Satellite-based Services for Disaster Risk Management in Slovakia


Bratislava, Slovakia

Introductory Speakers

Jana Rovňanová – Head of the Slovak Space Office, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Jana Rovňanová leads the team of the space office, which was established in January 2021 and is based at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Slovak Republic. She was awarded a diploma in chemical engineering after completing her studies at the former chemical and technological faculty of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. She gained experience in the private sector and later worked in various positions as chief state adviser at the Ministry of the Environment during the pre-accession ISPA and Cohesion Fund periods. After returning from abroad, she worked at the Government Office on grant schemes of the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, and later used the experience gained in developing space policy at the science section of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

Rodrigo da Costa – European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)

On 16 October 2020, Rodrigo da Costa took up his duties as Executive Director of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), formerly the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Prior to this, he was the Galileo Services Programme Manager from March 2017. Before joining the GSA, Rodrigo da Costa held several senior project management, business development, and institutional key account management positions in the space industry, in the areas of human space flight, exploration, launchers and R&D. Rodrigo da Costa holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the “Instituto Superior Tecnico” in Lisbon, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Delft, and an MBA from the EuroMBA consortium of Business Schools.

Annalisa Donati – Secretary General, Eurisy

Annalisa Donati is Eurisy Secretary General, the European association of space agencies striving to bridge the gap between space and society. As Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute, she was responsible for the studies on space economy, finance, and innovation’s domains as well as the monthly sector watch. Before joining ESPI she was a Young Graduate Trainee within the Industrial Policy and SMEs Division of the European Space Agency (ESA) where she worked on the design, development, and implementation of innovation programmes to boost European space entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously she contributed to the activities carried out within the office of the director at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Annalisa is an alumni of the Space Studies Program organised by the International Space University, and she holds a II level MS in Space Institutions and Policies as well as a Master in Diplomatic Studies from SIOI and MS in Multilateral Security from the University of Perugia.

Keynote Presentations

Marie Menard Senior Communications Officer, EUSPA

Marie Ménard, a Senior Communication Officer within the EU Agency for the Space Programme, boasts over 15 years of robust experience in the EU space environment. Her tenure spans pivotal roles in communication strategy development, stakeholder engagement, and high-profile event organization. With her extensive expertise, a Doctorate in Business Administration and expertise spanning consultancy and academia, her leadership navigates strategic planning, content creation, and team alignment, augmenting the EU’s presence.

Flavio Sbardellati – Market Downstream and Innovation, EUSPA

Flavio Sbardellati took up his duties as Market Development Technology Officer at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), now EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), in 2015. He is leading the Team in charge of Governmental users and applications and downstream Research and Innovation in the Market Downstream and Innovation department. Prior to joining the EUSPA, Mr Sbardellati held several project management positions in both the aerospace and the telecommunications industry.

Panel Presentations

Juraj Papčo – InSAR

Juraj Papčo, PhD. received his PhD. degree in Geodesy and Cartography from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2010. Since 2004, he has been a researcher at the Department of Theoretical Geodesy and Geoinformatics, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2015, he has a close cooperation with ltd. as a monitoring specialist. His main research interests are in remote sensing, satellite radar interferometry (InSAR), satellite geodesy (GNSS), deformation monitoring, gravity field modelling, gravimetry, land surveying, and GIS. As the principal and co-investigator, he has experience in managing and working on several ESA PECS and SAR/inSAR related projects, unique for Slovakia territory.

Radovan Hilbert YMS Slovakia

Radovan Hilbert, born in 1973, is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He began his career in GIS in 1991, showcasing his passion for spatial data analysis and management. In recognition of his expertise, Radovan was selected as a key expert in a European Union-funded project. For four years, he played a pivotal role as a GIS expert, leading the development of a regional risk atlas in ENPI countries. His responsibilities included identifying and assessing potential risks, mapping vulnerable areas, and providing crucial insights to stakeholders. Since 2017, Radovan has been serving as the Sales Director at YMS company in Trnava. In this role, he leverages his vast knowledge of GIS technology and its applications to drive sales and forge strategic partnerships. His communication and negotiation skills make him an invaluable asset in expanding the company’s reach and fostering customer relationships.


Martin Kuban – Kajos Services

A hydrologist with a Ph.D. degree in water resources management from the department of Land and Water resources management at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. His area of interest is rainfall-runoff modeling, the influence of climate change on water resource management, and the use of remote sensing data in hydrological modeling.

Eva Fojcikova GIS Engineer, ABmerit Ltd.  

Eva Fojcikova, PhD.  is GIS engineer focused on Earth Observation and expert of the ABmerit team with more than 15 years of experiences methodologies for radiological impact assessment and in nuclear emergency preparedness. Her expertise is mainly in geospatial and remote sensing analysis related to assessment of radiological consequences. Her main focus in case of space and remote sensing is in input data preparation and interpretation and visualization of computed outputs. She is one of the co-authors of ESTE codes, which are in 24/7 operation in multiple crisis centers of nuclear powers plants and of governmental nuclear regulatory bodies worldwide.

Jozef Kubinec Head of the Works and ICT Procurement Department, Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic

Jozef Kubinec is Head of the Works and ICT Procurement Department at the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak republic. He is an experienced strategic public procurement officer, public buyer and procurement lawyer with a demonstrated history of working in government administration.  Jozef is actively working on implementing public procurement of innovation, professionalisation and centralisation of public procurement. To strengthen the role of public procurement in security R&D, he became a member of the Community of European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS) and Sub-group on Strengthened Security Research and Innovation (SSRI, covering horizontal issues).  He is participating in the project PROTECT, where he analyses the need of public buyers from the security sector for services to tackle climate change. He is also taking part in the the H2020 project iProcureNet where he focuses on the methodology of how to conduct joint cross-border public procurement and how public procurement became a catalyst for innovation in the security sector.

Martin Kostolný – Head of the Office, ISEMI-International Security and Emergency Management Institute

Martin Kostolný is the Head of the office at ISEM-International Security and Emergency Management Institute, n.p.o. (ISEMI). He graduated at the University of Žilina – Faculty of Security Engineering and received a master’s degree in Civil Security. He is currently working on topics related to CBRNe, especially in relation to various responder units. He is an experienced RDI project manager with a focus on the end-user perspective. Martin is actively involved in various activities associated with testing, piloting and demonstrations, as well as in the complex preparation and implementation of different types of exercises and research and educational events. He is a PRINCE2 certified manager. Martin is also a volunteer firefighter specializing in prevention. He is a holder of EU, NATO Secret level Security clearance.

Lukáš Ivica  – Data Science Projects Manager, Microstep

Lukáš Ivica is a Data Scientist with a demonstrated history of working within industries of education, banking and climatology. He is skilled in R, Python, SQL and Microsoft Excel. Lukáš has communication and leading skills supported by international experience, events organization, team-lead and teacher experience, and currently manages his data science team. He is passionate about developing camera-based Remote Observer system.