Ever since a caveman decided to rub two sticks together and run the first experiment in combustion mechanics,mscience has played a major role in improving our everyday. We often think about scientists as people relegated to highly specialized laboratories – but science seeps into our everyday, builds growing businesses, and changes our world for the better. Science entrepreneurship and commercialization transform the present into the future.
Future Present is a full day conference that showcases the intersection of science and business. With it, we want to showcase the global aspects of science commercialization, the startup ecosystem in Bulgaria and the ways local entrepreneurs leverage science to change the future.
The event is organized under a program of and with support from the European Space Agency (ESA).
The future of private astronauts
Being an astronaut takes a lot of work. The training takes 17 weeks and includes field and survival trainings, learning to pilot aircrafts, working with space suits and space equipment, training in orbital mechanics, and more. We will dive deeper and imagine the future of private spaceflight.
Using lava tubes for human habitation on the Moon and Mars
Whenever we imagine our future Lunar or Martian bases, we’re thinking about domes on the surface. But is there another way? Lunar and Martian lava tubes are still generally unexplored, while they can possess great housing potential. Would we be able to live in them instead? Several real-life simulations show that the answer is a resounding “Yes.” We’ll take a peek into our future homes.
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Space security of the future
Space technology development has reached a turning point, transitioning from a phase of discovery to phases of commercialization and inevitably this would open the topic about enforcing law in space and space security. Different countries need to have means of defending their space assets from foreign intervention.
Opening the discussion on this sensitive topic among the general public is vital in order to secure a future of security and prosperity both on Earth and in space.
Fireside chat: How to build a science startup
A good idea is insufficient to build a successful science project. The entrepreneurs need to find ways to attract resources and persuade investors and partners about their concept’s merit. This task is not always easy and it requires science entrepreneurs to understand the ways venture funds, private investors, and grant and government contract programs assess new proposals.
Together with seasoned investment experts and serial entrepreneurs, we will take a look at the different ways that a scientific idea can become reality.
Fireside chat: Meeting business and academia for creating science talent