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.



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






08:15 - 09:15
Registration and welcome coffee
09:15 - 09:45
Welcome address by Romanian government representatives
  • Nicolae Hurduc, Minister for Research and Innovation, Romania
  • Gabriel-Beniamin Leș, Minister of National Defence, Romania
  • Marius-Ioan Piso, Romanian Space Agency
09:45 - 10:45
Keynote speeches
  • The EU Space Programme – Kamil Kiljanski, European Commission
  • Cooperation in Space for a secure future – Mark Doherty, European Space Agency
  • EGNSS contribution to society and economy – Reinhard Blasi, EU GNSS Agency
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 13:30
SESSION 1: Space for a Sustainable Growth
  • Space in support of the Sustainable Development Goals:
    • Space contribution for sustainable development – Claudia Muresan, European Commission
    • Earth Observation for sustainable development – Mark Doherty, European Space Agency
    • Copernicus Land Monitoring Service – Chris Steenmans, European Environmental Agency (EEA)
    • Copernicus Marine Service – Pierre Bahurel, Mercator International
    • Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service – Vincent-Henri Peuch, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
    • Use of EO data for atmospheric and environment monitoring in Romania – Anisoara Irimescu, Meteo Romania
  • Round table discussions with EU and regional users “Maximising the uptake of the EU Space programme for a sustainable growth”

Moderator: Dominique Tilmans, President, Eurisy

13:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 17:30
SESSION 2: Space for a Safe Society
  • Contribution of Space to EU and Regional Safety
    • 112, e-call, SAR – Vera Pinto, European Commission
    • Earth Observation for a safe and secure society – Zoltan Bartalis, European Space Agency
    • EU SatCen: A unique operational GEOINT instrument to support the EU External Action – Denis Bruckert, EU Satellite Centre
    • Copernicus Emergency Management Service – Stéphane Ourevitch, Copernicus Support Office
    • Implementing Advanced Mobile Location to improve emergency call response in Moldova – Constantin Gorincioi, National Single Service for Emergency Number 112, Republic of Moldova
    • Space Supporting Security Research and Operations in Romania – Gabriel Iancu, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Research Interministerial Group
    • Veneta Giorgeva, Bulgarian Maritime Administration
  • Round table discussions with EU and regional users “Maximising the uptake of the EU Space programme for a safer society”

Moderator: Dominique Tilmans, President, Eurisy

17:30 - 17:45
Closing remarks
  • Romanian Space Agency
  • Upcoming Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU
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
SESSION 3: Access to finance
  • Horizon 2020 for Space Entrepreneurs – Maria Vittoria D’Inzeo, European Commission
  • Access to finance in the space sector: an EIB perspective – Jaroslav Toth, European Investment Bank
  • Copernicus Start-up Programme – Zane Smilga, Verhaert
  • Copernicus Masters and Galileo Masters Innovation Competitions – Ines Kuehnert, Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)
11:00 - 12:30
SESSION 4: Satellite applications for safe and resilient cities.
  • AirText: Monitoring Air Pollution in Riga – Jānis Kleperis, Air Monitoring Specialist, Department of Housing and Environment, Riga City Council, Riga, Latvia
  • Muellweg: an application for citizens to help fight the dumping of illegal rubbish – Thomas Lennartz, Entrepreneur
  • Safe and Resilient Cities – Balkan Hackathon in Sofia – Kamen Iliev, Managing Director RST-TTO (Risk Space Transfer Office), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • RO-CHER project – satellite imagery-derived analysis of the cultural heritage sites and their surrounding – Gabriel Rustoiu, Managing Director, National Museum of Unification Alba Iulia
  • Connected bike sharing solutions for increased urban mobility – Andrei Botescu, Leading Pioneer, Pegas Bicycles Romania

Moderator: Grazia M. Fiore, User Programme Coordinator, Eurisy

12:30 - 13:30
Wrap-up and closing session



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)