6-10 September 2019

Pi School, Rome & ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Organising Team

Here’s your organising team. For any questions on the event, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Sebastian Marcu

    Event Lead – CEO, Design & Data GmbH

    Sebastian Marcu is the Managing Director (with Björn Brockmann) of Design & Data GmbH. With over 15 years of experience as a Content Marketing expert he has developed creative media applications for organisations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and EUMETSAT. He enjoys the challenge of developing new, innovative space concepts and is keen to support the “newspace” scene in Europe. He is leading the Ф-Week Bootcamp on behalf of ESA.

  • Ryan Laird

    Event Coordinator – Editor, Design & Data GmbH

    Ryan Laird is Editor at Design & Data GmbH. He studied Physics with Astrophysics MPhys (Hons) and has several years’ experience in science communication where he has promoted astronomy and space sciences at every level. He is a keen advocate for the space sector and has organised several creative space-related events. He is managing Ф-Week Bootcamp on behalf of ESA.


  • Design & Data GmbH

    Design & Data GmbH is an award-winning crossmedia agency specialised in science communication and outreach solutions for science domains in general and the space sector in particular. Our services are designed around our customer’s needs.

    We help to increase the visibility towards various target audiences including stakeholders, investors, employees, media and the general public. We produce striking content marketing and crossmedia concepts and turn these into highly-polished visual products using any desired form of media such as video production, web development, animations, live streaming, social media and print production.

Host & Partners


  • ESA

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.


  • Spaceoneers

    Spaceoneers is an initiative of Design & Data GmbH, seeking to spur creativity and innovation within the space sector in Europe. Founded in 2016, Spaceoneers has since grown considerably with 13k+ monthly views to the site.

    The site portrays entrepreneurs and technologies that are impacting the global space sector, helps raise their profile and highlights the opportunities that are opening up in this ‘new space’ economy in Europe. Here we directly interview CEOs and founders of space startups to represent how they got started and the challenges they have faced.


  • Pi School

    Pi School is designed for people interested in coming together to exchange, expand their horizons and learn from one another in order to build an amazing future: highly skilled engineers, brilliant creative minds, young global talents, tech-savvy, innovators, experienced senior leaders and people who believe their ideas have the power to change the world.

    It is a next-generation kind of school focused on building an amazing future, through technology and creativity. Part of the wider project Pi Campus, it is located on its 6th villa, in the heart of Europe, in Rome.

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