National Point of Contact
Welcome to the Romanian page for the Space Generation Advisory Council!
As part of the European Union (EU) and European Space Agency (ESA), with an amazing history and tradition behind, Romania is an important pillar of the current space research in Europe. The country is still under development and the transition between robust and ingenious inventions of brilliant engineers like Traian Vuia, Aurel Vlaicu, Elie Carafoli or Henri Coanda to the modern, electronic-based science is a challenge. A symbol of Romanian space activities is represented by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dumitru Prunariu, the Romanian cosmonaut that put our country on the map of space explorers. Professor Prunariu is member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) and permanent representative of ASE in United Nations Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UN-COPUOUS).
Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is contributing to the development of the country by providing counseling and support of the young generation, a discussion platform on space-related issues in Romania in the context of global space policy, connecting the space enthusiasts, offering leadership opportunities, attending meetings and giving YOU a voice: at United Nations (UN), at space agencies, in industry and in academic institutions. We are delighted to meet you (by contacting the National Point of Contact or joining the discussion forum) and we hope you join us!
Romania was selected to host the 3rd E-SGW in March 2018.
Youth Space Activities Overview In Romania
Most of the activities take place under the auspices of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), as well as under those of the engineering, technical and law faculties throughout the country, all of which are particularly oriented in education and outreach. Furthermore, Romania benefits from the existence of the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), which created a more than welcome connection between all the opportunities offered by ESA and the Romanian young generation. In 2017, Romania had three representatives at European Space Generation Workshop (E-SGW), an increased number of participants in ESA programmes, including graduates working in ESA Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) programme, and numerous internal space activities and outreach.
There are also plenty of opportunities for students to grow their knowledge by participating at Romanian space actors’ activities. In addition, since Romania is a member state of the European Space Agency, any Romanian student is entitled to participate to any program organized at ESA, as well as to attend any program from any EU member state country.
Country-Specific Events in 2018
As soon as we will have information about any event, we will update the Romanian mailing list and we will post on this webpage. Therefore, we strongly recommend getting in contact with us, subscribing at Romanian mailing list and to discussion forum.
9-10 March, 2018 - 3rd European Space Generation Workshop (E-SGW), Bucharest, Romania – a two-day workshop for space enthusiasts interested in the future of the European Space industry. The proposed working group topics are:
- Space and Cybersecurity
- Space Entrepreneurship
- Emerging Space – New Paradigms
- Space Explorations – Mars Focus
- Space Sustainability – Mitigating Debris
21st April and 13th October, 2018 - Astronomy Day - An event meant to promote the astronomy through open-air events, encompassing presentations, astronomic observations and demonstrations - National level, events in different cities. This event is free of cost. The organizers are:
- The club “The Universe near us” from Alba Iulia;
- Astronomic Observatory “Victor Anestin” Bacău;
- “Vasile Pârvan” Museum in Bârlad;
- Association of Astronomer Disciple from Miercurea Ciuc;
- Astronomic Observatory “Amiral Vasile Urseanu” Bucharest;
- Astronomical Observatory of the Naval Academy "Mircea cel Batran" (Observatorul astronomic al Academiei Navale "Mircea cel Bătrân") Constanța.
Last week of September (TBD) - Bucharest Science Festival - Annual event approaching a different thematic every year, meant to attract the younger generations towards science.
27th September, 2018 - European Researcher's Night (Noaptea Cercetătorilor) - This project addresses the curious ones, as well as the young generations who want to start their carriers in a scientific area. - National level, events in different cities.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Romania
Groups, People, Institutions
Romanian Space Agency - Official website of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)
Romania’s Space Agency (ROSA) Facebook Page
National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli” (INCAS)
Institute for Space Science (ISS)
Aerospace Engineering Faculty, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Astronomic Observatory, Bucharest - Official website of the Romanian Astronomic Observatory "Vasile Urseanu"
Romanian Academy, Institute for Legal Research
Astroclub Barlad – it consists of an astronomic observatory, planetarium and a club, aiming to connect the space enthusiasts in the county, by offering workshops, observations and different events.
Inventeaza.ro - a youth technical creation center that supports innovative initiatives in the technical field. It also offers courses for teenagers in the STEM field, offers scholarships and organizes science workshops and events.
Vanguard Technology - team of passionate engineers and volunteers, working on some of the most complex (and fun at the same time) projects (build rockets capable of launching small payloads (students', or other organizations' projects) high in the sky for research purposes).
Universul de Langa Noi – Universe next to us - is an amateur astronomy club in Alba Iulia and its surroundings, which aims to show the public the beauty of the sky.
Aeronautical Medical Society – Societatea de Medicina Aeronautica - professional, scientific organization of doctors and specialists operating in aeronautical medicine and other disciplines that cope with the efficiency of the human factor in aeronautics.
Societatea Astronomica Romana de Meteori – Romanian Astronomic Society of Meteors – Youth NGO promoting the national development of astronomy and collaboration between amateurs and professionals;
Codette - a community of girls and women, passionate about STEM who aim to find the needs of the community they come from and to realize a series of events based on education and personal development to encourage girls to study engineering.
Erdélyi Magyar Csillagászati Egyesület - Asociatia Astronomica Maghiara din Transilvania – Hungarian Astronomic Association in Transilvania, Romania.
All the space companies in Romania, are listed in alphabetical order on the ROSA dedicated webpage. We are listing here the main space actors in our country and the ones offering job opportunities for young people.
Elecnor Deimos Space Bucharest
Avioane Craiova – Airplanes Craiova
A-E Electronics Bacau
The complete scientific community in Romania that participates in space projects is presented in details on ROSA scientific page. However, we list here only the institutions that offer space studies for young generation.
ESERO Romania – European Space Education Resource Office invites kids, schools, teachers and students to their programmes and competitions. The activities are both at regional lever and European level, offering counseling and resources for teachers and educators and competitions for students.
Military Technical Academy Bucharest
Stiinta si Tehnica (Science and Technics) – also with a space focus departament. First science magazine in Romania, since 1884.
Descopera (Discover) – magazine focused on science but with news from astronomy and space sciences
Terra Magazin – also with English version – science magazine, published on a monthly basis since 1995. It is addressed to secondary school and gymnasium students, to students from the fields of natural and historical sciences, to researchers and to a broad public interested in the phenomena that are happening, around us.
The Romanian flag is raised alongside the flags of CERN’s other Member States, in the presence of the Romanian President, CERN’s Director-General, the President of the CERN Council and a large Romanian delegation.
On the 18th of March 2016, the Romanians celebrated 110 years since the first self-propelled flight with a machine heavier than air, made by Traian Vuia with his Vuia I airplane.
(Image: Maximilien Brice/ Sophia Bennett via CERN website)
In May 2016, Romania celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Mr Prunariu's cosmic flight, by organising the AstroFest.
(Image: The Romanian Space Agency)
(Image: Historic Wings website)