1st Pytheas Maritime Space Forum

Discover the impact of the EU Space Programme technologies on the shipping industry.

Are you interested in the shipping and/or space industry?

Register to participate in the Isalos.net and EUSPA Conference and Sessions, in order to be informed about the prospects of the EU Space programme and its possible benefits for a greener, smarter and safer shipping industry.

The Conference and sessions will take place on Friday, 15 and Saturday, 16 July 2022 at the Eugenides Foundation (Pendelis 11, Palaio Faliro).

Click here to register at the Maritime Space Conference (15/7/2022)


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Overview of the 1st Pytheas Maritime Space Forum

The European Union has been investing in new technologies to support its maritime policies and stimulate a sustainable blue economy at a European but also an international level. Many of these new technologies rely on data and services generated by the EU Space Programme and its systems: namely Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus.

Isalos.net is organizing a three-day forum in Athens, Greece to showcase the role that satellite technologies play in supporting safety at sea, optimizing navigation performance, and protecting the oceans.

The Summer Camp is organised with the collaboration of the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governance, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, HELMEPA (Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association), HEMEXPO (Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters) and WISTA Hellas.

Applicants across the EU have been selected to participate in the 1st Pytheas Maritime Space Forum, while certain sessions are open to everyone interested in the maritime industry and/or space technologies.

The Agenda of the 1st Pytheas Maritime Space Forum

1st Pytheas Maritime Space Forum
Friday 15 July 2022
10:00 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 11:00 Opening of the 1st Pytheas Space Maritime Forum
Introductions by:
Representative of Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy of the Hellenic Republic
Leonidas Dimitridis-Eugenides, President, Eugenides Foundation & IMO Goodwill Ambassador in Greece
Catherinne Kavvada, Director for Outreach and Innovation, European Commission, DG DEFIS
Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, EU Agency for the Space Programme
Athanassios Staveris-Polykalas, Secretary General of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance
Moderator: Marie Ménard, EUSPA
11:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Transforming the EU Maritime industry with the power of the EU Space Programme
Dr. George Pateras, Chairman, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Elpi Petraki, President, WISTA Hellas & Vice-President, Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association
Eleni Polychronopoulou, President, HEMEXPO & Executive Vice President, EPE S.A.
Dr. Christina Giannopapa, EU Agency for the Space Programme
Mr. Jorge-A. Sanchez-P., Member of the si-Cluster Steering Board, Chief Strategy & Financial Officer, Corallia
Moderator: Dr. Stefanos Chatzinikolaou, University of Piraeus
Discussion with audience (30’)
Saturday 16 July 2022
10:00 – 10:05 Introduction and Welcome
10:05 -10:50 Introduction to the EU Space Programme
EUSPA & the EU Space Programme, Dr. Christina Giannopapa, EUSPA
Copernicus overview: Gratianne Quade, Mercator Ocean
10:50 – 12:00 Galileo and EGNOS: Safe navigation at sea and in ports
Increased safety at sea with Galileo and EGNOS: Jérémie Benoist, EU Agency for the Space Programme
Copernicus for disaster management mitigation: European Maritime Safety Agency
Case Study of a collision/grounding: Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club
Why do marine insurers use space technologies: Mr. Gordon Robertson Director (Greece), The North of England P&I Association Limited
12:15 – 13:30 Marine Meteorology & Weather Forecasting
Carla Barroso, EUMETSAT
Prof. Manolis Plionis, Director, National Observatory of Athens
Dr. Nikos Mazarakis, Professor of Marine Meteorology, StormGeo
13:30 – 14:30 Optimising vessel’ performance with EU space data
EGNOS and Galileo for ship route optimization, EU Agency for the Space Programme
Copernicus for ship fuel reduction: Gratianne Quade, Mercator Ocean
Case Study: Jotun Greece

2022: The EU Year of Youth

2022 is the European Year of Youth, shining a light on the importance of the younger generation of Europeans and the need to build a better future – greener, digital and more inclusive. The forum will allow students and young professionals from across the European Union to share their vision about blue economy and the maritime industry and engage in educational and networking activities.


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The EU Agency for the Space Programme will contribute to the forum by offering expertise and knowledge in the fields of satellite navigation and Earth Observation.

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