The Sieradz Space Conference was held on 3-5 October 2017 and was dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the space age. Its symbolic beginning is the launch by the Soviet Union of the first artificial satellite Earth - Sputnik 1, which took off on October 4, 1957.
During the first day of the conference, the heritage of Arego Sternfeld, a great scholar and visionary born in Sieradz, was discussed.
The next two days were devoted to the possibilities of developing personal passions and interests related to broadly understood space subject within the framework of scientific work, setting up start-ups or starting work in the space sector companies. Paweł Pacek discussed the offer of the Industrial Development Agency for the domestic space sector, Dr. Witold Fedorowicz-Jackowski from GEOSYSTEMS Polska Sp. z o.o. he presented perspectives for possible development for the Polish entrepreneur of the space industry, and the achievements of the companies: Hertz Systems Ltd and Creotech Instruments S.A. Dr Krzysztof Czart from the editorial office of the magazine Urania. Advances in Astronomy "presented the idea of a portal for organizers and participants of events in the field of astronomy, astronautics and space technologies, and Robert Lubański, president of Mars Society Poland, summed up the activities of his organization so far. During the conference, students from Częstochowa, Łódź and Poznań shared their experiences in building the so-called analogs of Mars rovers.
The last day of the conference was dominated by the topics of planetary research, including the surface and sub-surface of Mars (dr Włodzimierz Kofman from the Solar System and Planetic Dynamics Team of the Central Academy of Sciences PAS - ZDUSiP CBK PAN - and Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics in Grenoble CNRS), observation and mission to Mars (dr Paweł Wajer - ZDUSiP CBK PAN), the origin of methane in the Martian atmosphere (dr. Daniel Mege - ZDUSiP CBK PAN) or the account of a stay in the analogue of the Martian habitat in the Utah desert (dr. Natalia Zalewska - Institute of Aviation and the Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences). A special guest was Dr. Krzysztof Ziołkowski - author of popular science books, who talked about selected space missions to planets, comets and planetoids of the solar system.
At the end of the conference, the laureates of the knowledge competition under the slogan "60 years of the space age - the direction of Mars" and the art contest "My new Martian house" were selected and awarded. They received material prizes - telescopes and astronomical literature - funded by min. by PAK. A short lecture for the laureates and the audience gathered was given by prof. dr hab. Cezary Specht, director of the PAK Education Department. The conference ended with a summary speech by dr hab. Marek Moszyński, vice president of PAK for science.
During the conference, employees of the POLSA Department of Education conducted lessons in the four secondary schools in Sieradz on "How does GPS work in the car?" And "Apollo 11 - A small step for man, but a big leap for humanity", which met with high enthusiasm of students .