The Portuguese Space Agency and the Higher Technology Institute receive the largest international programme of space studies in 2022. The programme will be received at Taguspark, in Oeiras, and on the campus of the IST, in Lisbon.
The Portuguese Space Agency, Portugal Space, and the Higher Technology Institute (IST) were chosen by the International Space University (ISU) to organise the next round of the Space Studies Programme (SSP).
The project presented by Portugal Space and by the IST includes the implementation of the 2022 space studies programme at Taguspark, in Oeiras, and on the campus of the Institute, in Lisbon.
The SSP is an experience in professional development designed for postgraduate students and professionals from a broad range of disciplines, which covers the main fields of knowledge linked to Space.
The programme will bring to Portugal more than one hundred Space students, teachers and specialists from the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and other space agencies in the coming year.
Inspired by Portugal’s connection to the sea, the Portuguese proposal is that the SSP should concentrate on the themes of Earth observation, the Ocean and climate change. The programme, which receives strong support from all technical departments and research centres, will include contact between students and the Portuguese space ecosystem, with field visits to research centres and domestic companies, including startups, being planned.
The value of the proposal was recognised by the ISU, which highlights this “access to domestic competencies in matters related to space in universities, research centres, government agencies and private enterprises”. “These resources, combined with high level academic and residential facilities and a welcoming and secure environment, make the SSP highly promising in 2022”, the ISU added.