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The 9th edition of the prestigious European Rover Challenge space robotics competition has concluded this Sunday. After intense competition on the world’s largest artificial Marsyard, team AGH Space Systems emerged as the best robotic team, meeting the rigorous demands of the jury. Second and third place were won by two teams from Switzerland: FHNW Rover Team and EPFL Xplore.

One of the biggest planetary robotics competitions in the world, the European Rover Challenge, opened its registration and introduced a new certification process. On top of the tasks based on actual missions performed by rovers on Mars and the Moon, ERC will validate the competence and skills of future engineers. From now on, academic teams worldwide can register for the competition and therefore get a chance to obtain the ERC Space & Robotics Industry Standard Practice Programme certificate.

Recruitment to the 5th edition of the European Rover Challenge has been completed – as many as 56 teams from 16 countries and 6 continents have applied to participate in the competition this year. The best teams will compete for a place on the podium during the finals which will take place between 13 and 15 September 2019 on the Kielce University of Technology campus. The challenge enjoys increased interest from companies and institutions operating within the international space sector, including PERASPERA – the European Space Robotics Cluster.

NAWA invites experts who represent various research areas and have experience in the implementation and evaluation of research, education and promotion projects in the field of science and higher education. Recruitment of experts continues throughout the year.

The Polish Returns Programme – without introducing a limitation of the fields of science, age or country of employment – is addressed to all Poles who, after their employment abroad, would like to continue their scientific development in Poland. It creates optimal conditions for the Returning Scientists to conduct scientific research in Poland or/and maintain developmental work at a global level.
Applications for funding under these projects can be submitted by 4 June 2018.

There are 65 teams from 20 countries that have applied for the participation in the fourth edition of the international Mars rover challenge, European Rover Challenge, which makes it the leader among other competitions of this kind in the world. The organisers have received competition documentation from teams representing such countries as Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Canada, United States, Poland, Norway and Mexico. The final will take place on the 14-16th of September 2018 at the Museum of Nature and Technology in Starachowice. The patronage has already been taken by, among others, the European Space Agency.

ERC is held under Link to Poland’s media patronage.

Immigrants’ linguistic abilities have an important impact on their access to employment opportunities on foreign labour markets. According to the American Community Survey, over 220,000 Poles in the United States (either immigrants or those who report Polish ancestry) are classified by the U.S. Census Bureau as limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. About 40% of Polish immigrants speak English less than very well.

New location, two parallel categories – for students’ and professional teams, tasks inspired by real challenges, rules prepared on the basis of guidelines from projects of space agencies, such as NASA or ESA and the chance to take part in the analog Mars mission on the Arabian Peninsula – all this is waiting for the participants of this one of the most important robotics-space event in Europe.