Four students from the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering of the University of Aegean recently won second place in the Europe-wide “Galileo & Copernicus Innovation Challenge” competition held in Helsinki, Finland.
The prestigious competition was held within the framework of European Space Week.
Athanasios Kapsalis, Zacharias Mitzelos, Nikolaos Potaris and Christos Christou won this well-regarded award for submitting a proposal which addresses natural disasters such as floods and fires, two topics directly affecting Greece.
The students also presented innovative ideas for a mechanism which makes possible a reduction of civil protection response times to emergencies.
The competition was a cooperative, rather than an individual, event in which students collaborated together to contribute to the scientific fields of observation and data collection regarding the Earth.
Students worked on how the EU’s ”Copernicus” Earth Observation Technologies can be used to deliver innovative ideas and applications related to the improved prediction of and response to emergencies, using satellite data, and provide solutions to real problems.
European Space Week is the culmination of all the European space programs held in 2019.
The event brings together business figures, policymakers, international experts and the space application user community for brainstorming and cooperative activities. The ESW for 2019 presented first-hand insights into the European Union’s space programs Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo, and updated the participants on the New Space Economy.
The event’s participants also discussed how space solutions can contribute to a sustainable Europe and a sustainable future.