09:30 - 10:30 CET

EU Space for Users: User Consultation Platform Plenary

The User Consultation Platform puts the user at the centre of the EU Space Programme. This Plenary session gives the word to the users to report the Program on their needs and requirements collected during the dedicated session in the previous day, covering EGNSS and Copernicus, and for the first time, Satcom and SST. The users focus on Agriculture and Forestry, Environment, Rail, Urban Mobility, Road and automotive, Space and Resilient societies.    

 Rodrigo da Costa
Executive Director
Keynote speaker
Carmen Aguilera
Operational Market Development Manager
Adam Śmiałek
Space Systems Engineer
Georg Larscheid
Vice President Digital Business
Valentin Barreau
Head of SNCF Localisation team
Michael Doherty
Technology expert
Valentín Alfaya
Sustainability Director
Ana Luz Jiménez
Head od Seville Unit. Coordnator for Andalusia
DGT-Traffic General Directorat
Laura Moreno
10:30 - 10:40 CET


Christoph Kautz, Director for Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation, DG DEFIS, European Commission

Christoph Kautz
Director for Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation
European Commission - DG DEFIS
Keynote speaker
10:40 - 11:30 CET

Resilient supply chains for EU Space

EU Space ecosystem needs access to Critical Raw Materials and to key technologies to innovate, develop and manufacture and to guarantee competitiveness and resilience. It is essential to preserve a European edge on critical and emerging technologies, in strategic and critical sectors as space.  In addition, we need to tackle bottlenecks along global supply chains and to step up on economic security, by de-risking and partnering with countries around the world.

Paraskevi (Evi) Papantoniou
Head of Unit for Space Policy
European Commission - DG DEFIS
Philippe Clermont
VP Finance & Strategy
Geert Vandenhoeck
Director Global Sourcing & Strategic Development
Umicore ElectroOptic Materials
12:00 - 12:45 CET

EU Space for the Green Deal

In our quest to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and safeguard the long-term sustainability of our planet, the role of space-based data and services cannot be overstated. The European Space Programme offer a wealth of invaluable resources, enabling us to monitor natural resource utilization, measure greenhouse gas emissions, enforce discharge controls, and proactively address, reduce, and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, all while adapting to the challenges of climate change. Join us in this session to explore how the power of space technology can drive us towards a greener and more sustainable future.


David García Falin
Servicio de Calidad del Aire
Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Mauro Facchini
Head of Unit for Earth Observation
European Commission - DG DEFIS
Mathilde Allançon
Project Manager
Simonetta Cheli
Director of Earth Observation Programmes and Head of ESRIN
Carlo Buontempo
Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
12:45 - 13:30 CET

Space Data Uptake for Sustainability

In an era of rapidly evolving and exponentially growing space sector, understanding the complexity and potential of the space data economy is essential for businesses, governments, and individuals alike. With the increasing availability of satellite data and services, advancements in space technology, and a growing demand for space-based services, understanding how to best use space data is paramount. Join us for an insightful session that dives into the opportunities and challenges of harnessing the vast potential of space data.

Fiammetta Diani
Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation
Laurence Crosnier
Markets and Services Director
Mercator Ocean International
Jolanda van Eijndthoven
Head of Unit for Space data Economy & International Cooperation
European Commission - DG DEFIS
Timo Mustonen
Sustainable Space Economy
13:30 - 14:00 CET

Launch of the Copernicus Hubs

The Copernicus Thematic Hubs are single entry points for the ensemble of data, products and information generated by the Copernicus services and components for specific thematic or geographical areas. The Hubs correspond to specific EU policy needs and provide simplified access to key information on selected areas for various stakeholders, policy makers and users. In 2023, Copernicus is launching four Thematic Hubs; Health, Coastal, Energy and Arctic. Each Hub is operated by a Copernicus Entrusted Entity. 

An information session will be held on the 09/11/23 from 09:00 – 10:00 am.

Carlo Buontempo
Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
Mauro Facchini
Head of Unit for Earth Observation
European Commission - DG DEFIS
Christoph Kautz
Director for Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation
European Commission - DG DEFIS
Keynote speaker
Catherine Eginard
Deputy head of Unit – Communication, Human resources and Security of Information
European Commission - DG DEFIS
Pierre Bahurel
CEO of Mercator Ocean International, implementing the Copernicus Marine Service
Mercator Ocean International
14:30 - 14:40 CET


Catherine Kavvada, Director for secure and connected space, DG DEFIS - European Commission

Catherine Kavvada
Director for Secure and Connected Space

European Commission - DG DEFIS
Keynote speaker
14:40 - 15:30 CET

Innovate within the EU: Opportunities and New Ventures Powered by CASSINI (Rising Stars & Testimonials)

The session will bring together EU entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the space industry to discuss how CASSINI is supporting their business. It will seek to catalyse concrete actions on how to boost the market with more suppliers and new services to support Europe’s strategic agenda and ensure economic competitiveness.

Eva Haas
Head of Strategic Accounts
Novica Mrdovic Vianello
Managing Partner
Star Tech Ventures
Sara Correyero Plaza
Lara Tassan Zanin
Senior Advisor - Space and Cyber Lead
European Investment Bank Group
Fiammetta Diani
Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation
15:30 - 16:15 CET

New Ways of Doing Space

The session will bring together representatives from public and private organisations in the endeavour to discuss the evolving landscape of doing space in Europe, characterized by the progressive use of new instruments (e.g. innovation procurement) and new business models (e.g. public-private partnership) and see how these can be further improved and expanded to other initiatives.

Charles Galland
Policy Manager
Guillaume de la Brosse
Head of Unit for Innovation and New Space – Space defence
European Commission - DG DEFIS
Leila Ajjabou
Market and Innovation Officer
Shruti Vyas
Senior Manager EU Programmes
SES Satellite
Lucia Linares
Head of space transportation strategy and institutional launches
16:00 - 18:00 CET

CASSINI "Speed dating" (B2B parallel session)

Interested entities can send an email to to book a slot for a dedicated speed-dating meeting with COM and other European institutions.

This session will not be livestreamed.

16:45 - 18:00 CET

EU Space for Skills and Inclusion

The session will bring together figures from diverse EU organizations, academia, industries, and associations to engage in a focused dialogue on fostering skills development, promoting equality, and enhancing inclusion within the EU space sector. The main objective is to strategise and inspire practical initiatives that will empower a highly skilled and diverse EU space workforce, thereby accelerating the EU's transformation towards a resilient, green and digitally advanced space economy. 

Christina Giannopapa
Head of the Office of the Executive Director
Miray Subasi
Student Council President
Danny Vandenbroucke
Research Manager
KU Leuven
Grazia Fiore
Space Y Representative
Space Y
Monika Krzyżanowska
Diana Pueyo
Board Member
Women in Aerospace Europe
18:00 - 18:30 CET

CASSINI Maritime Prize Awards

With the CASSINI Prize for digital space applications, the EU intends to incentivise high technology space-based solutions to detect, monitor and track plastic pollution in rivers, lakes, shores and coastal zones and to support its removal. The award ceremony will unveil the names of winners and reward the top three proposals with EUR 0.95 million each.  

18:30 - 20:00 CET