22 – 24 October 2024 | Sofia Tech Park

National Forum on Contemporary Space Research 2024

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.

The fifth edition of NaFSKI is organised by Branch Cosmos of UPB, the Institute of Astronomy and National Astronomical Observatory – BAS and Ratio popular science communication platform. It gathers leading researchers and innovators from Bulgaria and beyond, creating new opportunities for collaboration.


October 2024

The Venue

Sofia Tech Park


The event will be held in person and in English

Financial support

Young scientists are eligible for support. The application process (deadline 31 May 2024) is the following:

  1. Completing the registration form and choosing a contribution type either oral or poster presentation (with the corresponding title/co-authors)
  2. Sending an email to rmiteva [at] nao-rozhen.org with your request for: a free accommodation (double room at the Hotel of Bulgarian Academy of Science) and/or reimbursement for the local transport in Bulgaria (bus/train tickets)

Meet the space sector in person

Organised by

Branch Cosmos – UPB
Institute of Astronomy and NAO – BAS
Ratio popular science communication platform

and members of

Sfera Technologies
Faculty of Physics – SU
Sofia University

Day 1

22 October

09:30 – 18:30

Program preview

Session: Space industry

  • Airbus
  • Axiom Space
  • Digital lights
  • Endurosat
  • ESA
  • IBM
  • Sfera Technologies
  • Stela Tkatchova [European Innovation Council] (invited talk)  Breakthrough research and innovations for space debris mitigation, remediation and in space servicing and future space technology “game changers”

Program preview

Session: New infrastructure & instrumentation in Bulgaria

  • Zoran Simic [Astronomical Observatory Belgrade] (invited talk)  Urban Observatory – Light Pollution
  • Dragomir Marchev [University of Shumen] (invited talk)  The new instrumentation at the Astronomical center of Shumen University

Session: Near Earth & Solar system

  • Adrian Sonka [Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy] (invited talk)  Rotational and physical properties of resonant minor planets

Session: Astrophysics

  • Trifon Trifonov [Sofia University] (invited talk)  Searching for Exoplanets in the 21st Century

Day 2

23 October

09:30 – 18:30

Day 3

24 October

09:30 – 18:30

Program preview

Session: Solar observations & Space weather research

  • Mark Dierkxcsens [Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy] (invited talk)  Space Weather and Space Physics Research at the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
  • Oleg Stepanyuk [Institute of Astronomy and NAO, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences] (invited talk)  Segmentation and Tracking of Eruptive Solar Phenomena with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) and beyond
  • Diana Besliu-Ionescu [Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy] (invited talk)  High Speed Streams: Cataloguing and Understanding Geoeffectiveness


NaFSKI-V will be held in Sofia Tech Park, Incubator Building, hall The Venue.

address: Tsarigradsko Shose 111 boulevard, Sofia

Our Team

Program Advisory Committee

Liubomir BABUROV (Ratio)

Zdravko DIMITROV (Sfera Technologies)

Irina GANCHEVA (Digital Lights)

Gergana GUEROVA (Faculty of Physics–SU)



Elisaveta PENEVA (Faculty of Physics–SU)

Petar PETKOV (TU-Sofia)

Hristomir YORDANOV (Faculty of Physics–SU)

Local Organising Committee


Vladimir BOZHILOV (Faculty of Physics–SU)

Stefan LALKOVSKI (Faculty of Physics–SU)