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beSPACE Startup Night – 15.05.2017 – Galerie Ravenstein

We are excited to present the next beSPACE event: the beSPACE Startup Night!


Keynote speakers:

Vera Pinto Gomes
Policy Officer – European Commission (DG GROW)
Vera Pinto is a Policy Officer at the European Commission specialising in European Space Policy and European global satellite-based navigation systems: Galileo and EGNOS. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her time working at the European Commission, she was an EU Grant Manager for the Portuguese Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs. Her main area of interest is business development, market development and space innovation.

Presentation: EU Space Programmes – what’s in it for you?

Thomas Tanghe
Manager – SpaceTec Partners
Thomas Tanghe is a Manager at SpaceTec Partners, where he works on strategy engagements, start-up coaching and innovative funding instruments. Amongst others, Thomas is the author of the “Crowdfunding Innovative Ventures” and “Copernicus User Engagement Strategy” reports, published by the European Union. Thomas has a Masters in Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering and previously worked for the European Space Agency and Deloitte Consulting.

Presentation: The Funding Ecosystem for European Space Start-ups

Sam Waes
ESA Technology Broker Network Manager – Verhaert
With a heart for innovation, Sam Waes has built up over the past 20 years an extensive portfolio of new initiatives realized in various domains. He has a background as industrial designer and proven experience in ICT projects, e-learning, communications, new business development and intrapreneurship. Seven years of his career were dedicated to the marketing communication of a large multinational in the machinery business. Currently Sam is employed by Verhaert Masters in Innovations where he’s combining the role of managing the ESA technology transfer network with innovation consulting activities towards B2B companies. Sam describes himself as “an ambitious people manager that wants make teams outperform.”

Presentation: Recycle Space Technology into the Circular Economy

Steven Krekels
Unit Manager Remote Sensing – VITO
Since November 2014, Steven Krekels is Manager of VITO’s Remote Sensing unit, which develops and operates space- and airborne based earth observation systems. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Applied Engineering, he joined the Bell Labs of Lucent Technologies for research and development in Optical Networks. In 2001 he made a switch to the space industry and started working in the domains of Earth Observation and Satellite Communcation at Thales Alenia Space. He later moved on to Newtec, a leading Belgian satellite communication equipment provider, where he acted as Managing Director of Newtec’s subsidiary in Berlin.

Presentation: Remote Sensing – a key enabling technology now and in the future

Nicolas Helssen
Belgian ARTES Applications Broker – ESA
Nicolas Helssen is currently the Belgian ambassador for the European Space Agency’s Integrated Applications Promotion programme, working out of the Belgian Science Policy Office in Brussels. His brief is to promote the IAP programme to potential candidates and guide them through a successful application process with ESA and BELSPO. He previously worked at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in the United Kingdom as an economic researcher.

Presentation: Develop your space application through IAP


Date: Monday 15.05.2017

Programme:

  • 18:30 – Doors open
  • 19:00 – Presentations (part I)
  • 19:50 – Power break (+ drinks)
  • 20:00 – Presentations (part II)
  • 21:10 – Networking & walking dinner

Location: Creative District – Galerie Ravenstein (n°36) – Rue Ravenstein 18, 1000 Brussels
Easily accessible via public transportation (Brussels Central Station)

Important: do note that the event is fully booked and accessible only with prior registration. If you have not yet registered and would like to attend, please send us your name, company/organisation and position via info@be-space.eu. We will let you know if additional places become available.

Sponsored by: SpaceTec Partners

With the support of: Belspo


Why attend?

  • Learn how you can use space technology to create innovative applications
  • Get an in-depth understanding of the space startup funding ecosystem
  • Find the right funding opportunities for your space-based startup (idea)
  • Network with space funding experts, industry professionals and fellow startups

Who should attend?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for space(-based) applications
  • Startups and scaleups using technology in, from or for space
  • Policy makers, investors, space industry professionals and students

5th Space Dinner and beSPACE Awards – Looking back

For the 5th year in a row, the beSPACE annual Space Dinner proved to be one of the most important events of the Belgian space scene. This year’s dinner focused on the future of the International Space Station (ISS). Over 220 people attended the event at the Brussels Planetarium, ranging from students (33%) and industry professionals (28%) over representatives of research institutes (12%) and governmental organisations (12%) to space enthusiasts and other affiliations (15%).

The evening began with three lectures on the future of the ISS. Firstly, Alejandro Sela, from Space Application Services, gave an overview of the ICE Cubes project. Next, Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, from the Microgravity Research Centre at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, presented her most recent work on fluids in microgravity. Lastly, artist Lola Meotti took the audience on a journey through her interpretation of space.

Following the presentations, beSPACE presented its first ever awards – for “Personality of the Year” and “Team of the Year” in the Belgian space sector. The purpose of the awards is to inspire and stimulate excellence, innovation, cross-fertilization and leadership.

The beSPACE Award for ‘Personality of the Year 2017’ was given to Dominique Tilmans. It recognises her outstanding efforts for the space sector in Belgium and Europe. Firstly, as a member of the Belgian Senate, as President of the Senatorial Workgroup on Space and as President of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference and, more recently, as President of YouSpace and Eurisy. beSPACE considers YouSpace to be a vital platform for the professional development of the next generation of space professionals. Dominique’s new role at Eurisy, an association of 20 European space agencies aiming to connect space and society by raising awareness on the potential of satellite applications, also illustrates her talent for building bridges: between politics and industry, students and professionals, space and Earth. In an increasingly complex world, these dialogues have become a necessity. In short, her legendary energy and her ability to identify the needs of all different parties and come up with concrete solutions have a genuinely positive impact in all of her many endeavours.

The beSPACE Award for ‘Team of the Year 2017’ was given to the QB50 team from the von Karman Institute. It rewards their success in managing a bold, innovative project that makes original use of the capabilities offered by cubesats. It is an awe-inspiring engineering challenge that also requires immense programmatic prowess. Moreover, the mission carried out by the VKI itself, QARMAN, is a brilliant demonstration of “inside the box” thinking. beSPACE believes the outcomes of the QARMAN and QB50 projects will pave the way towards new technological developments in space. Moreover, VKI started both initiatives from scratch, the core competence of the Institute being fluid dynamics. The VKI is now one of the leading actors in European cubesat research and organiser of one of the most important annual symposia on the topic. Lastly, the QB50 team’s efforts have significantly contributed to the reputation of Belgium on the global space scene.

The evening ended with a free walking dinner, giving the attendees the opportunity to discuss both the presentations and the awards, as well as network in a relaxed atmosphere.

Once again, the beSPACE team wishes to thank its generous sponsors for making this wonderful evening possible: VITO Remote Sensing, Antwerp Space, SpaceTec Partners, the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, ESERO Belgium, Volkssterrenwacht Urania, and Mars Belgium. We hope to see many old and new faces at our next annual dinner – and at numerous other events that will be organised throughout the year.

Presentations

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5th Space Dinner – 10.03.2017 – Planetarium Brussels

The time has once again come for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the 5th time we invite you for a bite, a drink and inspiring presentations by three influential speakers from the Belgian space scene. The perfect opportunity to network with space professionals and like-minded peers! Not sure what to expect? Have a look at these pictures from last year’s highly successful edition.

The theme of the 5th Space Dinner is the “The Future of the ISS”. In short, what will happen to the International Space Station after 2024 (or 2028)? The ISS could become a commercially operated space station, but how will this affect research and operations?

The following speakers will each provide their own point of view on this subject:

  • Alejandro Sela, Space Applications Services
  • Lola Meotti, Independent artist
  • Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, Microgravity Research Center (ULB)

Also included in the Space Dinner is a planetarium show and of course a free reception to top it all off.

Programme:

  • 18:30: Doors open
  • 19:00: Presentations
  • Alejandro Sela, Space Application Services
  • Lola Meotti, Independent artist
  • Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, Microgravity Research Center (ULB)
  • 20:00: First beSpace Awards
  • 20:15: Planetarium Show
  • 21:00: Walking dinner & networking event
  • 22:00: End

As always, we look forward to welcoming both new and familiar faces at the Space Dinner!

We are closing registrations on Friday 03.03.2017! Register now if you want to attend!

Important: entrance is free, but you must register in advance!

Don’t forget to join our Facebook event!


Sponsored by:

Antwerp Space – VITO Remote Sensing – Space Tec Partners – Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium – ESERO Belgium – Volkssterrenwacht Urania – Mars Belgium


Presentations & photos from the 4th Space Dinner

The 4th Space Dinner was once again a huge success, thanks to you, beSPACE members! Of course we would also like to thank our speakers, Marco Ferrazzani, Michel Melotte and Frederik De Wilde, as well as our sponsors, Thales Alenia Space Belgium, Antwerp Space, BELSPO and the Planetarium. We hope to see you all again next year!

The presentations from M. Ferrazzani and M. Melotte can be found below:

– Marco Ferrazzani – Moon Village: from vision to reality
– Michel Melotte – Space ionising radiations at Moon level

The photos from the Dinner:

4th Space Dinner – March 11, 2016 – Planetarium Brussels

The time has once again come for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the fourth time we invite you for a bite, a drink and inspiring presentations by influential speakers. It is the perfect opportunity to talk and network with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere!

In light of the recent announcement from ESA’s Director General, the theme of the 4th Space Dinner is the “Moon village”. In short, this village would be a lunar base, 3D printed from local materials and inhabited by astronauts for months at a time. Apart from acting as a research centre, it could also provide a springboard for future missions to Mars.

The following speakers will each provide their own point of view on this ambitious project:

  • Dr Marco Ferrazani, ESA Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Department
  • Michel Melotte, radiation expert at Thales Alenia Space Belgium
  • Frederik De Wilde, multi- and transdisciplinary artist

Also included in the Space Dinner is a planetarium show and of course a free reception to top it all off.

Programme:

  • 18h45: doors open
  • 19h00: presentations
    • Dr Marco Ferrazani
    • Michel Melotte
    • Frederik De Wilde
  • 20h00: planetarium show
  • 20h30: reception
  • 22h30: end

Practical info:

  • Date & time: Friday March 11, 2016, 18h45 to 22h30
  • Place to be: Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Boechoutlaan 10 Avenue de Bouchout, 1020 Brussels
  • Free registration: http://goo.gl/forms/8Na1s8mu2p

Explorare, Quo Vadis? – Art, Philosophy, and Space Exploration

Thursday 10 December 2015 – 19h00 – Brussels – Free entry, registration preferred

Quo Vadis? Explorare!

 

This series of talks is aimed at space professionals, philosophers, artists, and anyone looking to expand their thinking horizon.

While many professionals of the space sector were originally attracted by the poetry of astronomy or the romanticism of exploration, it is hard to keep the flame of passion alive in the routine of a day-to-day job. Space exploration is indeed a paradoxical activity. On the one hand, it is often cited as a potential source of answers to our most pressing existential questions: are we alone in the universe? Where do we come from? On the other hand, it is a highly technological domain that progresses at a rapid pace.

We, the actors of space exploration have very rarely the opportunity to engage in a reflection on what we are actually doing. The evening shall provide us such an opportunity.

Free entry, registration preferred. Let us know you’re coming at: http://goo.gl/forms/2GegszUT0a

Speakers:

Philosophy from the philosopher

 Jacques Arnould Jacques Arnould

Philosopher, historian of sciences, and theologian. He is in charge of reflexions related to the ethical, social and cultural dimension of space activities at the French space agency (CNES).

Philosophy from the scientist

 Olivier Chazot Pr. Olivier Chazot

Head of the aerospace department at the von Karman Institute (VKI). He is well versed in philosophy and will present his views about the role playoff the philosophical dimension in scientific endeavours.

Art from the artist

 vermeulen Angelo Vermeulen
Visual artist and TED Senior Fellow. His multidisciplinary oeuvre crosses over the boundaries of biology, technology and community. He was crew commander of HI-SEAS, a Mars simulation study on improving the nutritional value of space food, funded by NASA.

Art from the scientist

 Bernard Foing Pr. Bernard Foing

Scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA) and organiser of numerous workshops on the links that can be established between arts and space. He regularly collaborates with the School of Fine Arts of The Hague.

Programme:

  • 19:00 – Welcome
  • 19:30 – J. Arnould, CNES – Should we Try to Make Contact with Extraterrestrial Life?
  • 20:00 – O. Chazot, von Karman Institute – The Scientist as a Philosopher
  • 20:30 – Angelo Vermeulen, artist  – Blending Art and Science to Advance Humanity in Outer Space
  • 21:00 – B. Foing, ESA – The Moon village: a Challenge for the Arts and Humanities
  • 21:30 – General Q&A, Art Exhibition & Informal Discussion

Location:

The session will take place on Thursday the 10th of December 2015 at the Creative District. The address is 70 Boulevard Reyers, 1030 Brussels. Public transport: 800m from Meiser, 300m from Diamant.

The first talk starts at 19:30 sharp. Be there or be square!

With the generous support of:

Spacetec PartnersVon Karmann InstituteCreative District

Belgian cubesats – the first beSPACE session

Friday 9 October 2015 – 19h00 – Brussels – register here!

Cubesats are miniaturised satellites (typically a cube with sides of 10 cm) that were initially developed as student projects in universities. By now however, several companies, institutions, universities and space agencies have recognised their potential for data transmission (e.g. internet access across the world), debris mitigation, Earth observation (e.g. disaster management), education, space science and exploration.

A considerable number of cubesats is currently being developed in Belgium by a range of different players, including the KU Leuven, the Université de Liège, the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium and the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy. The von Karman Institute has even been selected as the coordinator of the QB50 project, which aims to launch a network of 50 cubesats developed by university teams spread around the globe.

Program:
  • 18:30 – 19:00: welcome
  • 19:00 – 19:20: J. Vanreusel, ESA – ESA Education CubeSat programmes
  • 19:20 – 19:40: T. Delabie, KU Leuven – SIMBA
  • 19:40 – 20:00: D. Fussen, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy – PICASSO
  • 20:00 – 20:20: V. Van der Haegen, von Karman Institute – QARMAN
  • 20:20 – 20:40: T. Delabie, KU Leuven – SpaceBillboard
  • 20:40 – 22:00: reception with snacks and drinks & informal discussion

Location:

The session will take place on Friday the 9th of October 2015 in auditorium Q.D. on the Etterbeek campus of the VUB. The address is Campus Etterbeek, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene. You can find a map of the campus here. Please be aware that a train strike has been announced on this date, which may affect your travel time.

It is still possible to register, so please secure your place by enrolling here!

Please be aware that the poster below has not been updated. The session will start at 19h00 instead of 19h30!

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July 1, 2014: visit to ESA Redu

It’s has already been more than two months that some of you participated to a visit of ESA’s Redu center and the Galaxia start-ups incubator.
It’s then time for the beSPACE members who missed the event to regret their absence 😉

The rendez-vous held on Tuesday 1st of July at the Namur train station at midday. Around twenty curious beSPACE members left Namur for Libin and Transinnes in the province of Luxembourg in a comfortable coach. The beSPACE shuttle arrived an hour later on top of the hill overlooking the ESA’s Redu center, under a nice shining sun. The visit looked promising.

Redu

The Redu center director, Daniele Galadini, started to review the history of the center and detailed the surroundings : landscape, dishes and buildings purposes, situation, etc.

We could have a closer look to the structure and size of the impressive new dish dedicated to the Galileo satellites in-orbit validation. An engineer of the center detailed the behaviour of the different dishes and the processes of the future Galileo constellation validation, but also the qualification procedures of the Galileo satellites already flying above our heads. The group could then discover the operation rooms dedicated to the Proba-2 mission and the Galileo programme. Many telemetry and communication instruments connected to the different dishes for various missions the center cares for could also be observed.

Redu 2

Running out of time, the beSPACE explorers unfortunately had to quickly leave the center to head toward the Galaxia start-ups incubator in Transinne, next to the Euro Space Center. An introduction to the ESA’s business incubation program was given and an incubated start-up, ESNAH, and the space-days were presented.
It was then time to go back home, after an interesting and exciting afternoon, waiting for another beSPACE adventure.

For the beSPACE team,
Cheers,
Jean-Brieuc Feron

March 7, 2014: second Space Dinner

The second beSPACE Space Dinner on March 7, 2014 was again a big success. More than 140 people participated, approximately 25% more than last year. Six speakers gave their own view on the topic ‘Belgium and Space: Next Steps?’:

  • Stijn Ilsen

    Stijn Ilsen

    Stijn Ilsen, Spacecraft AIT and Operations System Engineer at QinetiQ Space presented the past, ongoing and future PROBA projects. Not only did he explain the history and technological marvels on board of the PROBA satellites but also shared a series of remarkable results, and some of QinetiQ Space’s plans for the future.

     

  • Senateur Dominique Tilmans

    Senateur Dominique Tilmans

    Senator Dominique Tilmans, president of the Space Working Group of the Belgian Senate, explained that the average age in the aerospace and space industry is about 48 years old, reminding us that many of the people active in this industry will retire in the upcoming decade. She focused on the need to promote a career in the space industry as an option to students, while also indicating the low amount of women active in this industry. After providing the audience a summary of the reasons why there seems to be low interest in a career in the space industry, she indicated that there is still a lot that needs to be done to be able to have enough capable young professionals to replace those who are going to retire.

  • Professor Christoffel Waelkens

    Professor Christoffel Waelkens

    Professor Christoffel Waelkens, programme director of the Master in Space Studies programme at KU Leuven, kicked off his presentation reasoning why space is important to humankind. He closed it by explaining why it is important to dream – more than just presenting a list of action points – of what you as a person or a state want to achieve in this field.

  • The last presentation was a short one by the first three National Trainees at ESA in Noordwijk. Johan Vennekens, Romain Gérard and Robin Nelen explained to the participants what they are doing at ESTEC and which projects and teams they are involved in. Many of the people attending the event were positively surprised to see how many projects at ESTEC were carried out in cooperation with or for Belgian organizations.

    Belgian National Trainees at ESTEC

    Belgian National Trainees at ESTEC

Each of these presentations highlighted the many ways Belgium is active in space. Although, the remark was often made that there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the cooperation between the industry, academia and politics in this area.

A two hour networking event with a bite and drink closed the evening, many of the participants were positively surprised to meet people of a broad scala of organizations and various backgrounds. Much like the space sector itself, the beSPACE Space Dinner is something for you, regardless of your background.

We look forward to next year and already invite you to participate! Keep an eye on our website. Best regards from the beSPACE team!

PS. We also want to thank the Belgian High Representation for Space Policy, the Planetarium of Brussels, Antwerp Space, Newtec and Thales Alenia Space. Without their support, this event would not have been possible.

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