19-20 October 2023 | Sofia Tech Park

National Forum on Contemporary Space Research 2023


The leading event on space in Bulgaria.

The National Forum on Contemporary Space Research (NAFSKI) seeks to demonstrate the latest breakthroughs and achievements of space science and technology.

NAFSKI is organized by Space Branch of the UPB. It gathers leading researchers and innovators from Bulgaria and beyond, creating new opportunities for collaboration.


October 2023


Sofia Tech Park

Meet the space sector in person.

Organized by

Branch Cosmos UPB
Sfera Technologies
Faculty of Physics, Sofia University
Sofia University


Space Fluent

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Министерство на Иновациите и Растежа

Day 1

19 October

09:30 – 18:30

The estimated value of the space economy stands at $470 billion in 2022, while Citi forecasts space industry revenues to reach $1 trillion by the year 2040. Vast new opportunities are opening up for business to both participate and benefit from space activities. 

The Business in Space segment will meet the local ecosystem and leading space companies, giving insight into some of the most innovative solutions on the market. The day will focus on the following topics: 

  • Launch services and orbital mobility
  • Small satellites and software in space
  • Satellite data & downstream
  • Trends in satellite communications
  • Engagement between public institutions and private space

Business in Space will shed light on the industry’s latest achievements, potential hurdles and challenges to growth in the industry, and new opportunities for commercial activity.

Science is the source of space innovation. Fundamental science is the main arena of non-commercial international collaboration in space, while applied science brings great discoveries closer to practical benefit.

Science in Space is meant to raise awareness on local research efforts and create a platform for domestic and international collaborations, discussions, exchange of ideas and new opportunities for young scientists.

Day 2

20 October

09:30 – 18:30

Career day and Poster session

19 & 20 October

09:30 – 18:30

PhD students and young scientists are welcome to present the results of current and interesting research, as a poster presentation or an invited talk.

A Career Day devoted to careers and training in the aerospace sector will run parallel to the presentations in the foyer.


NAFSKI 2023 will be held at Incubator Building of Sofia Tech Park, Tsarigradsko Shose 111 boulevard.

The main panels and discussions will be held at The Venue.



Venelin KOZHUHAROV (Faculty of Physics)

Elisaveta PENEVA (Faculty of Physics)

Kamen KOZAREV (Institute of Astronomy, BAS)

Marusya BACHVAROVA (Space Research & Technology Institute, BAS)

Stoyan MISHEV (New Bulgarian University)

Hristomir YORDANOV (Faculty of Physics)


Vladimir BOZHILOV (Faculty of Physics)

Gergana GUEROVA (Faculty of Physics)

Zdravko DIMITROV (Sfera Technologies)

Irina GANCHEVA (Faculty of Physics)

Stefan LALKOVSKI (Faculty of Physics)

Yuliya MUTAFCHIEVA (Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, BAS)