EU Space Week 2022 (EUSW22) is set to put the spotlight on Europe’s dynamic – and rapidly growing – space sector. “As the hallmark event for the European space sector, EU Space Week is a unique opportunity to get an up close look at how European businesses – and society in general –benefit from the EU Space Programme,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “It is particularly exciting to be able to host this year’s edition in Prague, the home of EUSPA’s headquarters.”
Expected to bring together over 1,500 representatives from across the European space industry, EUSW22 features a packed agenda that spans the entire spectrum of the EU Space Programme. The four-day event kicks off on 3 October with the annual User Consultation Platform (UCP). The UCP is an opportunity for business and industry leaders, entrepreneurs, service providers, innovators and space user communities to express their needs, share best practices and present case studies.
Leveraging the central role users play in shaping space applications, the outcomes of this year’s UCP will help ensure that EU Space works for everyone.
Keynotes, insights and lively discussions
EUSW22 swings into high gear on Tuesday, 4 October with a speaker list of leaders from across and beyond the EU space ecosystem.
The day also features insights and lively discussions on such topics as strengthening the EU Space Programme through increased cooperation and how EU space is enabling secure communications.
As Space is a strategic domain that is undergoing a massive transformation, thus panel discussion such as ‘Space for EU Resilience and Autonomy’ with several entrepreneurs is to listen . It will be the opportunity to discuss how to stay at the forefront of this transformation and how the EU needs to consolidate existing assets while also developing to face upcoming challenges.
Programme updates and funding opportunities
The EUSW22 agenda includes an array of sessions, plenaries, events and demonstrations covering everything from current and future trends to market forecasts, business opportunities, space-application demonstrations and updates on the EGNOS, Galileo, Copernicus and GOVSATCOM programmes.
Galileo and EGNOS enable the determination of a precise position anywhere, while Copernicus provides information on the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans. When you put these programmes together, you unleash an array of synergies that not only have a significant commercial potential, but can also have a powerful impact on society and the planet. The status session and the EU Space Programme Conclusionary session on 5 October will give you an update of its capabilities.
Also happening on 5 October are several sessions focused on investment and funding opportunities such as the CASSINI facility and the Horizon Europe programme.
Both the CASSINI and Horizon sessions are a chance for participants to learn more about these important initiatives and receive practical advice from previously funded projects. EUSW22 also features a CASSINI Matchmaking event and a session dedicated to upcoming Horizon Europe opportunities.
From women in space to the metaverse
Last but not least, the week includes sessions that hit on a number of hot topics. For instance, the Women in Space session aims to identify the obstacles women face when entering space-related careers and what steps can be taken to end gender disparities. A session on Space for Equality will look at how applications are leveraging EU Space to create a more inclusive and welcoming society for everyone.
Other sessions will focus on fostering essential skills for the next generation of space professionals and engaging with public authorities for better market uptake.
The full agenda, along with additional information and registration, can be found at: https://www.euspaceweek.eu/.
Taking place 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague and online, EU Space Week 2022 is jointly organised by the European Commission and EUSPA and is being held under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and the City of Prague.
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