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Exploring the World using Space!

6th, 7th and 8th of September 2023
📍 Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra
- How does space contribute to our daily lives?
- How can we use Earth Observation data to learn about the seas and oceans?
- Why do unmanned vessels need communication systems, navigation, and Earth Observation services and associated information to navigate the seas autonomously?
- Can space technology contribute to the monitoring and analysis of ecosystems, to the assessment and study of biodiversity and wildlife, and thus contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?
- What are the opportunities and added value that nano and small satellites can generate?
- What about space junk, what can we do about the dangers it poses?
- Come learn to explore the world using space!
What is Coimbra Space Summer School?

What is Coimbra Space Summer School?

Coimbra Space Summer School is a summer school dedicated to attracting students, researchers, and entrepreneurs to explore the space economy.

This edition takes place over 3 days, between the 6th and 8th of September 2023, in person, with a diversified program of activities, which combines the sharing of knowledge, contact with people, entities, and companies linked to the space; challenges to generate business ideas; experiences, gifts, and prizes! This is the first international edition, so get your english ready!

All this in a stimulating environment with a good mood.

That’s 3 days full of space!

Who are we looking for?

Who are we looking for?

Higher Education students, researchers from entities of the National Scientific and Technological System (SCTN) and entrepreneurs, interested in exploring the potential of space to create business.

We want people with motivation and curiosity to know and propose ideas on how Space can improve our daily lives, creating innovative services or products that incorporate space assets!

What are the benefits of participating?

What are the benefits of participating?

  • Learn more about space technologies and their applications
  • Networking with the space community in Portugal
  • Receive mentoring from experts in the field of space, innovation, entrepreneurship and business development
  • Develop entrepreneurship skills, teamwork, communication and problem solving
  • Get a certificate of participation
  • Win gifts and prizes
What activities are included?

What activities are included?

  • Thematic talks
  • Challenges and contests for creating businesses that use space assets
  • Mentoring
  • Pitch
  • Networking with key people and institutions in the space sector Involvement with the network of incubators that, at a national level, collaborate in the ESA BIC Portugal incubation program
How to participate?

How to participate?

Enrollment is individual and must be done within the deadline set in the calendar – between July 1 and August 31, 2023, using the form accessible here.

The organization of the event is conditioned to a maximum of 30 participants.

If the minimum number of 16 registrations is not verified, the organization reserves the right to cancel the event. The cost of registration is 10€ per participant with payment made by bank transfer, to the IBAN of Instituto Pedro Nunes:

IBAN PT50 0035 0239 00003663230 55


Proof of payment must be attached to the registration form, in document, PDF, or image format. The respective receipt will be issued and delivered for all payments received, for tax purposes. If you make the payment but do not show up, there will be no refunds. Only entries made on time, with payment made and receipt sent, will be considered valid.

What are the conditions of participation?

What are the conditions of participation?

• Being a university higher education student or
• Be a researcher at an SCTN institution or
• Be an entrepreneur
• Be over 18 years old Enroll by deadline

Applications are sorted in order of receipt. All people who meet the participation conditions up to the maximum number of participants will have their registration confirmed, via email sent by the organization, until September 1, 2023.

What are space assets?

What are space assets?

The ESA – European Space Agency divides space assets into the following areas:
· Earth Observation
· Human and Robotic Exploration
· Space Transport
· Navigation
· Space Science
· Space Engineering and Technology
· Operations
· Telecommunications and Integrated Applications
· Preparing for the Future

To find out more, you can visit: ESA – Our Activities

You can also find out more about the Portuguese Space Agency and its work: Portugal Space

Space assets are:
• equipment that is or can be placed in space (for example, a satellite or a launcher).
• ground equipment that directly supports activity in space (for example, a ground station), including all technologies, architectures, software, techniques, tools, systems, hardware, models, components, and materials, among others, developed to integrate such equipment.
Space assets are also:
• data and images from Earth Observation satellites – Earth Observation, the satellites that provide positioning and time information, and
• navigation and communication satellites.

You can find out more, you can visit:
– European Earth Observation Program 
– Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) 
– European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service


Day 1 (6 Sep)

09:45 Check-in 

10:00 Welcome by IPN + OGAUC + GeoPlaNet

10:15 Event Agenda Presentation

10:30 Icebreaker

11:00 Challenges, Space Technologies & Competition

11:30  Teaming

12:00 Team Work

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Keynote by Natacha Callens (ESA): “ESA Academy”

14:30 Team Work & Mentoring

15:30 Keynote by Marta Gonçalves & Inês d’Ávila: “The Portuguese Space Agency”

16:00 Team Work & Mentoring

17:30 Talk by Carla Duarte (IPN): “Value Proposition”

18:00 Starship (bus) launch to OGAUC

18:00 Starship (bus) launch to OGAUC

18:15 Keynote by N Peixinho, P Machado & P Lacerda: “The Three Asteroids.”

19:00 Astro-Barbecue

21:00 Astronomical Observation / Astro Q&A

22:00 Go home (it’s late…)

Day 2 (7 Sep)

09:45 Check-in

10:00 Welcoming Briefing

10:15 Warm-up Quiz and Prize

10:30 Keynote by Paulo Gordo (Synopsis Planet): “Space Entrepreneurship in Portugal”

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 Team Work & Mentoring

12:30 Talk by Alexandre Almeida (IPN): “How to Pitch your Business Solution”

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Micro-Event: “Space Generation” by Alice Castro

14:40 Keynote by Carlos Romero (ESA BIC Madrid): “Business Model”

15:20  Coffee Break

15:30 Team Work & Mentoring

17:30 Q&A with Marta Guimarães (Neuraspace): “The future of space”

18:00 Mission Pizza

21:00  Go home (it’s late…)

Day 3 (8 Sep)

09:30 Check-in

09:45 Welcoming Briefing

09:50 Pitch Session #1

11:50 Coffee Break

12:00 Pitch Session #2

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Keynote by Maarten Roos-Serote: “Following the Stars.”

14:30 Award Ceremony

15:00 The End

You can't miss school!

Don't miss the opportunity: it will be 3 days full of space!
Applications are open between July 1 and August 31, 2023

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