2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities

About the event

The 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities (2nd SSEA) event follows the first symposium which was initiated and hosted by the Center of Studies and Activities for Space (CISAS) ’Giuseppe Colombo’ of the University of Padova in December 2015, and will continue to be an excellent forum for students, professors, and professionals from around Europe to present and discuss their educational space-related projects and programmes. The purposes of the symposium are:

  • To constitute a forum that enables a survey of educational space-related activities;
  • To share experiences among students and young professionals from different countries and to provide networking opportunities with international professionals within the space sector;
  • To increase the understanding of academic, industrial, and government organisations of the importance of hands-on activities and specialised training and learning opportunities for the next generation of space scientists and engineers.

The symposium focuses on tertiary education (University level).

The website of the 1st SSEA (Padova, Italy, 9-12 December 2015) is available here.


Opening of registration:

October 1, 2017

Closing the call for abstracts (extended):

November 20, 2017

Notification of acceptance:

December 20, 2017

Early bird registration deadline:

February 1, 2018

Submission of full paper:

March 10, 2018 (extended)


April 11-13, 2018


The program of the conference is the following:

April 11, Wednesday


Keynote lecture

Plenary and technical presentations

Lunch and coffee breaks

Welcome reception

April 12, Thursday

Plenary and technical presentations

Poster presentation

Lunch and coffee breaks

Yuri's night

April 13, Friday

Plenary and technical presentations

Award ceremony

Closing ceremony

Lunch and coffee breaks

Gala dinner

Final program is available here.

Handbook of the symposium is available here.

Book of abstracts of the symposium is available here.

Proceedings of the symposium is available here.

Call for Abstracts

For your convenience, our call for papers document is available in PDF format here.

The scientific/technical topics are including but not limited:

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Astrobiology
  • Environmental physics and chemistry
  • Space systems technologies
  • Land & aerial vehicles
  • Launch & re-entry systems
  • Space medicine
  • Space and satellite communications
  • Earth Observation
  • Small satellites missions
  • Emerging topics like space mining; planetary defense; Moon village concept
  • Space education strategies, programs & initiatives

Based on the interest of the authors, the following sections are planned among others:

  • Lessons learned from CubeSat missions
  • Challenges in rocket and balloon programs
  • Expectations of startup/spin off companies from educational projects
  • Network of universities in the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) project

We accept abstracts for oral and poster presentations. All accepted abstracts will be published electronically in the book of abstracts.

Authors will be asked to submit a full paper which will be published in the official conference proceedings after the symposium. We have a no show, no paper policy which means only those papers will be published in the conference proceedings whose authors participated the conference and hold their presentation (either oral or poster).

Prizes for the best poster and best oral presentation will be awarded during the gala dinner

Technical instructions


  • Abstracts must be written in English
  • Abstract length should not exceed 400 words
  • Abstract has to be submitted in PDF format, using our template
  • Template is available here in Microsoft Office format. The template has two pages, the first one is the template itself, the second one is a sample (which should be deleted before submission)


  • Abstracts cannot contain tables or drawings
  • Abstracts shall specify the main author and co-authors names and affiliations, and specify the corresponding author postal address, e-mail and phone

Abstract Submission

  • Abstracts has to be submitted through the EasyChair submission system.
  • When submitting, Easychair asks to put your abstract in a textfield at the submission form. Please provide the text of your abstract in the requested textfield and upload your abstract as a PDF file.
  • Direct link for submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2ndssea

Technical instructions for full papers

Full paper - format:

  • Papers must be written in English.
  • Maximum length of full paper is 5 pages. If the paper has more than 5 pages, every extra page will be charged with 50 EUR/page publication fee.
  • Full paper has to be submitted in PDF format, using our template.
  • Template is available here in Microsoft Office format.

Full paper - submission:

  • Full paper has to be submitted through the EasyChair submission system. Login into the system and update your original uploaded abstract with the PDF of the full paper.
  • Direct link for submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2ndssea

Scholarship opportunities

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available for students attending the conference and presenting results of their educational projects who have had their abstracts accepted:

  • For current full time European Students who have participated in a ESA Academy event or programme: (http://www.esa.int/Education/Conference_opportunities_for_sponsored_students)
    ESA sponsorship covers the reimbursement of the early-bird student registration fee and provides a maximum reimbursement towards travel
    €200 and accommodation of €50/night (payable on production of receipts)
  • For students who have participated in the REXUS/BEXUS programme under DLR sponsorship (i.e. those who are studying at a University in Germany): To apply send your request for sponsorship including the accepted abstract to: rexusbexus@zarm.uni-bremen.de DLR sponsorship covers the reimbursement of the early-bird student registration fee and provides a maximum reimbursement towards travel
    €200 and accommodation of €50/night (payable on production of receipts)
  • For Hungarian students and young professionals, the Hungarian Astronautical Society offers special scholarship which covers the reimbursement of the early-bird student / young professional registration fee. More information will be available on the website of MANT (http://www.mant.hu) in December.


Online registration has been closed. For onsite registration, please contact us at ssea@mail.bme.hu. Sorry, no walk-in onsite registration.

Category Early Bird Regular
Full-time students (no age limit) 100 EUR 150 EUR
Young professionals (no older than 35 years of age on the day of start of the Symposium) 150 EUR 200 EUR
Full-paying participants 250 EUR 350 EUR


Those selecting the students registration category will be requested to provide evidence of their 2018 full-time student status when collecting their registration at the Symposium.

Young professionals:

Those selecting the young professionals registration category will have to present their ID card or passport as a proof of the 35 years of age limitation when collecting their registration at the Symposim.

How to pay the registration fee?

Following the online registration, registered parcitipants can pay the registration fee via bank transfer.
Name: Hungarian Astronautical Society
IBAN code: HU46 1070 0024 4947 8701 5110 0005

If the details of the bank is needed for the transfer,
Beneficiary Bank: CIB Bank
Address: H-1027 Budapest, Medve u. 4-14., Hungary
Account No.: 10700024-49478701-51100005


Dear Participant,

we list below some hotels for your consideration for the Conference period. These are either within walking distance or can be reached with public transport without changing lines from the Conference venue.



Budapest is easily approachable by plane, train, bus and car. Well-known airlines (including several low-cost airlines, e.g., Ryanair, WizzAir, EasyJet) have their regular flights to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture, but also for the relics of others who settled here. Remains from both Roman occupation and much later ruled by the Turks can still be seen in the city.The capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city: the hilly Buda and flat landed Pest.The panorama of Budapest is breathtaking, and it does not get old to look from the Fisherman's Bastion or Citadella onto its fantastic scenery.Budapest has a lot to offer. Museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and historic buildings, baths and pools are presented together with the influence of Secession in the city.There is an unmistakable feeling that something out of the ordinary is just around the corner, but what it will be is up to you to find out...

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)

The university offers perfect venue for the Symposium. BME, founded in 1782, is the most significant university of Technology in Hungary and is considered the world's oldest Institute of Technology which has university rank and structure. Nearly all of the large domestic and multinational companies have entered multiyear research cooperation agreements with the university, and installed well-equipped laboratories at the university. International relations of the university nearly cover the globe. Due to the good public transport system of the city, the university can be easily accessed by metro, trams and buses. A detailed map of the university can be found at here.


BME Space Forum

The Federated Innovation and Knowledge Centre (BME EIT) was created at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in 2009 to stimulate the research and development activity and to assist the exploitation of research achievements at the Faculty. Currently, BME EIT operates the BME Space Forum which mission is to harmonize and coordinate the activity of departments at BME participating in space activities by a common vision and strategy, to recognize the joint human and technical resources amd amazing achievements, to make internal and external knowledge transfer more efficient, and to utilize opportunities lying in synergies granted by joint capabilities and unified representation. The common aim of BME Space Forum members is to become the bridge between academic research and production, service application, and to participate all phases of research/development-innovation and application processes of space activity. Currently 12 Departments of 4 BME Faculties participate Space Forum voluntarily.

ESA Education Office

ESA's Education Office is responsible for the Agency's corporate education programme bringing together young people from many different nations. The aim is to help young Europeans, aged from 6 to 28, to gain and maintain an interest in science and technology, with the long-term objectives of contributing towards the creation of a knowledge-based society and ensuring the existence of a qualified workforce for the Agency that will ensure Europe’s continued leadership in space activities.

Hungarian Astronautical Society (MANT)

The Hungarian Astronautical Society (MANT in Hungarian) is a civil organization in Hungary that gathers space researchers , users of space technology and everyone who is interested in the interdisciplinary and state-of-the-art uses and research of outer space. The society was established in 1956 in Budapest, and it is the only Hungarianm ember of the International Astronautical Federation 8IFA) since 1959. The aim of MANT is to raise public awareness about space ativity and space applications. The society also provides an opportunity for space anthusiasts to meet, exchange ideas and work together. MANT, through its members from various fielsd of science, organizes conferences, youth forums, summer space camps, issues periodicals , releases media material and holds lectures about space research and connected scientific fields.



László Bacsárdi

Kálmán Kovács

Delegates from ESA Education Office

Alexander Kinnaird

Piero Galeone


Zsuzsanna Hartl-Beck


Dorottya Milánkovich

Volunteer’s Coordinator

Levente Pápay

Accommodation Coordinator

Petra Andrásiné Szántay

Web Coordinator

Tivadar Ottó

PR and Communications Coordinators

István Arnócz

Györgyi Dallos


Confirmed TPC members as of Nov 15, 2017

László Bacsárdi – Chair, Associate professor, University of Sopron

Kálmán Kovács – Co-chair, Associate professor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

László Csurgai-Horváth - Associate professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Lóránt Földváry - Associate professor, University of Óbuda

Alessandro Francesconi - Associate Professor of Space Systems, University of Padova

Sándor Frey - Senior scientist, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Piero Galeone - Head of the Tertiary Education Unit, Education Office, European Space Agency

Ferenc Horvai - Ministry of National Development, Hungary

Anton Ivanov - Senior Scientist, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Alexander Kinnaird - Education Office, European Space Agency

Michelle Lavagna - Associate Professor of Flight Dynamics, Politecnico di Milano

Antonio de Luca - Education Office, European Space Agency

János Lichtenberger - Professor, Eötvös Loránd University

Ali Nasseri - Chair, Space Generation Advisory Council

Szabolcs Rózsa - Associate professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics


For companies and institutions who would like to show their work/projects/opportunities, exhibition booths will be provided during the symposium. If you are interested in exhibition opportunities, please contact us at ssea@mail.bme.hu.

For those who would like to be partner of Symposium, sponsorship kit is available. Please contact us at ssea@mail.bme.hu.



Building V1
Egry József u. 18,
1111 Budapest


+36 1 463 3417