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SOE'24 - Space, Ocean and Earth Insights @GLEX


Women in Exploration: Breaking Boundaries 

- Registrations open HERE -


Join us for SOE'24 - Space, Ocean, and Earth Insights, a special session of the GLEX Summit organized by INESC TEC. This year's theme, "Women in Exploration: Breaking Boundaries", highlights the invaluable contributions of women in various fields of science and technology. From the mysteries of the cosmos to the depths of the ocean, explore stories of resilience, interconnectedness, and innovation.

At SOE'24, pioneering astronauts, astrophysicists, marine biologists, engineers, and environmentalists will share their groundbreaking work, research, and exploration, offering unique insights into the wonders of our world. Let's embrace the spirit of discovery and celebrate the limitless potential of science and exploration. Stay tuned for more details about the program and invited experts.

Empower all voices and join us in shaping a better future for our planet and all its inhabitants. For more information about the GLEX Summit, visit




18 JUNE  ✫ ANGRA DO HEROÍSMO | Angra do Heroísmo Cultural and Congress Center 


3:45 PM: Women in Exploration: Breaking Boundaries 


  • Yvette Gonzalez (Senior Space Strategy Consultant, Author, and Visiting Researcher - University of Plymouth) - “A History of the Future”
  • Nicole Mann (NASA Astronaut) - “Nicole Mann’s Message: The First Native-American Woman to Travel to Space” (Recorded Participation)
  • Beatriz Flamini (Extreme Athlete and Mountaineer, Sports Coach) and Ana Gómez (English Teacher, Translator) - “Timecave: 500 hundred days in one single night”
  • Tess Caswell (Exploration EVA Operations Testing Lead, NASA Johnson Space Center) - “Planning a Moonwalk on Earth: How Lunar Analogs Prepare Us for Artemis”
  • Sabrina Thompson (Girl in Space Club Founder, NASA Engineer)
  • Kirstin Schulz (Research Associate Computational Research in Ice and Ocean Systems Group, UT Austin) - “Breaking Ice: An Expedition to the North Pole”
  • Fatma Kaplan (Entrepreneur and Scientist, Co-founder and CEO of Pheronym) - “Biocontrol for interstellar agriculture: studying insect-killing worms on the International Space Station”
  • Ana Pires (Researcher at INESCTEC, Commander of CAMões mission, Analog Astronaut) - “CAMões Mission Unveiled: Empowering Emerging Space Nations in the Ascendancy of Exploration”


CAMões Patch Competition – Winner Award Gonçalo Ricarte 

(with Richard Garriot - The Explorers Club and Paulo Barcelos - Os Montanheiros)


6:15 PM: Closing Session 




Sensorial Experience at Algar do Carvão

Poems and Music with Yvette Gonzalez and Ana Pires (supported by Os Montanheiros, INESCTEC, and GLEX)


CAMões photo exhibition

“Unveiling the Depths: Photographic Odyssey of a Cave Lunar Analog Mission”

Inauguration at the headquarters of Associação Os Montanheiros by Mara Leite and Marc Bluhm (supported by Os Montanheiros, INESCTEC and GLEX)











Reference: Nº03/C05-i02/2022




Ana Pires (Researcher | INESC TEC, Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems)



INESC TEC: The Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência) is a private non-profit research institution, dedicated to scientific research and technological development, technology transfer, advanced consulting and training, and pre-incubation of new technology-based companies. As part of its mission to develop science-based knowledge with societal impact, INESC TEC relies on interdisciplinary research teams organised to address societal challenges or application markets with transnational relevance.

To address the scientific challenges of the institution, INESC TEC’s internal arrangement relies on 13 research centres. One of those centres is named Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CRAS) and all the scientific work developed by INESC TEC in 6 main areas of research - i) autonomous navigation; (ii) long-term deployments; (iii) sensing, mapping, and intervention; (iv) multiple platform operations; (v) space-earth and space-water interaction and validation using innovative robotic technologies; (vi) exploration of underwater geological resources – is conducted by the INESC TEC researchers associated with this centre. CRAS shows an excellent scientific track record and vast experience in underwater technologies, geo-robotics for complex environments, research projects, advanced technology development for the sea, its operation and technology transfer.

To address the market needs, INESC TEC’s internal arrangement relies on the TEC4, that promote the innovation made by the institution. TEC4SEA is one of those structures that specifically develops technological solutions to overcome the deep-sea challenges and empower the Sea Economy through sustainable approaches to explore and exploit living and non-living ocean resources. By ensuring an advanced platform for tests, research development, and interdisciplinary collaboration around sea-related topics through its TEC4Sea, INESC TEC has turned into a key stakeholder in designing and implementing national strategic infrastructures roadmaps for the Sea Economy.

In 2021, INESC TEC was the driving force to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) to establish a partnership covering six areas of intervention: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and space research. The Portuguese partner entities include the Portuguese Space Agency (Portugal Space), the Porto School of Engineering (ISEP) and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP). This partnership aims to promote equitable and inclusive access to innovative opportunities for collaboration and research. This Memorandum of Understanding is the first agreement signed under Space For All Nations, an initiative by IIAS, where Ana Pires (SOE'23 Scientific Coordinator) is Co-Chair. Space For All Nations enables emerging nations and communities in the space sector to participate and contribute significantly to new solutions and innovations to preserve the planet.






  • Start

    18th June 2024
  • City

    Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island
  • Country

  • End

    18th June 2024
  • Local

    Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo