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

 

Testimonials

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

thieme

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.

venessa

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 Prospects & International Development, Future Programmes
Ariane Group
Bernhard Hufenbach
Head of HRE Strategy & Innovation Team
ESA
Bjarke Ingels
Danish Architect, Founder and Creative Partner
Bjarke Ingels Group
 
The Danish architect believes our cities and buildings should fit with the way we want to live our lives. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, Bjarke has designed award-winning buildings all around the world incorporating sustainable development principles and bold sociological concepts. His company has been commissioned to build a Mars Science City in the United Arab Emirates.
CHRISTIAN LANGE
Deputy Exploration Strategic Planning, Space Exploration
CSA
CYNTHIA BOUTHOT
Director of Commercial Innovation and Sponsored Programs
CASIS
David Parker
Director of Human and Robotic Exploration
ESA
 
“Exploration is much more than only science. It’s the ultimate proving ground for many technologies – efficient energy production, robotics, life support systems and resource utilisation just to name a few. Space exploration is not about robots versus humans. It’s about a partnership of humans and robots”.
Francesco Sauro
Geologist, Speleologist, Explorer
 
Winner of the Rolex Award for Enterprise 2014. Member of “La Venta Esplorazioni Geografiche” association and part of its council since 2009.With nearly twenty years of caving experience, Sauro has participated in research in many cave systems all over the world. He leads also a caves training program for European astronauts.
Inma Martinez
Venture Partner
Deep Science Ventures
 
Deep Science Ventures is the UK’s first venture-builder for science-driven companies and an industry recognised A.I. and Data Scientist for having pioneered mobile personalisation services and other disruptive digital technologies. Fortune and TIME have defined Inma as one of the best European talents in human digital behaviour and FastCompany has labelled her a “firestarter” for her cutting edge work in innovation for the last 20 years.
JEFFREY MANBER
CEO
NanoRacks LLC – DC
Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Director General
ESA
 
Previously, he served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Space 4.0 represents the evolution of the space sector into a new era, characterised by a new playing field. The Moon Village is a part of his Space 4.0 concept, a new epoch in the space sector where space exploration is no longer exclusive to the public sector but open to private organizations as well.
KATHY LAURINI
Senior Advisor for Exploration and Space Operations
NASA
Kyle Acierno
Managing Director
ispace EuropeSA
NAOKI SATO
Lead of Space Exploration System Technology Unit
JAXA
OLIVIER JUCKENHOEFEL
On-Orbit Service and Exploration Activities, Head of Bremen Site
Airbus Defence and Space
Paolo Nespoli
Astronaut
ESA
 
In 2007, he first traveled into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a mission specialist of STS-120. In December 2010 he again traveled into space aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft as an Expedition 26/27 flight engineer. Nespoli’s third spaceflight was onboard Soyuz MS-05 which launched in July 2017 for Expedition 52/53.
Ray Jayawardhana
Dean of Science and Professor of Astronomy
Cornell University
 
He investigates the origins and diversity of planetary systems and the prospects for life in the universe, using many of the world’s largest telescopes. A prolific researcher with more than 120 scientific papers to his credit, his discoveries have garnered widespread attention. Ray is also an award-winning writer and author of popular books.
ROBERT BOEHME
Founder and CEO
PTScientists (Part-time Scientists)
Rudy Aernoudt
Economic Analysis Unit
European Commission DG-GROW
SAM SCIMEMI
Director, International Space Station
NASA
Sarah Cruddas
Space Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
 
She has an academic background in astrophysics and is also a director at Space for Humanity, a non-profit dedicated at democratising access to space. She speaks internationally about the commercial space industry and space investment.
STUART MARTIN
CEO and Executive Director
Catapult
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)

 

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.

 

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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