Portuguese Space Agency partners with ISU

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Minister Manuel Heitor, in charge of Science and Technology at the Portuguese Government, witnessed the signature of a multi-year memorandum between the Portuguese Space Agency (Portugal Space) and International Space University (ISU) on 1st September, during a special event with the participants and organizers of the ISU Executive Space Course held for the first time in Portugal.

The memorandum provides for collaboration in space education, research and professional training, as well as for financial aid for qualified Portuguese candidates to ISU’s programs.

Portugal Space President Chiara Manfletti, an alumna of ISU’s Master program, briefed the audience on the priorities for the development of the Portuguese space sector in industrial growth, sustainable development in space and the oceans and in education and training.

The event was also an opportunity for the signature of a memorandum with the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre), the international organisation promoting collaboration among governments and academia around the Atlantic Ocean in areas of Space, Oceans, Atmosphere, Climate Change Mitigation, Energy and Data Science.

The Executive Space Course was held from 31 August to 3 September 2020 at NOVA School of Business and Economics in Cascais, near Lisbon. Course participants were 22 professionals from Portuguese government agencies, research centres and universities, as well as from private companies and public agencies in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France and Ireland.

The lectures and workshops covered space policy, law, economics, business, science, engineering and applications and were delivered in hybrid mode with some participants and some lecturers being remote, following the highly interactive methods that ISU has successfully demonstrated this summer during the ISU Interactive Space Program.

The list of future collaborations with ISU’s partners in Portugal includes the student Team Project on “Space Technology for Sustainable Oceans”, a report to be written by a multidisciplinary group of some 15 students of the ISU Master class of MSS21 during the current academic year. All ISU Team Project reports are available on the ISU Library’s website.

Cover picture: Portugal’s Minister of Science and Technology Manuel Heitor and Portuguese Space Agency President Chiara Manfletti with ISU alumni, staff and students during the ISU Executive Space Course held in Lisbon from 31 Aug. to 3 September 2020.

Participants of the ISU Executive Space Course celebrating the completion of their Concurrent Engineering workshop, hosted by NOVA School of Business and Economics in Lisbon 31 Aug. to 3 September 2020.

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