Invitation to a workshop on space security
The Slovak academic community and representatives of the industry can participate in the Space Security Program. On this occasion, the “Slovakia National Space Safety Programme Study” (SK-S2P), the aim of which is to map the Slovak potential in this area, is being carried out. As a partner of the study, the Slovak Academy of Sciences invites the general professional public to an online workshop in the English language, which will take place on February 15, 2022, from 9:00. A series of lectures on plans and activities aimed at developing a program to protect our Earth from space threats await the participants.
The SK-S2P study will shape the direction of an important part of the Slovak space ecosystem in the coming years.
“Our ambition is to map the potential we have in Slovakia, to connect our capacities to the needs of the European Space Agency (ESA) and to create a "road map” of how Slovak institutions and industry should develop to be important partners in the topic of space security,” stated Šimon Mackovjak, the astrophysicist from the Institute of Experimental Physics SAS who conducts the space weather part of the study.
The topic of space security can be divided into several categories. Each of them is covered by experts from important Slovak institutions:
- Space Weather - Institute of Experimental Physics SAS
- Near-Earth Objects - Astronomical Institute SAS
- Planetary Defense - Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the Comenius University in Bratislava
- Space Debris - Astros Solutions s. r. o.
"The Slovak Academy of Sciences has a rich history in space research, which is closely related to space security. With the help of industry, we would like to use the acquired expertise gained over decades of our research to create specific applications that fit into the ESA program and thus would benefit the whole of the society in Europe,” said the astrophysicist.
The planned SK-S2P workshop is an important intersection of the activities of the whole study. The introductory lecture will be given by Holger Krag - Director of the ESA S2P program. During the day, more than 20 speakers from Slovakia and abroad, from the academic community and also from the industrial sector, will present their activities and their plans for the development of the topic of space security in Slovakia. The workshop is also open to the general professional public, who will have the opportunity to learn more and possibly participate in the presented topics.
Participation in the workshop is free, but it is necessary to register (online registration). Registration is possible until the beginning of the workshop. For more information, please visit http://www.astros.eu/promo and LinkedIn.
Edited by Katarina Galiková