The Hellenic Space Center pays its earnest respects to Dionysis Simopoulos, one of the most prominent faces of Science Communication in Greece. For over 50 years, Dionysis Simopoulos has immersed the Greek audience into the wonders of Space, in the most professional manner. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.
On Tuesday, August 2nd, the H.S.C. President Prof. Ioannis Daglis delivered an invited talk at the Special Session in Memory of Prof. Yohsuke Kamide of the Annual Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference on the contribution of Prof. Kamide to our understanding of the storm-substorm relation.
The H.S.C. President, Professor Ioannis Daglis, participated in the informal meeting of the Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with space agency leaders, who took part in the COSPAR-2022 Scientific Assembly in Athens last week.
The President of the H.S.C., Prof. Ioannis Daglis, participated in a workshop organized by the Space Physics Group of Princeton University at the Princeton Athens Center on Monday, July 25th, 2022.
Two NASA delegations recently visited the premises of the H.S.C. for business meetings.
On Monday, July 18th, 2022, the H.S.C welcomed Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science, Kathryn Lueders, Associate Administrator for the Space Operations Mission Directorat, with their associates, Rebecca Levy and Cullen Balinski. The President of the H.S.C. gave a brief presentation of the Center, followed by a discussion on the development of a bilateral collaboration.
On Monday, July 25th, 2022, the H.S.C. premises were visited by Florian Schwandner, Chief of the Earth Science Division at NASA Ames Research Center, Conor Nixon, Associate Laboratory Chief of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Steve Vance, from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Jani Radebaugh, from Brigham Young University. The scientific personnel of the H.S.C. attended the meeting, along with Elias Hatzitheodoridis, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Olga Sykioti, IAASARS/NOA, and Ioannis Baziotis, Agricultural University of Athens (AUA).
Short presentations were given by all the participants and an extensive discussion followed.
On Sunday, July 17th, the President of the H.S.C., Prof. Ioannis Daglis, participated in the Leaders of Space Agencies roundtable, traditionally held at every COSPAR Assembly.
The H.S.C. President Prof. Ioannis Daglis visited the Secretary General of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy Prof. Evanthis Hatzivassiliou. Prof. Hatzivassiliou offered to Prof. Daglis a tour of the exhibition on Images and Music of the Greek Refugees of 1922. A discussion on activities of joint interest followed the tour.
The Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana - ASI) and the Hellenic Space Center (HSC) invite you to a joint online event promoting the cooperation between the Italian and the Greek Space ecosystems. This virtual event will take place on Monday, July 11, 10 am to 1pm EEST and will focus on:
- Earth Observation and related applications
- Nanosatellites and Space technologies
The event will start with introductory presentations from the two Agencies, and will be followed by an industry session where companies will present their capabilities, heritage, and perspectives on Greek-Italian Space cooperation. View the program here.
The event can be attended here.
The ASI and the HSC will encourage and facilitate B2B meetings that will take place in the following weeks. For this purpose, a form has been created where Greek companies can express their interest.
The form and necessary fill-in directions can be accessed here.
The presentation program will be soon available.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, an event in honor of Space Scientist and Academic Dr. Stamatios Krimizis, was organized by the Hellenic Space Center. The event took place at Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall, and included talks from the Minister of State and Digital Governance Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis, the President of the H.S.C Prof. Ioannis Daglis, the President of World Human Forum Ms. Alexandra Mitsotaki, and Director Giannis Vamvakas.
In the scope of the event, Dr. Krimizis received a special award for his overall contribution to Space Sciences, from the President of the H.S.C., and the award-winning documentary “Chasing the planets for 60 years: Stamatis Krimizis” was premiered, directed and produced by Yiannis Vamvakas and including music composition by Vangelis Papathanasiou.
The Hellenic Space Center welcomes additional Scientific Officers:
- A. Panagiotopoulos, GNSS Applications
- T. Farmakakis, Space Systems
The President and the H.S.C. BoD express their warmest wishes for a long and productive career.
On Monday, May 30, 20:30, ALPHA MISSION – ΔELOS organises a classical music concert, supported by the H.S.C, titled “The [uncertain] Four Seasons”. It will take place on Delos island, it will be broadcasted live on ARTE and ERT, and will be projected in Megaron the Athens Concert Hall. Learn more: https://www.megaron.gr/event/alpha-mission-delos-oi-abebaies-tesseris-epoches/
The Hellenic Space Center, together with the Greek Space community, pay our last respects to Vangelis, the composer who connected his music to Planetary Exploration and completed the beauty of Space. A Greek that honoured and supported our country when needed. His music will always accompany humanity’s journeys to the unknown.
The Regional Center for Educational Planning of Peloponnese in collaboration with the Hellenic Space Center is organising a presentation called “Planetary exploration and employment at NASA and ESA”, by planetary geologist Dr. Anezina Solomonidou, researcher on Space Sciences and Space Exploration at the H.S.C. The presentation will be given virtually on Monday, May 16th at 17:30, and will be later uploaded at the H.S.C. YouTube channel.
The Hellenic Space Center welcomes its first Scientific Officers:
- C. Papachristos, Economic Advisor
- A. Solomonidou, Space Sciences and Space Exploration
- D. Bliziotis, Earth Observation
- A. Karmas, Space Data Systems
- E. Mylonakis, Space Systems
The President and the H.S.C. BoD express their warmest wishes for a long and productive career.
The President of the H.S.C., Prof. Ioannis Daglis, on the impact of the war in Ukraine on the European space activities (article in greek): https://www.kathimerini.gr/world/561824389/o-ioannis-dagklis-stin-k-o-polemos-pernaei-sto-diastima/
The main objective of the Living Planet Fellowship is to support young scientists, at post-doctoral level, to undertake cutting-edge research in Earth Observation, Earth System Science or Climate Research, maximising the scientific return of ESA and European EO missions and datasets through the development of novel EO methods, techniques and products, and by delivering excellent scientific results addressing the grand Earth Science challenges of the next decade, enabling improved predictions of the physical interaction of society with the Earth system.
Deadline: June 15th, 2022
The President of the H.S.C., Prof. I. Daglis, gave a virtual Physics and Astronomy Colloquium on "Radiation belt variability connection to interplanetary and magnetospheric drivers at various time-scales” at the University of Iowa.
The Regional Center for Educational Planning of Peloponnese in collaboration with the Hellenic Space Center is organising a presentation called “Storms, sounds and colors in Space”, by the President of the H.S.C., Prof. Ioannis Daglis. The presentation will be given virtually on Monday, April 18th at 17:30, and will be broadcasted live by the H.S.C. Youtube channel. The recording of the talk can be found at at: https://youtu.be/M5vfmygyJ44
The Regional Center for Educational Planning of Peloponnese in collaboration with the Hellenic Space Center is organising a presentation called “Space Technology in the service of earthly everyday life”, by the C.E.O. of the H.S.C., Dr Nick Sergis. The presentation will be given virtually on Monday, April 11th at 17:30, and will be broadcasted live through the H.S.C. Youtube channel. The recording of the talk can be found at: https://youtu.be/RaJ4QYn8oZY
On Thursday, March 31st, 2022, the President of the H.S.C., Prof. Ioannis Daglis, participated in the Workshop "EU-funded R&I for Space Sciences" of DG Defense Industry and Space (DEFIS) of the European Commission, with a presentation on "SafeSpace: Making Space a Safer place for Europe’s assets".
The President of the H.S.C, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, participated in a meeting of the COSPAR Task Group on Establishing an International Geospace Systems Program (TGIGSP) that took place in the Observatoire de Paris on 17 and 18 March 2022.
ESA Education Office's latest initiative, the “CubeSat Summer School 2022”, will take place over four weeks from 8 August to 2 September 2022 at ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium. It will deliver an extensive mix of lectures and hands-on activities. The entire project lifecycle of a satellite mission will be covered, from design to verification, launch and operations. Upon completing the Summer School, participants will have gained the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to undertake space-related projects, and will be better prepared to join the European space sector.
Application deadline: March 21, 2022.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with the support of the Hellenic Space Center, organises a Workshop, which will focus on the possibility of a consolidated Greek effort to the development of the ESA LISA mission.
Learn more: https://indico.physics.auth.gr/event/11/overview
The “Heliophysics 2050 Workshop” will be held virtually on February 23-25, 2022. This year’s topic is “Measurement Techniques and Technologies”. The objective of this Workshop is to facilitate a community discussion to determine what technological advancements are needed to enable transformative advancements in Heliophysics. The Workshop will be a forum to organize and solicit community inputs that will inform the upcoming 2024 NASA Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey.
The SafeSpace Scientific Research Programme organized a musical event titled “Detecting and feeling the sounds of space”, on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 21:00. The event was hosted at the Theoharakis Foundation, under the auspices of the Hellenic Space Center, and it premiered the works called “Electron Emissions” and “Radiation Belts”, of award-winning composer Lina Tonia, played by violins and cello. The President of the H.S.C., Prof. Ioannis Daglis, and composer Lina Tonia opened the event giving talks about the sounds of space and the musical compositions that were presented.
Free entrance. Press Release (in greek)
Spaceship EAC is an initiative, based at the European Astronaut Center in Germany, helping ESA and researchers prepare for the future of space exploration. The Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes (ExPeRT) of Spaceship EAC has announced internship opportunities, for students in their final years of a University course at master's level.
Application deadline: Nov. 30, 2021
On Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, the Ambassador of Argentina in Greece, Mrs. Maria Lucia Dougherty de Sanchez, visited the premises of the Hellenic Space Center. The Ambassador had the opportunity to meet with the President of the H.S.C., Prof. Ioannis Daglis, and the C.E.O., Dr. Nick Sergis, and to discuss potential collaboration between the H.S.C. and Argentinian governmental entities responsible for Space Research and Technology (e.g. CONAE, CONICET), in the framework of the existing agreement between the two countries on scientific and technological cooperation.
On Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021, Mr. A. Paliouras, Headmaster of the 3rd Lab Center of East Attika – Rafina, visited the premises of the H.S.C., in order to present the educational programme “Earth from Space”, which has been developed by the Rafina Space Student Group and is comprised by a series of educational activities about space. This programme is targeted to young students, informing them about space professions, space science and engineering. During the visit, the potential synergies of H.S.C. and the Student Group were discussed, aiming at the support of further activities of the Student Group.
On Tuesday, October 19th, 2021, the vice minister of Digital Governance, Mr. T. Livanios, visited the Hellenic Space Center and met with the President and members of the Board of Directors. Mr. Livanios and his associates were briefed on the Center’s activities, and discussed the HSC proposal for the design, development and implementation of a small nano-satellite cluster and related ground segment, aimed at providing a variety of Earth Observation services.
On Friday, October 8th, 2021, the President and the CEO of the Hellenic Space Center, Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis and Dr. Nick Sergis, visited the premises of the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, where they had the opportunity to meet with the Head of the Centre, Dr. Frank De Winne, from whom they were briefed on the activities of the EAC, while they also discussed a framework of cooperation with emphasis on the potential participation of students and young scientists from Greece in training programs at EAC.
Afterwards, Dr. Ruth Hemmersbach, Head of the Department of Gravitational Biology and Acting Head of the German Aerospace Center Institute of Aerospace Medicine, offered them a tour around the Institute, presented the facilities and explained the various projects of the Institute.
The President and the CEO of the Hellenic Space Center, Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis and Dr. Nick Sergis, had a meeting with Dr. A. Panopoulou, Managing Director of OHB-Hellas and M. Bernou, CTO and Deputy Manager of OHB-Hellas. The meeting took place at the HSC premises and was focused on OHB-Hellas activities and potential synergies with the Greek Space ecosystem.
The President and the CEO of the Hellenic Space Center, Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis and Dr. Nick Sergis, held a virtual meeting with Dr. Walther Pelzer, Head of the German Space Agency, and Christian Müller, ESA/EU advisor at the German Aerospace Center, and discussed topics of mutual interest in the context of opportunities for future collaboration.
The Symposium on Space Educational Activities (SSEA), organised by the European Space Agency’s Education Office, provides a forum for university students, professionals working in education, and other young professionals to present and discuss their experiences organising, running and/or participating in Educational Activities related to Space. The 4th SSEA is to be held on April 2022 in Barcelona, Spain, and the local organisation team is led by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech. There are also different scholarships available for students.
Abstract submission deadline: Nov. 1st, 2021
As a first step to implement the recommendations of the International Space Forum (ISF), held in Reggio Calabria on 5/9/2019, the Italian Space Agency and the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, in collaboration with the e-GEOS Company and the support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), are organizing the 1st Winter Course on GeoInformation and Space Data management for the Sustainable Development and Needs of the Mediterranean Region.
Deadline for applications: Sept. 28, 2021
Financial support: Offered for up to 25 selected participants.
Application procedure: Any interested Government/University/Research Institutions of the Mediterranean Countries will have to submit the CV and requested attachments of their selected candidate exclusively to the ASI Office and e-mail address indicated in the Announcement of Opportunity.
The CEO of the Hellenic Space Center, Dr. Nick Sergis, held a meeting with Dr M. Molina, Managing Director of SITAEL-Italia, Dr N. Bazakas, General Manager at SITAEL-Hellas, and Dr A. Potsis, President of the Hellenic Industrial Space Association (Hellenic ASI). The meeting took place at the HSC premises, and matters of common interest were discussed.
Τhe President of H.S.C, Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis, on Wednesday, September 15, participated in a Panel Discussion titled “Technology and Innovation in Education”, a part of the “Education Revolution Conference”. This one-day event was organized during the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair, by the U.S. Mission in Greece, in partnership with Socialinnov and the Ministry of Digital Governance, and was hosted at Section “Digital Greece” (Pavilion 12).
On Friday, September 10, 2021, Prof. Angelopoulos (UCLA) and Prof. Daglis had an extensive discussion on issues of space education, space technology and, in particular, on the challenges and potential of small satellite missions.
On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, Mr. Taku ARAMAKI, the Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Japan in Greece, visited the President of H.S.C., Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis. During the visit, matters of common interest, within the responsibilities of H.S.C., were discussed.
Round-table discussion “Hellenic Space Center, national space program and participation in ESA space missions”, coordinated by the President of the Hellenic Space Center Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis at the 15th Hellenic Astronomical Conference, with the participation of: Prof. V. Angelopoulos (UCLA, USA), Dr. I. Dandouras (IRAP, France), Prof. T. Sarris (DUTH), Dr. A. Solomonidou (Caltech/JPL, USA).
Watch the recorded discussion here (in English).
Participation of the President of the Hellenic Space Center Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis in the virtual meeting International Space Forum (ISF) 2019 – The Mediterranean Chapter, organised by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria.
The President and the CEO of the Hellenic Space Center, Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis and Dr. Nick Sergis, participated in the launch event of "Alpha Mission Delos”, held on the island of Delos.
The Galileo Masters is the global innovation competition scouting for cutting-edge solutions using satellite navigation data. From April onwards, with the support of our global space network of more than 89 partners, we are looking for the best GNSS solutions and business cases in the field of e.g. agriculture, healthcare, cyber security, environment.
Application deadline: July 19 2021.
Take a look at this year’s Challenges and Prizes: https://galileo-masters.eu/galileo-prizes/galileo-prize-greece/
The Copernicus Masters is the global innovation competition at the forefront of Earth observation (EO) data utilization. It awards innovators fostering new solutions and concepts that showcase the benefits of the European Copernicus services to our everyday life.
Application deadline: July 19 2021.
Take a look at this year’s Challenges and Prizes: https://copernicus-masters.com/copernicus-prizes/copernicus-prize-greece/
The Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is currently accepting applications for the Inter-institutional Master's Degree Program "Space Technologies, Applications and SeRvices (STAR)".
Application deadline: June 11 2021.
Τhe Hellenic Space Center will soon post an announcement concerning the hiring of Specialised Scientific Staff. The announcement and the required application forms (in Greek) will be available on the HSC website.
As part of its staffing efforts the Hellenic Space Center has launched an open call of interest for filling five (5) positions by secondment of employees who currently serve in the General Government and/or the wider Public Sector. Those interested can find detailed information at the link below: Announcement of Secondments