Second national forum on contemporary space research


07-09 October, 2021

Sofia Tech Park

Incubator, ‘The Venue’ hall

111 Tsarigradsko Chaussee blvd., Sofia, Bulgaria

The National Forum for Contemporary Space Research, Technologies, and Education is an event for the academic and business community of Bulgaria, organized by the “Space” branch of the Union of Physicists. In 2021 the Forum will take place over three days, focusing on:


Here you will find the latest version of the Programme.


07.10.2021, Thursday (14-18:30h) – Business and Space

13:15-14:00 Registration

14:00-14:15 Opening words

14:15-15:00 Stephen Airey (ESA, Head of New, Cooperating & Associate States Section) “ESA PECS activities in Bulgaria – Six years of cooperation”

15:00-15:45 Justyna Redelkiewicz (EUSPA) “EUSPA: A new player in the space ecosystem and more opportunities for industry and academia”

15:45-16:15 Coffee break + exhibition stands

16:15-16:50 Martin Danovski (SARI) “Presentation of the Bulgarian State Agency for Research and Innovation”

16:50-17:00 Georgi Kaludov (IBM Bulgaria) “Endurance – Democratizing Space”

17:00-17:10 Zdravko Dimitrov (Sfera Technologies) “Space Data Infrastructure”

17:00-18:30 Discussion Panel – Business and Space
Iskren Krusteff (Moderator), Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva, ex-vice Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria
– Raycho Raychev, Endurosat
Martin Danovsky, State Agency for Research and Innovations, ex-Chairman of the Fund of Funds

08.10.2021, Friday (09-19:00h) – Science and Space

Session 1: Fundamental Space Research

09:00-09:30 Galin Gyulchev (FPh-SU) “Shadows of Compact Objects and Testing of the General Theory of Relativity”

09:30-10:00 Marusja Bachvarova (SRTI-BAS) “Galactic cosmic rays above the Earth’s atmosphere”

10:00-10:30 Nataliya Kilifarska (CAWRI-BAS) “Geomagnetic control over the distribution of cosmic radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere”

10:30-11:00 Coffee break + exhibition stands

Session 2: Aerospace Technologies

11:00-11:30 Galya Vankova-Kirilova (FPh-SU) “The space missions AMS и JEM-EUSO. Detectors for the study of high energy cosmic rays”

11:30-12:00 Yordanka Semkova (SRTI-BAS) “Experimental study of space radiation with Bulgarian dosimeters as part of the ExoMars project”

12:00-12:30 Viktor Danchev (Endurosat) Thinking inside the Cube – NanoSat Technology and its Applications

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Venelin Kozhuharov (FPh-SU) “Challenges in contemporary photo detectors for particles registration”

Session 3: Applied Space Research

14:00-14:30 Gergana Guerova (FPh-SU) “10 Years GNSS meteorology in Bulgaria and Southeast Europe”

14:30-14:50 Stefan Stamenov, Vanya Stamenova (SRTI-BAS) “Georisk for cultural heritage: example, analysis, protection and prevention”

14:50-15:00 Stela Alexandrova (S-Cosmos) „Future trends of commercial In Orbit Satellite, Active Debris Removal and End-Of Life services“

15:00 – 15:10 Asen Asenov (VVMU. “N. Vaptsarov”) “An idea project for a spaceport and its infrastructure”

15:10 – 15:20 Dimitar Dimitrov (VVMU. “N. Vaptsarov”) “Computer simulations of objects on the far side of the Moon”

15:20 – 15:30 Doroteya Borisova (VVMU. “N. Vaptsarov”) “Discovering asteroids as part of the international programme IASC”

15:30 – 15:40 Adelina Miteva (SRTI-BAS) “Application of some aluminium alloys in terrestrial and space industry”

15:40 – 15:50 Plamen Fiziev (Theoretical and Computational Physics Foundation) “Some Warnings About Quantum Space Gravimetry Enhance Earth Observations Project”

15:50-16:00 Coffee break

Session 4: Ph.D Students Session

16:00 – 16:15 Valentin Deliiski (FPh-SU) „Observational signatures of ultracompact objects with accretion disks“

16:15 – 16:30 Yuliya Mutafchieva (INRNE-BAS) „Equation of state and composition of magnetar crusts depending on the magnetic field“

16:30 – 16:45 Tsvetelina Velichkova (CAWRI-BAS) „Extraterrestrial Influence on Climate Variability“

16:45 – 17:00 Yordan Darakchiev (FPh-SU) Classifying Variable Stars with Deep Learning Methods“

17:00 – 17:15 Radoslav Simeonov (FPh-SU) „PADME Physics Program“

17:15 – 17:30 Mohamed Nedal (IANAO-BAS) “Estimating the Kinematics of Coronal Bright Fronts and the Associated Plasma Parameters using the SPREAdFAST Framework”.

17:30 – 17:45 Tsvetan Tsvetkov (IANAO-BAS) „Why total solar eclipses are important to science?“

17:45 – 18:00 Irina Gancheva (FPh-SU) „First summer school on space research at NAO Rozhen“

18:00 – 18:15 Nedislav Veselinov (FPh-SU) „Sofia Planetarium Andromeda“

18:15 – 18:30 Stoil Ivanov (FPh-SU) „Electric propulsion for small satellites“

18:30 – 18:45 Georgi Georgiev (INRNE-BAS) „Opportunities to improve the reconstruction algorithm of the PADME experiment“

18:45 – 18:50 Nestor Arsenov (IANAO-BAS) “From voids to quasars – the interplay of dark energy and environment”

18:50 – 19:00 Simeon Ivanov „Building and Data Extraction of Complex Detector System Using the Geant framework and XQuery templating“

19:00 – 19:10 Svetoslav Ivanov „Simultaneous Determination of Gamma Ray Interaction positions and Deposited energy in single crystal scintillation detectors“

09.10.2021, Saturday (09-12h) – Education and Space

09:00-10:30 Discussion panel: Education and Space

10:30-11:00 Coffee break and exhibition stands

11:00-12:00 Tsvetan Dachev (SRTI-BAS) “Exploration of space radiation with Bulgarian instruments aboard satellites and airplanes”

12:00 Closing Remarks

Programme Committee

Galin Gyulchev (FPh-SU)
Elisaveta Peneva (FPh-SU)
Kamen Kozarev (IA-BAS)
Marusja Bachvarova (SRIT-BAS)
Nataliya Kilifarska (NIGGG-BAS)
Stoyan Mishev (NBU)
Hristomir Yordanov (TU)

Local Organizing Committee

Stefan Lalkovski
Borislav Pavlov
Vladimir Bozhilov
Lilia Atanasova
Nedislav Veselinov
Stoil Ivanov

Forum 2021 Proceedings

The proceedings from the Second national forum on contemporary space research (NaFSKI-II) were published in Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Volume 2255 (2022):