On 22 and 23 September 2012 the first SpaceUp "Unconference" in Europe will open its gates to participants at the Cosmodrome Planetarium in Genk, Belgium. SpaceUp is a new communication channel, rooted in the social media world. It is an unconference, meaning that the event is organized, apart from the actual program itself. The conference attendees determine the event content themselves. All people attending are expected to fill a conference slot with a space-related subject, gradually filling a blank grid of time slots. This very open format allows a great variety of visions, ideas and projects to be presented and discussed. It enables all levels in the space and astronomy sector to discuss topics they deem relevant. From space entrepreneurs, scientists, educators and futurists to students and enthusiasts, all are welcome.
The SpaceUp concept was born in the United States in 2010. This year, six young space bloggers and tweeps from four European countries teamed up to test SpaceUp in Europe. Based on the great success in North America, they are certain they can spread the excitement about global space exploration to a new audience in Europe. In order to reach their goal they have teamed up with ESA, the International Space University and DLR, which are all supporting the event. A preliminary agenda is available on SpaceUp's website.