Materials in Space Roundtable: Innovation meets tradition in flexible and smart solutions for space travel

Materials in Space Roundtable: Innovation meets tradition in flexible and smart solutions for space travel.

Traditional techniques are coming together with high end technology in Portugal, and are attracting interest from space agencies and futurists.

Friday, 11th of September, 11:00 – 12:00 – BST UTC+1

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Ana Pires

Ana Pires is a Researcher at INESC TEC’s Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and has been awarded a 6 years junior research contract under FCT/MCTES (CEECIND/00835/2018) on “Mapping underwater geological resources with robotics: a system tool for space-earth interaction and validation”.
She has a European Doctorate in Geosciences (Geological Resources and Geomaterials field) and MSc in Georesources and Geotechnics from Aveiro University, as well as a Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Degree (ISEP). She regularly collaborates as researcher with the former training centers where spent over 11 years related to multi and interdisciplinary projects (Laboratory of Cartography and Applied Geology – LABCARGA|ISEP and GeoBioTec|UA research unit). Between August 2019 to July 2020 she was an Invited-Scientist at School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto.

Presently she has been involved in several projects related to sustainable sea/marine mining, geotechnologies and georesources, such as EMSO-PT Project (supported by P2020 and FCT), INSite and MineHeritage Projects (supported by EIT Raw Materials). She works very closely with the preparation and submission of scientific or up-scaling projects related to underwater technologies. She is also the first Portuguese women to finish with success the Scientist-Astronaut Program, Class of 1802, under the framework of Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) supported by NASA, and she continues to pursue the space training and to attend the research programs. Currently she is the Co-Chair Knowledge Management of “Space For All Nations” (SFAN) project developed by the International Institute for Astronautical Science (IIAS) and PoSSUM Program. Since 2018 she has also made efforts in Portugal to promote human space flight, astrogeology, technology, robotics, STEM outreach activities, and has also been invited to numerous public talks, media interviews and conference events.

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FNDMT | Ana Pires
FNDMT | Carlos Duarte
Carlos Duarte

Member of ACC Executive Board, responsible for Strategic Business Development and Partnerships & Alliances, having studied IT Engineering.

Experienced on multi-cultural working environments, always working on Business Development & Innovation on the Cork industry, on high-tech sectors related to Automotive, Transportation, Aerospace, Construction and Flooring industry.

Skilled in Strategy, Marketing Management, Negotiation, Sales, and Business Development, being fluent in multiple languages.

My passions are my family, love to read, and I’m a strong Sports fan, supporting Sporting Lisbon, a clear indicator of resilience J.

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Chiara Manfletti

Chiara Manfletti has a dual Italian and German nationality. She holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London (2001), a masters degree in “space studies” from the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg (2002) and a PhD from German University of Aachen (2010). She also holds a masters in history from the UK Open University (2013). She worked for the German Aerospace Center, DLR, as a research engineer in the field of liquid rocket propulsion and later joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2016, where she has been the Programme Advisor to the Director General at the agency’s headquarters in Paris. She is now the President of the Portuguese Space Agency, Portugal Space.

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FNDMT | Chiara Manfletti
FNDMT | Rishkandha Tomar
Rishkandha Tomar

Rishkandha Tomar is spearheading TOMARS space tourism lifestyle retail venture. At TOMARS she spearheads CX strategy with some of the top brands and people in the space, immersive tech and lifestyle industry.
She is very closely networked in multidisciplinary innovative lifestyle, aerospace, and fashion startups and investors.

She is teaching assistant for “LSD: Leadership Skill Development,” and counseling at XR Accelerator Center.

She also passionately contributes for a leading Immersive Infotainment Venture – BTXCity, which focuses on the voyage for multi-planetary terraforming events and start-ups.

Rishkandha is a Business of Fashion alumni from Polimoda, Florence.

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Temidayo Oniosun

Temidayo is the Founder and Managing Director of Space in Africa, the authority on news, data and market analysis for the African space and satellite industry. He regularly appears on various media commenting on the African Space and Satellite Program and he advises Governments and Commercial space players in the African Space and Satellite sectors Industry value chain. Temidayo is a 2020 Karman Fellow and has a Masters degree in Satellite Applications from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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FNDMT | Temidayo Oniosun

Our moderator. Our team.

Lisa Lang

Lisa Lang is a European entrepreneur, technologist and international speaker. Her brands ElektroCouture,  ThePowerHouse and OFundamentO are leading agencies for FashionTech, wearable technologies, smart textiles manufacturing and making things glow. Recognized as one of the top 50 women in tech (EU), top 100 most influential people in wearable tech worldwide, one of 25 leaders in fashion and technology worldwide, and has been listed as one of the 50 most important women for innovation & startups in the EU.

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