30 highly motivated university students from 13 different ESA Member and Associate States have successfully completed ESA Academy’s Technology Transfer & Innovation Workshop at ESA Education Training Centre in ESEC-Galaxia, Transinne, Belgium. The students were either 3rd or 4th year Bachelor, Master, or PhD students in engineering and science, and were trained by specialists from ESA’s Technology Transfer & Business Incubation Office and from industry; all experts in the fields of Technology Transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Technologies developed for the space industry need not be constrained solely to use beyond Earth. Likewise, satellite infrastructure can be used in new and innovative ways. Our everyday lives can benefit hugely from space technology used and adapted to improve healthcare, water and waste management, sports, and more. This workshop is focused on technology transfer which is an excellent way of bringing the benefits of ESA’s technological developments to the masses. These facts are well-known to ESA’s Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office, who teamed up with ESA Education Office to design and run this innovative workshop. Its primary aim: empower students to take the leap required to see how space technology can be modified to fit wider purposes.Technology transfer needs people with creative flair and vision; skills that this workshop develops. There are many opportunities for entrepreneurs wanting the challenge of developing new products!