Conferences- Events

Greece signs the Artemis Accords

On February 9, Greece became the 35th country to sign the Artemis Accords. Foreign Minister Georgios Gerapetritis signed the Accords for Greece during the fifth round of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue, held in Washington, D.C. at the Department of State.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and President of the Hellenic Space Center Dr. Ioannis Daglis spoke at the signing, welcoming Greece’s commitment to the peaceful, safe and transparent exploration and use of outer space. 

The HSC president delivered the following speech

“Your excellencies,  
Secretary Blinken and Minister Gerapetritis, Administrator Nelson, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,  

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed hosts for organizing this momentous signing ceremony, which marks the accession of Greece to the Artemis Accords. Here in the illustrious Treaty Room, we gather to celebrate a new chapter in international space cooperation. 

On a personal note, please allow me to add that I was delighted to discover the existence of the Benjamin Franklin Room, named after the revered American scientist whose legacy has inspired me since childhood. 

The Artemis Accords stand as a beacon of collaboration, offering a roadmap for a future where humanity unites in space exploration, fostering peace and progress. Named after Artemis, the ancient Greek goddess symbolizing the Moon, the Artemis program embodies our collective aspiration to expand the horizons of human exploration and knowledge. 

As we embark on this bold endeavor to return astronauts to the lunar surface and establish a sustainable human presence, Greece stands ready to contribute its expertise in space science and engineering. Our vibrant community, with its deep knowledge in space physics, remote sensing, robotics, and space software, eagerly anticipates the opportunity to enrich the Artemis program. 

In joining the Artemis Accords, we affirm our commitment to advancing scientific discovery, driving technological innovation, and inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers. Greece is honored to be a part of this international endeavor, and we eagerly anticipate the journey ahead. 

Thank you!” 

The CEO of the HSC at the UN COPUOS 

On Tuesday, January 30th, the CEO of the Hellenic Space Center, Dr Nick Sergis, delivered a National Declaration in the context of the participation of the Greek delegation in the works of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) of the United Nations. The COPUOS sessions are hosted in Vienna, Austria, between January 29th and February 9th, 2024. COPUOS works on encouraging and facilitating international cooperation on the peaceful uses of space services and products, as well as on considering legal issues arising from space exploration. 

Public talk by the HSC President at Livadia

On Sunday, January 21, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, gave a public lecture on “The exploration and understanding of Space with spacecraft observations” in Livadia, Greece. The lecture is part of the series “Traveling through our solar system”, organised by the Public Central Library of Livadia, the Directorate of Secondary Education of Boeotia and the Friends of the Livadia Library cultural association, with free admission, and under the coordination of Prof. Loukas Vlachos. The recording of the talk is available on YouTube (in greek).

The HSC at IEEE IGARRS 2024 for Sessions on “Financing the Future: Fostering Innovation in Space Technologies” and “Geology and Geophysics across the Solar System”

The Hellenic Space Center is organizing two dynamic sessions at the upcoming IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) in Athens, Greece, from July 7-12, 2024. Session CCS.41, titled “Financing the Future: Fostering Innovation in Space Technologies through Diverse Funding Mechanisms”, promises to be a hub of innovative ideas and groundbreaking developments, while session CCS.43, titled “Geology and Geophysics across the Solar System”, promises to showcase exciting results and new methods on remote sensing data analysis for solar system studies.

CCS.41
Financing the Future: Fostering Innovation in Space Technologies through Diverse Funding Mechanisms

In this rapidly evolving space sector, understanding and leveraging diverse funding mechanisms is crucial. This session aims to unravel the complex web of financing options available to space innovators. We will bring together a wide array of stakeholders – from Space Agencies and leading industry firms to prominent research institutes – to share their insights and experiences.

CCS.43
Geology and Geophysics across the Solar System

Our session welcomes studies focused on the surfaces and subsurfaces of inner and outer solar system bodies such as planets, moons, and asteroids based but not limited on analyses of various remote sensing data. Interdisciplinary and comparative studies of terrestrial volcanic/tectonic systems with a strong remote sensing component are encouraged, as well as studies on terrestrial analogues that help understanding the working mechanisms of outer space bodies and vice versa.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: January 5th, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 15th, 2024
  • Accepted Paper Registration Deadline: May 30th, 2024
  • IGARSS 2024 Conference: July 7th – 12th, 2024

Submit your abstract and be a part of this groundbreaking session. Let’s shape the future of space exploration and innovation together!

HSC-AEE Memorandum  

On Tuesday, December 19th, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Hellenic Space Center (HSC) and the Spanish Space Agency (Agencia Espacial Española – AEE), with the purpose of setting a framework for cooperation between the two countries in the space sector, with an emphasis on satellite remote sensing and satellite telecommunication technologies. 

The online signing ceremony was attended by the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, the CEO Dr. Nick Sergis, the scientific personnel of the HSC, the director of the Spanish Space Agency, Dr. Miguel Belló Mora, along with its chief of staff, Mr. Ana Marin, and AEE officials. 

The two presidents addressed brief greetings. Mr. Daglis stated that the signing of the MoU comes as the culmination of an essential and multi-level contact between the two Space Agencies and emphasized that Greece and Spain, as Mediterranean countries, have common needs that they aim to address using satellite technologies and that their cooperation is crucial for maximizing satellite capabilities, especially in the field of Earth Observation. 

Mr. Belló Mora emphasized the satisfaction of the Spanish side for the creation of a targeted cooperation framework with Greece, and pointed out that the timing is ideal, since, in addition to common needs, Spain, in cooperation with Portugal, dynamically enters the satellite remote sensing sector, with the implementation of the Atlantic Constellation program, which foresees the operation of a cluster of Earth observation satellites, with the ability to systematically cover the Mediterranean coasts. 

The ceremony ended with the hope that soon there will be an opportunity for a live meeting between the administrations and the scientific personnel of the two Space Agencies. 

The HSC President at LIFE IN SPACE exhibition

On Tuesday, December 19th, at 19:00. The President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, will give a lecture on “Space – the ultimate limit: knowledge from its exploration and practical benefits for humanity” (in greek), in the scope of LIFE IN SPACE exhibition. The exhibition is hosted at the Goudi Olympic Center, until January 15th, 2024. A ticket purchase required for entrance, and a reservation is required for attending the lectures.

The HSC at IEEE IGARSS 2024 for a Session on “Geology and Geophysics across the Solar System”

The Hellenic Space Center is organizing a dynamic session at the upcoming IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) in Athens, Greece, from July 7-12, 2024. Our session, titled “Geology and Geophysics across the Solar System” (CCS.43), promises to showcase exciting results and new methods on remote sensing data analysis for solar system studies.  

About the Session: Our session welcomes studies focused on the surfaces and subsurfaces of inner and outer solar system bodies such as planets, moons, and asteroids based but not limited on analyses of various remote sensing data. Interdisciplinary and comparative studies of terrestrial volcanic/tectonic systems with a strong remote sensing component are encouraged, as well as studies on terrestrial analogues that help understanding the working mechanisms of outer space bodies and vice versa. 

Important Dates: 

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: January 5th, 2024 
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 15th, 2024 
  • Accepted Paper Registration Deadline: May 30th, 2024 
  • IGARSS 2024 Conference: July 7th – 12th, 2024 

Submit your abstract and be a part of this groundbreaking session. Let’s shape the future of space exploration and innovation together! 

The HSC at IEEE IGARSS 2024 for a Session on “Financing the Future: Fostering Innovation in Space Technologies”

The Hellenic Space Center is organizing a dynamic session at the upcoming IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) in Athens, Greece, from July 7-12, 2024. Our session, titled “Financing the Future: Fostering Innovation in Space Technologies through Diverse Funding Mechanisms” (CCS.41), promises to be a hub of innovative ideas and groundbreaking developments. 

About the Session: In this rapidly evolving space sector, understanding and leveraging diverse funding mechanisms is crucial. This session aims to unravel the complex web of financing options available to space innovators. We will bring together a wide array of stakeholders – from Space Agencies and leading industry firms to prominent research institutes – to share their insights and experiences. 

Why Attend? 

  • Discover how flagship programs and collaborations are fueling space technology innovation. 
  • Gain insights into successful funding models, from public-private partnerships to venture capital and ESA contributions. 
  • Engage with experts discussing the challenges and triumphs of financing in the space sector. 
  • Learn from in-depth case studies and explore new avenues for investment and research. 

For more information, visit the conference webpage. The Community-Contributed Sessions can be found here.  

Important Dates: 

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: January 5th, 2024 
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 15th, 2024 
  • Accepted Paper Registration Deadline: May 30th, 2024 
  • IGARSS 2024 Conference: July 7th – 12th, 2024 

We are calling for papers that offer fresh perspectives and novel approaches in space technology funding. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an emerging talent in the field, we invite you to contribute your findings and viewpoints. 

Submit your abstract and be a part of this groundbreaking session. Let’s shape the future of space exploration and innovation together! 

Public talk “Auroras in Greece!” by the HSC President

On Friday, November 24th, at 18:00, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, gave a lecture on “Auroras in Greece!”, the first of this academic year’s public talk series organized by the Gerostathopouleio Observatory of the University of Athens. After the lecture, a visit to the Observatory followed, including a demonstration of the telescope operation by Dr Kosmas Gazeas, as well as stargazing for the public. You can watch the recording of the talk here (in greek).

The HSC at LIFE IN SPACE exhibition 

On Wednesday, October 18, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, participated in the press conference held for the LIFE IN SPACE exhibition, which is organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and its Space Camp, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Prof. Daglis underlined that “the ability to cross the limits of the atmosphere has given us a virgin space of technological and economic development. In addition, Space, as an Earth observation platform, enables us to frequently inspect large areas of the Earth, to better understand man-made problems and space threats, such as asteroids, and to effectively protecting our planet“. Additionally, he mentioned that very soon the design of the first national fleet of microsatellites will be completed, “a very important step for the country, which will give us a strategic advantage by owning our space infrastructure“. 

The exhibition is hosted at the Goudi Olympic Center, from October 19, 2023, until January 15, 2024, with a ticket purchase required for entrance.