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7th Space Dinner – Looking back

About two months ago, on Wednesday March 13, the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium was the location of our 7th Space Dinner. The theme this year was New Space, New Opportunities? The 7th edition of our annual flagship event again broke records, with over 338 registrations and even more people on the waiting list. Space enthusiasts from all kinds of backgrounds found their way to our event, as illustrated in the infographic above!

The event was kicked off with two presentations, one from Benoît Deper from Aerospacelab and one from Agnieszka Łukaszczyk from Planet. Benoît talked about New Space in Belgium and the role his recently founded company has to play in it. Agnieszka, on the other hand, told us about the achievements of Planet and what they have planned for the future.

Following the presentations, the beSPACE Awards 2019 were handed out. The beSPACE Award for Team of the Year 2019 went to the Master of Space Studies for passionately taking on the challenge to teach students from all kinds of backgrounds about space in all its fascinating aspects. The team’s efforts are very much appreciated by their students and have led to an increasing number of students over the years. On top of that, the work of the team has also contributed to the reputation of Belgium in the global space sector. The team is committed to inspire and educate students from all over the world and beSPACE believes the Master of Space Studies will continue to do so for many years to come.

The beSPACE Award for Personality of the Year 2019 went to Benoît Deper for his vision and drive to establish a New Space start-up in Belgium. He is the CEO and founder of Aerospacelab, with the ambitious mission to combine optical data collected via in-house developed small satellites with other types of data for a variety of applications. The data that is collected and processed by his company can support others in their scientific and engineering endeavours. His passionate work also acts as an example for other (space) entrepreneurs. In short, beSPACE hopes that Benoît can play his part in the development of the Belgian and global space industry.

The evening was concluded with the Planetarium show Phantom of the Universe and a walking dinner, allowing the participants to network and talk about space in a relaxed atmosphere.


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7th Space Dinner – 13.03.2019 – Planetarium Brussels

Just over two weeks left before we welcome you to our 7th Space Dinner in a row! We invite you for two inspiring presentations, followed by a free planetarium show and walking dinner. Of course we will also hand out the beSPACE Awards for Personality of the Year and Team of the Year for the third time. The perfect opportunity to network with other space enthusiasts! If you don’t know what a Space Dinner is you can check out this post about last year’s edition.

Facebook event with free registration: right here!

The theme of this year’s Space Dinner is New Space, New Opportunities? The following two speakers will each approach this topic from their own angle.

Benoît Deper
Founder & CEO – Aerospacelab
Prior to founding Aerospacelab in 2017, Benoît Deper has worked as a Research Associate at the IMD Business School, Lead Engineer and CTO of Swiss Space Systems, Young Graduate Trainee in the Systems Engineering directorate at the European Space Agency. Before that, he started as an intern at the Small Satellite Group at NASA Ames Research Center where he was working on the PhoneSat project while being involved in a newspace startup company in the Bay Area. He studied engineering in Belgium at UCLouvain (mechatronics) and KULeuven (artificial intelligence), and is also an alumnus of ISAE SUPAERO in Toulouse.

Presentation: Newspace in Belgium

Agnieszka Łukaszczyk
Senior Director, European Affairs – Planet
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is a Senior Director for European Affairs at Planet. A Polish/American national, she has worked at the European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth Unit. She also worked at the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, Space Policy and Research Unit. Before she joined the Commission, Agnieszka was the Brussels Office Director for the Secure World Foundation. In addition, she is the former Chairperson and the former Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. Agnieszka also worked at the European Space Policy Institute as a research fellow. Agnieszka serves as the Vice President – Europe for the World Space Week and sits on the Board Of Directors for Women in Aerospace-Europe. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Space Security at the Polish Defence Academy. She holds a Master’s degree from the Warsaw School of Economics in Management of Space in New Economies and a Master’s degree from the American University School of International Service in International Politics plus a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. She also studied at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium; the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland. She gained professional experience at the Political Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, American Electronics Association in Brussels, European Department of the Polish Senate in Warsaw and the Warsaw Business Journal.

Presentation: See Change. Change the World.

Date: Wednesday 13.03.2019

Location:  Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Avenue de Bouchout 10, 1020 Brussels


  • 18:30 – Doors open
  • 19:00 – Presentations
  • 19:50 – beSPACE Awards
  • 20:00 – Planetarium show
  • 20:30 – Walking dinner & networking
  • 22:00 – End

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