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Technical Workshop for the Italian Day of Space in Switzerland – Space technology and sustainability: a challenge for the future

16 December 2022 @ 09:00 - 13:30


This workshop is free but registration is mandatory for organisation purposes.

Space economy is a fast-growing sector at global scale. In particular, it is becoming a leading business and research sector in Europe. It is more and more important to develop new ideas and opportunities, leveraging on the strong competence of universities and research centers together with the solid support by space industries and the growing constellation of SME and start-up companies.

On the Italian Day of Space, eSpace- EPFL Space center, together with Embassy of Italy in Bern and the General Consulate of Italy in Geneva, are organizing this technical workshop to promote a network of collaboration between Italy and Switzerland, involving Academia and space industries, large companies and SME.

Starting from the presentation of new technologies, developed in Switzerland with a significant participation of Italian researchers, we present examples of how space can present opportunities for both for young engineers and scientists, and for companies.  As it becomes more and more crowded, the responsible use of space key, as will be discussed during a round table.

We invite researchers, engineers, space companies, start-up, students and all the interested public to join us in this technical networking event.


9:00Welcome addressProf. Jean-Paul Kneib (EPFL), L. Valenziano (Scientific Attaché in Switzerland)
9:15Slip Ring TechnologyF. Avino (EPFL)
9:35Helicon Plasma Thrusters with resonant antennasI. Furno, F. Romano (EPFL)
9:55From CERN to Aerospace: accelerating innovation and building transnational partnershipE. Chesta (CERN)
10:15Company/Research team short presentationsG. Becker (Beyond Gravity), S.Gugkaev (ClearSpace), E. Bozzo (Univ. Geneve)
11:15Company/Research team short presentationsA. Belkhiria (EPFL Spacecraft Team), D. Campi (Sydereus Space Dynamics) , T. Montaruli (Univ. Geneve)
11:45Space Sustainability: which role for Italian and Swiss Academia and industry in a changing landscape?Round table moderated by E. David.
B. Gresse (TAS - CH), C. Colombo (PoliMi), A. Belkhiria (EPFL Spacecraft Team), V. Striano (DAC), S. Gugkaev (ClearSpace)
12:45Conclusions and future perspectivesA. Fasoli (EPFL), L. Valenziano
Networking light lunch


16 December 2022
09:00 - 13:30
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