The Inspiration Zone is a place where everyone, regardless of age and space passion will find something for themselves. The ERC audience will not only experience amazing projects prepared by the robotics competition participants, but also see speakers and inventions from around the world, as well as an endless number of demonstrations, attractions and scientific experiments. On the main stage of the event, the attendees will see foremost inspiring presentations that will take them to the farthest corners of the universe but also various debates, in which experts from the industry related to the exploration of extraterrestrial space will share their work with the audience.

Guided by the motto “we inspire a new generation” we bring space and the growing role of modern technologies in our lives closer to the general public. We want our viewers to leave the ERC not only equipped with knowledge, but also inspired to action.

"The best thing a human can do is to help another human being know more" – Charlie Munger

The Inspiration Zone brings together not only the best rover constructors worldwide. Every year, world-class specialists, industry leaders and scientists gather here. Among them are astronauts, experts of the largest technology companies, leaders of space agencies and researchers from universities around the world. The ERC creates a platform of knowledge exchange for university students, space enthusiasts and potential employees of the space sector.

Therefore, the event’s programme includes interdisciplinary debates on the future of human settlement on the Red Planet, the survival of the first astronauts in the lunar bases announced by NASA or ESA, as well as important topics related to the commercialization and use of space technologies on Earth.

In previous years, the ERC has hosted speakers such as Robert Cabana – NASA Associate Administrator, Steve Jurczyk – former NASA Associate Administrator, Robert Zubrin – founder of The Mars Society, Harrison Schmitt – geologist, NASA astronaut and member of the last mission to the Moon in 1972 – Apollo 17, and Tim Peake – European Space Agency astronaut.

DAILY THEME

Day 1 – MARS

Day 2 – MOON

Day 3 – EARTH

We want the extraordinary value that the ERC gives its participants to reach as wide audience as possible. That’s why our event is broadcasted on-line to viewers from all over the world. Online participants can, regardless of where they are, follow presentations and debates with space market experts and participate in dedicated workshops. Each day of the event has a leading theme:

DAY 1 – MARS – the issues raised by our experts on the first day of the ERC concern the future exploration of Mars, the challenges that await for future colonizers and the technologies necessary to send mankind to the Red Planet.

DAY 2 – MOON – space technology experts in the fields of: manned Moon missions, the exploration of the Silver Globe and its resources, and the use of our natural satellite as a launch platform for further exploration of our solar system and deep space.

DAY 3 – EARTH – the final day of the event is always dedicated to the exploration of the Earth, the use of space technologies to protect our planet and the use of satellite data for research in various scientific sectors. This day is also dedicated to space technologies in everyday life.

AGENDA

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

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10am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Beginning of the first day

Milena Ratajczak & Jury representatives

10.30am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

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

Keynote presentation – Artemis Westenberg (Explore Mars Europe)

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

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

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

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

11.50am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

What do rovers do on Mars and Mars Yard?

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

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

12.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

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

2pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Future Mars Exploration

Keynote presentation – Gernot Groemer

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Living in a martian city

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

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

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Competencies in the space sector – who’s needed?

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

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

3.50pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

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

4.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Wrap-up of the first day

Milena Ratajczak

4.30pm

STATIONARY (ENG)

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

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

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

10am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Beginning of the second day

Milena Ratajczak & Jury representatives

A summary of the first day of the ERC competition.

10.30am

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Lunar exploration

Keynote presentation – Maria Antonietta Perino (Thales Alenia Space)

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

The Moon – from survival to living

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

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

11.50am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Differences between Mars and lunar rovers

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

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

12.05pm

STATIONARY (ENG)

Presentation about NEUROSPACE

Maximilian von Unwerth

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

12.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

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

2pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

A new generation of space stations

Keynote presentation – Stefaan De Mey (ESA)

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Art and living in space

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

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

3.20pm

STATIONARY (ENG)

Building Space Economy and commercialize Science

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

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

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Future of the space market labor

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

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

3.50pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Meet the ERC’22 Exhibitors and Teams

Live from the Inspiration Zone and Team Zone

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

4.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Wrap-up of the second day

Milena Ratajczak

10am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Beginning of the third day

Milena Ratajczak & Jury representatives

A summary of the second day of the ERC competition.

10.30am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

How to make business on Space Technologies?

Keynote presentation – Justyna Redełkiewicz (EUSPA)

Debate introduction.

11am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Financing in the space industry

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

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

11.50am

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

AI and autonomous robots

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

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

12.10pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Robotics and new technologies used in ocean exploration.

Nautilus

Surprise from the ocean! Online connection + Q&A

2pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

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

Keynote presentation

Debate introduction.

2.30pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

How to talk about space?

Debate – Łukasz Wilczyński, Remco Timmermans & guests

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

3.20pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG)

Awaiting the results – interviews with the ERC’22 Teams

Live from the Team Zone

Conversations with Teams taking part in the ERC 2022 competition.

4pm

LIVESTREAM (ENG) STATIONARY (ENG)

Award and closing ceremony