living in our universe

Space for Inspiration is an international conference organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) for everyone curious about space exploration and why it matters. The second edition focuses on how space can be a powerful instrument for positive change – and new businesses – on planet Earth.

This can’t miss event is a crossroads of disciplines and solutions ‘made in space’. Ideas range from automation, artificial intelligence, smart materials, virtual reality and innovative business models.

 


 

what’s in it for you

Learn
from international space exploration leaders about achievements and future plans
Meet
technologists, visionaries and problem solvers
Get inspired
by tackling society’s challenges and sharing achievements
Engage
with space and non-space actors
Embrace
cross-fertilisation
Contribute
to and benefit from disruptive ideas
Rethink
European exploration challenges
Bring up
solutions for worldwide socio-economic and environmental challenge

 

Who will be there   

 

Testimonials

S4I gave us the opportunity and a fantastic community to explore ideas for citizen science in the fields of urban and space farming.

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Thieme Hennis

AstroPlant mission commander and circular system designer

2018-08-29T13:45:35+00:00

Thieme Hennis

AstroPlant mission commander and circular system designer

thieme
S4I gave us the opportunity and a fantastic community to explore ideas for citizen science in the fields of urban and space farming.

Space for Inspiration 2016, was catalytic in providing our opportunity to work within the Space market.

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Vanessa Linley MSc

Research Funding Facilitator - Metalysis Limited

2018-08-29T13:53:21+00:00

Vanessa Linley MSc

Research Funding Facilitator - Metalysis Limited

venessa
Space for Inspiration 2016, was catalytic in providing our opportunity to work within the Space market.

An essential event to foster meaningful and productive connections between space exploration and the multiple challenges here on Earth.

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Angelo Vermeulen

SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design)
Artist, Researcher and Co-founder

2018-08-29T13:59:16+00:00

Angelo Vermeulen

SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design)
Artist, Researcher and Co-founder

vermeulen
An essential event to foster meaningful and productive connections between space exploration and the multiple challenges here on Earth.

speakers

AGATA JOZWICKA-PERLANT
Head of New Costumers & Services, Future Programmes
Ariane Group
Barbara Ghinelli
Director of Business Development
STFC-UK
Bernhard Hufenbach
Head of HRE Strategy & Innovation Team
ESA
Bjarke Ingels
Danish Architect, Founder and Creative Partner
Bjarke Ingels Group
CHRISTIAN LANGE
Chief Exploration Strategic Planning, Space Exploration
CSA
Christian Ziach
Investment Manager
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Daniel Inocente
Senior Digital Design Architect
SOM
David Parker
Director of Human and Robotic Exploration
ESA
Francesc Gòdia
Full Professor of Chemical Engineering
Universitat Autònoma de Bercelona
Francesco Sauro
Geologist, Speleologist, Explorer
Héctor Guerreo-Padrón
Researcher
Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial
Inma Martinez
Venture Partner
Deep Science Ventures
JEFFREY MANBER
CEO
NanoRacks LLC – DC
Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Director General
ESA
Jürgen Brandner
Chief Technical Officer
PTScientists
KATHY LAURINI
Senior Advisor for Exploration and Space Operations
NASA
Ken Savin
Director of Operations
CASIS
Kyle Acierno
Managing Director
ispace EuropeSA
Mark Stevenson
Expert on global trends and innovation
Marybeth Edeen
Manager of the Research Integration Office in the ISS
NASA
Matt Cosby
Director of Space Engineering
Goonhilly
Melanie von der Wiesche
Leader Study Team, Institute of Aerospace Medicine
DLR
Michael Lauster
Director
Fraunhofer-Institute for Technological Trend Analysis
NAOKI SATO
Lead of Space Exploration System Technology Unit
JAXA
OLIVER JUCKENHOEFEL
On-Orbit Service and Exploration Activities, Head of Bremen Site
Airbus Defence and Space
Paolo Nespoli
Astronaut
ESA
Pierre Crespi
Director of Innovation
Air Liquide Advanced Technologies
Ray Jayawardhana
Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Astronomy
Cornell University
Rudy Aernoudt
Economic Analysis Unit
European Commission DG-GROW
Sam Adlen
Chief of Strategy
Satellite Applications Catapult
SAM SCIMEMI
Director, International Space Station
NASA
Sam Waes
ESA Broker
Verhaert New Products & Services
Sarah Cruddas
Space Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
Sergio Montúfar
Space art astro-photographer
Stefaan de Mey
Senior Strategy Officer
ESA
TIMO STUFFLER
Director of Business Development
OHB
VADIM GUSCHIN
Leading Psychologist, Head of Lab
Institute Biomedical Problems
VICTOR PARRO GARCIA
Research Scientist
Centro de Astrobiologia (INTA-CSIC)
Walter Cugno
Vice President Exploration and Science Domain
Thales Alenia Space
Ying Zhang
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chinese Economy and Business
Rotterdam School of Management

our partners



 

 


 

 


 

space for the non-space

Exploration is a combination of curiosity and opportunity. As innovation and commercial ideas emerge, the new space opens up to a broader community. The European Space Agency is already forging partnerships with the non-space sector.

The programme is geared towards stimulating new ideas and inspire action. Disruptive ideas can connect space and non-space areas with new approaches, solutions and services.

why attend

To participate in interactive sessions about breakthrough technologies. To get in touch with business leaders and pioneering thinkers. To unlock the business potential within international partnerships. To present your ideas to diversified and inter-generational audiences. To build up synergies and sustainable innovation.

who will be there

Space for Inspiration is a unique opportunity to meet bright problem-solvers, tech industry visionaries, researchers, policy makers, high management and investors willing to advance space exploration.

Feeling interested? Replay the talks from the first edition held at the London Science Museum on 14-15 September 2016.

call for ideas

We call them DIGITSDisruptive Ideas Growing Innovation Towards Sustainability. And we want to hear your story. Selected ideas will have an opportunity to participate in Space for Inspiration as part of a:


presentation

workshop

exhibit

snack-talks

You can choose one or more of the following topics:

Disruptive for exploration
Revamp exploration scenarios by proposing disruptive technologies, mission concepts and operations
Disruptive for Earth and society
Launch your idea to tackle sustainable development of our planet and help us solve the grand challenges
Disruptive for business and transformation
Present your business model that will contribute to sustained growth of the economy, possibly also beyond Earth
Disruptive for participation
How can we increase embedding space exploration in the centre of society, making all on Earth active stakeholders?

For more information please refer to the Call for DIGITS document and the DIGITS Submission Form.

partnership packages

 

registration

gallery

Space for Inspiration 2016  –  London Science Museum

flickr gallery

venue

Conference centre Euskalduna, Bilbao, Spain

 

logistics

ESA has negotiated preferred rates at hotels in Bilbao for the Space for Inspiration event’s participants.

 

Designathon space challenge

 

Children from local schools will take part in a challenge to explore space and prototype together a space invention that could benefit humanity and planet Earth.

They will work in teams and use their creativity to come up with innovative concepts on 30 October 2018.

contact

space4inspiration@esa.int

Strategy & Innovation Team
Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration

ESA / ESTEC
Keplerlaan 1  –  2200 AG Noordwijk  –  The Netherlands

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