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Interested in Space? Register now for the European Space Week 2017 in Tallinn

Copernicus Observer
08/09/2017

 

Registrations for
the Biggest Space Event of the year

are now OPEN!

 

 

Brussels, 8 September 2017. Conferences, roundtables, training and information sessions, hackathons, accelerators and incubators. Interesting, right?

 

All these activities and many more will await you during one entire week at the European Space Week in Tallinn (EUSW2017), which is organised by the European Commission under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

 

From 3 to 9 November this year, experts, scientists, stakeholders and anyone interested in using Space technologies and applications is invited to discover cutting-edge potential of the two EU global flagship Space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus, to meet award-winning entrepreneurs, start-ups and visionaries, to interact with the Earth Observation (EO) and satellite navigation community, and to discuss the latest trends with decision makers, innovators and industry leaders.

 

The European Space Week features over 12 events, organised in two different cities, Tallinn and Tartu.  But don’t feel burdened by having to make a choice! In order to facilitate your decision-making on which events to attend, we have rounded up an overview of all the events taking place. Of course they are all highly recommended and fall under the “can’t miss” category!

 

 

 

The “Garage48 SpaceTech 2017” hackathon is a multi-day hackathon focusing on the development of prototypes of products and services based on remote sensing, satellite navigation, hardware and social media – in exactly 48 hours! The hackathon starts at 5pm on Friday 3 November at Physicum (Institute of Physics) in Tartu, and will last day and night until the countdown reaches 0.

 

Facilities, mentors, food and drinks will be provided for all competing teams as they work on their projects non-stop over the weekend. At the end of the 48-hour window, the teams will present working prototypes of the products or services they created to a professional jury, who will then select the best proposals in different categories.

 

 

 

The Estonian highlight of the European Space Week will be the opening of the ESA Business Incubation Centre  (BIC), the first incubator of the European Space Agency in the Baltic region.

 

The incubators are a natural development for Estonia’s very well-developed start-up scene, catapulted onto the global map when three young Estonian engineers invented the software of Skype in 2003. The start-up scene has grown rapidly and is known globally under the nickname “Estonian Mafia”, creating many successful companies like Transferwise, Pipedrive, PlanetOS, Skeleton Technologies, Taxify and many more.

 

Estonia also has a long tradition in Space sciences, stemming from the 200 years-old observatory of the University of Tartu. Estonian research institutions and industrial enterprises have successfully created Space technologies and equipment since the 1960s. Today, eight dedicated ESA BIC project partners will put their country on the Space map by innovative use of satellite technologies and launching new Space technology start-ups from Estonia.

 

In addition, Bootcamps of Europe’s largest accelerators for Copernicus and the European Global Navigation Satellite System (E-GNSS) will take place in Tallinn. In total, these two programmes support the market uptake of about 80 starts ups into the market.

 

 

 

Have you ever wondered about the many uses of Copernicus data and information, and especially how you can access the data? The Copernicus Training and Information Session, organised on 6 November, is a unique opportunity for hands-on demonstrations and basic training. Aimed at both Copernicus “intermediate” technical end -users and non-technical end-user communities, the session will cover:

 

  1. The data and information available;
  2. Potential uses and applications of Copernicus data, both generally and amongst specific categories of users or business sectors;
  3. The different ways to access the data and information.

 

This will be the eleventh in a series of national Training and Information Sessions, which the European Commission is organising at the request of, and in collaboration with, the different Member States.

 

 

 

A highlight of the European Space Week 2017 will be the Awards Ceremony of Europe’s major innovation competitions for both Copernicus and Galileo – the Copernicus Masters and the European Satellite Navigation Competitions – which will take place on 7 November. The top 40 entrepreneurs will receive recognition for the most outstanding applications of 2017 for Copernicus and Galileo. Prizes will be presented by high-ranking representatives of institutions or companies such as the European Commission, the European GNSS Agency, the European Space Agency, the German Aerospace Center, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Stevenson Astrosat Ltd., the Satellite Applications Catapult, T-Systems International GmbH and CGI.

 

 

 

 

The Estonian Maritime Museum, founded in Tallinn in 1935, will be the venue hosting the Awards Ceremony of the Copernicus Masters and the European Satellite Navigation Competitions.
(©Copernicus)

 

 

 

 

EUSW2017 will also be host to the 4th edition of the Satellite Masters Conference combined with the Horizon 2020 Space Info Day on 8 and 9 November.

 

Following a joint high-level opening, the latest 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme will be presented together with information on how to participate. Four splinter workshops will take place on different elements of the Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme for 2018-2020, notably the upcoming calls for project proposals for:

 

  1. Space Technologies, Science and Exploration and Secure and Safe Space Environment;
  2. European GNSS – EGNOS and Galileo;
  3. Earth Observation;
  4. Space business, entrepreneurship, outreach and education.

 

At the Satellite Master Conference, as well as at the roundtable, the floor will be given to the winners of the Copernicus Masters and the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) – who will have been honoured at the Awards Ceremony the day before – as well as to keynote speakers on pioneering space topics. The central aim of the conference is to showcase the best application examples to implement Europe’s flagship programmes, Copernicus and Galileo. The event will bring together the most important Space stakeholders, forward-thinking industry, thriving start-ups and visionaries pushing Space in Europe to discuss the topic “Space programmes fostering European Integration”.

 

All participants of the Satellite Masters Conference and roundtable will finally gather for a laid-back get-together at one of the capital’s most well-known bars: the Von Krahl Bar. An institution in Tallinn!

 

For all of your questions regarding agendas, speakers, logistics and the city of Tallinn, please visit the EUSW2017 website. We will be continuously updating it, so make sure to check in periodically to keep informed. You can also follow the European Space Week 2017 on Twitter @EUSW2017 for bite-sized news and information.

 

Our Estonian hosts will be happy to welcome you to their beautiful country, and we are looking forward to meeting you at one or more of the EUSW2017 events!


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