Following an incredibly competitive international bidding process, Cork Institute of Technology has secured the most prestigious Global space industry event for Cork, worth more than €2 million to the local economy, according to Cork Convention Bureau.

The 9 week International Space University’s 30th Space Studies Program (ISU SSP17) will attract 320 international space professionals from 25 different countries to Cork, running from June 26 to August 25, including 5 astronauts, participants of the SSP17 program, academics, faculty members of the ISU, and the ISU’s alumni, in addition to families of participants and visitors travelling from all over Ireland for the public engagement events.

As conferences and events go, this is one of the largest ever to come to Cork. In addition to establishing Cork as a hub for Space and developing a legacy in the space industry here, it will introduce overseas visitors to all that the region has to offer through an exciting line up of itineraries.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, one of the main sponsors of the event, Tim Lucey noted the opportunities for all manner of companies, “The Space Industry is seeking contributions from everyday businesses, not just high-tech engineering sectors. We provide a number of economic supports for Cork County businesses and our support for the Summer Space Programme offers an additional and wide reaching prospect.”

The Space Studies Program would not have been possible without funding and support from its many sponsors, including Cork County Council, Science Foundation Ireland, Blackrock Castle Observatory, CIT and the ISU, among many others.

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