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Sapienza Attends the UK Space Conference 2017


Sapienza’s commercial team attended the UK Space Conference in Manchester on 30 May – 1 June 2017. Mike Bearman, Andrea Bennetti, Frederique Berenbach, Andrew Coe and Anna Dimoulis from Sapienza participated, and our new partner Robbert Dijkstra from Lift BV also joined our stand to promote the Lift app.

The slogan for this year’s event was “Inspire, Enable, Connect”. Besides the standard high-quality content, the novelties this year included a networking evening the first day of the conference and Space 101, sessions that contained information for newcomers to the space sector.

On the first day of the conference, Sapienza sponsored a panel discussion on whether or not there is a shortage on skills in the space industry. Sapienza’s Managing Director, Mike Bearman, was one of the panellists. He was joined by Kathie Bowden (IEA and UK Space Agency), Dr Lucy Berthoud (University of Bristol), Dr Andy Wells (Sterling Geo) and Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli (AB5 Consulting).

In his opening speech, Mike argued that the skill scarcity in the space sector is only perceived, whereas the real issue lies in the traditional attitudes and recruitment practices of the industry. We should look for innovative ways of attracting new talent by opening wider the windows for entering the space sector. For Sapienza, teaming up with Lift is one way of bringing us closer to this goal. The app focuses on passion and potential, which makes it very different from the traditional approach. Furthermore, it is in no way tied to a specific industry. Watch the video with Mike’s speech on our YouTube channel to learn more.

All in all, the conference was a great opportunity for us to contemplate the current trends in the industry and the changes affecting it, such as Brexit. Through our stand, we were also able to present the activities of Sapienza and the innovative idea behind Lift. We talked to many interesting people and hope to build a fruitful cooperation with some of our new contacts. However, the biggest highlight of the event was seeing/meeting ESA astronaut Tim Peake in the flesh!

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