Presentations of the achievements of 15 Polish and 11 Belgian companies and science and research units in the space sector and 60 B2B talks held by representatives of these entities contributed to the program of the first Polish-Belgian Space Industry Day organized on September 14, 2017 by the Polish Space Agency, Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and the Embassy of Belgium in Warsaw.
The aim of the event was to familiarize oneself with the potential and competences of the space sector entities from Poland and Belgium, to facilitate companies establishing contacts and to start talks on cooperation in the field of space technologies.
The presentation meeting began with an official greeting, during which speakers were: Mr. Colonel Piotr Suszyński, Vice President of the PAK Defense Committee, Her Excellency Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Warsaw, Mrs. Colette Taquet, and Mr. Francois Xavier Thibaut, Specialist for space programs representing Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO). Mr. Paweł Szrot, Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, took part in it.
Later in the meeting the activities and achievements of their organizations were presented by representatives of the Space Industry Employers' Association and national companies and institutions such as: Asseco, Astronika, Cezamat, Creotech Instruments, GMV Innovating Solutions, Hertz Systems, ITTI, N7Space, PCO, PIAP Space, Solaris Optics , SpaceForest, Syderal Polska, PSNC (Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center) and PZL Warszawa Okęcie / Airbus.
On the Belgian side, the SKY WIN association (Aerospace Cluster of Wallonia - Aero-cosmic cluster of Wallonia) and its members: CSL, Sabca, Amos, Lambda-X and Sonaca and the VRI association (Flemish Space Industry - Association of the Flemoral Space Industry) presented their offer. ) and associated companies: CAE Leste, OPT Sensor Systems, Qinetiq and Von Karman Institute. During the B2B session planned for 4.5 hours, 60 individual meetings took place, during which representatives of Polish and Belgian entities discussed the possibilities and perspectives of implementing joint projects in the field of space technologies.
During the visit of Belgian entities in Poland, a meeting took place at the headquarters of the Center for Comic Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, whose aim was to present the potential and achievements of this institute and to start discussions on bilateral cooperation. Representatives of Belgian entities familiarized themselves with already implemented or currently conducted CBK projects in such areas as: mechatronics and satellite robotics, photonics, microelectronics, plasma physics, planetary geodesy and geodynamics, Earth observation and crisis management. There were also talks on possible cooperation within ESA's technological programs (TRP, GSTP).
The Polish-Belgian Space Industry Day ended the networking meeting at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Warsaw, which was organized with the significant involvement of Her Excellency Ambassador Colette Taquet. It has become a good opportunity to continue talks and strengthen contacts established by the representatives of the space industry of both countries and at the level of public administration (POLSA and BELSPO).
In the participants' opinion, the meetings were very fruitful and opened the way for cooperation between Polish and Belgian companies from the space sector. Further events are planned to develop this cooperation.
Supporting the development of the Polish space industry is one of the most important areas of PAK activity. The Polish-Belgian Space Industry Day is part of a series of meetings of Polish entrepreneurs organized by the agency with representatives of the space sector from other countries. So far, POLSA organized such meetings, among others with groups of entrepreneurs from China, Ukraine and Germany.