Switch to SPACE! Save the date 8th October 2018!


Get to know more about space sector, meet space professionals from different fields, attend the sessions you are interested the most, ask questions to professionals and get to know more about career possibilities in space sector! 



You are living, studying, working in Belgium? You are in last year Bachelor or Master Students or PhD’s in a faculty of  Sciences or Space Sciences? You are Young professionals interested in a career in Space? This event is made for you!!



The first ever event about the career opportunities in Space sector in Belgium.



Palais d’Egmont – Brussels. 8th October 2018 from 09:00 till 18:00 closing the event by networking and drinks. 



Almost every sector today is linked to Space! Because the impressive development of Space Applications leads to lots of new job opportunities in many different fields: Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Geography, HR, Finance, IT, Medicine, Law, Management…Because Space industry in Belgium always needs new talents!



For individuals

Volunteer? Some free time to help us? Please do not hesitate to contact us contact@youspace.be

For companies

YouSpace gives you the opportunity to be in contact with young talents from our universities.

To organize “Switch to Space “and continue to interest the students in the Space sector, YouSpace need your support! contact@youspace.be



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“SWITCH TO SPACE” programme                           

08:45—09:15       Registration
      Plenary Session

09:20 – 09:30 - Welcome address by Didier Reynders, Vice Prime Minister, Minister Foreign Affairs.

09:30 – 09:40 - The space vision for Belgium by Zuhal Demir, Secretary of State Scientific Policy.

09:40 – 09:50 - Why “Switch to Space” by Dominique Tilmans, Chair of YouSpace.

09:50 – 10:05 -  Space in a changing world by Frank de Winne, Head of the European Astronauts Center.

10:05 – 10:30 - Components of Space Missions: satellite, launcher, ground segment, space environment by Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director of ESPI.

10:30 – 10:40 - Main European players in space by Lionel Poncelet, Vice President European Union Affairs, OHB System


10:40 - 11:10 -  Break


11:10 – 11:25  - ESA future programmes and Space 4.0 by Eric Morel de Westgaver, Director of Industry ESA.

11:25 – 11:35  - Space weather by Paul Counet, Head of Strategy & International Relations, Eumetsat.

11:35 – 11:50  - European Space programmes by Pierre Delsaux, Deputy General Director DG Growth European Commission.

11:50 – 12:40  -  Space Business in Belgium.

  • Ground Segment and data - Thierry Du Pré-Werson, CEO Spacebel
  • Access to space business - Thibauld Jongen, CEO Sabca.
  • Satellites - Frank Preud’homme. Member of the Board QinetiQ Space.


12:40 - 14:30 -  Lunch break & networking.

  • Corners for industrials (CV box).
  • Corners for a career (How to write a good CV and cover letter? How to look for an internship? How to apply? How to network efficiently?).
  • YouSpace stand.


14:30—16:30 - Splinter Sessions

Topic 1:     Political and Legal Framework

14:30—14:40 - Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00 - Asteroid mining

15:00—15:20 - Solving the problem of space-debris

15:20—15:40 - Based data as evidence in Court

15:40—16:30 - Q&A and Panel discussion


Topic 2:    Life Science

14:30—14:40 - Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00 - What happens to the human body in microgravity?

15:00—15:20 - Biological and physiological effects of space radiation

15:20—15:40 - Life in a closed-loop environment: ecological applications

15:40—16:30  - Q&A and Panel discussion


Topic 3:    Space Technologies

14:30—14:40 - Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00 - Robotics

15:00—15:20 - Constellations

15:20—15:40 - CubeSats

15:40 – 16:30 - Q&A and Panel discussion


Topic 4:    Earth Observation Applications & Copernicus

14:30—14:40 - Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00 - Management of natural resources

15:00—15:20 - Geo-information services

15:20—15:40 - Meteorology and Climatology

15:4016:00 - Atmospheric research

16:00—16:30  - Q&A and Panel discussion


Topic 5:    Physical Science

14:30—14:40 - Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00 - What happened to the water on Mars

15:00—15:20 - Microgravity, an ideal environment for physical science

15:20—15:40  - Space weather & Solar physics

15:40—16:30  - Q&A and Panel discussion


Topic 6:    Prototyping and Testing

14:30—14:40 - Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00 - Material for re-entry

15:00—15:20 - Vibration and Thermal vacuum testing

15:20—15:40 - 3D printing and prototyping

15:40—16:00 -  Electronic prototyping and radiation testing

16:00 – 16:30 - Q&A and Panel discussion


Topic 7:   GALILEO & Satellite Communications

14:30—14:40 - Introduction of the session by the chairperson

14:40—15:00 - GNSS and GALILEO

15:00—15:20 - Galileo Integrated Logistics Centre: A real opportunity to develop value-added services”

15:20—15:40 - GNSS based navigation

15:40—16:00 - Photonics and Inter-Satellite Links

16:00—16:20 - Space and 5 G

16:20 – 16:30 - Q&A and Panel discussion


17:00 - 17:50 Plenary Sessions

17:00—17:20 -  Summary of the day

17:20—17:30 -  Presentation of the Hatch

17:30—17:40 - How to get involved as a student or young professional?

17:40—17:50 - YouSpace; Results of the quiz; Closing remarks


17:50      Drink & networking


Background information

Space activities cover nowadays a broad range of fields attracting more and more international partners from industry, SMEs, research institutions, and governments. Moreover, technology transfer between terrestrial and space applications as well as the emergence of the 'Newspace' have contributed to attracting entrepreneurs to a domain traditionally limited to national and international space agencies.

In line with this trend, the European Space Agency has adopted the concept of Space 4.0, in which interactions between governments, the private sector, civil society, and policymakers are strengthened. It is further acknowledged that the European space sector can be competitive only by fully integrating into European society and economy.

Worldwide, space has started attracting more and more professionals from sectors originally with few or no links with established space activities. As a consequence, universities have diversified their curricula and included space studies in their programmes. 

More than ever, multidisciplinary approaches have become a key factor in this new space era and the proposed event 'Switch to Space' aims at contributing to raising students' awareness.