European Space Agency (ESA) Space2Connect Conference, Matera, 7-9 June 2023


Prof. Anna Masutti will be speaker at the European Space Agency (ESA) Space2Connect Conference, that will be held on 7-9 June 2023 in Matera, Italy.

This edition of ESA Space2Connect Conference 2023 is aimed at the entire satellite telecommunications value chain, covering both the commercial and institutional parts, to explore innovative space solutions to address society needs in terms of connectivity. Space2Connect 2023 programme starts with an overview of the connectivity habits and needs of Society, which will be used to shape the Ambition of the space telecommunications sector. By analysing the Enablers through which potential solutions can be made possible and focusing on what are the Values that must be an intrinsic part of this transformation, the goal of the conference is to shape the future of the Satcom sector, together.

DAY 1 – Wednesday 7th June – The Satcom Ambition

The first day of the conference will focus on using space to benefit citizens by exploring how Satcom can aid institutions and the commercial sector in providing essential services such as healthcare and education in rural areas. Attendees will discuss innovative ways to leverage Satcom to bridge the digital divide and improve access to critical services for those in remote and under-served areas. Moreover, the ambition of space is to continue to nourish human aspiration and call for joint efforts to enable connectivity to and for the Moon (and beyond!). This will create job opportunities and prosperity on Earth, while inspiring young people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, creating a highly qualified workforce for the future.

DAY 2 – Thursday 8th June – The Satcom Enablers and Values

On the second day of the conference, we will explore the key enablers that are necessary to ensure that new space-based solutions are made available to society in a timely manner. This will include discussions on emerging satellite communication systems, the role of Satcom in digital transformation, and the importance of technological innovation as the backbone of the sector. In the afternoon, we will focus on the values that the Satcom sector should embrace in order to provide new connectivity solutions to society. These values include sustainability and responsibility, which are integral to the DNA of Satcom, and are necessary for a prosperous and green future.

DAY 3 – Friday 9th June – The Satcom Innovation

Bridging to the third day, since it is also important to address the emerging connectivity needs driven by the new habits of end users such as gaming, metaverse, digital culture, art, tourism, we will have an evening event and “specials” dedicated to showcase and inspire NewSpace with new applications and new business models. Finally, on Friday the 2023 edition of Final Presentation Days, a unique opportunity for European and Canadian Industry and ESA technical experts to showcase the latest research and developments in advanced technology and products for the Satellite telecommunication market made within ESA’s ARTES 4.0 programmes portfolio.

Detailed information about invited speakers and the programme is available here.


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