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Come speed dat­ing with women from the space sector!

On Friday 25 March, girls in the sec­ond and third grades of sec­ondary edu­ca­tion can get to know women who are active in the space indus­try. Pitch talks by 4 women who work pas­sion­ate­ly in the space sec­tor, speed dat­ing with 12 female pro­fes­sion­als in groups and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it the exhi­bi­tion stands after­wards.

Rijschoolstraat 4, 3000 Leuven (entrance also pos­si­ble via Diestsestraat 49)


9h15: Welcome par­tic­i­pants and take place in the room

9h30: Welcome and pur­pose of this event (Prof. Conny Aerts)

9:40 — 10:15: 5 Pitch talks by 4 women who work with pas­sion in the space sec­tor and briefly tell who they are and what fas­ci­nates them on a dai­ly basis

10h15 — 10h30: Pause

10:30 — 11:30: Speed-dat­ing with female pro­fes­sion­als. Besides the 4 pitch­ers, anoth­er 12 women will answer all your ques­tions in group dis­cus­sions, in a cosy and infor­mal meet & greet” for­mat.

11h30 — 12h: Recording of the Girlpower Pitch video

12:00 – 13:00: Cosy veggie/​vegan sand­wich lunch free of cost for all ladies@space par­tic­i­pants, to dis­cuss the project after the show

Space Science & Technology some­thing for girls? Of course!

The fol­low­ing Ladies@Space will talk to the par­tic­i­pants:

Conny Aerts
, Professor and Asteroseismologist, Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven (organ­is­er)

Anik De Groof
, Solar Orbiter Science Operations Scientist, European Space Agency (ESA)

Ank De Wilde
, Founder & CEO Absolem

Elke D’Huys
, Principal Investigator PROBA2/SWAP tele­scope, Royal Observatory of Belgium

Clio Gielen
, Project Coordinator, Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven

Victoria Jadot
, Strategy & Sales Director, Eurosense

Els Knaeps
, Project Manager Water & Coast, Remote Sensing, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)

Karolien Lefever
, Director Communication, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA)

Natalie Leys
, Coordinator Space Life Science Research, SCK CEN

Jolien Malfait
, PhD stu­dent, Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven

Ils Reusen
, Project Manager Water Resources, Remote Sensing, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)

Hilde Stenuit
, ICE Cubes Business Development, Space Applications

Eleonore Théry
, Product Assurance Engineer, OIP Space Solutions

Nadia This
, Safety Engineer, ISS Mission Operations Office, European Space Agency (ESA)

Tanja Van Achteren
, Project man­ag­er AI and Data Science, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)

Petra Vanlommel
, Space Weather Woman, Royal Observatory of Belgium

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