Shows, experiments, lectures, debates – #ERC2021

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 our on-site exhibitors in Kielce (10–12.09.2021), you will find answers to questions about the organisation of ERC 2021 and you will meet our speakers who will share their knowledge, passion and experience with us during presentations, talks and debates.

Both the onsite and online Inspiration Zone will be available to the public every day between 10am and 5pm. We will provide you with their detailed agenda soon. For now we invite you to familiarise yourself with the exhibitors and speakers who are co-creating this year’s edition of ERC with us.

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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.



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.



The Patent Office of the Republic of Poland is the only institution in Poland that provides protection of industrial property by granting patents for inventions and protection rights for utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, topographies of integrated circuits and geographical indications for industrial products. It also conducts educational and promotional activities in the field of industrial property protection. All inventors and innovators should use the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland’s procedures to protect their ideas and thus gain a competitive advantage on the market as well as implement their solution which serves to respect and limit the infringement of someone else’s exclusive rights.

At the Office’s stand visitors will be able to test the device for practising hand-eye coordination, learn the rules of magnetic levitation and test their dexterity by controlling the mBot robot.



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.



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.


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 #ERC2021 Inspiration Zone will take place in two formulas: on-site 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 on-site 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 on-site 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 Spectator Zone 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 on-site 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 Spectator Zone tab on the ERC website. We also invite you to follow the ERC profiles on social media.


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

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).


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

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

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

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

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 Copenhagen Suborbitals – the world’s only crewed amateur spaceflight program.


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.

Geological detectives – 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.


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

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


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.

First base on Mars – 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

Kozminski University

Kozminski University educate managers and business leaders – with the right practical, extensive background to pursue a career in the areas of their choice, equipped with the ability to think creatively and independently, understanding the challenges of the modern world, acting with respect for ethical principles, in the spirit of tolerance, sensitivity to the needs of society and to environmental concerns.



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