Entry is free, but please register here.
On Tuesday 11 October 2016, a philosopher, an astrophysicist and an artist join their forces to explain our urge to explore.
Speakers: Prof. Dominique Lambert, Dr. Yaël Nazé, Stephanie Roland
For who? Everyone, it’s free, but please register here
When? Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 18:30
Where? von Karman Institute, Waterloosesteenweg 72, 1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode
Supported by von Karman Institute, Antwerp Space, L’Arbre de Diane and beSPACE
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:
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.
- 18h45: doors open
- 19h00: presentations
- Dr Marco Ferrazani
- Michel Melotte
- Frederik De Wilde
- 20h00: planetarium show
- 20h30: reception
- 22h30: end
- 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
The presentations from the speakers of the first beSPACE session on Belgian cubesats can be found below:
Thursday 10 December 2015 – 19h00 – Brussels – Free entry, registration preferred
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
Philosophy from the philosopher
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
||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
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
||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.
- 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
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:
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.
- 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
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!
This year the World Space Week kicks off with a big Space Quiz on Sunday the 4th of October. This event is accessible to everyone (minimum recommended age: 10) and announces itself as an afternoon full of learning, surprises, suspense and fun!
For the programme of the rest of the week and for more information about World Space Week in general you can check out www.facebook.com/WorldSpaceWeekBelgium and www.worldspaceweek.org. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com. To go directly to the registration page, please click here: http://goo.gl/forms/U8czl0DaNr.
beSPACE is part of the organisation of this quiz, so we look forward to welcoming you on the 4th of October together with numerous other space enthusiasts for a memorable afternoon!
You can find the presentations of Mr. Pletzer about weightlessness for all and about the the IAC young professionals workshop below.
Presentation Weightlessness for all BeSpace 2015
Presentation IAC IPMC YP Workshop 2015 Promotion
The flagship annual event of beSPACE, the network for young professionals, young graduates and students with a passion for space, who live, work or study in Belgium. The Space Dinner is first and foremost an opportunity to meet like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere over a bite and a drink. This is the programme of the evening:
- 18:45 doors open
- 19:00 planetarium show (until 19:30 approximately)
- 19:15 drinks and walking dinner start
- 20:15 presentations by
- Vladimir Pletser, senior physicist and engineer at ESA
- Diego Urbina, MARS500 crew member and systems engineer at Space Applications Services
- Guillaume Dedeurwaerder from SABCA, about “Towards Ariane 6”
- 21:15 drinks and networking event
- 22:30 end
Thanks to the support of our sponsors BHRS, SABCA, QinetiQ Space, Vito, Antwerp Space and the Brussels Planetarium, the beSPACE space dinner is free.
All young space professionals and students in and from Belgium are invited. Come over & join beSPACE, meet like-minded people as well as people from industry, academia and public institutions. beSPACE is a community of young space enthusiasts, either from Belgium or living there. We meet up regularly to share experiences and help each other.
March 6, 2015. 19h – 23h. Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels. Boechoutlaan 10 avenue de Bouchout, 1020 Brussels Access by public transport:
- Metro stop Houba-Brugmann on line 6
- By train: Brussel-Centraal/Bruxelles-Centrale or Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid, then change to metro
- By car: some free parking is available. See map below.
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You can find the survey here.
At beSPACE, we have a great list of members from all over the space industry, academia and institutions in Belgium and around. However, until now, there is only the yearly Space Dinner to get in touch with each other.
We would like to change that with the “beSPACE sessions“. A beSPACE session will typically be a get together in a Belgian city, with some small presentations by beSPACE members focused on a subject related to space. The presentations could be an explanation of your work, or a more general introduction of a topic followed by a drink and some discussion or brainstorming. We have identified a couple of preliminary topics that we think many beSPACE members are interested in and that we would like to organise sessions around:
– payloads and instruments
– space electronics
– space mechanics
– space science and astronomy
– impact of space on humans
– space policy
– space law
We would like to know what you think about this! Would you be interested in attending one of these sessions and/or in giving a presentation to your peers from around the Belgian space sector? We would love to hear something about your work, your research, your favorite discussion topic or your pet project! If you just register your interest by filling in our short survey, we can get to work on organizing the first beSPACE sessions!
You can find the survey here.
On Wednesday November 12, EUROAVIA Leuven and beSPACE are organising an informal session about becoming a Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) or a Belgian National Trainee at the European Space Agency (ESA), and also about the Summer Studies Programme at the International Space University (ISU). A couple of alumni will give you an insider’s look at what a YGT is all about, and will give you advice on how to apply for a YGT position. Afterwards the ISU programmes will be explained, as well as how to apply for them. There will be a short presentation for both topics and plenty of time for questions.
The event will start at 20h, in Bouwkunde 03.22 on Campus Arenberg near Leuven. Check the road description here: http://bwk.kuleuven.be/Algemeen/Route. The most convenient parking spaces are at the Mechanical Engineering department (Werktuigkunde). The closest bus stop is on the ‘Kantineplein’ (take line 2 towards Heverlee campus from the Leuven train station). After the event, there will be a small free reception. If you want to come, please register here.