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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


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.

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P.S. One bracelet appears to have lost its owner during the Space Dinner. Contact us if you think it is yours.

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