08:45 - 09:15

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Plenary sessions

09:15 - 12:30

09:20 – 09:30

Welcome address – Didier Reynders, Vice Prime Minister, Minister Foreign Affairs

09:30 – 09:40

The space vision for Belgium – Zuhal Demir, Secretary of State Scientific Policy

09:40 – 09:50

Why Switch to Space – Dominique Tilmans, Chair of YouSpace

09:50 – 10:05

Space in a changing world – Frank de Winne, Head of the European Astronaut Centre, ESA

10:05 – 10:30

Components of Space Missions: satellite, launcher, ground segment, space environment – Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director of ESPI

10:30 – 10:40

Main European players in space – Lionel Poncelet, YouSpace Member

PROGRAM

October 8, 2018

Palais d'Egmont, Brussels

Coffee break

10:40 - 11:10

11:10 – 11:25

Future work / working patterns in the aerospace sector – Eric Morel de Westgaver, Director of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services, ESA

11:25 – 11:35

Eumetsat: monitoring weather and climate from space – Paul Counet, Head of Strategy & International Relations, Eumetsat

11:35 – 11:50

Space: a truly European project – Pierre Delsaux, Deputy General Director DG Growth, European Commission

11:50 – 12:40 

Space Business in Belgium

  • Ground Segment and data – Thierry Du Pré-Werson, CEO Spacebel

  • Access to Space: How do we get there? How do we come back? –Thibauld Jongen, CEO Sabca

  • New End User Markets, The Next Generation of Satellite Customer – Frank Preud’homme, Member of the Board QinetiQ Space

Here you can find the presentations for the topics.​

Lunch break

& Networking

12:45 - 14:30

  • Corners for industrials (CV box).

  • Corners for career (How to write a good CV and cover letter? How to look for an internship? How to apply? How to network efficiently?).

  • YouSpace stand.

7 Splinter sessions

Topic 1:

Political and Legal Framework

14:30 - 16:30

14:30—14:40

Introduction of the session – Jean-François Mayence, First Legal Advisor, BELSPO

14:40—15:00

SpaceResources.lu: Luxembourg's initiative for the exploration and utilisation of space resources – Mathias Link, Director of International Affairs, Luxembourg Space Agency

15:00—15:20

The global problem of space-debris – Ward Munters, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law, KULeuven

15:20—15:40

The use of Earth observation data by lawyers in practice – Sarah Moens, Lead Lawyer, DLA Piper

15:40—16:30

Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 2:

Life Sciences

14:30 - 16:30

14:30—14:40

Introduction of the session – Frank de Winne, Head of the European Astronaut Centre, ESA

14:40—15:00

What happens to the human body in microgravity? – Floris Wuyts, Head of the Center of Equilibrium & Aerospace, UAntwerpen

15:00—15:20

Under the ray gun: health effects of cosmic radiation –  Sarah Baatout, Head of Radiobiology Unit, SCK•CEN

15:20—15:40

Life in a closed-loop environment: ecological applications – Natalie Leys, Bioengineer, Microbiologist & Space Researcher at SCK•CEN & Benedikt Sas, Professor, UGent

15:40—16:30 

Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 3:

Space Technologies

14:30 - 16:30

14:30—14:40

Introduction of the session – Michael François, Instrument Manager Earth Observation Satellites, ESA 

14:40—15:00

Humans and robots in space: a fruitful collaboration – Jeremi Gancet, Space Applications Services

15:00—15:20

Instrumentation – Jean-Marc Defise, Project Manager, AMOS

15:20—15:40

Newspace Challenges – Alain van Esbeen, R&D Business Development Manager, Thales Alenia Space

15:40—16:00

CubeSats – Serge Habraken, Professor, ULG

16:00 – 16:30

Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 4:

Earth Observation Applications & Copernicus

14:30 - 16:30

14:30—14:40

Introduction of the session 

14:40—15:00

Remote Sensing: Switching back and forth between the real world and the digital – Steven Krekels, Unit Manager, VITO Remote Sensing

15:00—15:20

Geo-information services – André Jadot, CEO, Eurosense

15:20—15:40

Meteorology and Climatology – Paul Counet, Head of Strategy & International Relations, Eumetsat

15:40—16:00

Atmospheric research – Didier Fussen, Head of Department, BIRA-IASB

16:00—16:30

Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 5:

Physical Sciences

14:30 - 16:30

14:30—14:40

Introduction of the session – Vladimir Pletser, Director of Space Training Operations, Blue Abyss

14:40—15:00

What happened to the water on Mars? – Veronique Dehant, Professor ROB & Extraordinary Professor,  UCL

15:00—15:20

Microgravity, an ideal environment for physical science –Frank Dubois, Director of Microgravity Research Centre at ULB & Andrei Vedernikov, Senior Researcher at Microgravity Research Center, ULB

15:20—15:40

Space weather: Sunny days ahead – David Berghmans, Head of Scientific Service 'Solar Physics & Space Weather’, ROB

15:40—16:30

Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 6:

Prototyping and Testing

14:30 - 16:30

14:30—14:40

Introduction of the session – Gaetan Piret, Head of Test Centre Division, ESA

14:40—15:00

How to represent planetary re-entry at laboratory scale? – Olivier Chazot, Head of Department, von Karman Institute

15:00—15:20

Vibration and Thermal vacuum testing – Christophe Grodent, Head of Space Environmental Testing Program, CSL

15:20—15:40

Additive Manufacturing and its potential – Julien Magnien, Engineer Additive Manufacturing, Sirris

15:40—16:00

Application-specific radiation hardened electronics design, test, and flight qualification – Steven Redant, Director IC-link, Imec

16:00 – 16:30

Q&A and Panel discussion

14:30 - 16:30

Topic 7:

GALILEO & Satellite Communications

14:30—14:40

Introduction of the session – Peter Grognard, Managing Director, von Karman Institute 

14:40—15:00

Galileo: a European Programme shaping the future of GNSS – Xavier Maufroid, Project Manager, European Commission

15:00—15:20

Galileo Integrated Logistics Centre: A real opportunity to develop value-added services – Riccardo Grazi, CEO, Vitrosicet Belgium

15:20—15:40

Satellite navigation: the challenges of tomorrow's GNSS systems – Olivier Desenfans, Managing Director, M3Systems

15:40—16:00

Photonics and Inter-Satellite Links – Koen Puimège, Managing Director, Antwerp Space

16:00—16:20

Space and 5G – Geert Adams, VP of R&D programs & competences, Newtec

16:20 – 16:30

Q&A and Panel discussion

Plenary sessions

17:00 - 17:50

17:00—17:20

Summary of the day – Sabri Mekaoui, Project Adviser REA European Commission

17:20—17:30

Presentation of the Hatch – Linda Kameisa, Wit Berry Creative Stategy

17:30—17:40

How to get involved as a student or young professional? – Natacha Callens, Administrator ESA Academy's Training and Learning Programme

17:40—17:50

Closing remarks – Dominique Tilmans, Chair of YouSpace

Drinks &

networking

17:50...

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