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6th Space Dinner – Looking back


On Friday 9 March the 6th Space Dinner took place at the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium. This year’s theme was Space debris: curse or opportunity? The 6th edition of our annual flagship event was a record edition, with over 270 registrations and about 210 actual participants. Check out the infographic above!

The participants were treated to three presentations from experts of the European Space Agency, the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics and KU Leuven. Tiago Soares from the European Space Agency kicked off with a talk about the different efforts of the ESA Clean Space initiative. Thierry Magin from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics was next. He talked about his research on aerothermodynamics and the link with space debris mitigation. Philip De Man from KU Leuven was the last speaker, with a presentation on the legal aspects of space debris.

The presentations were followed by the award ceremony of the beSPACE Awards 2018. The beSPACE Award for Personality of the Year 2018 went to Sarah Baatout for her passion for both science and space and her continuous drive to share this passion with everyone around her. First and foremost, she successfully investigates the effects of ionising radiation on molecular processes and their links with (human) health as the director of the Radiobiology Unit at SCK•CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre). She is also dedicated to teaching in many different forms, acting as Guest-Professor at Ghent University and maître de conférence at the University of Namur and organising several events focused on science communication towards both the general public and the younger generations. Her outstanding enthusiasm, constant commitment and profound professionalism are key factors for the continuous success of these different endeavours. In short, Sarah’s passionate work has already inspired many scientists, students and children and will continue to do so for many years to come.

The beSPACE Award for Team of the Year 2018 went to the TRAPPIST team of ULiège for performing bold and innovative research that brings space science closer to the people. The discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets, out of which three could have the right conditions for life, has been awe-inspiring on many different levels. Not only did the team successfully tackle many scientific and engineering challenges along the way, it also coordinated an international network of partners and steered them toward the accomplishment of a common goal. The team’s efforts led to one of the most remarkable exoplanet discoveries in recent memory, exciting researchers and the general public alike and starting an avalanche of scientific and popular articles, documentaries, paintings, comics, and so on. On top of that, the work of the team has also significantly contributed to the reputation of Belgium in the global space sector.

The evening was concluded with the Planetarium show “Explore” and a walking dinner, giving the guests the opportunity to discuss the presentations and the awards, as well as network in a relaxed atmosphere.

P.S. A green umbrella appears to have lost its owner during the 6th Space Dinner. Contact us if you think it is yours!


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Sponsored by:

SABCA – Antwerp SpaceSpace Applications ServicesPlanetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium


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6th Space Dinner – 09.03.2018 – Planetarium Brussels

March is coming closer, so gear up for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the 6th year in a row we invite you for three inspiring presentations, followed by a free planetarium show and walking dinner. Of course we will also hand out the beSPACE Awards for Personality of the Year and Team of the Year for the second time. The perfect opportunity to network with other space enthusiasts! If you don’t know what a Space Dinner is you can check out this post about last year’s edition.

Unfortunately, registration is no longer possible because we have reached full capacity!

Facebook event: right here!

The theme of this year’s Space Dinner is Space debris: curse or opportunity? The following three speakers will approach this topic from their own angle.


Tiago Soares
Clean Space Systems Engineer – European Space Agency
Tiago Soares is a systems engineer in European Space Agency’s Concurrent Design Facility. He holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and specialised in Space applications in SUPAERO, Toulouse. He works in ESA Technical Centre in the Netherlands since 2008. In 2012, he was one of the initiators of the Clean Space initiative aiming to develop technologies to guarantee the future of space exploration by protecting the environment on earth and in space. This initiative counts today more than 100 finalized and on-going industrial activities. Since 2015, he is in charge of CleanSat, a technology program that aims at the development and integration in recurrent platforms for Earth Observation and Telecommunication missions of key technologies for the compliance with Space Debris Mitigation requirements.

Presentation: Clean Space: Guaranteeing the future of space activities by protecting the environment

Thierry Magin
Associate Professor – von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Thierry Magin is an associate professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI). He currently holds a Jean d’Alembert Chair (Paris-Saclay) at the Laboratory for Plasma Physics of Ecole Polytechnique. After his doctoral thesis completed in 2004 at the Free University of Brussels, he worked at Ecole Centrale Paris on the prediction of nonequilibrium radiation phenomena for the ESA Huygens probe, and then at Stanford University and NASA Ames Research Center on the development of high-fidelity engineering tools for the manned space exploration program. In 2010, he founded a research team at VKI supported by the European Research Council, focusing on the development of complex multiscale and multiphysics models and numerical methods for reacting and plasma flows. Prof. Magin and his team aim at studying both fundamental principles and technological aerospace applications, in collaboration with space agencies and industries.

Presentation: Space debris mitigation, research challenges for aerothermodynamics

Philip De Man
Senior Researcher in Space Law – KU Leuven
Philip De Man is a postdoctoral fellow with the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies in Leuven, Belgium, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders. Dr De Man is a senior researcher and lecturer in space law at the University of Leuven’s Advanced Master of Science in Space Studies. He is a member of the Belgian delegation at the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Dr De Man is also a core expert of the International Space Law Group of the MILAMOS project for a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space, and an observer with The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group. Among his most recent publications is the monograph ‘Exclusive use in an inclusive environment: the meaning of the non-appropriation principle for space resource exploitation’, as part of the Springer Space Regulations Library.

Presentation: Cars in space and the legal regime of space debris


Date: Friday 09.03.2018

Location:  Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Avenue de Bouchout 10, 1020 Brussels

Programme:

  • 18:30 – Doors open
  • 19:00 – Presentations
  • 20:00 – beSPACE Awards
  • 20:15 – Planetarium show
  • 20:45 – Walking dinner & networking
  • 22:00 – End

Sponsored by:

SABCA – Antwerp SpaceSpace Applications ServicesPlanetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium