Conferences- Events

“Terrestrial Analogues for Solar System studies” Workshop by the HSC 

Between June 3rd and 6th, the “Terrestrial Analogues for Solar System studies” workshop is held, organized by the Hellenic Space Center with the support of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the Europlanet Society, and of the Municipality of Milos

The workshop will be a meeting point for planetary scientists from around the world, including students and early career scientists, in a location of great relevance for planetary geologic topics – the island of Milos in Greece. This region has experienced young volcanism and tectonism (Mars, Venus, Pluto), has undergone atmospheric shaping of volcanic deposits, and carving into yardangs (Mars, Titan, Venus, Pluto), and has current hydrothermal and fumarolic activity (Venus, Io, exoplanets).  

The workshop will include lectures, scientific discussions and field exercises, focusing on the analysis and observation of the geology and paleogeographic evolution of the island. Recognizing the necessity of supporting early career scientists, the conference offers financial support to 14 students/ early career scientists. 

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“Switzerland – Greece Space Networking Event” to boost cooperation and create business opportunities for the two countries’ space ecosystems

On Wednesday, May 29th, 2024, the “Switzerland – Greece Space Networking Event” was successfully concluded at the residence of the Swiss Ambassador H.E. Stefan Estermann in Athens. The purpose of the event was to strengthen cooperation between and create business opportunities for the Swiss and Greek Innovation Ecosystems in the fields of space technologies, optical communications and quantum infrastructure. The event was attended by the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, who addressed a greeting, as well as the CEO of the HSC, Dr. Nikos Sergis. 

The event was organised by the Embassy of Greece in Bern and the Embassy of Switzerland in Athens and took place under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Digital Governance. The event was co-organized by the Swiss Space Office (SSO) under the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, the Hellenic Space Center (HSC), the Hellenic Space Technologies and Applications Cluster (si-Cluster), the Hellenic Association of Space Industry (HASI) and the European Space Agency Business Incubator Centre Greece (ESA BIC Greece). 

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Presentation of “Space Physics” textbook at Eugenides Foundation 

On Monday, May 20th, the presentation of the “Space Physics” textbook, organized by the Eugenides Foundation and the Hellenic Space Center, took place. The event, called “Beyond the Limits of Our Planet: The Exciting World of Space”, was attended by the former Rector of the UOA, Professor Emeritus, Dimosthenis Asimakopoulos, the Professors of the UOA Physics Department, Despina Hadjidimitriou and Elena Flokas, the Professor of the UOA Pedagogy and Primary Education Department, Alexandros-Stamatios Antoniou, the Professor Emeritus of the UOA Physics Department, Kanaris Tsiganos, as well as students and other attendees.  

The book presentation was followed by an extensive discussion with the audience. The event was recorded and is available through the Diavlos platform

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Presentation of “Space Physics” academic textbook 

The Eugenides Foundation and the Hellenic Space Center are organizing the presentation of the first academic textbook on Space Physics in Greek, titled “Space Physics”. The book will be presented by Dr. Stamatis Krimizis, President of the Academy of Athens. Talks will be given by the authors of the book: 

  • Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis, President of the Hellenic Space Center 
  • Dr. Christos Katsavrias, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics, UOA 
  • Dr. Nick Sergis, CEO of the Hellenic Space Center 
  • Dr. Marina Georgiou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics, UOA 

The event, entitled “Beyond the Limits of Our Planet: The Exciting World of Space”, will take place on Monday, May 20th, at 19:00, at the Eugenides Foundation. A discussion with the audience will follow. Entry is free and as long as there are free spots available. The event will be broadcasted live through the Diavlos platform.

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HSC-NASA meeting during WHF’s “Making Space for Life” 

On Tuesday, May 14th, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, met with NASA Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Dr Nicola Fox. The meeting was also attended by: 

  • Dr Nick Sergis, HSC CEO 
  • Dr Stamatis Krimigis, President of the Academy of Athens 
  • Dr Anezina Solomonidou, HSC Officer for Space Exploration 
  • Mr. Gib Kirkham, Director of Science Division, NASA Office of International and Interagency Relations 

The meeting took place within the framework of “Making Space for Life”, an initiative co-organized by the World Human Forum and the Hellenic Space Center in Delos, Greece. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest were discussed, such as the Memorandum of Understanding between the HSC and NASA, the priorities of the SMD and the HSC, the GLOBE Program, and the Artemis Accords.  

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HSC Workshop at the Athens Science Festival 

The Hellenic Space Center successfully participated in this year’s Athens Science Festival, organizing a workshop for children, called “Astronaut Academy”. On Wednesday, April 17th, the Outreach and Education Team of the HSC held the workshop twice, covering 2 hours, with the participation of a total of 70 students from High Schools of Athens and their accompanying teachers.  

The organization and execution team consisted of:   

  • Moutsouroufi Konstantina (HSC President Secretariat and Governing Board Secretariat, Science Communication) 
  • Nasi Afroditi (HSC Communications Office)   
  • Farmakakis Tryfon (HSC Scientific Personnel, Space Systems) 

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The HSC at the Athens Science Festival 

The Hellenic Space Center participates in the year’s Athens Science Festival, which will be hosted in the Technopolis of the City of Athens, between April 16 and 21.  

The Outreach and Education Team of the HSC organizes a workshop for children, called “Astronaut Academy”, which will be held on Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:00-11:45 and 12:00-12:45, in the INNOVATHENS facility.  

Workshop description:  

Children will learn in an interactive way about the peculiarities and difficulties of the daily life of astronauts as they hover above Earth in a spacecraft. At the same time, they learn about the purpose and operation of the International Space Station, but also become astronauts for a while as they are confronted with a real orienteering challenge. Finally, they take part in a fun quiz, completing their training!  

A ticket purchase is required for entering the Festival, through the more.com platform.  

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The HSC President at the Greek Space Tech Forum 2024

On Thursday, March 21st, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, attended the Greek Space Tech Forum 2024, which was organized by ethosEVENTS in collaboration with the Hellenic ASI and si-Cluster. Mr. Daglis was a member of the panel on “The importance and benefits of international alliances in Space”, which was coordinated by journalist Mr. Dimitris Delevegos. 

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The HSC President at an exhibition of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation

On Tuesday, March 19th, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, attended an exhibition of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy, called “In the same city: Christians and Jews in Thessaloniki”, along with the HPF Secretary General, Prof. Evanthis Hazivasileiou, and the HPF Service Director and artistic curator of the exhibition, Ms. Anna Enepekidou.

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The President of the HSC at an event honoring Dionysis Simopoulos 

On Monday, March 11th, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, gave a talk during an event of the Association of Athenians, dedicated to the memory of Mr. Dionysis Simopoulos, Director of the Eugenides Planetarium from 1973 to 2014. Talks were also given by the President of the Academy of Athens, Mr. Stamatis Krimizis, the Professor Emeritus of the UOA, Mr Hamik Maroukian, and the journalist Ms. Eva Nikolaidou, who presented her book “Dionysis Simopoulos, in the way his friends remember him”. The event was coordinated by the educator, Ms. Soso Giouleka. 

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