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SARC Annual Meeting, 24th-25th August 2022, Kiruna

with Technical Visit ESRANGE, 26th August

August 24 @ 09:00 August 26 @ 12:00

Welcome to the SARC Annual Meeting 2022!

This year we are hosted at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) at its Space Campus in Kiruna. Join us to the North of Sweden to Kiruna for three days full of presentations, networking and technical (space) visits! As always, we especially welcome all SARC, NFFP7 and Graduate School of Space Technology PhD students to present their ongoing work in a short presentation.

Programme at a glance:

  • 24 – 25 August, SARC Annual Meeting, Space Campus LTU, Kiruna
  • 26 August Technical Visit to the ESRANGE Space Center, Kiruna.

Detailed Programme

DAY 1 – Aug 24 – Wednesday

  • Arrival:  light lunch “to grab” between 12-14.00 with sandwiches & fruits, coffee/tea  at Space Campus upon arrival from train station or airport – (please note: train/flight taxi needs reservation)
  • 14.00  Conference start: Welcome to Kiruna, Stefan Sydberg, Deputy Mayor Kiruna
    • SARC Graduate School: Petter Krus, professor LiU
    • Graduate School of Space Technology: Marta-Lena Antti, professor LTU
  • 14.45: Invited Speaker: Emilia Villani, “BARINet and Related Research Projects in Brazil”
  • 15.15  Program Part I (4 PhD project presentations*)
    • Vivek Richards Pakkam Gabriel
    • Emil Edin
    • José Manuel Faùndez Alarcòn
    • Simon Kern
  • 16.15 Refreshments (coffee/tea, cake)
  • 16.13 Study visit Space Campus Labs and IRF Space Physics
  • 18.30 Bus to Kiruna (new town center)
  • 19.00 Dinner at Scandic Kiruna

DAY 2 – Aug 25 – Thursday

  • 08.15  Bus to the Campus
  • 08.45  Welcome back to Space Campus
  • 08.50  Invited Speaker: Henrik Littorin, “Building of infrastructure and the creation of a test bed to speed up the way to commercial operations of electric aircraft and eVTOL” (online)
  • 09.20  Program Part II (4 PhD project presentations*)
    • Felix Larsson
    • Christopher Reichenwallner
    • Adelia Drego
    • Didunoluwa Obilanade
  • 10.20  Refreshments & Networking
  • 10.50  Program Part III (5 PhD project presentations*)
    • Jorge Lovaco
    • Bernd Weiss
    • Margor Clauss
    • Ludvig Knöös Franzén
    • Mohammed Arjomandi Rad
  • 12.05 Invited Speaker: René Laufer, “Space Campus Kiruna”
  • 12.35 Upcoming Activities and Closing Remarks
  • 12.50  Lunch Catering from Ripan (at LTU Space Campus)

*) Presentation instruction: 10 min/PhD project; short presentations 2-4 min+ Q/A 4-6  min, e.g. facilitated with quiz questions (gamification).

EXTRA Day 2 Afternoon Options:

  • 13.30 Introduction to the new PhD course Product Innovation for Aerospace Applications
  • 13.30 Meeting with the Advisory Board (online)
  • Thereafter:
    • Time for extra study visits and meetings
    • Time to discover nature or town
    • Local bus to city center (bus station E10)
  • 19.00 Dinner at Camp Ripan

EXTRA Day 3 – Aug 26 – Friday

  • 08.00 Bus to ESRANGE (from old city center/Bishops Arms via Scandic Kiruna)
              Technical Visit to the ESRANGE Space Center
  • 11.30  Lunch (Grab´n Go)
  • 12.00  Transport/Taxi to Airport (for the SAS 14:00 flight)
  • 13.15 Transport to Kiruna Airport (for the Norwegian flight 15:45 or train)


Participation is free of charge for Graduate School of Space Technology, SARC members and NFFP7-related PhD students, supervisors and researchers.

Late registration might be possible (in case of space left); register for the event via the registration form (link).

Please observe that there are only a few flights to/from Kiruna available, few hotels, and that train/flight taxi requires reservation. Also, this is the introduction to the PhD course Product Innovation for Aerospace Applications (description and registration available at place).

Practical Travel Information

Flights to Kiruna are offered by Norwegian and SAS. Flight times to/from Kiruna are announced as follows (but could be changed) ARN-KRN 12-13.30 (recommended, or come the day before, 21.00SAS or earlier), KRN-ARN 14.00 (or 17.10NW or 19.00SAS).

Hotels: Camp Ripan and Kiruna Folkhögskola (with excellent breakfast, both close to nature and the old town center which is now being moved), or the brand New Scandic Kiruna in the new city center. Please notice that most hotels are already fully booked!



August 24 @ 09:00
August 26 @ 12:00
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Luleå Tekniska Universitet
Swedish Aerospace Research Center

Luleå Tekniska Universitet Space Campus Kiruna

LTU Space Campus Kiruna
Kiruna, 98192 Sweden
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