The conference "Space for a Safe and Secure Society, supporting Sustainable Growth" will take place in Bucharest on 4-5 June 2019. It is organised by the European Commission, in collaboration with the Romanian Space Agency, the European Space Agency and Eurisy, under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and the Romanian Ministry for Research and Innovation. 


While addressing the EU space programmes, the conference will focus on the benefits brought by the Earth Observation, satellite navigation and communication technologies for the safety and security of the citizens as well as for the sustainable growth of the society.


A more detailed agenda, as well as information on logistics, can be found below. Participation to the conference is free for registered participants. You can register through the button below.


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Date:              Tuesday 04/06/2019 - Wednesday 05/06/2019

Language:      English

Cost:              Free of charge


Venue:           Bucharest University Central Libary

Address:        Strada Boteanu 1

City:               1010027 Bucharest, Romania






08:30 - 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee



09:30 - 09:45
Welcome address

Romanian Ministry for Research and Innovation


09:45 - 10:30
Keynote speeches
  • EU Space Strategy and Programme – Kamil Kiljanski, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
  • ESA Keynote speech


10:30 - 10:45
Coffee break
10:45 - 13:00
SESSION 1: Space for a Sustainable Growth
  • Space in support of the Sustainable Development Goals
    • Chris Steenmans, EEA: Copernicus Land Monitoring Service
    • Pierre Bahurel, Mercator Ocean: Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service
    • Vincent-Henri Peuch, ECMWF: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service
    • Mark Doherty, ESA
    • Vera Pinto, European Commission/Galileo and EGNOS unit
    • Stancalie G, Meteo Romania
  • Round table discussions with EU, ESA and regional users (moderator: Toby Clark, Eurisy)

                  “Maximising the uptake of the EU Space programme for a sustainable growth”

13:00 - 14:30
Lunch break


14:30 - 17:00
SESSION 2: Space for a safe and secure society
  • Contribution of Space to EU and Regional Safety and Security
    • Zoltan Bartalis, ESA
    • Copernicus Emergency Management Service (speaker TBC)
    • Copernicus Security Service (speaker TBC)
    • Vera Pinto, European Commission/Galileo
    • Veneta Giorgeva, Bulgarian Maritime Administration
    • Anastasia Malai - Implementing Advanced Mobile Location to improve Emergency call Response in Moldova
  • Round table discussions with EU, ESA and regional users (moderator: Dominique Tilmans, Eurisy)

                  “Maximising the uptake of the EU Space programme for a safer society”

17:00 - 17:30
Closing remarks
  • Upcoming Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Romanian Space Agency
19:00 - 22:00
Official dinner




08:30 - 09:30
Matchmaking breakfast


A Networking Breakfast is organised as part of the conference (taking place on 5 June 2019 from 08:30 to 09:30), with the objective to provide interested participants with the opportunity to schedule face-to-face meetings with other participants and to explore common areas of interest for cooperation. People wanting to attend only the matchmaking breakfast are invited to register directly on its dedicated platform.

09:30 - 11:00
Access to finance
  • Copernicus Start-up Programme (Zane Smilga, Verhaert)
  • Copernicus and Galileo Masters (Ines Kuhnert, AZO)
  • H2020 opportunities (speaker DG GROW TBC)
  • Jaroslav Toth, European Investment bank



11:00 - 12:30
Satellite applications for safe and resilient cities
  • Janis Kleperis - Air quality monitoring in Riga
  • Thomas Lennartz - Muellweg: an application for citizens to help fight the dumping of illegal rubbish
  • Kamen Iliev  - Promoting satellite applications in Sofia (TBC)
  • Gabriel Rustoiu – National Museum of Alba Iulia, General Manager – presentation on Earth Observation for Cultural Heritage (TBC)


12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break



There is a variety of hotels in the vicinity of the venue. A list can be found through this link


Contact Information

Copernicus Support Office

Email: support [at] (please indicate "EU Space Programme conference Romania" in the subject line)