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Guest speakers


In the order of presentations:

Esko Valtaoja is emeritus professor of space astronomy. He recently retired from his post at Tuorla Observatory of Turku University. His specialities are cosmology, solar physics and active galactic nuclei.

In addition to having a distinguished scientific career he has written several books with an approach to such topics as At home in the universe –but where? or Taking a peek into the future.

He is also one of the most popular speakers in Finland and truly knows how to transform the sometimes difficult scientific language into a form that everyone of us can understand, seasoned with a philosophical approach to life in general and sometimes also a good dose of witty humor.



Professor Esa Kallio works at Aalto University, Department of Radio Science and Engineering
( in the field or space science and technology. Kallio has been working
over 25 years with several international space instrument projects as a Co-Investigator, such as ESA's
VenusExpress, MarsExpress, Rosetta, BepiColombo and JUICE missions. He's expertise are various
numerical space weather simulations where observations are interpret by computer simulations. His recent interest is small satellites, cubesat, which provide new possibilities for space science and space instruments.





Assistant Professor, D.Sc. Jaan Praks has been working with remote sensing and space
technology since 1997. Currently he is the responsible leader of student satellite projects Aalto-1
and Aalto-2 and he is teaching space technology and Earth observation at Aalto University. He is
the leader of small satellite and microwave remote sensing team. Jaan Praks is Finnish delegate at
ESA's Advisory Committee on Education, Finnish national representative at EARSeL council and
representative of Aalto University at national URSI. His professional interests include, in addition to
small satellites, SAR polarimetry and polarimetric image processing methods, and imaging



Juha-Pekka Luntama is the head of the Space Weather (SWE) Segment in ESA Space Situation Awareness (SSA) Preparatory Programme. He joined ESA in 2009 to lead the team establishing the space weather servic es in the framework of the ESA SSA programme. The approach adopted by ESA is to develop the services by utilising the European expertise and assets in the space weather domain under the coordination of ESA. Mr Luntama is leading the team of space weather experts within ESA and managing the industrial contracts and studies related to the establishment and development of the services. He is also the point of contact in ESA for the space weather related international collaboration activities.




 Robert Nemlander, M.Sc., is co-founder and CEO of EntoCube (, a startup on a mission to revolutionize sustainable food production on Earth. The secret sauce: edible insects.

As a former astronaut candidate and medical sergeant, Robert was introduced to insects as human food through the challenge presented by sustainable food production on Mars. The future of food on Earth and Mars go hand in hand. Developing automation for a near-closed ecological system around plant crops and edible insects serves to open worlds of opportunity on both planets.

As a civil engineer, young entrepreneur and spokesperson for the colonisation of space, Robert shares the vision for the food of the future and how insects and humans can thrive together on Mars.



Artemis Westenberg is President and Director, and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc. She intends to see humans walk on Mars within the next two decades.

Since 2000, Artemis has been involved in space exploration advocacy, as President of the Mars Society Netherlands and Steering Committee member of The Mars Society Inc. After serving as crewmember in a number of MDRS (Mars Desert Research Station) crews and consequently as CapCom for MDRS and FMARS (Flashline Arctic Research Station), also as logistics manager, for the 4 month FMARS crew in 2007, Artemis took on the responsibilities of Mission Director, managing the MDRS from 2008-2010, which she turned into a financially independent and self-sufficient project.

Artemis acts as host of the Explore Mars conferences. Explore Mars has incited the use of the International Space Station for training and testing humans in preparation of a Humans Mission to Mars. From 2013 onwards the Humans to Mars (H2M) summits have been the place for announcements of Mars-policies and meeting point for experts in all the fields involved in setting humans on Mars, making meaningful science happen there, and getting the humans safely home to Earth.


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