Past events list


  • Closing conference of the 2019 UCL to Mars mission

02/10/2019 at Louvain-la-Neuve link

  • ESA training co-organised between ESA and UCLouvain in LLN

9th ESA Advanced Training in Land Remote Sensing 16-20 sept 2019 - 8 guest teachers and practicals - in principle 92 selected participants (210 candidates) coming from various continents but mostly Europeans -

  • Talk at Louvain-la-Neuve on the topic of "Our place in the universe"

Locaiton : P Louvain-la-Neuve - UCLouvain - Auditory Sainte-Barbe 91
Time : 20:00
Date : March 30th 2019

Conference accessible to a general audience, children included.

  • Belgium College courses on "The great questions on habitability"

Location : Palais Provincial de Namur, Place Saint-Aubain 2, Namur
Time : 17:00-19:00 ; Date : from February 20th to April 3rd 2019

Course series on the habitability of Earth and other planets or moons of the solar system and primitive life, linked with EOS (Excellence of Science – FNRS & FWO) ET-HOME (Evolution and Tracers of the Habitability Of Mars and Earth)

Eau sur Mars © NASA
Water on Mars © NASA

Researches on habitability aim at better understanding the concept of habitability, i.e. environmental conditions allowing to welcome and maintain life.

Monocellulaire, vie primitive
Single cell, primitive life

Planets evolution relies on their composition, structure, core temperature and by their interaction with oceans and atmosphere if present.

Int Space Station © ESA
Int Space Station © ESA

The great questions on habitability also find answers in reliable biosignature research, through paleobiological analysis of microfossil considering their contamination by the present time ; complicated and delicate researches will be covered in the classes. Life in the international space station allows to illustrate life in other environments than Earth.

Météorite trouvée en Antarctique
Meteor found in Antartica

Classes will also cover what meteors can teach us, these relics of the past of our solar system, and even the effects of meteors on life itself. They will give a new point of view on the origin and conservation of life on other planets, Earth included.

  • Courses list for 2019:

Habitability : conditions, evolution, link with planets inside and space missions perspectives – Véronique Dehant - February 20th

Habitability : conditions, evolution, link with planets atmospheree and space missions perspectives – Ann Carine Vandaele - February 27th

Habitability : what can the first billions years of life on Earth teach us on the possibility of life on Mars? – Emmanuelle Javaux - March 13th

Habitability : through the prism of meteors – Vinciane Debaille - March 20th

Habitability : astronauts health on a Martian space station – Sarah Baatout - March 27th

Habitability : from meteors impacts to the understanding of evolution – Philippe Claeys - April 3rd

  • Symposium on the «4th CubeSat Industry Days»

ESA announced the "4th CubeSat Industry Days" which will take place from the 4th to the 6th of June 2019 at ESTEC, in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

For more information, instructions on how to apply and how to submit an abstract for the program, check the event website at:

This event takes place every two years. The event is a sharing forum for the information on the latest evolution of industry / future ESA priorities and activities in the Cubesat nanosatellites domain, to establish technology road maps / mission, as well as to debate regulatory and technical aspects of the challenges the industry is facing to maintain its growth and competitiveness in this innovative and dynamic space sector.