The European Rover Challenge is a renowned international planetary robotics competition that explicitly provides a valuable opportunity for students looking to advance their careers in the engineering and aerospace industries. The event has enjoyed eight editions so far and, since 2014, has gathered over a million onsite and online attendees, in addition to hosting more than 2,500 contestants from six continents.
The ERC is a thrilling spectacle showcasing the best of the best in planetary exploration. With tasks designed to replicate the challenges faced by real-life rovers on Mars and the moon, it is a chance for the new generation of engineers to demonstrate their skills and creativity on a global stage under the watchful eye of leading industry experts and space agency deputies. The rising level of competition makes it a highly valued step for student teams worldwide owing to the ERC Space & Robotics Industry Standard Practice Programme. Participation in the event enables competitors to meet with experts from the world’s most prominent institutions, such as NASA, the European Space Agency, EUSPA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), International Space University, and the International Astronautical Federation, and furthermore validate their business ideas with leading companies in the European space sector, such as Thales Alenia Space, Airbus, and GMV.
A special edition of the ERC in Poznan will accompany the IAC 2026. Spectators will have the opportunity to witness the robotics competition live on a geologically-realistic moon and Martian terrain prepared by planetary geologists. Furthermore, the ERC will feature the Exhibitor Zone. In this dynamic and inclusive space, individuals of all ages and space interests can engage with cutting-edge projects, speakers, inventions, and scientific experiments. The event is a hub aiming to bring space and modern technologies closer to the public, fostering knowledge exchange and inspiring action. Learn more at: roverchallenge.eu.