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Mr. Marius–Ioan Piso is the President and Executive Director of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA). He is a leading figure in space science in Romania. As an early science and technology professional, he contributed to the establishment and leadership of the Romanian Space Agency, the Institute for Space Science and the national research and development programmes in space, aeronautics and security. He is active in promoting international cooperation in space science and technology at the level of the European Union, the United Nations and other international organisations. He contributed to the development of a national research, industrial and political space community and managed the successful accession of Romania as a Member State of the European Space Agency.

Education

Born on 7 January 1954, he graduated in Physics at Babes–Bolyai University in 1982 with a diploma project in general relativity theory. Starting the same year, he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Electrical Engineering (ICPE) in Bucharest, developing inertial sensors and experimental systems for weak fields measurements. In 1988, he became the head of the laboratory and, in 1990, he joined the Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences in Bucharest to establish the Institute for Space Science.

In 1994, he was awarded a PhD by the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi with a thesis on space-time structures and, in 1999, he received the position of principal researcher at the Institute of Atomic Physics in Bucharest. In 1999, he completed a postgraduate programme at the National Defense College in Bucharest. During the last decade he delivered lectures on Space Technology at the Politehnica University Bucharest.

Mr. Marius-Ioan Piso’s areas of expertise in science and engineering include general relativity, inertial sensors and nano-magnetic fluids. He led more than 40 national and international research projects in science, micro-satellites and knowledge management. He is the main author of 21 patents in inertial and gravity sensors, optical communication, nano–magnetic technology. He published in journals such as IEEE and Advances in Space Research.

National

He supported the start of cooperation between Romania and the European Space Agency and the establishment of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA). In 1993, he became executive secretary of ROSA, also managing the research programme. After the establishment of ROSA as an independent organisation in 1995, he became its first manager. In 1998, he was appointed as ROSA Executive Director and Vice–Chairman of the Board. In 2003, Mr. Marius–Ioan Piso became President and Executive Director of ROSA.

Mr. Marius-Ioan Piso was the architect of the current Romanian national space RDI programme and became a national authority in research and development. Early in his leadership career he promoted and applied the concept of sustainable advanced research. He has been a member and vice-president of the Science Council for Space, Aeronautics and Defense since 2003. He was appointed as director of the first multi-year space grant programme AEROSPATIAL for 2001 – 2005. In 2004, he was the executive president of the Inter–ministerial group on Security Research. During 2006 — 2009 he was a member of the National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and Certificates. Since 2012 he has been managing the STAR – Space Technology and Advanced Research programme.

International

Mr. Marius-Ioan Piso conducted the two–decades long process of Romania joining the European Space Agency (ESA). After the signature of a second cooperation agreement in 1998, he contributed to the development of the programme for European Cooperating States and had Romania join in 2006. Starting 2009 he led the official negotiations with ESA and, in 2011, Romania became the second former socialist country member of ESA. Presently, Mr. Piso is the head of the Romanian Delegation to the ESA Council.

At the level of the European Union, Mr. Piso is member and representative for various committees and boards involving Space, Aeronautics and Security Research. He was part of the process of drafting the first European Space Policy in 2003. He was a member of the European Security Research and Innovation Forum and in the programme committees of the Framework Programmes 6 and 7 of the EU. During the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first semester of 2019, Mr. Piso coordinated the Space agenda.

Mr. Marius–Ioan Piso organised the Romanian participation in the NATO Space Technology Advisory Group and coordinated the organisation of the first NATO space experts meeting in Bucharest in 2006. Since 2004 he is the representative of Romania in the NATO Science for Peace and Security Committee.

Since 1994, Mr. Piso is the representative and head of the delegation of Romania to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN–COPUOS). From this position he contributed to the organisation of the UNISPACE III Regional Conference for Eastern Europe (1999) in Romania, to the establishment of a regional office for the UN–SPIDER disaster management initiative (2008) in Bucharest, to the chairmanships of Romania of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the Committee, to the work of various Action groups such as Disaster management (SPIDER), Near Earth Objects (NEO), Space Missions Planning Action Group (SMPAG), Action Team for Space Exploration and Innovation.

Mr. Piso was elected as a member of the International Astronautical Academy and he has been a Member of the Board of Trustees since 2007. In 2005, he was elected as a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1994, he became the National Secretary for COSPAR and since 2007 he has been the Romanian principal for the Group on Earth Observations.