16 June 2016. In occasion of the recent appointment of Jean-Jacques Tortora as the new Director of ESPI, a welcoming reception took place on 15 June 2016 at the premises of the institute in Vienna.
The event was kick-started by Min. Rat Mag. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Division “Innovation” of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), with a speech on the relevance of space and of ESPI for Europe. This was followed by the welcoming address of the new ESPI Director and a cocktail reception with the guests of this well-attended event.
16 June 2016. The approval of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 has been a major turning point for global development efforts. The new goals place an emphasis on respecting the long-term economic, social, and environmental requirements of the global community, and space will be a pivotal component in achieving these goals. The ESPI Report 59 “Space for Sustainable Development” elaborates on these highly relevant aspects, and it was produced as a collective effort by Stefano Ferretti, Jörg Feustel-Büechel, Roy Gibson, Peter Hulsroj, Andreas Papp and Elisabeth Veit.
16 June 2016. On the fourth day of the Fifty-Ninth session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), Dr. Stefano Ferretti, ESPI Resident Fellow made a technical presentation on Space for Sustainable Development. The technical presentation highlighted the major findings of the ESPI report 59 on Space for Sustainable Development, which was produced as a collective effort by Jörg Feustel-Büechel, Roy Gibson, Peter Hulsroj, Andreas Papp, Elisabeth Veit and Stefano Ferretti. The report aims to provide key stakeholders with an overview of the current and potential contributions of space to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It argues that a fruitful and close dialogue among all the development actors and the space community should be established in order to exploit the full potential of space assets and services.
16 June 2016. On 15 June, ESPI hosted a group of students from the Master in Space Policies and Institutions programme organised by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI).
ESPI and SIOI have a long-stranding and fruitful partnership, though which ESPI provides lectures and hosts SIOI students for research internships. Moreover, a joint committee composed by ASI and SIOI representatives selects each year an Italian Resident Fellow at ESPI, appointed for one year, among the students of the Master programme.