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This edition of ESA Space2Connect Conference 2023 is aimed at the entire satellite telecommunications value chain, covering both the commercial and institutional parts, to explore innovative space solutions to EMPOWER CONNECTIVITY FOR OUR SOCIETY.

Space2Connect 2023 programme starts with an overview of the connectivity habits and needs of Society, which will be used to shape the Ambition of the space telecommunications sector. By analysing the Enablers through which potential solutions can be made possible and focusing on what are the Values that must be an intrinsic part of this transformation, the goal of the conference is to shape the future of the Satcom sector, together!

DAY 1 - Wednesday 7th June - The Satcom Ambition

The first day of the conference will focus on using space to benefit citizens by exploring how Satcom can aid institutions and the commercial sector in providing essential services such as healthcare and education in rural areas. Attendees will discuss innovative ways to leverage Satcom to bridge the digital divide and improve access to critical services for those in remote and under-served areas. Moreover, the ambition of space is to continue to nourish human aspiration and call for joint efforts to enable connectivity to and for the Moon (and beyond!). This will create job opportunities and prosperity on Earth, while inspiring young people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, creating a highly qualified workforce for the future.

DAY 2 - Thursday 8th June - The Satcom Enablers and Values

On the second day of the conference, we will explore the key enablers that are necessary to ensure that new space-based solutions are made available to society in a timely manner. This will include discussions on emerging satellite communication systems, the role of Satcom in digital transformation, and the importance of technological innovation as the backbone of the sector. In the afternoon, we will focus on the values that the Satcom sector should embrace in order to provide new connectivity solutions to society. These values include sustainability and responsibility, which are integral to the DNA of Satcom, and are necessary for a prosperous and green future.

DAY 3 - Friday 9th June - The Satcom Innovation

Bridging to the third day, since it is also important to address the emerging connectivity needs driven by the new habits of end users such as gaming, metaverse, digital culture, art, tourism, we will have an evening event and "specials" dedicated to showcase and inspire NewSpace with new applications and new business models. Finally on Friday the 2023 edition of Final Presentation Days, a unique opportunity for European and Canadian Industry and ESA technical experts to showcase the latest research and developments in advanced technology and products for the Satellite telecommunication market made within ESA’s ARTES 4.0 programmes portfolio.


* Take the chance to visit the ASI premises in Matera selecting one of the dedicated slots during the registration process

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Get ready to experience the cutting edge of satellite telecommunications technology at ESA's ARTES Final Presentation Days 2023! This annual event is your opportunity to see the latest research and developments in advanced technology and products for the European and Canadian industry.

Join us for a comprehensive overview of all the recently completed activities and achievements made within ESA's ARTES 4.0 program portfolio. With more than 100 concise presentations covering space, ground, and system domains, you'll gain valuable insights into the latest advancements in the field.


ASI Agora
Investor Forum
Energy Forum
5G/6G Forum
Optical & Quantum Forum
Safety and Security Forum
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Matera (ITALY)

Main venue

Auditorium "R. Gervasio"

Map of Piazza San Francesco, MATERA, MT

The Auditorium Gervasio is a hidden gem of Matera, located beneath the Palazzo del Sedile, which served as the town hall in Matera's early years. Auditorium Gervasio is a testament to Matera's love of the arts, named after Raffaele Gervasio, an Italian composer and the first director of the Matera Conservatory of Music, which was founded in 1965. The entrance to the auditorium is through the Ipogeo San Francesco, an ancient cave carved into the rock of the Sassi district, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you make your way through the stunning underground cave, you'll be transported back in time to an era of rich history and culture and dive into the state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge innovation of the satellite telecommunications industry.

Matera and the Basilicata Region

Discover the ancient beauty and charm of Matera, a unique town that boasts a rich history dating back to the Paleolithic era. Famous for its Sassi, two districts where homes are carved into the rock and built on top of each other, Matera is the only town in the world where people can claim to be living in the same homes as their ancestors, now updated with modern amenities. The Sassi and surrounding Park have been recognized as a World Heritage site since 1993 and offer a truly awe-inspiring and one-of-a-kind experience.

Embark on a journey through the timeless landscape of Basilicata, where history and culture come alive through archaeological sites, medieval castles, abbeys, and picturesque villages. This region, rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage, is further enhanced by contemporary works of art, events, and a renowned food and wine tradition. From the Tyrrhenian coast of Maratea, known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, to the Ionian coast where Greek culture was born, and the Apennine mountains, Basilicata offers a true taste of Southern Italy's "secret garden." Come and discover this "authentic, pure, and preserved" land.

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How to get there


The closest airports are:

  • Bari “Aeroporto Internazionale di Bari-Karol Wojtyla”
  • Brindisi ”Aeroporto del Salento”
To book your transfer from Bari and Brindisi Airports to Matera you can e-mail

You can reach Matera using the high-speed trains of Trenitalia and Italo arriving to Salerno Central Station. From this station to Matera new services called * Freccialink and Italobus are available to provide direct connections via bus.

* Freccialink and Italobus can be booked directly as part of the services offered by Trenitalia and Italo.
  • From the Tyrrhenian coast
    Take the Salerno - Reggio Calabria A3 motorway. Follow the directions for Potenza. Then continue towards Metaponto along the SS 407 “Basentana” until you reach the Matera signs near Ferrandina Scalo.
  • From the Adriatic coast
    Take the Bologna-Taranto A14 motorway to the Bari Nord exit. Continue towards the industrial area, towards Altamura-Matera, ie the SS 96 and then the SS 99.

Map of Piazza San Francesco, MATERA, MT


For reservations, please reach out to the designated hotels directly via email and mention the code: S2C2023.

To take advantage of these special room rates, we recommend booking your stay before May 1st. Beyond this date, availability of rooms and discounts cannot be guaranteed.

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