Spaceup Portugal

A SPACE unconference.
For the first time in Portugal.

7 October 2017


Number of tickets is limited and are given on a first come first served basis.

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

Vera Pinto 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.

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Cristina Fernandes

Ciência Viva

Cristina Fernandes is a science and technology management fellow at Ciência Viva, working as a scientific consultant of ESERO Portugal. She holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Oxford, having specialised in the study of active galaxies. Prior to her time working in Ciência Viva, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her main area of interest is space outreach and education.

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Laura Zanardini

Columbus module Flight Director

Laura Zanardini is currently the Columbus module Flight Director that oversees the operations of astronauts like Alex Gerst and Tim Peake on board the ISS Scientific Laboratory. She leads multiple European teams and ensures success of the operations inside the Columbus laboratory, while interfacing with NASA and the other International Partners.Laura owns a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master degree in Space Engineering, both obtained at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. She specialised in Human Spaceflight Operations and worked for the Italian Space Agency (ASI) at the NASA Johnson Space Center. She actively supported the preparation of and execution of three Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) missions (Flights ULF2, 17A and 19A) and she has been involved in the real time support of several other Shuttle missions (ULF3, 2J/A and 20A). She was also involved in real time of several Space Shuttle missions (ULF3, 2J/A and 20A).

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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 - -
10:00 - 10:30 Invited Speaker 1 - -
10:45 - 11:15 Invited Speaker 2 - -
11:15 - 11:40 Coffee Break
11:40 - 13:00 Participants Talks Participants Talks Participants Talks
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Participants Talks Participants Talks Participants Talks
16:00 - 16:45 Coffee Break
16:45 - 18:00 Participants Talks Participants Talks Participants Talks
18:00 - 18:30 Invited Speaker 3 - -
 18:30 - 19:00 Final Remarks - -
19:00 -  Drinks and Pizza

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. Since its beginning in 2013, ESERO Portugal has reached more than 3.000 teachers and 20.000 students. The presence of ESERO Portugal in this “unconference” aims to bring to discussion the interconnection between space and education.

The OeWF is paving the way to human missions to Mars, conducting interdisciplinary research together with international partners on exploration strategies for future human Mars expeditions.

HE Space specializes in personnel recruitment with an exclusive focus on the space sector. HE Space has concentrated its activities on supplying space experts to ESA, to EUMETSAT and to the European space industry for over 30 years.

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

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


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 in the participants fee

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