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7th Space Dinner – Looking back


About two months ago, on Wednesday March 13, the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium was the location of our 7th Space Dinner. The theme this year was New Space, New Opportunities? The 7th edition of our annual flagship event again broke records, with over 338 registrations and even more people on the waiting list. Space enthusiasts from all kinds of backgrounds found their way to our event, as illustrated in the infographic above!

The event was kicked off with two presentations, one from Benoît Deper from Aerospacelab and one from Agnieszka Łukaszczyk from Planet. Benoît talked about New Space in Belgium and the role his recently founded company has to play in it. Agnieszka, on the other hand, told us about the achievements of Planet and what they have planned for the future.

Following the presentations, the beSPACE Awards 2019 were handed out. The beSPACE Award for Team of the Year 2019 went to the Master of Space Studies for passionately taking on the challenge to teach students from all kinds of backgrounds about space in all its fascinating aspects. The team’s efforts are very much appreciated by their students and have led to an increasing number of students over the years. On top of that, the work of the team has also contributed to the reputation of Belgium in the global space sector. The team is committed to inspire and educate students from all over the world and beSPACE believes the Master of Space Studies will continue to do so for many years to come.

The beSPACE Award for Personality of the Year 2019 went to Benoît Deper for his vision and drive to establish a New Space start-up in Belgium. He is the CEO and founder of Aerospacelab, with the ambitious mission to combine optical data collected via in-house developed small satellites with other types of data for a variety of applications. The data that is collected and processed by his company can support others in their scientific and engineering endeavours. His passionate work also acts as an example for other (space) entrepreneurs. In short, beSPACE hopes that Benoît can play his part in the development of the Belgian and global space industry.

The evening was concluded with the Planetarium show Phantom of the Universe and a walking dinner, allowing the participants to network and talk about space in a relaxed atmosphere.


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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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