Announcement of the results of the 1st stage

On December 10, 2023, during the Silesian Science Festival, we announced the official results of the 1st stage of the contest. The finalists received qualification to the 2nd stage from prof. dr hab. Ryszard Koziołek, Rector of the University of Silesia, general director and leader of the Katowice - City of Science consortium, Joanna Przydatek from the Empiria i Wiedza Foundation and Milena Ratajczak and Jan Pomierny from the management board of the New Space Foundation. Congratulations to our twelve teams! Here we publish the names of the finalist teams, projects titles and affiliation.


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Are you currently working on a concept that could be applied in the realm of space explorations? Follow "Direction Space" and design an experiment that one day could go to the International Space Station!

We are looking for first-, second- and third-level students from Polish universities (including those studying majors not usually associated with space science and engineering), ready to take part in the extraterrestrial race.

Space applications need a variety of skills and we are not afraid to say that space is for everyone!


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  • Contest announcement

    June 2023

    Curious about space? Interested in science, technology, or engineering? Infuse your idea with a cosmic essence and embark on the Direction: Space journey. You are presented with an extraordinary opportunity to conceive, design, and develop experiments for the International Space Station (ISS). Don’t let this chance slip away!

  • Open call launch

    September 2023

    The contest welcomes participation from all regions of Poland, and is open for students from all Polish universities. Whether you are interested in engineering, physics, biology, medicine and you want to test your experiments in space – we need your expertise! The International Space Station serves as an exceptional platform for conducting scientific and technological research. By accessing this remarkable infrastructure, there is a chance that one day an astronaut could carry out your experiment. Join us in embracing this opportunity!

  • Regional winners’ announcement

    December 2023

    Following the submission deadline, a panel of international experts will evaluate your experiment concept and choose the most outstanding proposals. We aim to receive applications from all regions of Poland to ensure representation of students from the entire country. During the initial stage, the top proposals from each region in Poland will be thoroughly analysed, and the very best among them will be invited to the final stage of the contest.

  • Contest results

    March 2024

    Prior to the national final, each chosen team will be provided with an opportunity to collaborate with an expert, enhancing the technical and scientific aspects of their proposal. Your experiment ideas will be presented during the pitch session, where you will have a chance to showcase them to world-class experts in the field.

  • Study visits to ESA and CERN

    April 2024

    The winning teams will be invited to join the study trip to ESA and CERN, during which they will meet the experts and have a chance to use the required equipment and labs to improve the experiment projects. The best experiment will progress to a stage where, potentially, it could be developed and sent to the International Space Station.


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Contest organised in partnership with Direction Earth/Space initiative of the European Space Agency


Supporting partner – Direction Earth/Space operator