SGAC Greece

National Point of Contact 
Adrianos Golemis
Adrianos Golemis
Jun 2014-Jun 2018
Leonidas Gargalis
Jul 2017-Jul 2019
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Welcome to the SGAC page of Greece! Herein you will find information about the activities of the Space Generation Advisory Council in the country as well as other news or happenings related to the space sector.

Space is an interdisciplinary field where people with diverse skill sets fit in. Greece, with its rich tradition and modern efforts, is no exception. Interested in a space career? Organizing an outreach event in Greece? Designing a cubesat? Looking for a scholarship to attend a space course? How could SGAC help? We invite you to discover how you can get involved!  Don’t hesitate to contact the Greek NPoCs for any queries, additional information, or even if you wish to communicate any upcoming events through the site - we'll be happy to assist in any way we can!


Young Space Activities Overview in Greece

Greece realizes its endeavours in space primarily through its European Space Agency (ESA) membership, which began in 2005. The country’s space sector is relatively new-born, yet developing rapidly.
At a national level, the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) represents Greece at ESA and together with the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) as well as other institutes, it coordinates Greece’s space research efforts.

The newly-formed, industry-led si-Cluster heads the country’s advancement in space technologies. Greek citizens are entitled to participate in research initiatives of or seek employment by ESA, Eumetsat and other international institutions that the country is part of.
Greek academics residing within the country or working abroad contribute frequently and substantially to international space research and applications on a variety of disciplines. Space science communication and dissemination is carried out by keen educators and volunteers who seek to motivate the younger generation to be part of the space sector and convince their contemporaries why it is important to invest in the long-term vision of space exploration and technology.
Greece has recently applied for the creation of an ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) and European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) to be established within its borders in order to boost space-related entrepreneurship and enhance local space outreach.

On top of this, Greece has developed bilateral relations with states pursuing national space programmes, resulting in collaborative endeavours such as “Helios II” (in this case, with France, Belgium and Spain). Similar agreements have been made at an industry level (closer cooperation with Israeli and French counterparts).


Country Specific Events in 2017

18-19 February 2017 - SG[Greece] - SG[Greece] is the first SGAC event organized in the country. It will take place on February 18-19, 2017 and its official language will be English. The event will be a 2-day workshop where young people cooperate with international space experts to come up with new ideas on how to advance the country's space interests. These innovative ideas will be then presented to conferences and symposia in the form of a white paper. Parallel to the workshop, a Public Outreach Talk by a European Astronaut is envisioned. - Athens, Greece.


Useful Web Links for the Young Generation in Greece

ESA in Greek - Official webpage of the European Space Agency in Greek.
GSRT - The General Secretariat for Research and Technology (ΓΓΕΤ) represents Greece at ESA and coordinates the country’s space endeavours.
Si-Cluster - Hellenic Space Technologies and Applications Cluster (si-Cluster) -
Academy of Athens, Office of Space Research & Technology - the Office of Space Research and Technology is headed by Professor Tom Krimigis.
National Observatory of Athens - NOA pioneers in many aspects of the space sector, ranging from research to education.
HASI - Website of the Hellenic Aerospace Industry.
Libre Space Foundation - The Libre Space Foundation has created the first-ever open-source satellite as well as other interesting space-related projects.
Master of Science in Space Science, Technologies and Applications - Master’s degree on Space Science, Technologies and Applications by the University of Peloponnese and the National Observatory of Athens.
International Space University - ISU provides interdisciplinary education on space sciences. The University has a populous Greek alumni community.
Hel.A.S. - Website of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (ΕΛ.Α.Σ.).
Olympian Centre for Astrophysics - The OCfA is a non-profit institution that organizes international astrophysical symposia and workshops of the highest quality in Greece.
TIE Lab - The Transformable and Intelligent Environments Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete conducts research on space architecture among other things.
Evgenidio Foundation - Evgenidio is home to one of the world’s most modern and advanced planetaria, the Foundation also collaborates with the European South Observatory (ESA) on outreach projects.
Noesis Thessaloniki - Noesis is a science centre and technology museum situated in northern Greece, it also hosts a planetarium.
Astronomy and Space Society of Volos - Etaireia Astronomias kai Diastimatos is an amateur astronomer society that has received great recognition for its space outreach endeavours, including an award from the President of the Greek Republic.
Friends of Astronomy Club Thessaloniki - Omilos Filon Astronomias (OFA) is an amateur club of astronomy lovers that contributes substantially to space education and research.
MissionX: Train like an Astronaut - Train like an Astronaut in Greece, ideal for schools!
ESA conference scholarship opportunities - ESA offers scholarship opportunities for students to attend conferences.
ESA EduSpace Website - ESA website with material on space education in Greek. 
ESA Brochure - ESA's educational brochure.
Yuri’s Night - Create your own space event on the anniversary of the first human spaceflight, 12 April! 
World Space Week - Join tens of thousands of people around the globe as we celebrate the World Space Week in October, sharing in formal or informal, educational or friendly events!

Greece from Space [Credits: ESA]

World Space Week 2015 with ESA's Rosetta at University of Athens

World Space Week 2015 with ESA's Rosetta at University of Athens

World Space Week 2015 with ESA's Rosetta at University of Athens

UPSat (University of Patras Satellite), the first open-source satellite constructed by University of Patras and Libre Space Foundation




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