Space Economy seminar & Job Fair

On Friday 25 March 2022 at 1.30 pm, the Flemish space sector organises in Leuven a seminar on: "The Flemish space economy: inspiring, innovative, stimulating, connecting". Students and other interested parties also have the opportunity to meet companies and organisations from the space sector throughout the day during a job fair!

The seminar takes place in the context of the Belgian Space Week and is organised in the frame of the Flemish space economy impulse programme, Flanders Space. It was originally scheduled for October 2021, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The seminar is exclusive for companies, professionals and the education sector. Bachelor and master students from a STEM programme with the ambition to start a career in space get a chance to meet Flemish space actors via a job fair the same day on March 25th. The job fair starts at 9.30 am and ends around 6 pm. An overview of the participating employers can be found at the bottom of this page.

During the seminar, Flemish Minister for Innovation Hilde Crevits will present the main focus areas of the Flemish space impulse programme. Astronaut Frank De Winne will also be present and will highlight the recent developments in this fascinating domain. Industry and European Space Agency (ESA) experts complete the programme.

Seminar attendance is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Registrations will close on 18 March 2022. The job fair is open to all without registration.

Already registered last year? Then your registration is automatically redeemed for this new date and you don't need to take any further action!

The seminar will be held in Dutch and in English.


Additional Information

Programme of the seminar (subject to changes)
13u30 – 14u00 Registration and networking
14u00 – 14u20 Welcome by Koen Puimège, Chairman of the VRI Board of Directors
14u20 – 14u30 Message from Minister Hilde Crevits
14u30 – 14u55 Keynote speech by Frank De Winne, ESA Astronaut and Head of the European Astronaut Centre
14u55 – 15u20 Presentation by **dr. **Natalie Leys (SCK CEN)
15u20 – 15u45 Presentation by Jens Kauffmann, Head of SME Office, European Space Agency (ESA)
15u45 – 16u15 Coffee Break and visit of the job fair in the Jubileumzaal (next to the Promotiezaal)
16u15 – 16u45  Earth observation data and applications for a space economy by Els Knaeps and Tanja Van Achteren (VITO), Victoria Jadot (Eurosense) and Bart Desoete (OIP)
16u45 – 17u00 Presentation by Nick Destrycker, co-founder of Edgise
17u00 – 17u15 Presentation of the Master in Space Studies by Prof. Hugues Sana, Program Director
17u15 – 17u30 'Why choosing a career in the space sector is fascinating', by Eleonore Théry, Alumna Master in Space Studies
17u30 – 17u50 Space and STEM for students in the 3rd grade secondary education
17u50 – 18u00 Closing by Koen Puimège, Chairman of the VRI Board of Directors
18u00 - 19u30 Reception at the Jubileumzaal

The following organisations will be present at the job fair

The job fair takes place in the Jubileumzaal which is located next to the Promotiezaal on the same address (Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven)