Near Space Conference is a forum of exchanging of knowledge and experiences – the conference and workshops for pupils, students, teachers and enthusiast of the subject.

We are living in rapidly changing environment, in the age of technology. We experience exploration of the space. We reach further and further, and the universe ceased to be a mystery to us.

But do we know enough about the nearest environment? Near Space makes the place, which still few persons could stay in. They are pilots of military jets or astronauts.

Yet, there is a group of passionate people, who, at a minimum costs and huge inventiveness and efficiency, have been exploring the Earth’s surroundings day by day.

Beginnings of such an exploration date back to the year 1967 and the project of the Finnish Amateur Radio League. The capsule carrying an experiment consisting of an amateur radio equipment was risen up by balloons filled with helium.

The first Ilmari was launched into space on the 28th of May, 1967. The ring-leader and the prime mover of these launches was Pauli Töyrylä (OH2DV).

Pauli was inspired by the presentation during the meeting of people passionate about amateur radio, held in Tampere in 1963 by Osmo A Wiio (OH2TK), during which Osmo suggested, that amateur radio users should experiment with the balloon.

So far, 18 launches of Ilmari have been noted, whereas the last one was made personally by Pauli on the 25th of May, 1980.

After nearly two decades with no launches of Ilmari, the interest has been noted again in doing experiments with the use of a balloon. Pauli promised to share his experiences regarding launches of those balloons with the present crew, so that it wouldn’t be necessary for the new generation to learn everything anew. In 1967, the flight of Ilmari was a great achievement and it gained a widespread worldly recognition.

Adventure with Near Space flights reached the USA in 1987.

Exactly on the 15th of August, 1987, Bill Brown launched his first load, which raised up the amateur radio equipment.

At present, capsules and experiments making a part of them have been often sent to the limits of the atmosphere, mostly on the territory of the USA, where there were even a mini rockets used in order to rise the loads up to the higher layers of the atmosphere. In Europe, the active environment can be found in Great Britain, Poland, and Germany.

Commenced in 2005, Polish Near Space program has been developing very dynamically. Each year, we have noted a few launches of stratospheric balloons and rockets that reached higher

At present, students of Polish universities of technology have also had the access the programs organised by the European Space Agency, such as REXUS/BEXUS. The finalist of the last year’s edition was the team from Wrocław University of Technology, with their project named FREDE. Two teams will participate in this year’s edition: BuLMA from Warsaw University of Technology and DREAM Project from Wrocław University of Technology.

In the last year, JADE team representing the Jagiellonian University, Wroclaw University of Technology, and West Pomeranian University of Technology, with the support from and participation of Copernicus Project team won the first prize in the category Best Scientific Experiment in the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

So, we have a huge potential, knowledge and willingness to act. Let’s meet during Near Space conference in Toruń and look up in the stars altogether.

The program of the conference was scheduled in such a way, so as to let everyone find something interesting for them. The participants will hear very interesting lectures. Each person interested in it will have the chance to act as a speaker.

Simultaneously with the lectures, some workshops will take place, and all of us can participate in the launch of a stratospheric balloon.


Copernicus Project Foundation, as non-governmental organisation came to being in April, 2005. It has been acting in a form of foundation and it realises projects in Poland and other European countries.

Our main aim is to propagate Cheap Access To Space idea, giving the young, ambitious people the access to the platform for making experiments and realising their own amateur scientific research.

Our team consists of experienced specialists of various domains and professions. We were bound together by the common passion and willingness to discover things, that were already discovered a long time ago. Website - Copernicus Project

Innoovation Centre Mill of Knowledge is the first centre of science in Kujawsko-Pomorskie region. Opening of the Centre took place on the 9th of November, 2013. The institution is located in the previous Richter’s Mills, buildings constructed in the turn of the 19th and 20th c., nowadays completely restored and used for education and entertainment. At the floor area of 5 thousand square metres, on 6 floors, one can find the exhibition space, scientific laboratories, as well as exhibition rooms for children and offices.

The main exhibit and the showcase of the institution is the Foucault’s Pendulum, the longest one in Poland which has been installed permanently, that enables demonstrating of the Earth’s rotation. The heart of the exhibit of Toruń is 35-kg, chrome-coated ball filled with sand, hanging on the 33-metre-long line, running from the roof through all the floors of the institution, right to the ground floor. Thus, the pendulum can be observed at each floor. Website - Innoovation Centre Mill of Knowledge


If your dream reaches the stars? If you walk with your head in the clouds? Meet us. Share your ideas.


Do you like experiments? Everything you research, touch, ask questions? Let's experiment together.


Is your head full of ideas? Be creative. Let's exchange our plans.


Do you stubbornly strive for implementation? Have you built or are you going to build? Let's create a common project.


Mads Wilson
Mads Wilson
Copenhagen Suborbitals
Mads Wilson Copenhagen Suborbitals

Copenhagen Suborbitals – the first time in Poland Mads is one of the Board members of Cope

Marcin Stolarski
Creotech Instruments S.A.
Marcin Stolarski Creotech Instruments S.A.

A space satellite constructor working at the Creotech Instruments plc. While at the Space Research Centre of P

Adam Matusiewicz
Adam Matusiewicz
Polish Rocketry Society
Adam Matusiewicz Polish Rocketry Society

One of co-founders, currently CEO of Polish Rocketry Society – a non-profit organisation that associates rocke

Esmée Menting
Esmée Menting
Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering
Esmée Menting Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering

Esmée is a student of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft. She joined Delft Aerospace

Scientific Committee

Dr Monika Wiśniewska
Dr Monika Wiśniewska
Dr Monika Wiśniewska

She is the Director of the Innovation Centre called the Mill of Knowledge, in Toruń. It is a modern institutio

Dr Katarzyna Przegiętka
Dr Katarzyna Przegiętka

She is the Head of The Scientific and Educational Department in the Innovation Centre called the Mill of Knowl

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  • I remember, we organized a cubesat workshop and they all had pastries on their faces, here will be similar.

    Dr inż. Marcin Stolarski Creotech Instruments S.A.
  • Our journeys to the edge of stratosphere are like being where not many people can be and touching what not many can touch.

    Maciej Jakimiec Copernicus Project