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Workshop "ESA Science and Technology Programmes, User-Experience (Finland)"

September 24, 2014, Tartu Observatory, Tõravere, Estonia

Workshop introducing ESA Science and Technology Programme and Finnish User-Experience took place in Tartu Observatory on September 24, 2014, during special sessions of the Tartu Conference on Space Science and Technology 2014

Marcos Bavdaz and Eike Kircher from ESTEC/ESA introduced ESA programmes and Finnish space pioneer Heikki Sipilä talks about his own experiences and lessons learned from participation in ESA technology programmes. The Estonian entrepreneurs and researchers exchanged the ideas with the ESA representatives about the benefits and obstacles in participation in ESA programmes.

ESA Science and Technology program introductory workshop is already ninth similar seminar within last three years to introduce the global and European space and aerospace opportunities for the Estonian companies and research institutions. The seminar was organised by Estonian Space Office and Invent Baltics Ltd in cooperation with Tartu Observatory. Event was supported by the European Social Foundation.

We thank all the participants and wish you good luck in your studies and work!

Workshop Schedule

11:30 – 13:30 

Workshop:  ESA Science & Technology Programmes, User-Experience (Finland)


Marcos Bavdaz, the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration, ESTEC/ESA
The ESA Science Programme and Associated technology preparation


Eike Kircher, the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management, ESTEC/ESA
The Basic Technology Research Programme


Heiki Sipilä, Finnish space pioneer, involved in many ESA technology projects, NASA etc.
Experience of a new Member State within ESA S&T programmes


Panel discussion. Panelists: Marcos Bavdaz, Eike Kircher, Heiki Sipilä, Mart Noorma

13:30 – 13:45

Conclusions, closing ceremony of Tartu Space Science and Technology Conference

13:45 – 14:30


14:30 – 16:30

Technical workshop: technology and applications in ESA optional programmes

16:30 – 18:00

Tour in Tartu Observatory: Satellite Ground Station, New Labratories, 1,5 m Telescope