The ERC Space and Robotics Event is aimed at a wide audience. Each year, science and technology shows, workshops, experiments, as well as the competition of designers from all over the world attract tens of thousands of fans of science and space. 

ERC 2020 was a unique edition – the first one organized in a hybrid formula. Teams from all over the world used a simulation platform to control remote robots physically located on the Martian track in Kielce. For the safety of the viewers, both the broadcast of the competition itself and part of the program of the Science and Technology Show Zone could be followed online on our website. The live coverage was in two languages (Polish and English). Additionally, Pyramid Games S.A. studio organized an e-tournament in which participants played the role of mechanics repairing and maintaining rovers in one of the first Mars colonies in the Rover Mechanic Simulator game.

Competition on the Martian track and the closing ceremony

Popular science lectures, speeches of special guests, film screenings

Mentoring and business conference

Rover Mechanic Simulator e-tournament, Pyramid Games

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10.00 – 17.00

ERC Space & Robotics 2020 Competition

LIVE BROADCAST

Live broadcast available everyday from 10.00 to 17.00

10.00 – 11.00

Robotics not only on rovers (technology transfer)

PARTICIPANTS

  • Aleksandra Przegalinska – Kozminski University;
  • Marek Krawczyk – KP Labs;
  • Karol Seweryn – Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences;
  • Konrad Kolski – Oprogramowanie Naukowo-Techniczne, przedstawiciel firmy MathWorks;
  • Joana Kamenova – European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications;
  • Paweł Wojtkiewicz – GMV; Polish Space Industry Association;


MODERATOR
Piotr Kaczmarek-Kurczak – Kozminsky University

11.00 – 18.00

Rover Mechanic Simulator E-tournament – group phase

E-TOURNAMENT

Participants of the e-tournament will play the role of mechanics repairing and maintaining rovers in one of the first Martian colonies in Rover Mechanic Simulator – Pyramid Games.

11.30 – 12.30

Science on rovers

PARTICIPANTS

  • Michał Szwajewski – Astronika;
  • Łukasz Powęska – SENER;
  • Mateusz Wolski – PIAP Space.
  • Natalia Zalewska- Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences


  • MODERATOR
    Łukasz Cioch

13.30 – 14.30

Women for Space

PARTICIPANTS

  • Natalia Lemarquis – United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Space4Women;
  • Agnieszka Łukaszczyk – Planet;
  • Giuliana Rotola – European Southern Observatory; International Space University;
  • Maria-Gabriella Sarah – European Space Agency.


MODERATOR
Artemis Westenberg – Explore Mars Europe

14.45 – 15.15

Metrology for Space, Space for Metrology

PARTICIPANTS

Central Office of Measures

MODERATOR
Maciej Gruszczyński

15.15 – 16.15

How can we inspire young generations to participate in the space sector?

PARTICIPANTS

  • Gianfranco Visentin – European Space Agency;
  • Douglas Terrier – National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
  • Pascale Ehrenfreund – International Astronautical Federation; Space Policy Institute;
  • Maciej Konacki – Polish Space Agency;
  • Ken Davidian – Federal Aviation Administration;


MODERATOR
Aleksandra Bukała – Polish Space Agency

16.30 – 17.30

What do we need Martian rovers for? – webinar webinar by Industrial Development Agency

PARTICIPANTS

  • Marcin Wygachiewicz – Polish Space Professionals Association;
  • Mateusz Wolski – PIAP Space;
  • Jakub Michalski – VersaBOX;
  • Krzysztof Walas – Faculty of Control, Robotics, and Electrical Engineering, Poznan University of Technology;
  • Łukasz Wilczyński – European Space Foundation.

10.00 – 11.30

ESA EDUCATION PROJECTS – GET INVOLVED!

WORKSHOPS

This event will be hosted in English.

  1. ESA opportunities for European students
  2. Which programme matches my idea?
  3. How to apply – tips & tricks
  4. Project management for students
  5. Q&A session, individual consulting


MODERATOR:
  • Adam Dąbrowski – Polish Space Agency

11.00 – 16.00

Rover Mechanic Simulator E-tournament – semi-finals

E-TOURNAMENT

Participants of the e-tournament will play the role of mechanics repairing and maintaining rovers in one of the first Martian colonies in Rover Mechanic Simulator – Pyramid Games.

11.00

Rover Mechanic Simulator E-tournament – finals

E-TOURNAMENT

Participants of the e-tournament will play the role of mechanics repairing and maintaining rovers in one of the first Martian colonies in Rover Mechanic Simulator – Pyramid Games.

16.00 – 17.00

#ERC2020 awards ceremony

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When and where does ERC 2020 take place?

This year's edition of the competition takes place in Kielce, on the premises of the Kielce University of Technology. The event will start on Friday, September 11th and will last until Sunday, September 13th. Due to the pandemic, ERC 2020 is organized in a hybrid formula, in which teams control their robots remotely, and some of the attractions for viewers take place online.

What is the new, hybrid formula of the competition about?

As in the previous edition, a professional Martian track will be built in Kielce, where robots will be physically controlled by competitors from around the world. Participants will control them remotely through a specially prepared simulation platform and will take part in two field competitions, reflecting the tasks performed by rovers on the surface of Mars.

What attractions await ERC 2020 viewers?

In addition to following the struggles of mobile robots, the Science and Technology Show Zone, accompanying each edition of the event, will be an attraction for viewers. For the sake of the safety of participants, part of the program of this year's Zone, including popular science lectures, speeches of special guests, as well as film screenings, will only be available online on our website.

Who is this event for?

The event is intended for all enthusiasts of science, space and robotics, regardless of their age or level of knowledge. We invite everybody that’s interested. Among the attractions prepared by the exhibitors of the Science and Technology Show Zone, children of all ages, as well as parents and grandparents will find something for themselves.

What is the cost of participating in the event?

Following the competitions and participation in the attractions of the Science and Technology Show Zone are completely free.

How can I watch the live broadcast of the competition and participate in other online events?

Live coverage of the Martian track will be available on our website, in the Spectator Zone tab. The broadcast will be in two languages ​​– Polish and English. In the same tab you can find the Event Agenda, where each viewer can check what attractions we have planned for a given day and take part in them.

How to take part in the Pyramid Games S.A. e-tournament?

The e-tournament participants will play the role of mechanics repairing and maintaining rovers in one of the first Martian colonies in the Mars Rover Simulator game. In order to take part in the competition, please apply here: LINK

Pyramid Games e-tournament – additional information

About ERC RMC:
𝗘𝗥𝗖 𝗥𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲 is an e-tournament based on the world's only simulator for repairing Mars Rovers. This is a special version of Rover Mechanic Simulator created in cooperation with European Rover Challenge – Space & Robotics Event 2020.

About e-tournament:
Participants of the competition will take part in challenging tasks, which require them to fix Mars Rovers as quickly as possible. Every hour, 4 participants will play at the same time. Each person's task is to fix 4 Mars Rovers (including Curiosity!), which will have a random malfunction to fix each hour. Only one of the participants will win the possibility to remotely control the real rover on Mars Yard!

The tournament ladder can be found here: LINK

ERC Rover Mechanic Challenge official rules: LINK


Friday (Sep 11th)
Group Stage: LINK
Group A: 11:00 a.m. CEST
Group B: 12:00 p.m. CEST
Group C: 13:00 p.m. CEST
Group D: 14:00 p.m. CEST
Group E: 15:00 p.m. CEST
Group F: 16:00 p.m. CEST
Group G: 17:00 p.m. CEST


Saturday (Sep 12th)
Semi-final stage: LINK
Match #1: 11:00 a.m. CEST
Match #2: 12:00 p.m. CEST
Match #3: 13:00 p.m. CEST
Match #4: 14:00 p.m. CEST
Match #5: 15:00 p.m. CEST


Sunday ( Sep 13th))
E-tournament final:
Final Play: around 11:00 a.m. CEST
Third place match: around 12:00 p.m. CEST
Announcing the Winner and realization of the main prize: around 2:00 p.m. CEST

Will the mentoring and business conference and lectures by special guests be available to everyone?

As last year, the sixth edition of the ERC will be accompanied by a mentoring and business conference, the program of which will include lectures by special guests, business meetings and design workshops for competitors. The conference will be carried out in a hybrid formula: some of the speeches will be held at the place of the event, i.e. in the Main Hall of the Kielce University of Technology, and the entire program will be broadcast live on the Internet.