Call for media: ESA inaugurates ESEC’s Galaxia, the new training and learning hub

22/03/2019 578 views 5 likes
ESA / Education

On 29 March 2019, ESA will inaugurate Galaxia, a new permanent facility dedicated to innovative training and learning programmes for school teachers and university students from ESA Member States.

The new facility, part of ESA’s European Space Security and Education Centre (ESEC) in Belgium, adds value and reinforces the current ESA Education programme. Specific training programmes designed with the help of space experts, and delivered in state-of-the-art structures (the e-technology lab, the Training and Learning Facility, and the CubeSat Support Facility), address the development of skills and competences for the 21st  century at school and university levels, both in the form of courses and practical experience.

Together with space science and technology, education is one of ESA’s core activities. It is of strategic importance to nurture and prepare the European workforce, which the evolving space sector and society in general need to remain competitive and to overcome the current societal challenges, in line with the recent space strategy put forward by Europe.

29 March 2019, 14:00

Euro Space Centre, Devant les Hêtres 1, 6890 Transinne, Belgium

Part 1, 14:00 – 15:15

Galaxia, the new ESA Education training and learning hub

14:00 – 15:00

Welcome Mr Eric Morel de Westgaver – ESA Director for Industry, Procurement and Legal Services
Address Ms Sophie Wilmès – Minister in charge of the Science Policy, Belgium
Address Mr Francois Bellot – Minister of Mobility, Belgium
Address Mr Jean-Claude Marcourt – Vice President of the Government of the Wallonia-Brussel Federation, Belgium 
Address Mr Pierre-Yves Jeholet – Vice President of the Walloon Government, Belgium
Address Mr Elie Deblire – Chairman of the IDELUX Board of Directors, Belgium
Address Mr Hugo Marée – Head of the ESA Education Office
Testimonial The e-technology lab – a teacher experience,  Ms Alexandra Fratti, Greece
Testimonial The ESA Academy at ESEC-Galaxia, a university student perspective – Ms Lana Salmon (Ireland, member of the EIRSAT-1 team)
15:00 – 15:15  Interview opportunities for the press


Part 2, 15:20 – 16:00

Galaxia inauguration and visit

16:00 – 17:00


How to apply
Media with valid press credentials should write to by 28 March to register.

Euro Space Centre
Devant les Hêtres 1
6890 Transinne

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