March 8, 2013: first Space Dinner in Brussels

Thank you!

Sometimes, the numbers speak for themselves. Our website was visited by 541 people in the weeks leading up to the space dinner, with a peak of 86 visitors on Monday, March 4. Most visits came, not surprisingly, from Brussels. And apparently, beSPACE is a topic for Mondays and Fridays.

beSPACE website visits before the space dinner

beSPACE website visits before the space dinner

Map of visitors to beSPACE website before the space dinner

Map of visitors to beSPACE website before the space dinner

Not surprising then, that our first ‘space dinner’ was a great success by any measure. 105 people were present, representing virtually the whole of the Belgian space community at industry, universities and institutions all over the country. This would not have been possible without our sponsors BHRS, Antwerp Space, Newtec and Thales Alenia Space, nor without all of you spreading the word. Thank you!

Breakdown of the space dinner participants

Breakdown of the space dinner participants

Also a big thank you to our speakers for their support, and for sharing with the everyone the achievements they are most proud of:

  • Eric Beka, High Representative of Belgium for Space Policy
  • Serge Van Herck, CEO, Newtec
  • Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, UCL, Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

We received a lot of very useful feedback on Friday, and our brains are buzzing with new ideas for beSPACE. Stay tuned for our next events, and if you have any ideas or proposals, they are still welcome at info@be-space.eu.

What?

The kickoff event for beSPACE, the new 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. You will also be able to watch a show in the Planetarium’s fulldome.

Programme:

  • 19:15-20:15: introduction and presentations by
    • Eric Beka, High Representative of Belgium for Space Policy
    • Serge Van Herck, CEO, Newtec
    • Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, UCL, Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • 20:15-22:00: networking event and walking dinner
  • 21:00-21:40: full-dome show ‘Touching the Edge of the Universe’ in the planetarium – optional

Who?

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. Registrations are closed.

Practical information

March 8, 2013. 19h – 22h30. 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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