international kick-off

How space data can support human lives, health and development

26 May 2020
10:30 – 13:30 (CEST), Online Event

Address your questions to leading Space Stakeholders

Learn from the Challenge Partners

Get inspired by previous winners

Every year the International Kick-off of Galileo Masters and the Copernicus Masters gathers prominent representatives from key institutional and industrial players that actively shape the biggest innovation eco-system of the European Space Programme. Next to the high-level representatives of both competitions, at this year’s Kick-Off you will get the chance to virtually meet our broader partner community of 126 organisations from 34 countries worldwide. The joint prize pool of the competitions is EUR 1.5 million.

Innovators, Startups, SMEs, researchers, students, developers or representatives from institutions and industry as well as all space enthusiasts are welcome to join.


Ines Kühnert

Head of Galileo & Copernicus Competitions, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH


Thorsten Rudolph

Managing Director, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH

Josef Aschbacher

Director of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency (ESA)

Christoph Kautz

Head of Unit, DG DEFIS, B2 Space Research, Innovation and Start-ups, European Commission

Fiammetta Diani

Head of Market Development, European GNSS Agency (GSA)


Dr Rolf-Dieter Fischer

Director of Technology Marketing, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

Simon Jutz

Head Copernicus Space Office, EO Programmes Directorate, European Space Agency (ESA)

Martina Sindelar

Policy officer, DG DEFIS, B2 Space Research, Innovation and Start-ups, European Commission


Elisabeth Becker-Löffler

Senior Project Manager Digital Farming, BayWa

Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska

Head of R&D, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Johannes Schuster

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Aeroficial Intelligence

Robert Klarner

Robert Klarner

Technology Marketing, Head of Branch Office Oberpfaffenhofen, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Gunter Schreier

Deputy Director German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), DLR

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk

Senior Director - European Affairs, Planet

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Nadinè Galle

Co-Founder, CEO, Green City Watch


Alexandra Förster

DLR for the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Timo Hoffmann

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Robin Expert

Startup Ecosystem Manager, Airbus Defence and Space


The major European Space Programmes Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS help monitor some of the most pressing challenges today and can stimulate technological innovation, even more needed under the current challenging circumstances. They offer free and open data information from more than 30 satellites and further services, available to innovators, developers, scientist and businessmen. This data has tremendous potential to develop innovative solutions for fighting climate change or securing sustainable agriculture. Other application opportunities include improved health care in times of COVID-19. We are looking for your vision to use space data and services to benefit businesses and society!

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