for a 6-person crew.

The general objective of LunAres is to create a research platform to support scientific and technological development in manned space exploration. The broad range of specialists are involved in the study from fields like extreme medicine, psychology, biotechnology, robotics and engineering, sociology, architecture. The possible observation and control of the indoor environment, as well as telemetry of the crew’s physical and psychological states, provide large quantities of data for complex studies.

Inside the base research focused on human factors in manned space missions as well as testing of sustainable technologies is conducted. The base is fully isolated from the environment including 250 square meters of EVA area. The infrastructure of the station allows for constant monitoring of the health and behaviours of the crew.

At the stand (and maybe outside it), you will be able to see the work of Mission Control constantly monitoring what is happening with the crew at the LunAres Research Station. Audience will see what life is like in an analog habitat, what research is done on an isolated thief, and on Friday they will be able to watch simulations of a spacewalk.



Poznań University of Technology is one of the leading technical universities in Poland. Currently, it is dynamically developing with regard to research and education in the field of space technologies. As part of the development, investments in infrastructure and equipment are carried out at the Kąkolewo airport where laboratories related to sky observation, satellite transmission and space robotics are being created. At its stand, Poznań University of Technology will present achievements in the field of rocket propulsion, robotic telescopes, electric propulsion used in space, satellite transmission and robotics. The shows will be held with the use of hardware platforms and based on multimedia materials.



Robotics enthusiasts from the Mechatronics and Robotics Laboratory, together with the Synergia Science Club, operating at the Department of Fundamentals of Machine Design and Mechatronic Systems at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and the Digital Mining Center operating at the Department of Mining, Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology will present mobile robots used, among others in research and inspection of hard-to-reach places.

Wrocław University of Science and Technology – a technical university of Lower Silesia, offers 55 different fields of study at the BSc and MSc degree, many of them are conducted in English. The educational offer allows students to learn both, according to standard programs and as part of individual education courses. Currently, at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, studying 21 233 students, 459 doctoral students and 318 people at the Doctoral School pursuing their degree programmes under the supervision of nearly 2200 academic teachers at WUST’s 13 faculties and three branches. The university has 801 teaching, 253 research and 10 accredited laboratories. WUST has also offer for companies looking for innovative products and modern technologies, as well as designing and implementing systems for management, control and monitoring of processes and technologies.



For many years, the Progresja Association has been promoting and supporting science, in particular mobile robotics. As part of its activities, prototypes of mobile robots with various functions, equipment and applications are developed and built. In addition, the Association organizes courses, workshops, scientific picnics, training in the field of construction, design and software of mobile robots. Each of the events allows its participants to see the robots live and control them. The Progresja Association together with the Synergia Mechatronics and Robotics Science Club operating at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology is organizing the Robo-drift competition.

At the Progresja Association’s stand you will be able to learn about the structure, functions and examples of applications of mobile robots. The audience will also have the opportunity to control the robots on their own.


Will the event take place on-site?

Yes! We invite you to visit this year’s edition of the ERC at the Kielce University of Technology Campus. There will be plenty of attractions waiting for you on 10–12 September 2021! You will see Mars rovers from around the world! In addition, in the Inspiration Zone you will meet many exhibitors who will spark your interest in space, science and new technologies. You will be able to listen to speeches and lectures, take part in workshops and see scientific demonstrations. Everyone will certainly find something for themselves!

Will the Inspiration Zone be available only on-site in Kielce?

The Inspiration Zone ERC 2021 will take place in two formulas: onsite and online. Our exhibitors’ stands will be located at the Kielce University of Technology Campus and lectures, shows, talks and debates will be held in the Main Hall.

The Main Hall will also be the place connecting the onsite and offline Inspiration Zone. This is where we will connect with our guests and speakers from all over the world and conduct talks and debates with experts from various fields. The audience present both onsite and watching online will be able to listen to them and ask questions live or through the chat function.

What is the difference between the agenda of the on-site and online Inspiration Zone?

In the onsite Inspiration Zone you will be able to see experiments, interactive shows and presentations prepared by our exhibitors as well as take part in mini workshops.

This year, we have divided the online Inspiration Zone into three thematic blocks carried out consecutively on individual days of the event:

On 10 September (Friday) we will focus on topics related to Mars – this year’s missions, plans for its exploration, settlement, research, etc.

On 11 September (Saturday) we will talk about projects and technologies related to the flight to the Moon, its exploration, planned missions and the recruitment of astronauts.

On 12 September (Sunday) we will concentrate on the Earth, the use of the latest technologies designed for space missions (and not only) in our everyday life, medicine, agriculture, construction or art as well as the challenges and tasks facing humanity in connection with climate change.

Everything will be broadcast from our studio in the Main Hall of the Kielce University of Technology, which the audience present in Kielce will be able to see in person, and online viewers – on our website in the #ERC2021 LIVESTREAM tab.

Each day we will start broadcasting from the educational content. Then we will move to a block full of inspiration in the spirit of STEAM – from natural and exact sciences, new technologies, specialised engineering to art. Finally we will invite our audience to listen to experts’ debates or talks about the future and challenges that we face.

Is admission to the event free?

Yes! Participation in all attractions, shows, lectures, workshops and debates of ERC 2021 is free. You can use cash though to buy gadgets, posters or books at the onsite exhibitors’ stands.

Is the event organised under the sanitary regime?

As in the previous year, we will follow the safety rules and recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate in force during the event in September regarding such measures as covering the mouth and nose, disinfecting hands, checking temperature, keeping distance and the limit of people allowed to stay in confined spaces. We will provide detailed information on this subject before the event.

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 Inspiration Zone and #ERC2021 LIVESTREAM tab on the ERC website. We also invite you to follow the ERC profiles on social media.


Robert D. Cabana

NASA Associate Administrator

Robert D. Cabana is a former NASA astronaut, currently serving the agency’s associate administrator, its third highest-ranking executive and highest-ranking civil servant. Before taking that position, Cabana was director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In that role, Cabana managed all NASA facilities and activities at the spaceport, including the team of civil service and contractor employees who operate and support numerous space programs and projects.

Cabana was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1985 and completed his initial astronaut training in July 1986. He was assigned to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Astronaut Office, serving in a number of leadership positions, including lead astronaut in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory; Mission Control Spacecraft Communicator, famously known as CAPCOM; and chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office.

A veteran of four spaceflights, Cabana has logged 38 days in space, serving as the pilot on STS-41 and STS-53 and mission commander on STS-65 and STS-88. His fourth flight was the first assembly mission of the International Space Station in December of 1998. Following his retirement as a colonel from the Marine Corps in September 2000, Cabana was appointed a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service. He served in numerous, challenging senior management positions at Johnson Space Center in Houston, ultimately becoming deputy director.

In October 2007, Cabana was appointed director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. A year later he was reassigned as the tenth director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Robert Zubrin

Pioneer Astronautics and The Mars Society

Dr. Robert Zubrin, formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver is now president of his own company, Pioneer Astronautics, where he has led over 70 successful research and development programs for NASA, the US military, and private industry. He holds Masters degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. He is the inventor of over 20 US Patents, the author of more than 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the fields of space and energy technology, as well twelve books including “The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must” (Simon and Schuster 1996, 2011, 2021), and “The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens a Future of Limitless Possibility”, Prometheus Books 2019. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Space Society. He is the founder and president of the Mars Society; an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. In that capacity, he personally led the construction and operation of a human Mars exploration training station on Devon Island, an uninhabited island in the Canadian Arctic 900 miles from the North Pole. Prior to his work in astronautics, Dr. Zubrin was employed in areas of thermonuclear fusion research, nuclear engineering, radiation protection, and as a high school science teacher.

The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens a Future of Limitless Possibility – conversation

Annalisa Donati


Annalisa Donati is currently Acting Secretary General of Eurisy, the European association of space agencies striving to bridge the gap between space and society. As a Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute, she was responsible for the studies on space economy, finance and innovation. Before joining ESPI she was a Young Graduate Trainee within the Industrial Policy and SMEs Division of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Temporary Officer at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Annalisa holds a M.Sc. in Space Policy and in Diplomatic Studies from SIOI as well as in Multilateral Security from the University of Perugia.

Eurisy is a non-profit association founded in 1989 by Hubert Curien, then France’s Minister of Education. Eurisy’s unique membership structure include most space agencies or governmental offices in charge of space affairs in Europe, and international organizations dealing with space matters. The mission of Eurisy is to bridge space and society. To fulfil its scope, Eurisy stimulate and support dialogue and collaboration between public institutions at any level, SMEs, industry and academia from the space and non-space sectors. The goal is to build solid relations with communities, new to space, encouraging early adopters to share experiences creating a common ground for professionals from different backgrounds.

Space technologies for the Earth – future and trends – lecture

Justyna Redełkiewicz

European Union Agency for Space Programme

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.

Space Technologies for the Earth – the Introduction

Chris Welch

International Space University

Chris is Professor of Space Engineering, Head of the Space Payloads Laboratory and Director of the MSc in Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France which is dedicated to the discovery, research, and development of outer space and its applications for peaceful purposes, through international and interdisciplinary education and research.

Chris is a former Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation, an academician in the International Academy of Astronautics and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Astronomical Society.
He is also a board member of the World Space Week Association and an advisor to Space Hero, the Moon Village Association and the Initiative for Interstellar Studies.

Although technically a physicist-turned-engineer, Chris considers himself a ‘spaceist’, interested in all aspects of space. His main interests are in space systems and space exploration, all from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Chris is well-recognized for his space education and outreach activities, receiving the 2009 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education. Chris also has extensive media experience, having given more than 300 live interviews, and has advised several media companies on space-related television shows and films.

Chris was in the final twenty-five finalists for the 1991 Juno mission to the Russian Mir space station and still hopes to get to space. He has written what he believes to be the first-ever paper on the design of extraterrestrial gardens and has a poem on the International Space Station which has now orbited the Earth for more than 1000 days.

Debate: Human space and suborbital flights – advantages and challenges.

Maria Antonietta Perino

Thales Alenia Space

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 1.850 billion euros in 2020 and has around 7,700 employees in 10 countries with 17 sites in Europe and a plant in the US.

Behind the scenes of the ExoMars project.
Behind the scenes of the ThalesAlenia Space lunar projects – an interview
Debate: Human space and suborbital flights – advantages and challenges.

Grzegorz Wrochna

Polish Space Agency

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).

Debate: Human space and suborbital flights – advantages and challenges

Andrea Merlo

Thales Alenia Space

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 1.850 billion euros in 2020 and has around 7,700 employees in 10 countries with 17 sites in Europe and a plant in the US.

Behind the scenes of the ExoMars project – an interview

Chiara Chiesa


Photo Courtesy: Antonio Fowl Stark

Chiara Chiesa is an International PR and Space Technology Commercialization Transfer advisor. She helps to infuse space technology into the commercial sector, connecting people, startups, companies and institutions within the aerospace and NewSpace domain.

Chiara is a public relations expert, her background includes foreign literatures studies, communication, marketing and business. She is the President and co-founder of INTERSTELLARS (a space tech transfer dissemination not for profit association) and fond of new technologies, she is sales advisor for Graphene-XT and PR and advisor for many other startups. NASA Space Apps Challenge Brescia Lead and organizer since 2018.

Chiara Chiesa is the mentor and role model for Space4Women Network initiative, a program by UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs) to inspire girls and women to pursue STEM and space careers. Chiara is one of the 1000 “Unstoppable women” that are changing Italy through innovation, list by StartupItalia. TEDx Speaker, listed in “Million STEM”, She is known as a game changer on her way to face new challenges by anticipating solutions to complexities: a quantum of energy to fuel every possible future.

Space for Earth: Space Technology Transfer – challenges and opportunities

Chris Carberry

Explore Mars

Chris Carberry is CEO and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc. and President of the Space Drinks Association. Prior to his tenure with Explore Mars, Carberry served as Executive Director of The Mars Society.

Carberry is the author of the book “Alcohol in Space: Past, Present, Future” that was released by McFarland released in 2019 and has published over 100 articles around the world. Carberry has also been interviewed hundreds of times for print and online publications as well as local, national, and international radio and television.

Carberry has extensive political and policy outreach experience with the United States Congress and Executive branch and has testified to both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

Prior to joining the space exploration community, Carberry worked as an historical researcher and archivist. In 2022, Carberry’s next book, “The Music of Space”, will be released – and a documentary based on his book, “Alcohol in Space” will appear on streaming services.

Humans to Mars by Explore Mars

Janet Ivey

Explore Mars and Janet’s Planet

Janet Ivey, creator of Janet’s Planet is committed to enriching the lives of children via education and live performances, TV, and online programming. With over 27 years in children’s entertainment and education, Janet has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work.

She has received twelve Regional Emmys and five Gracie Awards, for Janet’s Planet, that airs on 140+ public television stations nationwide.
Janet is a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, President of Explore Mars, Inc, on the board of governors of the National Space Society, and has won a STEM-FLORIDA Award for “Exploring Microgravity”, an educational video about gravity and microgravity that she wrote and produced for Space Florida.

Janet’s Planet is a dynamic and fast-paced series geared to 7-12-year-olds and focuses on science, space, history and health. The short-form series can be seen on public television stations nationwide as well YouTube, BatteryPop, Minnow, and HighBrow in the UK. Janet is an advocate, educator, communicator, and female role model of STEM/STEAMand is committed to sharing the joy of exploration and discovery with children around the globe. Janet’s mission is to encourage science literacy globally and particularly to embody female science mentor for the next generation of women in space and science.

Humans to Mars by Explore Mars

Łukasz Wilczyński

European Space Foundation

Founder of the European Rover Challenge. President of the European Space Foundation and Planet Partners. For 20 years, he has been disseminating knowledge on the space sector. Author of books and articles on the history of space exploration. Speaker at conferences such as TEDx and IAC. Space sector expert in leading media. Lecturer at the Center for Space Studies, Kozminski University, and Trendwatching and Future Studies at the AGH University of Science and Technology.

Winner of the Tiuterra Crystal award presented to space sector personalities (next to Elon Musk and former NASA chief Charles Bolden). Host of the Space Talks Channel on YouTube, where he interviews the most inspiring and influential people from the space sector.

Moderator of the ERC Space Talks debates

Joe Cassady

Explore Mars and Aerojet Rocketdyne

Joe Cassady, who is Executive Vice President, and a member of the Board of Directors, of Explore Mars, is a graduate of Purdue University where he majored in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in 1981 and a Master’s Degree in 1983. His course of study for the Master’s Degree emphasized Electric Propulsion and Orbital Mechanics. While pursuing his Master’s Degree, Joe worked as a Researcher at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards AFB. There, he performed research into the acceleration mechanisms of Magneto Plasma Dynamic (MPD) thrusters. After graduating, Joe continued his research at the AFRPL, where he helped to create the in-house Electric Propulsion Laboratory (EPL). While at AFRPL he was twice awarded Air Force Sustained Superior Performance awards, received the AFRPL’s Excellent Performance award and was nominated as the Los Angeles Regional Civil Service Employee of the Year in 1984.

In 1985, Joe Cassady joined Rocket Research Company (RRC) in Redmond, WA as a Senior Development Engineer. Since then, he has been involved with propulsion research and development in varying roles with Olin Aerospace, Primex Aerospace Company, General Dynamics Space Propulsion Systems, and Aerojet. His work has included experimental research and analysis for satellite propulsion using arcjets, ion thrusters, pulsed plasma thrusters, and Hall thrusters. Joe led the project team that developed and flew the highest power electric propulsion device ever flown aboard the Air Force ARGOS satellite in 1999. He was twice awarded the company’s Administrator of the Year Award for his contributions to advancing the company’s technical and business capabilities. In 2001, he was recognized as part of the EO-1 Pulsed Plasma Experiment team with a Goddard Space Flight Achievement Award. More recently, his responsibilities have evolved to include research projects in cryogenic propulsion and development of thruster technology in support of the NASA Exploration. Currently Joe is the Executive Director of the Washington, DC Office of Aerojet.

He has served on numerous interagency panels including the NASA Solar System Exploration Team, the Space Propulsion Synergy Team and the New Millennium Project Development team. He has a long-standing interest in advanced propulsion for planetary exploration and in low thrust orbit mechanics. He has authored or co-authored more than 45 papers dealing with propulsion technology and its applications. He holds four patents for electric propulsion technologies. His professional affiliations included the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; the American Astronautical Society; and the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society, where he serves as Vice President, Operations. His lifelong goal has been to see humans travel to Mars.

Humans to Mars by Explore Mars

Jim Garvin

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Jim Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center & PI DAVINCI mission to Venus is a graduate of the Brown and Stanford Universities. He received his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 1984. His dissertation emphasized the geologic exploration of the surfaces of Venus and Mars. For the past 37 years Jim Garvin has served NASA as a scientist in various capacities, including his present role as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s flagship science center (Goddard), as well as a member of the MSL/Curiosity Mars rover and Mars Insight Lander science teams. He has served NASA Headquarters as a special science advisor for Mars to the Mars Program Director. In his present capacity, he is helping to plan NASA’s continuing Mars exploration program, catalyze new missions to Venus, Mars, the Moon, Small bodies, and Earth, orchestrate innovative scientific research, and to help integrate human and robotic exploration at the Moon. His Shuttle Laser Altimeter (SLA) experiment flew to Earth orbit on the Space Shuttle twice, and he has been a science Co-Investigator on the Mars Global Surveyor, Canada’s Radarsat-1 (and Radarsat-2, RCM), the NEAR-Shoemaker Mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Mars Science Laboratory, Mars InSight lander, and is leading NASA’s investigation of new islands in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Jim has received multiple NASA Outstanding Leadership awards for his work with Mars, and three Presidential Rank Awards for his scientific contributions to NASA. In the past, he chaired the NASA Administrator’s Decadal Planning Team for Exploration, was a member on Sally Ride’s post-Challenger strategy leadership team, and served the Agency as the NASA Chief Scientist during the time of President Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration initiative. Recently he participated in multiple TEDx events, speaking about his passion for space exploration.

Jim enjoys visiting Iceland and the Azores and exploring landscapes on Earth that are reminiscent of those on Mars and Venus. Today he is still looking for “Venus on Earth” after more than 40 years investigating our sister planet and experimenting with drone-based imaging to characterize landscapes here on Earth that most closely resemble Mars and Venus. He hopes to visit the new islands in Tonga someday to witness the wonder of our ever-changing Earth. Currently, he is serving as Principal Investigator (PI) for the DAVINCI mission to Venus (launching 2029), which will return humanity to the Venus atmosphere to measure clues to its past oceans and how to understand exo-planets like Venus.

Humans to Mars by Explore Mars

Artemis Westenberg

Explore Mars Europe

Artemis Westenberg is CEO of Explore Mars, Europe, a postion 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 CFO of MMAARS (Mars-Moon Astronaut Academy & Research Science), where she also educates analogue astronauts in concert with the founder of MMAARS, Dr. Susan Ip-Jewell.

In 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 at Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy in the free weekday lessons via Zoom. NASA rewarded them with a grant enabling them to continue these lessons for kids from all over the world in September 2020. The Zoom class is still going strong today.

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.

Debate: Human space and suborbital flights – advantages and challenges

Tomaso Bontognali

Space Exploration Institute, University of Basel

Tomaso Bontognali is Co-I and Science Validation Manager of the close-up imager CLUPI, one of the instruments of the ESA ExoMars rover. Bontognali is employed at the Space Exploration Institute of Neuchâtel and at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The research of Tomaso Bontognali focuses on microbe-mineral interactions that lead to the formation of morphological and geochemical biosignatures relevant for the study of early life on Earth and the search for life on other planets. He is conducting his research using a multidisciplinary approach that combines techniques from the field of sedimentology, geochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology. He has organized and participated in several field campaigns in areas that are considered of interest in the field of astrobiology (e.g., caves, hypersaline lagoons, sabkhas of Qatar, regions with Archean outcrops in South Africa and Australia, Atacama Desert, Antarctic…).

The CLose UP Imager on the ExoMars rover: searching for morphological biosignatures on Mars – presentation

Tanya Harrison

Dr. Tanya Harrison is a planetary scientist specializing in Martian geology. Over the past 13 years she has worked in science and mission operations for multiple NASA Mars missions, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Opportunity, Curiosity, and Perseverance rovers. Currently she is the Director of Science Strategy for the federal arm of the Earth observation satellite company Planet. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University, and a B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington. Tanya is also an advocate for improving diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in STEM, and a co-founder of the Zed Factor Fellowship for students from underrepresented backgrounds in aerospace. You can find her on Twitter as @tanyaofmars.

Where should the first base on Mars be built? – presentation

Billy Almon

Billy Almon is an Astrobiofuturist, exploring biology-inspired solutions to improve the human condition for those of us on earth and those who will travel to the stars. He speaks to multiple generations of inventors, designers, scientists, and engineers on designing the future they wish to see. Previously, Billy was a creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, leading efforts to develop immersive experiences and environments around the world. He is an inventor and holds a master’s degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University and bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Howard University.

Billy sits on the Board of Directors for the Biomimicry Institute, the world’s leading authority on nature’s solutions to design challenges. He also teaches biomimetic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

The Nature of Space – The Imperative for Bringing Elements of Earth with Us for Interstellar Travel – presentation

Tatiana Benavides


Tatiana Benavides is the IGLUNA Project Manager. With a background of a bachelor in Physics and a master in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Tatiana completed a PhD in Space Biology at ETH Zurich and a postdoctoral stay in Australia. Since 2018, she joined Space Innovation in Switzerland working as the Hub Manager at ETH Zurich. Her main tasks include the promotion of new joint R&D activities between Swiss academic and industrial partners and to support to the Swiss space community in project implementation.

IGLUNA is an interdisciplinary platform where students from worldwide universities design and collaborate on innovative projects for the future of space exploration and the improvement of life on Earth. Each IGLUNA edition runs for an academic year and is coordinated by Space Innovation in Switzerland as part of the ESA_Lab@ initiative launched by ESA.

ESA_Lab@CH IGLUNA – presentation
Quiz for Kids: The Moon exploration and IGLUNA

Marek Banaszkiewicz

Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences

prof. Marek Banaszkiewicz currently serve as Head of the Laboratory of Dynamics of Satellite Manipulators CBK PAN. Since 1977 working for Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where the main fields of his scientific activity are: planetology, space technology and Earth observations. He is a Lecturer on space science and technology at Warsaw Technical University, Toruń University and CBK (for Ph.D. students). He was a Co-I in ESA missions: Ulysses, Cassini-Huygens, Rosetta, Herschel, BepiColombo and Trace Gas Orbiter. Technical Manager of Polish teams for THP/SSP sensor on Huygens and MUPUS experiment on Rosetta.

Satellite robot control system – presentation

Cesar Urrutia


Cesar Urrutia is the Co-founder of SPACE AG. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Remote Sensing – Interpreting Aerial and Satellite Images, leading projects around the world in Italy, China, Bosnia, Libya, Australia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Bolivia. He graduated as a Biologist at MIU in the United States and later obtained a master’s degree in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in Italy.

In the scientific area, he has conducted research with important international centers such as the Australian National Research Agency CSIRO, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. He has been a university teacher in master’s degrees at the University of Bari in Italy and has taught courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú PUCP and the Universidad Agraria UNALM.

Cesar has been an advisor to the Peruvian government and carried out projects with the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and the main Regional Governments and a member of the committee of the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies – EARSC based in Belgium and is currently a founding member of the Peruvian Association of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Feeding the world with the use of drones, satellites and artificial intelligence – presentation

André Radloff


André Radloff is the CEO of PTS and works with the company since the beginning of 2019. Within the company, he takes care of business development, organisational topics and finance. Before joining PTS, he was the CEO of different international subsidiaries for the German banking group ProCredit Holding. André participated the first time in the ERC 2018, working on lunar rovers and outreach to universities. As a trained economist he now takes a crash course in engineering and electronics for space development.

PTS is a European private space company with its headquarters and laboratories in Berlin, Germany. The team focuses on developing avionic and spacecraft solutions to make space more accessible to everyone.

Planetary Transportation Systems – IoT solution for logistics – presentation

Sahba El-Shawa

Jordan Space Research Initiative

Sahba El-Shawa is a Jordanian-Canadian young space professional originally from Palestine. She holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University. Sahba is passionate about human rights and social issues, as well as space sustainability, accessibility, outreach, and education. She is the founder of the Jordan Space Research Initiative (JSRI) which aims to bridge space R&D with sustainable development and establish an analog research facility in Jordan. She is also an active volunteer holding several volunteer roles in the Space Generation Advisory Council and the Moon Village Association, and is committed to creating opportunities in space for underserved communities, promoting awareness of the benefits of space exploration, and helping guide the industry towards a more equitable and ethical future.

Jordan Space Research Initiative: Sustainable Development and the Moon Village – presentation


Celestial Space Technologies

Mayank is the Founder and Managing Director of the Celestial Space Technologies GmbH
and as a Space Engineer, he is responsible for technology and business development. He has more than two years of Industrial experience in Aerospace Domain and previously worked as a communication engineer in TUPEX-7 student satellite project at Technical University Berlin. Mayank has published various technical research papers in multiple engineering fields. He has also delivered guest lectures in ETH Zürich on satellite communication topics.

Celestial Space Technologies GmbH is a German new-space company whose aim is to bring down the threshold of space missions and provide equal access to space for all. The company is committed to breaking down the barriers to research in space, by developing reliable and affordable systems to enhance the capabilities of small satellites. CST aims also to push the boundaries of exploration, promote new talent in the space industry, and develop solutions that work for a range of customers – from space agencies and industry, through to academic institutions.

Celestial in new space economy – presentation

Nienke Brinkman

Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich

Nienke Brinkman is a doctoral student at the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich. Nienke works on characterizing the near-surface structure and mechanical properties of Mars using the HP3 and SEIS instrument. Additionally, she determines the focal mechanisms of marsquakes that are detected and located by the Marsquake Service. Together with her research team, they will share with us the results of an opportunistic active seismic experiment conducted on another planet (Mars), a first of its kind. Their work uses two instruments from NASA’s InSight mission outside their original functions.

The InSight lander carried a seismometer (SEIS), a Heat-Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3), and a geodetic experiment (RISE). The overarching goals of the mission are to investigate the early formation processes of terrestrial planets by monitoring Mars’ seismicity and determining the heat budget of the planet.

The first active seismic experiment on Mars to investigate mechanical properties of the shallow subsurface – presentation

German Sarmiento

Mars Society Colombia

German Sarmiento is a Professor, Researcher and Director of the Chapter of The Mars Society Colombia. His main research focuses on the development of research projects in the area of engineering and space robotics, using a variety of techniques and procedures that contribute to the advancement of space projects. Participating in the most important international competitions in the development of rovers for space missions such as NASA and the ERC (European Rover Challenge). German supports the development of educational projects for schools, universities and research centres based on STEM in the generation of food and new technological instruments for the future of humanity and new planetary explorations.

Technology and Instruments Applied in rovers for the Exploration of Space Missions – presentation

Andrew Chaikin

Space historian Andrew Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, which tells the stories of the Apollo missions through the eyes of the astronauts. The book was the main basis for Tom Hanks’ 12-part Emmy-winning miniseries for HBO, “From the Earth to the Moon.” A graduate in geology from Brown University, Chaikin has brought his knowledge of planetary science to his writing and teaching. As a visiting instructor at NASA, he has taught the history of human and robotic space missions, as well as the human behaviour aspects of success and failure in spaceflight projects.

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts – interview

Jason Michaud

Stardust Technologies

Jason Michaud studied at Collège Boréal in Computer Engineering and is a Certified Practitioner for CyberSecurity Certification (CPCSC) by Watsec Cyber Risk Management. Jason founded Stardust Technologies in 2014 with the mission to empower the space industry through innovations in technologies, science, with the goal of making space more accessible to humanity. Through this Jason Michaud has established multiple international innovation projects with universities such as York University, the University of Technology Sidney.

Through Stardust Technologies, Jason has also formed many partnerships such as iSpace, EXPLOR, Blue Abyss, Habitat Marte to name a few. Most recently Jason Michaud has worked in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and the National Research Council of Canada on the EDEN project creating solutions for mental health of astronauts utilizing virtual reality, neural systems, haptics feedback in Lunar, Martian, and Micro gravity environments.

Jason Michaud serves as a Director at the Habitat Marte in Brazil to further enhance its international collaborations and expand its capabilities. Jason Michaud most recently established an international collaboration with iSpace, EXPLOR, and UTS, to develop a Lunar Resources Extraction Rover with Haptic Robotic Arm and Mixed Reality (XR). The purpose of this rover is to land on the south pole of the moon and be active for more than one lunar day to collect samples of hydrogen and for future space resources extractions. Jason Michaud is also a guest lecture at the University of Concordia and is very active in inspiring the youth in STEM education.

Presentation of a new robotics project by Stardust Technologies.
Debate: Human space and suborbital flights – advantages and challenges

Jawad El Houssine

Stardust Technologies

Jawad El Houssine is a recognized, awarded Entrepreneur, 3D Artist and Software engineer who’s been working in several industries such as the entertainment with Disney America, Kirarito Inc Japan, HelloTalk China with more than 30 million users. He got an international award from One Reeler of Los Angeles in 2018 for the animated Sci-Fi short-film “Beyond Polaris”, Awarded by Artstation Canada in 2018 for being in the best art “FILM/VFX Characters renders”. He also worked in the fashion industries and got a recognition by the prestigious Forbes Magazine in 2020 for “being among the 12 best virtual influencers in the world” with Serah Reikka a virtual and Artificial Intelligence model he designed.

Jawad is now working as a Chief Technology Officer at Stardust Technologies and he is responsible for the development of Eden project a psychological experience for the aerospace industry.

Jawad graduated as an IT computer science in the Université de Franche-Comté in Belfort-Montbéliard in France.

How to overcome technological, physical and biological difficulties on the ISS, space habitats, and space exploration? – presentation

Gabriela Ligęza

University of Basel, ExoMars

Gabriela Ligeza is a PhD student at University of Basel, where she contributes to the ExoMars 2022 mission. The main focus of her research includes testing the analogue of CLUPI (Close-UP Imager) to find the ideal lighting conditions to acquire high-resolution images to investigate geology of Mars, and to select samples with a high potential to contain biomarkers.

Gabriela is an Earth and Environmental Scientist with a strong focus on planetary exploration. After finishing her master degree at ETH Zurich, she did an internship at European Space Agency (ESA) where she worked on the mineralogical database for the future human and robotic space missions. Afterwards, she worked at Space Innovation in Switzerland, where she contributed to the ESA_Lab@CH IGUNA – a project that brings together international students to create space technologies with remote operations.

Life on Mars – a geological perspective – workshops

Gianfranco Visentin

European Space Agency

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).

Business case for the Moon – debate

Katarzyna Malinowska

Kozminski University

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”.

Kozminski University is a business-oriented higher education institution offering a broad range of education programs, holding full academic rights, and considered to be the best business school in Central and Eastern Europe according to the “Financial Times” ranking. Kozminski University also pride itself in having obtained three prestigious international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, held by only 100 business schools worldwide.

The University was founded in 1993. It is one of the oldest non-public higher education institutions in Poland. The undergraduate, graduate, doctoral students, and the participants of postgraduate and MBA programs studying at KU make up a population of 9,000. The population of KU graduates is currently over 60,000.

Risk in the space project – workshops
Business case for the Moon – debate organized by Kozminski University in cooperation with POLSA

Ken Davidian

Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Ken Davidian works for the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) in Washington, DC since 2008, and is currently the AST Director of Research and Program Manager for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. Dr. Davidian currently serves as a member of the Ohio State University Aerospace Engineering External Advisory Board, Editor-in-Chief of the New Space journal, Chair of the IAF Entrepreneurial & Investment Committee, and Vice Chair of the IAF Space Economy Committee, and an Adjunct Instructor for Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business. Dr. Davidian is a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and an Advisor to the Space Generation Advisory Committee’s Commercial Space Project Group. Prior to FAA AST, Dr. Davidian worked for the NASA Lewis Research Center, International Space University, Paragon Space Development Corporation, X PRIZE Foundation, and NASA Headquarters. Dr. Davidian received his BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1983, and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. He attended the International Space University Summer Session Program in 1989. Dr. Davidian received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, in 2018. His thesis focuses on market-level organizational innovation to understand the processes of emerging and evolving markets.

Business case for the Moon – debata

Anna Łosiak

Institute of Geological Sciences of the PAS / ERC Science

Planetary geologist, works at the Institute of Geological Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where she studies the surface of Mars and the analysis of small impact craters on Earth. A graduate of the University of Warsaw, Michigan State University and the University of Vienna. Fulbright scholarship holder, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship, NCN grants and the Foundation for Polish Science. Received her PhD in Department of Lithospheric Research of the University of Vienna. Geological geek.

Behind the scenes of the European Rover Challenge – presentation

Szymon Dzwończyk

Leo Rover / Main Coordinator of ERC Remote

Szymon Dzwończyk is CEO of Kell Ideas sp.z o.o. and the co-founder and co-owner of the LEO Rover, a robot used by teams in the ERC Remote formula. He started his journey with ERC by coordinating the Project Scorpio team (Wrocław University of Technology), which won the first edition of the event. In the following years he became known as a judge and commentator of the competition, and now he is co-organizing the latest edition as the main coordinator of the ERC Remote judging panel.

Behind the scenes of the European Rover Challenge – presentation

Rasmus Pedersen

Danish Student Association for Rocketry

Rasmus Pedersen, MSc mech. Eng., project manager of the launch of the first European bi-liquid student developed rocket from the Danish Student Association for Rocketry. As chairman and lead mechanical engineer at this project, he worked primarily on liquid rocket engine development and interfacing the different technical teams of the project with each other. At present he works with Eurospaceport to create an orbital launch platform in the North Sea.

Propellant production on the Moon – conversation

Vadym Melnyk

Dronehub Group

Vadym Melnyk is the founder and president of Dronehub Group, educated in Poland and the USA. He combines technical knowledge with experience in sales. Finalist of programming and robotics competitions in Imagine Cup, InfoShare, Dragons’ Den, Nescafe Creators Academy and First Robotics Competition. Laureate of the prestigious Forbes ranking “25 under 25”. Vadym is the initiator of many UAV-related robotics projects. In 2015-2020, he headed the Cervi Robotics company, which in 2020 changed its name to Dronehub, and since then focusing solely on developing drone projects.

Dronehub is a European leader in comprehensive drone-in-a-box solutions, which include drones, drone infrastructure, and AI-powered software. It is the only manufacturer in the world that offers monitoring, inspection, and measurement system, cargo transport system, and mobile ground infrastructure. It is also the world’s first and the only European producer of a docking station with automatic battery replacement in a drone. Thanks to this innovative solution, drones can perform missions 24/7 without human intervention. Dronehub is the official partner of IBM, as the only company in the drone industry in Europe. The company collaborates also with the European Space Agency and the European Defense Agency.

Dronehub – comprehensive drone-in-a-box solutions, developed in cooperation with ESA and IBM – presentation

Natalia Zalewska

Space Research Center PAS

Natalia Zalewska is a geologist. She works at the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences. A specialist in the field of Mars geological tests conducted on the basis of data obtained from Martian satellites. Her recent research also focuses on the genesis and history of Martian volcanism. In 2005 she participated in a mission organised by the Mars Society at the Martian MDRS base in the Utah desert. In 2017 she was the commander of the Polish EXO17 crew in an identical mission also at MDRS. She graduated from geology at the University of Warsaw and then started doctoral studies at the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw where she defended her thesis in the geology of Mars and the issues of water occurrence on this planet. She is a very committed populariser of space and Mars. Natalia also graduated from the Secondary Music School with a specialisation in violin and a three-year Acting School of Halina and Jan Machulski.

The Space Research Center was established in 1976 as an interdisciplinary research institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. It conducts scientific and technical work based on space experiments in the field of space physics as well as physical and geodynamic research of planets and the Earth, combines research with design creativity, promotes Poland’s involvement in international space missions, creates links between space research and its practical applications in Poland. Space Research Center PAS in its activities is inspired by the needs of science and the domestic market in the field of space technologies.

Through the eye of a geologist – what we can read from Martian photos – lecture

Anna Krzyżanowska

Danish Institute of Technology

Anna Krzyżanowska is a specialist at the Danish Institute of Technology, where she deals with research on nanotechnology, developing modern solutions based on IoT systems and the 5G network. She is electronics engineer with additional degree in power engineering. She works on European Union projects.

Anna designs intelligent sensors that are used in medicine and the space sector. She is a creator of modern systems based on artificial intelligence. A space enthusiast, advising many companies in the space sector, with extensive technical knowledge in the field of space technologies. Innovation is her middle name. In each of her actions, she tries to optimize the results to obtain the best solutions.

Danish Technological Institute is a leading research and technology company suppling high technology solutions derived from current market requirements to the benefit of individual enterprises. DTI staff consists of experts in production, materials, environmental technology, business, energy, chemistry, nanotechnology, agro technology, meat research and more.

A new era of electronics using IoT systems – presentation

Gordon Wasilewski


Gordon Wasilewski is an engineer at Astronika specialising in space technology systems. In the company, he works in the Business Development Department where new projects are acquired and developed. A graduate of the AGH University of Science and Technology. He conducts scientific research related to the mining of ice deposits on the Moon and is getting his doctorate at the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Colorado School of Mines.

Propellant production on the Moon – conversation

Kinga Gruszecka

Polish Space Agency

Kinga Gruszecka, Acting Director of the Department of Education POLSA, member of the Association of Polish Professionals in the Space Sector. She completed BA studies in International Relations, Cultural Studies and MA studies in Management. Georgia Rotary Students Program and Erasmus program scholarship holder. She received the title of Hope of the Polish Space Sector for 2019.

Polish Space Agency (POLSA) was established in 2014. The task of the Agency is to support the Polish space industry by combining the world of business and science. POLSA also help to get provision for entrepreneurs in obtaining funds from the European Space Agency (ESA). An important aspect of the Agency’s activity is to promote the development of satellite technology that can be used in everyday life, including communication, navigation, environmental monitoring and weather forecasting.
The priority task of the Polish Space Agency is to take care of the security of the country and its citizens and to increase Polish defence capabilities through the use of satellite systems.

Space tech in everyday life – presentation

Michał Szwajewski


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. Today, at Astronika, he actively supports the business development department and the project office. He also manages the Astro-Modules project.

Astronika is a Polish engineering company operating in the space sector. It specialises in space mechanisms and instruments, in particular geological penetrators, holding-release mechanisms and antenna systems, as well as ultra-light structures, strength analysis and tribology testing. Astronika was founded in 2013 and has been implementing projects commissioned by ESA as well as leading satellite integrators ever since. Its instruments are used in the largest missions of national and international space agencies, including NASA (InSight (HP3 penetrator)) and ESA (JUICE (LP-PWI booms and RWI antennas), Luna-27 (moon drill release system), HERA (Juventas satellite radar antennas) and RadCube (magnetometer boom system)).

Quick Tips & Tricks for Project Management! Key elements – workshops

Maciej Prokopczyk

GMV Innovating Solutions

Maciej Prokopczyk is a project manager and software engineer at GMV Innovating Solutions. A graduate of the Cybernetics Department at the Military University of Technology, associated with the space industry for eight years. He deals with the development, mission-specific customisation as well as maintenance and testing of ground infrastructure systems, with an emphasis on the Mission Control System (MCS)

GMV Innovating Solutions Sp. z o.o. is the largest IT company in Poland specialising in the space sector. The organisation is part of the international technology group, GMV, the seventh largest employer in the European space sector.

Mission control systems in the European Space Agency and planetary robotic missions – lecture

Michał Poros

Geonatura Kielce

Michał Poros is a longtime guide and trainer specializing in geology and geotourism in the Świętokrzyskie region. His adventure with geology has been going on for 25 years and it began with the Geological Technical School in Kielce. Specialization in the field of Earth sciences accompanied him also during his studies at the Institute of Geography of the Świętokrzyska Academy in Kielce. He connected his professional career with geology as well. Since 2008, he has been working in Geopark Kielce (currently Geonatura Kielce), and since 2012 he is the manager of the Geoeducation Center operating within this institution. He is also the vice-president of the Świętokrzyskie Society of the Friends of Geological Sciences and chairs the board of the Świętokrzyski Geopark – UNESCO World Geopark.

Geology of Mars – workshops
History of astronomical observations of the Moon – workshops

Michał Bogoński


Michał Bogoński has been passionate about aviation and space science from an early age. An alumnus of the “Aeromodelklub” model making club at the Bemowo Cultural Centre and a graduate of the Aviation Technical College no. 9 as well as the Mechanics and Machine Construction Faculty at the State Higher Vocational School in Chełm, specialising in aviation maintenance. He started his professional career in 2017 as an avionics mechanic on the innovative Fusioncopter autogyro project. In 2018 he leaped over several floors of the Earth’s atmosphere to join the Astronika team where he is currently responsible for the construction, integration and testing of devices. Member of the MAIT group, the team responsible for delivering the RPWI (Radio and Plasma Wave Instrument) scientific instrument set for the JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer) mission.

Astronika is a Polish engineering company operating in the space sector. It specialises in space mechanisms and instruments, in particular geological penetrators, holding-release mechanisms and antenna systems, as well as ultra-light structures, strength analysis and tribology testing. Astronika was founded in 2013 and has been implementing projects commissioned by ESA as well as leading satellite integrators ever since. Its instruments are used in the largest missions of national and international space agencies, including NASA (InSight (HP3 penetrator)) and ESA (JUICE (LP-PWI booms and RWI antennas), Luna-27 (moon drill release system), HERA (Juventas satellite radar antennas) and RadCube (magnetometer boom system)).

Good practices in Assembly, Integration and Testing on the example of Astronika projects – workshops

Marcin Malicki

Activtek Poland

Marcin Malicki is the President of the Management Board of Activtek Polska. In 2008, he brought ActivePure® RCI technologies to Poland. Since then, he has been developing and improving devices based on the technology used in NASA space stations. The diagnosis of his 2-month-old son’s allergy was the reason to bring this technology. Thanks to the ActivePure® RCI technology, the symptoms of child’s allergy were reduced and a business idea emerged. For many years, he made people aware of the microbiological hazards of mechanical ventilation in buildings and how to improve air quality in each closed room.

For over a dozen years, Activtek Polska has been a manufacturer and the only certified distributor in Poland of air purification systems, operating on the basis of the active, advanced technology ActivePure® RCI – Radial Catalytic Ionization. Activtek systems appeared on the Polish market in 2010. Since then, the number of completed projects and system users has been growing steadily.

How to develop a space business in a city of less than 200,000 residents – presentation

Dominik Pierzak

Activtek Medica

Dominik Pierzak is the President of the Management Board of Activtek Medica. A long-term manager leading medical projects in hospitals. His main goal is to improve epidemiological safety and reduce the number of infections in Polish hospitals. In his daily work, he tries to build awareness of infections and the resulting social and economic costs.

Activtek Medica is the exclusive distributor on the medical market in Poland of ActivePure® RCI systems for eliminating microbiological hazards from air and surfaces. Activtek Medica ensures the highest standard of epidemiological safety of patients and staff in medical facilities by reducing the number of nosocomial infections.

How to develop a space business in a city of less than 200,000 residents – presentation

Jacek Strzelczyk


Jacek Strzelczyk is an IT specialist by education. He defended his doctorate in the field of geodesy and satellite measurements of land displacements. Since 2012, he has been running the SATIM Satellite Monitoring company. He cooperates with the European Space Agency. In 2020, together with his wife, he established a branch of the company in the Silicon Valley and attracted the first investors.

SATIM creates software and software-based services for the automation of analysing synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) images. Currently, the services offered relate to the study of land subsidence and the detection of ships in seas and oceans.

You can see more from above! How satellites help people in the seas, deserts, underground and on its surface – lecture

Piotr Osica


Piotr Osica is a thermal engineer and chairman of the board of Spacive. He started his first steps in the space industry with the European Student Circular Moon Satellite project (ESMO) as a member of the Astronautical Circle at the Warsaw University of Technology. Thanks to the gained experience, he started working at the Space Research Center, where he supported the design and testing of the thermal control system for the STIX instrument in the ESA – Solar Orbiter mission. Currently, at Spacive, he is responsible for acquiring and supervising the implementation of projects in the field of thermal control systems.

Spacive Ltd. is a company founded in 2014, implementing engineering projects commissioned by domestic and foreign partners, in particular ESA. Company has its own research facilities. Provides services including thermal tests and degassing in a vacuum chamber and MLI production. Apart from thermics, he specializes in structural analyzes and designing mechanisms. Conducts internal research related to, inter alia, with the use of 3D printing in space, MLI and heat pipes.

How not to freeze on the Moon – thermal control system – lecture

Leszek Orzechowski

Space is More

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.

What might our life on Mars look like? – presentation

Rafał Grabiański


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.

Chinese space programme – lecture

Michał Ostaszewski

Astrophotographer who dreams of flying into space. A former national speed skating representative, he turned a child’s curiosity about the night sky into work in which he follows spectacular images. Through his works, he would like to encourage people to be interested in space and its exploration, which in his opinion is one of the greatest goals that humanity can pursue. In his works, he tries to use his physical fitness to search for images showing iconic, hard-to-reach places, so as to present them in connection with the universe. In this way he combines knowledge about space, a scientific approach to photography and the artistic aspect. In his portfolio he has many images from the Polish mountains, multiple trips to the Arctic in search of the Northern Lights, the Total Solar Eclipse of July 2, 2019 observed in the Chilean Andes and the Milky Way over the Namibian desert.

The road to the largest astrophotography of the Milky Way in the world – lecture


Black Spheres is a team of four graduates from AGH University of Science and Technology. In March 2021 they conducted a series of microgravity experiments in ZARM Drop Tower in Bremen, Germany.

The aim of the experiments was to collect the data about the motion of objects in microgravity. Based on this data, the team is currently developing an algorithm that estimates their physical parameters and predicts their motion. The project was realized as a part of Drop Your Thesis! programme organized by European Space Agency Education Office.

Catching space debris – presentation


Urania is a Polish magazine and Internet portal about space. Astronomy and space is the passion of its authors who include both professionals in this field as well as people interested in the subject. They describe the secrets of the Universe and show scientific discoveries, achievements in space flights as well as the development of the Polish space industry. They also run their YouTube channel, Urania TV.

Zero gravity – how are the astronauts dealing with it? – video

Sebastian Soberski and #RoboticTeamGrudziądz

Sebastian Soberski (host) – astronomer, head of the Mikołaj Kopernik Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory in Grudziądz. Co-author of the Obserwatorium (Observatory) TV show about space and the astronomy and music project called “Voices Of The Cosmos.” Organiser of the competition for the best student research work on space – OMSA (Ogólnopolskie Młodzieżowe Seminarium Astronomiczno-Astronautyczne; National Youth Astronomy and Astronautics Seminar).

Marcin Jabłoński (guest speaker) – mechatronics, electrical engineering and electronic teacher at the Technical School Complex in Grudziądz. Participant of European Schoolnet projects (Europeana and NBS-pilot teacher) as well as training courses at ESA. Supervisor of the #RoboticTeamGrudziądz Mechatronics and Robotics Club.

Students from #RoboticTeamGrudziądz / #RoboticTeamGrudziądz is a Science Club operating at the Technical School Complex in Grudziądz, which brings together students who are enthusiasts of robotics and mechatronics.

Young constructors – space device designs

Aleksandra, Geralt and Paweł

Laureates of the Cosmic Challenge – SpaceShip

Laureates of the 2nd edition of the Cosmic Challenge educational program organized by the SpaceShip Foundation.

Aleksandra Walczybok has just finished the second grade of the math-physics profile at the 1st High School of Tadeusz Kosciuszko in Wielun. She has been interested in space for several years and would like to connect with it her future. She is a member of the Almukantarat Astronomical Club and with two friends runs an Instagram profile called way2space, where you can find interesting astronomical facts. She is most interested in Mars, especially its colonization. One of her dreams (apart from the colonization of Mars) is to see the northern lights in Iceland.

Geralt Wawrzynkiewicz-Raźny is a student of the 1st High School of Kazimierz Jagiellonczyk in Sieradz. He is interested in physics, in particular astrophysics and other fields related to phenomena and objects that are observed or discovered on a macro scale. He observes various mutable stars, and works on the topic connected to a high-energy cosmic ray using available data from the Pierre Auger Observatory as well. In the future, Geralt plans to deepen his passions by studying the physics related topics and professionally working on current and new ideas.

Paweł Rok is a student of the 2nd grade of the 1st Social High School Raszynska with the International Baccalaureate. He is interested in physics, especially elementary particles, Mars exploration, foreign language and politics. He plans to study astronautics or physics in the Netherlands or the United States. Paweł hopes to work in the future in space sector. He is a member of the student electronics team working on creating a CubeSat called Mr. Fahrenheit.

Where should the first base on Mars be built? – presentation

OMSA Laureates

Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory Nicolaus Copernicus in Grudziądz

Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory Nicholas Copernicus in Grudziądz (PiOA) has been popularizing space continuously since 1972. It was established as the second planetarium in Poland. From the beginning, PiOA’s flagship activity has been the organization of the Polish Youth Astronomical-Astronautical Seminar. prof. Robert Głębocki (OMSA). OMSA is a nationwide competition for young people to present their own research work in the field of astronomy and astronautics. The best young researchers selected in provincial stages come to Grudziądz to present their studies and projects in the OMSA Final.

The ERC audience will have the opportunity to see selected designs of lunar and Martian rovers presented by young designers during OMSA.

Mars and lunar rovers part. 1
Mars and lunar rovers part. 2

Space Technology Centre AGH UST

The Space Technology Centre is a unit of AGH in Krakow established to carry out didactics projects and conduct research in the field of broadly understood space. The centre is responsible for the implementation of the European Space University for Space and Humanity (UNIVERSEH) at AGH.

UNIVERSEH – European Space University for Space and Humanity – lecture


Almukantarat Astronomy Club is primarily a community of people involved in the popularisation of astronomy. The club, which has been operating for over 35 years, gives young enthusiasts of science the opportunity to acquire knowledge, exchange ideas and achieve their goals. It meets its objectives by organising regular science camps for young people, running the AstroNET astronomy portal and participating in such events as science picnics.

Home Mars Rover – online workshop
How were craters on the Moon formed? – lecture

Dla Biebrzy Foundation

Dla Biebrzy Foundation was established to promote and protect the natural environment and natural heritage of the Biebrza National Park and its surroundings.

Peat bogs in the Biebrza Valley are the largest, almost unchanged complex of valley bogs in Central and Western Europe, and the Biebrza river bed with numerous meanders and oxbows is a habitat for about 170 species of birds. The Biebrza Valley is also rich in mammals, amphibians and insects and one of the few areas in Poland not polluted with light. This is where Northern Lights can be observed in Poland most often.

Dla Biebrzy Foundation also works to preserve biodiversity and ensure a good quality of life for people, arouse sensitivity, shape social awareness and popularise knowledge in matters relating to the natural environment. It also cooperates with local governments, institutions and state administration bodies in the field of spatial planning, sustainable development and the protection of natural heritage.

Biodiversity – video
Why do we need swamps and wetlands? – water resource management and climate change