Save the date! Switch to SPACE 8th October 2018 - Palais d'Egmont - Brussels.

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https://www.switchtospace.org

Build your career in the space sector!

Get to know more about space sector. Meet space professionals from different fields. Attend the sessions you are interested the most. Ask questions to professionals and get to know more about career possibilities in space sector! 

FOR WHO?

You are living, studying, working in Belgium? You are in last year Bachelor or Master Students or PhD’s in faculty of  Sciences (Space sciences, law, agronomy, medicine, engineering, biology…)? You are Young professionals interested in a career in Space? This event is made for you!!

WHAT FOR?

The first ever event about the career opportunities in Space sector in Belgium.

WHERE AND WHEN?

Palais d’Egmont – Brussels. 8th October 2018 from 09:00 till 18:00 closing the event by networking and drinks. 

WHY?

Almost every sector today is linked to Space! Because the impressive development of Space Applications leads to lots of new job opportunities in many different fields: Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Geography, HR, Finance, IT, Medicine, Law, Management…Because Space industry in Belgium always needs new talents!

WILLING TO SUPPORT THIS EVENT?

Volunteer? Some free time to help us? Please do not hesitate to contact us contact@youspace.be

Programme

08:45—09:15      
Registration

09:15—12:30      
Plenary Session

09:20 – 09:30     
Welcome address                                         

Didier Reynders, Vice Prime Minister, Minister Foreign Affairs.

09:30 – 09:40    
The space vision for Belgium.

Zuhal Demir, Secretary of State Scientific Policy.

09:40 – 09:50    
Why “Switch to Space”

Dominique Tilmans, Chair of YouSpace.

09:50 – 10:05     
Space in a changing world.

Frank de Winne, Head of the European Astronauts Center.

10:05 – 10:30
Components of Space Missions: satellite, launcher, ground segment, 
space, Environment.
Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director of ESPI.

10:30 – 10:40    
Main European players in space

Lionel Poncelet, Vice President European Union Affairs, OHB System

10:40 - 11:10
Break

11:10 – 11:25    
ESA future programmes and Space 4.0

Eric Morel de Westgaver, Director of Industry ESA.

11:25 – 11:35
Space weather

Paul Counet, Head of Strategy & International Relations, Eumetsat.

11:35 – 11:50
European Space programmes

Pierre Delsaux, Deputy General Director DG Growth          European Commission.

11:50 – 12:40
The space Business in Belgium.

Ground Segment and data                                
Thierry Du Pré-Werson, CEO Spacebel

Satellites
Frank Preud’homme  - Member of the board QinetiQ Space

Access to space business
Thibauld Jongen, CEO Sabca

12:40 - 14:30
Lunch break & networking

  • Corners for industrials (CV box).
  • Corners for career (How to write a good CV and cover letter? How to look for an internship? How to apply? How to network efficiently?).
  • YouSpace stand.

14:30—16:30
Splinter Sessions

Topic 1: Political and Legal Framework

14:30—14:40    
Introduction of the session by the chairperson                       

Jean-François Mayence 1st Legal Advisor - Belspo

14:40—15:00
Asteroid mining

Kyle Acierno – Managing Director Ispace Luxembourg

15:00—15:20
Solving the problem of space-debry

Ward Munter-  Doctoral Researcher - KUL

15:20—15:40
Space based data as evidence in Court

Sarah Moens - 1st Lead Lawyer – DLA Piper

15:40—16:30
Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 2 : Life Science

14:30—14:40
Introduction of the session by the chairperson

Frank de Winne -  Head of the European Astronauts Center

14:40—15:00
What happens to the human body in microgravity?

Florys Wuyts- Head of Center of Equilibrium & Aerospace-  UAntwerpen

15:00—15:20
Biological and physiological effects of space radiation

Baatout Sarah- Head of Radiobiology Unit - SCK-CEN

15:20—15:40
Life in a closed-loop
environment: ecological applications/ Melissa Project

Natalie Leys, the coordinator of the Melissa project of SCK•CEN & Peter Clauwaert - UGhent

15:40—16:30    
Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 3 : Space Technologies

14:30—14:40
Introduction of the session by chairperson

Michael François – Instrument Manager, Earth Observation    Satellite - ESA

14:40—15:00     
Robotics                                                                                   
Space Applications Services

15:00—15:20     
Instrumentation

Jean-Marc Defise – Amos

15:20 - 15 :40
Constellation

Emmanuelle Terrasse or Patrick Bury - Thales Alenia Space 

15:20—15:40
CubeSats

Serge Habraken – 2D Professor - ULG

15:40 – 16:30
Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 4 : Earth Observation Applications & Copernicus

14:30—14:40
Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00
Remote Sensing: switching back and forth between the real world 
and the digital
Steven Krekels - Vito

15:00—15:20
Geo-information services

André Jadot - Eurosense

15:20—15:40
Meteorology and Climatology

Paul Counet- Head of Strategy & International Relations, Eumetsat

15:4016:00
Atmospheric research

Didier Fussen - Bira

16:00—16:30
Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 5 : Physical Science

14:30—14:55
Introduction of the session by the chairperson

Vladimir Pletser- Director of Space Training Operations at Blue Abyss

14:55—15:20
Microgravity, an ideal environment for physical science

Frank Dubois & Andrei Vedernikov - Director of & Project Coordinator at Microgravity Research Centre - ULB

15:20—15:45
What happened to the water on Mars?

Veronique Dehant - ROB & Extraordinary Professor UCL

15:45—16:10
Space weather:
Sunny days ahea 

David Berghmans- Head of Scientific Service 'Solar Physics & Space Weather - Royal Observatory Belgium.

16:10—16:30    
Q&A and Panel discussion

Topic 6 : Prototyping and Testing

14:30—14:40    
Introduction of the session by the chairperson

Gaetan Piret - Head of Test Centre Division – ESA

14:40—15:00
How to represent planetary re-entry at laboratory scale?

Olivier Chazot – head of Department Von Karman Institute

15:00—15:20
Vibration and Thermal vacuum testing

Christophe Grodent - Head of Space Environmental Testing  Program at CSL                                                                    

15:20—15:40
3D printing and prototyping

Julien Magnien - Sirris                                                              

15:40—16:00
Electronic prototyping and radiation testing

Steven Redant from IMEC – Imec                                                                                                          16:00 – 16:30
Q&A and Panel discussion
 

Topic 7 : GALILEO & Satellite Communications.

14:30—14:40    
Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00    
GNSS and GALILEO

15:00—15:20    
Galileo Integrated Logistics Centre: A real opportunity to develop
 value added services”
Riccardo Grazi – Executive Director Vitrociset Belgium

15:20—15:40
M3 systems: GNSS based navigation

Olivier Desenfans – Project manager – M3Systems

15:40—16:00
Photonics and Inter Satellite Links

Koen Puimège – Antwerp Space

16:00—16:20     
Space and 5 G

Geert Adams - Newtec

16:20 – 16:30     
Q&A and Panel discussion

17:00 - 17:50
Plenary Sessions

17:00—17:20
Summary of the day

Sabri Mekaoui – Project Adviser Space Unit – REA - EU

17:20—17:30
Presentation of Hatch

Linda Kimeisa Digital marketing and communication Manager

17:30—17:40
How to get involved as a student or young professional?       
Natacha Callens- Administrator ESA Education - Redu

17:40—17:50
YouSpace; Results of the quiz; Closing remarks                     
Dominique Tilmans Chair of YouSpace               

17:50
Drink & networking

Background information

Space activities cover nowadays a broad range of fields attracting more and more international partners from industry, SMEs, research institutions, and governments. Moreover, technology transfer between terrestrial and space applications as well as the emergence of the 'Newspace' have contributed to attracting entrepreneurs to a domain traditionally limited to national and international space agencies.

In line with this trend, the European Space Agency has adopted the concept of Space 4.0, in which interactions between governments, the private sector, civil society, and policymakers are strengthened. It is further acknowledged that the European space sector can be competitive only by fully integrating into European society and economy.

Worldwide, space has started attracting more and more professionals from sectors originally with few or no links with established space activities. As a consequence, universities have diversified their curricula and included space studies in their programmes. 

More than ever, multidisciplinary approaches have become a key factor in this new space era and the proposed event 'Switch to Space' aims at contributing to raising students' awareness.