Spaceup Portugal

A SPACE unconference.

9 February 2019


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What is included in the ticket?

Yummy lunch on Saturday
Coffee and snacks to keep you energized during the day
Inspirational talks by industry representatives (see speakers here)
An amazing experience you will not forget!


Vera Pinto Gomes

European Commission - EU Satellite Navigation Programmes

Milton Cordeiro

NASA Ames Research Center

Vera Pinto is a space enthusiast that have turned her passion into a career. She is a Policy Officer at the European Commission specialising in European Space Policy and European global satellite-based navigation systems: Galileo and EGNOS. She holds a Master's degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her time working at the European Commission, she was an EU Grant Manager for the Portuguese Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs. Her main area of interest is business development, market development and space innovation.

Milton Cordeiro has a PhD in Biotechnology with focus on biosensor development. In 2017, during the final stages of his PhD, Milton was selected for a 6 months Internship at NASA to work on the development of a biosensor for cardiac health monitoring. Currently, Milton is a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center involved in the development of in-space manufacture protocol of several biosensors.


Louise Lindblad


Ana Noronha

Ciência Viva

Louise is the co-founder and COO of Valispace, where she is developing a browser-based collaboration platform for engineers. Her background is in Engineering Physics and she has worked as a satellite systems engineer for several years before starting her own company.

Ana Noronha is the Executive Director of Ciência Viva and coordinates the outreach of scientific culture and education for Science and Technology, in particular Space Sciences and Ocean Literacy. Dr. Noronha is responsible for Ciência Viva's participation in projects supported by the European Union Research Framework Programme in Science, Society and Blue Growth (Horizon 2020) and is a member of the Advisory Committee on Education at the European Space Agency. Dr. Noronha holds a PhD in Physics from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.


Francisca Eiriz

ESA Space Solutions Centre

Mauro Gameiro

Critical Software

Francisca Eiriz is passionate about science, and space is her latest crush. She’s a Biochemist with a PhD in Neuroscience that came to the space sector because of her love for innovation and entrepreneur activities. Currently working as Innovation Manager at ESA Space Solutions Centre in Portugal, she’s in mainly working with downstream technology transfer in Portugal, and also fostering the use of satellite data in products and services to the benefits of the citizens, by Portuguese companies.

Mauro Gameiro is a Principal Engineer at Critical Software, providing technical support to business development, involvement in definition of business strategy and leading the elaboration of proposals. He has a wide portfolio on Space projects, being involved on development and validation of projects such as Galileo IOV, GAIA and Sentinel-3. Mauro has also played the role of software architect on the Solar Orbiter (Central Software), amoung several other projects.



This is what we have prepared for you:

  Auditorium Room 1 Room 2
9:00 - 9:30 Registration + Coffee
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome + Intro - -
9:45 - 11:00 Invited Speakers - -
11:00 - 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 - 13:00 Participants Talks Participants Talks Participants Talks
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Participants Talks Participants Talks Participants Talks
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:45 Participants Talks Participants Talks Participants Talks
16:45 - 18:00 Invited Speakers - -
 18:00 - 18:30 Final Remarks - -

This event wouldn't be possible without the help of our partners:

ESERO Portugal is an educational project from the European Space Agency in partnership with Ciência Viva. In Portugal, it occupies a very relevant role both in teacher training and in science and technology outreach in Space related areas.

Valispace is the smart collaboration platform for engineers. The software stores and structures engineering data and makes it all accessible through a web interface, where engineers can collaborate in real time, iterate design options, keep track of technical changes, analyze and visualize their data.

CRITICAL Software provides systems and software services for safety, mission and business-critical applications. They ensure that their clients meet the most demanding quality standards for software safety, performance and reliability. CRITICAL's data management solutions and services also provide clients with the information they need to manage their important assets and processes, helping them to achieve better business performance.

D-Orbit is a service provider for the traditional and new space sectors, with capabilities in satellite manufacturing, launch, deployment, satellite operations, end-of-life strategies and solutions, space propulsion and critical software.

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What is SpaceUp?

SpaceUp is a space unconference, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Unconferences have been held about technology, science, transit, and even cupcakes, but this is the first one focused on space exploration. Everyone who attends SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual “hallway conversations” turn into full-fledged topics. Read more at

What is an unconference?

It is all up to you! This is a participant-driven meeting, which means that you can talk about whatever topic you want, as long as it concerns directly or indirectly space or aeronautics.

Do I have to work in the space industry to attend?

Not at all! Having an interest in space is largely enough to attend to SpaceUp. This is the wide panel of the participants’ backgrounds that makes all the interest of each SpaceUp session.

Can I give a talk?

Sure! You can definitely go for it. All you have to do is to bring any material you will need (slides, laptop,etc). Each talk is supposed to last around 15 minutes, in this way every participant will be free to share his or her opinion and ideas. If everyone is encouraged to share and talk during SpaceUp, you don’t have to do your speech on your own! Talk to other participants and share interests with them are also part of the game.

Do I have to give a talk?

No, you don't have to give a talk, but you are highly encouraged to! SpaceUp is made by the participants so without participant talks, SpaceUp will not be so interesting.

Will there be food?

Yes! Food, drink and coffee are included.

Still confused?

Get to know SpaceUp better in this video:

Some photos from our first event in October 2017:


The event will take place at the Knowledge Pavillion (Pavilhao do Conhecimento)

Address: Mariano Gago, Av. José Malhoa 1990-203, Lisboa

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