Each year, twelve participants across the European nations earn the opportunity to attend the World Finals (ISSDC) held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

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European Country Heats

The European Country Heats in 2020 will be held in Madrid, Berlin, Strasbourg and Malta. Countries for the 2021 will be announced. Teams organised into companies of up to 50 students, over the course of one day will go head to head to design a space settlement according to a Request for Proposal (RFP). They will then present their proposal in the form of a presentation to a specialist team of judges.

Video Competition

The EUSDC can also be entered via our Video Competition that will open in September, 2020. This entry method requires teams to design a space settlement in accordance to a Request for Proposal (RFP) and create a 3 minute video about it. Submitted videos will subsequently be reviewed by a specialist team of judges.

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The aim of the Space Science & Engineering Foundation is to increase engagement in science and engineering for as many students as possible. To further that aim, the rules for the 2020-2021 programme have been updated. The principal change for 2020 is that each school will be permitted only one team in the European finals, regardless of the number of successful country heats and video entries. In the case of multiple entries it will be up to the school to decide how to reduce their teams to the single team permitted in the European final.

We would like to welcome as many schools as possible to the European Space Design Competition. Each venue listed on our Country Heat page  includes information about each venue. Some venues will have a larger capacity than others.

If your school or science club team is made up of less than 4 people, please get in touch with your countries coordinator listed on the our team page . We will help you to make contact with other smaller teams in your area to form a group so that you can enter. You can email either your country coordinator or us at

We require full information about your team’s supervising adult. It is essential that you provide us with a contact email and telephone number for your accompanying adult.

For more information on what the competition involves take a look at ‘What to Expect‘.