Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness EPIC Workshop 2022

About EPIC

The “Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness” (EPIC) is the PSA project for the Electric Propulsion Strategic Research Cluster (SRC).

The European Commission-funded, as part of the Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme 2014, a Programme Support Activity (PSA) for the implementation of the Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) on “In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping”.

Electric propulsion is identified by European actors as a strategic technology for improving the European competitiveness in different space areas such as in-space operations and transportation. The European Commission has set up the “In space Electrical Propulsion and Station Keeping” Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) in Horizon 2020 programme. The goal of the SRC is to enable major advances in Electric Propulsion for in-space operations and transportation, in order to contribute to guarantee the leadership of European capabilities in electric propulsion at world level within the 2020-2030 timeframe, always in coherence with the existing and planned developments at national, commercial and ESA level.

The partners of the EPIC consortium are the mainly European Agencies (National and ESA) involved in the development of EP systems, as well as Eurospace and SME4Space.

EPIC partners:

  • European Space Agency (ESA) – Coordinator
  • Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)
  • Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)
  • Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI)
  • Centre National D’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
  • United Kingdom Space Agency (UK Space Agency)
  • Eurospace


The EPIC consortium is pleased to announce that the EPIC Workshop 2022 on SRC H2020 “Space Electric Propulsion” activities will be held at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne. Following the workshop, a Lecture Series with relevant presentations in the field of space electric propulsion is planned. Furthermore, there will be the opportunity for start-ups to enter into discussion with representatives from industry and institutional bodies.

The EPIC Workshop 2022 will take place at the DLR site in Cologne-Porz, Germany, at the Casino from 4 April to 8 April 2022. The EPIC 2022 workshop is as a hybrid format.


The activities of the EPIC consortium will be presented to the EP community and stakeholders and the latest developments in EP technology in Europe will be collected and evaluated. The preliminary program will be published and will include the following contents.

Preliminary content of the EPIC Workshop 2022 includes:

  • Progress and activities of the EPIC consortium.
  • Incremental Projects: Objectives, proposed approach, team, progress, and deliverables
  • Disruptive Projects: Goals, proposed approach, team, progress, and final deliverables
  • Roundtable and Stakeholder Interaction on Satellite Constellation, CubeSats, and Electric Propulsion (invited speakers).
  • Lecture Series featuring new developments in EP technologies, promising thrusters, and cross-cutting technologies (open to speakers)
  • Startup Session in the fields of electric propulsion

Consortium speakers will present Horizon 2020 Electric Propulsion SRC activities to the EP community and stakeholders and are seeking speakers to assess the latest EP technology developments in Europe. Conditions of participation, all other information and registration can be found on the EPIC homepage.


Venue is the Conference Centre of the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne, Germany. Download practical information, on how to get to Conference Centre.

A livestream will be made available online for registered users for the entirety of the event.


Please use the following link to register for the event: General registrations will be available until 13th of March.

IMPORTANT NOTE The number of participants to this workshop is limited due to the limited availability of seats at the venue, so the registration of non-speakers will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. Online registration is required to attend the event.