What is a SpaceUp?

The first ever SpaceUp took place in San Diego in 2010. But what exactly is a “SpaceUp“?
SpaceUps are space “unconferences” where, as the name suggests, participants decide the topic, the schedule and the structure of the event. Everyone is, indeed, encouraged to give a talk, a round-table session or to just simply share ideas about space exploration, space engineering, astronomy and so on.


From 2010 the SpaceUp community has grown and many unconferences were held around the world. Here in Italy there were the SpaceUp Rome in 2015 and the SpaceUp Milan in 2016.
SpaceUp Pisa will be, so, the third Space Unconference in Italy!


Pisa, Italy


May 5-6, 2018


Keynote speakers

During the 2-day event, there will also be sessions held by experts and professionals.

Find out more about them!

Dario Kubler


Engineering Manager at Microchip Technology and Founder of ADAA

He owns a master in Electronic Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic and he is the Engineering Manager at Microchip Technology, a multinational company in the semiconductor market. In 2016 founded “ADAA” (Associazione per la Divulgazione Astronomica e Astronautica) an emerging association in the Italian realm of divulgation. In the astronautical field he participated to the “RLI” (Italian Lunar Radiometer) project under the direction of Dr. Claudio Maccone, in 2011 he contributed to the construction of CASPER, the Apollo Command Module replica on display at the Volandia museum, where he reconstructed a fully working and faithful replica of the onboard Apollo computer (AGC/DSKY) used to navigate to the Moon. Dario is a public lecturer with a specialization in astronomical and scientific subjects.

Simona Gallerani


Assistant Professor at Scuola Normale Superiore

Simona Gallerani is Assistant Professor at Scuola Normale Superiore and member of the Cosmology group at the Class of Science. She got her PhD in 2007 at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste. Her PhD Thesis was awarded the Gratton Prize for the best Italian PhD Thesis in 2007-2008. Her research activity is focused on the physical properties of the first galaxies and quasars formed after the Big Bang. She has published more than 70 papers (more than 50 in peer-reviewed journals) with more than 1800 citations. She is involved in several observational programs (e.g. ALMA) some of them based on space telescopes (e.g Chandra). She is lecturer of the Astrobiology course at the SNS.

Franco Frasconi


Lead Researcher at the INFN of Pisa

Dr. Frasconi received his Physics degree at the Bologna University. He was involved in the L3 experiment at LEP and in the LAA Project at CERN. He was also responsible of the development of the first vertex chamber installed within the ZEUS detector at DESY Laboratory. Since 1997 dr. Frasconi works at the National Institute for Nuclear Physics of Pisa (INFN Pisa) in the Gravitational Physics field and he is deeply involved in the Gravitational Waves research and studies. In 2016, together with the colleagues of the VIRGO and LIGO Collaborations, he has been awarded with the “Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics” for the great results obtained. Recently, his professional achievements have been underlined in the observation of two new events (GW170814 and GW170817) by using the Advanced VIRGO interferometer and confirming the first direct observation of Gravitational Waves (GW150914) on Earth.

Elena Grifoni Winters


Head of Cabinet – European Space Agency

Since April 2016, Elena Grifoni Winters is the Head of the ESA Director General’s Cabinet, and the Secretary of the ESA Council on behalf of the Director General.

Born in Pisa, graduated from the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Pisa, she started to work at the European Space Agency in 1987 in the Netherlands (ESTEC) and then at NASA in Washington D.C. and at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. Back to Europe, she managed the Education and Communication Office and the Strategic Planning Office of the Human Spaceflight Directorate. From 2007 to March 2016, she was responsible for institutional and international relations of the Human Spaceflight Directorate at ESA headquarters in Paris.

 Photo Credits © ESA-Nadia Imbert-Vier 

Marco Bassetto


PhD – University of Pisa

Marco Bassetto graduated in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 and, currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Pisa. His research activity is focused on mission design and trajectory analysis of spacecraft propelled with low-thrust propulsion systems. In particular, a lot of interest is addressed to the performance analysis of the electric solar wind sail, which is a propellant-less propulsion system recently invented by Dr Pekka Janhunen.

Nowadays, Marco Bassetto has published 7 papers on different peer-reviewed scientific journals on these topics.

Lorenzo Niccolai


PhD – University of Pisa

Lorenzo Niccolai received its Master degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2015 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Pisa. His main research topics consist of mission design and trajectory analysis of spacecraft propelled with low-thrust propulsion systems. In particular, a special focus is put on propellent-less propulsion systems, such as the solar sail and the recently conceived electric solar wind sail.

He has currently published 10 papers on several international peer-reviewed journal.


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