On October 7 and 8, 2023, the NASA Space Apps Challenge, an annual global hackathon will take place. In Greece it will be organized by the Greek NewSpace Society in Piraeus and Thessaloniki. To participate in the hackathon, registration is required, as well as the selection of one of the proposed topics. More information is available through the NSS and the official NASA website.
On Sunday, September 17, 2023, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, gave a talk about “The Universe and Us”, at the annual event of the Amateur Astronomy Association of Drama, “Pegasus”, in Nikiforos, Drama.
Professor Costas Synolakis, a member of the Governing Board of the HSC, and the chair of the Special Scientific Committee for Tackling Climate Change, on the impact of hydrological and meteorological studies (in greek): https://www.kathimerini.gr/society/562612996/arthro-k-synolaki-stin-k-i-agnoia-ton-synepeion-tis-agnoias-kai-ta-neilometra/
ESA‘s postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers early-career scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology.
Research Fellowships in Space Science specifically offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA’s endeavour to explore our Solar System and the Universe in the fields of heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, and fundamental physics. ESA Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to work with scientists and engineers at the forefront of space science, and experience first-hand how ESA works with communities across the Member States to maximise the scientific return from our missions.
Application deadline: September 18, 2023. (Greek Nationals are eligible to apply.) Detailed information about the fellowship programme and the application process can be found here.
Now, and until September 14th, 2023, is your chance to propose your scientific session for the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for 2024. The EGU24 will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), Austria, with online components provided to enable virtual attendance, from 14 to 19 April 2024.
EGU24 brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.
Examples of Divisions related to Planetary and Space Sciences and Space Exploration include: Planetary & Solar System Sciences (PS), Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST), Earth & Space Science Informatics (ESSI), Geosciences Instrumentation & Data Systems (GI), Geodesy (G), Geodynamics (GD), Geomorphology (GM), Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV), Tectonics & Structural Geology (TS), Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences (NP), Natural Hazards (NH).
The 12th annual ESA Open Day will take place on October 8th, at ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands. This year’s event theme is “Science Fiction Gets Real”, and it will give citizens the opportunity to meet scientists and engineers to find out about all aspects of Europe’s work off the planet, but also how science fiction has inspired scientists and engineers to join ESA and turn once imaginary concepts into science fact.
Registration is now open, with a limited number of entrance tickets. Learn more
The Hellenic Space Center will participate in the 87th Thessaloniki International Fair, which will be held between September 9-17. As an Organization that is supervised by the Ministry of Digital Governance, it will be hosted at Pavilion 12.
A framework agreement was signed on Thursday, August 10th, at the premises of the Hellenic Space Center, between the HSC and TotalView company, which is the contractor of the Project on “Earth Observation Satellite Tasking Service”, implemented by the HSC, following a relevant decision of the Ministry of Digital Governance, which supervises HSC, with a funding of 2.108.000 euros from the Recovery and Resilience Fund. With this project, the HSC acquires the possibility of scheduling satellite imaging for the inspection of selected areas of the Greek territory, with direct access to a large number of satellites and high-resolution observation instruments.
Through this project, several needs will be met, regarding:
- Mapping of the Greek territory through satellite images for the needs of the Greek State.
- Prevention, response and restoration of natural or human-made disasters and extreme weather phenomena.
- Monitoring of encroachments and unauthorized construction.
- Monitoring of areas, particularly protected areas, to identify long-term natural or anthropogenic changes.
As stated by the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, “this is a very important project, which will effectively meet the needs of our country in satellite coverage. The project is implemented following a methodical analysis of the needs of the Greek State and is the basis for providing a series of reliable solutions to the state apparatus, with the ultimate goal of fully covering the national needs in satellite Earth observation. The HSC role is to identify these solutions, coordinate their implementation and ensure their interoperability. We are satisfied and happy with this important first step to this direction“.
Footage of the two-day event on “The stars in the Park. A discussion with the experts”, held on June 30 and July 1st, 2023 at the National Reconciliation Park in Grammos, will be broadcasted by the television station of the Hellenic Parliament (Vouli TV), on August 7 and 8 at 10:00 am, and again on August 24 and 25 at 10:00 am. You may read the relevant HSC report here (in Greek).
On Thursday, 3 August 2023, a delegation of the Fire Service with Fire Colonel Mr. Athanasios Ioannidis, visited the Hellenic Space Center for a meeting on satellite data provision by HSC and on the needs of the Fire Service.