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Overview of the Event

What is the Summer Space Festival?

An amazing day, free, open to all and without registration, to discover the world of space!

During the day, we will discuss about space exploration, about innovation on Earth but also about questions that we ask ourselves such as :

  • Why do we go back on the Moon?
  • When will we go to Mars?
  • Will we find any life in the Universe?
  • How to live in and to explore space?
  • What are the benefits on Earth?
  • How does the space sector help to tackle climate change?
Picture of the Earth taken from space, with a Crew Dragon spacecraft in the distance
Picture of the Earth, taken from the window of a Crew Dragon spacecraft

Who is it for?

Curious take note! Children or students, simply curious or passionate about space?
The festival is aimed at everyone, with a large and diversified program so that everyone can enjoy it. Our scientific host Florence Porcel and our renowned speakers will make these fascinating subjects accessible to all. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we will offer you a show of images, sounds and videos of the Earth and of other worlds in which you can immerse yourself.

Our goal ?

  • Be the stuff dreams are made of, inspire and take people out of themselves
  • Explain what is done in space and raise awareness about the applications of the space sector in our lives
  • Arouse interest and guide young people towards new professions
  • To promote innovative spatial activities in the Hauts-de-France region and in cross-border regions (Grand Est, Belgium, Luxembourg) and to highlight interregional and European collaborations.
Picture of the Moon with the Earth in the distance
Picture of the Saint-Sauveur station

Where ?

While making possible to follow the event entirely online, we will also welcome the public in a unique cultural place, well known by the public of Lille: the Saint-Sauveur train station. This former railway station, built in 1865, is a hotspot for cultural and leisure activities in the city of Lille.

Combining the industrial legacy of the North and its reconversion into a young and dynamic region, the Saint-Sauveur Station will welcome you "Haut et Fort" (as we say here) and take you closer to the stars. A large outdoor seating area will feature the open-air stage, as well as exhibitors' stands (associations, schools, companies, etc.). In the mood for French fries or a cold drink? The Bistro de la Gare is waiting for you in the old train hall. We are grateful to the city of Lille which gave us the opportunity to welcome you in this place of particular significance, in a relaxed and summery atmosphere.

What is the Summer Space Festival?

An amazing day, free, open to all and without registration, to discover the world of space!

During the day, we will discuss about space exploration, about innovation on Earth but also about questions that we ask ourselves such as :

  • Why do we go back on the Moon?
  • When will we go to Mars?
  • Will we find any life in the Universe?
  • How to live in and to explore space?
  • What are the benefits on Earth?
  • How does the space sector help to tackle climate change?
Picture of the Earth taken from space, with a Crew Dragon spacecraft in the distance

Who is it for?

Curious take note! Children or students, simply curious or passionate about space?
The festival is aimed at everyone, with a large and diversified program so that everyone can enjoy it. Our scientific host Florence Porcel and our renowned speakers will make these fascinating subjects accessible to all. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we will offer you a show of images, sounds and videos of the Earth and of other worlds in which you can immerse yourself.

Picture of the Earth, taken from the window of a Crew Dragon spacecraft

Our goal ?

  • Be the stuff dreams are made of, inspire and take people out of themselves
  • Explain what is done in space and raise awareness about the applications of the space sector in our lives
  • Arouse interest and guide young people towards new professions
  • To promote innovative spatial activities in the Hauts-de-France region and in cross-border regions (Grand Est, Belgium, Luxembourg) and to highlight interregional and European collaborations.
Picture of the Moon with the Earth in the distance

Where ?

While making possible to follow the event entirely online, we will also welcome the public in a unique cultural place, well known by the public of Lille: the Saint-Sauveur train station. This former railway station, built in 1865, is a hotspot for cultural and leisure activities in the city of Lille.

Combining the industrial legacy of the North and its reconversion into a young and dynamic region, the Saint-Sauveur Station will welcome you "Haut et Fort" (as we say here) and take you closer to the stars. A large outdoor seating area will feature the open-air stage, as well as exhibitors' stands (associations, schools, companies, etc.). In the mood for French fries or a cold drink? The Bistro de la Gare is waiting for you in the old train hall. We are grateful to the city of Lille which gave us the opportunity to welcome you in this place of particular significance, in a relaxed and summery atmosphere.

Picture of the Saint-Sauveur station

On the agenda?

To make you dream! By taking you on board the International Space Station, to other planets, through our solar system, but also by sending you into the future and toward incredible human adventures.

We wish to inspire everyone by presenting the future perspectives offered by the space sector, but also to arouse interest among the youngest and to guide students who wish to join in the spatial adventure, by allowing them to get advice from passionate people.

Finally, our speakers will guide us through the human and technological achievements that allow us to go into space and explore the cosmos. They will also address the topic of how spatial technologies, for instance satellites, are helpful regarding our life on Earth on a day-to-day basis.

The program includes:

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Presentations of popularization and animations to discover the spatial sector
  • Stage: in French, at the Saint-Sauveur train station and broadcasted online
  • Public : everyone !
  • Topics: space exploration, Thomas Pesquet's mission, applications, innovation and diving into the future
Picture of one the control rooms of the ESA, dedicated to spatial operations
Conferences and round table discussions for passionate people
  • Scene: in English, virtual
  • Public: especially for English-speaking students
  • Subjects: spatial exploration, innovation and entrepreneurship, career guidance, advices about starting career in the spatial field and space from another perspective
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Exchange forum to meet associations, schools and companies
  • Stands at the Saint Sauveur train station
  • Space associations, academic institutions, innovation actors and partner companies
  • To get involved, find your way, discover, discuss, find professional opportunities
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Exchanges with European astronauts
  • Stage: in French, at the Saint Sauveur Station
  • To be confirmed
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Entertainment and relaxation
  • Movies, animations, etc.
Times are indicated as per CET (Paris time)

Our hosts
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Florence Porcel

Florence Porcel is an author, comedian and animator. She will host the French stage of the Summer Space Festival.

She puts all her skills at the service of scientific popularization, specialized in space and the sciences of the Universe.

She published two books, a comic book, and produces videos on two Youtube channels.

Discover the world of Florence Porcel

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Quentin Leicht

Scientific popularizer and creator of the Youtube channel Le Journal de l'Espace, Quentin Leicht will host the French stage of the Summer Space Festival.

Le Journal de l'Espace is a Youtube channel that summarizes the space news in a simple and pleasant way every week in video!

Discover his Youtube channel

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Charlotte Nassey - SGAC

Charlotte Nassey is a space lawyer and multi-disciplinary space enthusiast. She will host the English stage of the Summer Space Festival.

Currently supporting the Telecommunications programme of the European Space Agency, Charlotte is also an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council.

She hosts workshops and events promoting space and supporting diversity in the space sector.


Our speakers
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Jean-Jacques Dordain

Advisor spaceresource.lu
ESA Director General from 2003 to 2015

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Michel Tognini

French ESA astronaut
(2 space missions)
Former Chief of the European Astronauts Center ESA

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Claudie Haigneré

French ESA astronaut
(2 space missions)
Advisor to the ESA director general

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Patrick Michel

Research Director - Expert on Asteroids and Comets
Principal Investigator of the European mission Hera
Nice Observatory

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Aline Décadi

General secretary for the Association Planète Mars
Expert engineer in system security for Ariane 6 (ESA)

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Anthony Boccaletti

Vice-director
CNRS/Observatoire de Paris-PSL

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Rimal Abeed

Atmospheric sciences PhD Candidate

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Christophe Bonnal

Senior Expert - Space Debris
CNES

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Antoine Bocquier

Event Manager
System & Business engineer (ispace)

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Quentin Leicht

Founder of the youtube channel "Le Journal de l'Espace"
Scientific popularizer

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Clément Gallic

Co-founder and CEO of UnseenLabs

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Benoît Deper

Co-founder and CEO of AerospaceLab

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Lucie Campagnolo

Space and life sciences expert at the MEDES (Institute of medicine and spatial physiology)

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David Henri

Co-founder and CEO of Exotrail

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Juan de Dalmau

President of the International Space University

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Hilde Stenhuit

ICE Cubes Business Development at Space Applications Services

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Simon Hamel

System Engineer at the EPFL Space Center

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Bernard Foing

Director of ILEWG (International Lunar Exploration Working Group)
EuroMoonMars

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Ismael Gutiérrez

Co-founder and propulsion director at Arkadia Space

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François Leproux

R&D Engineer at Nimesis Technology
President of the regional group "Grand Est" at 3AF (Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France)

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Vivien Scottez

Astrophysicist
Institute of Astrophysics of Paris
Junia ISEN

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Lucy Van der Tas

Head of Talent Acquisition ESA

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Maximilian Nürmberger

Programme & Engineering Coordinator supporting the ESA Academy Unit, Aurora Technology B.V

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Valérie Ciarletti

Vice-Director LATMOS/IPSL
Principal Investigator of the WISDOM instrument for the ESA rover Rosalind Franklin

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Laura André-Boyet

Astronaut Instructor at ESA
Parabolic Flight instructor at Novespace

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Claude Nicollier

Swiss astronaut ESA
(4 space missions)
Honorary professor in Aerospace Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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Romain Charles

Spaceship FR & Support Officer for CNES at MEDES (Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology)

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Florian Marmuse

Head of Corporate Strategy & Development at Venture Orbital System
Former French National Point of Contact at SGAC (Space Generation Advisory Council)

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Carlos Espejel

Space Resources Utilization (SRU) Lead at ispace Europe

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Géraldine Naja

Acting director, Industry, Procurement and Legal Services at ESA

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Christophe Lasseur

Head of MELiSSA project & Life support coordinator at ESA

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Charlotte Nassey

Space Lawyer
SGAC member (Space Generation Advisory Council)

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Yulia Akisheva

PhD candidate on radiation protection for human spaceflight at ISAE-Supaero
Event manager at SGAC (Space Generation Advisory Council)

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Michel Stassart

Deputy managing director for space at Skywin

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Matthieu Levivier

Cofounder & COO of Citymagine, company laureate of the ESA-BIC incubator, supported by Euratechnologies

Interview Jean-Jacques Dordain


Practical information Welcome to Lille!
Registrations
  • It is not necessary to register, nor to have a health pass in order to participate in the event (<1000 people). However, the number of places will be limited to 400 people in order to accommodate participants safely and in respect of barrier gestures. If the maximum number of participants is reached at a given time, entry to the site will not be possible during this period.
Price
  • Free !
Place
  • Saint-Sauveur station and live on the internet: Summer Space Festival (3af.fr)!
    • 17 Boulevard Jean-Baptiste Lebas, Lille 59800
    • In front of the park with red fences (Parc Jean-Baptiste Lebas)
    • Plan :
Event plan
Date
  • Sunday July 4, 2021, from 9am to 10pm
  • First weekend of the summer vacations
How to get there?
  • Car (exit 2A, Lille Grand Palais, Lille Centre)
  • Public transport (metro line 2, stop Lille Grand Palais)
Online access ?
  • The event will be broadcast on Youtube or twitch here
  • You can also ask your questions
On-site services
  • WC
  • Catering
  • Access for people with reduced mobility (PRM)
Language
  • French: stage on site and broadcast online here.
  • English: online only here.
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