01 February 2017. On 24-25 January, ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora, and ESPI Resident Fellows Serge Plattard, Cenan Al-Ekabi, and Alessandra Vernile participated in the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy discussing a “Space Strategy for Europe: the road ahead” in Brussels, Belgium. Within six sessions, high-level Policy and Industry stakeholders discussed the European Commission’s new EU Space Strategy and New Space in light of competitiveness, service connectivity and economy, diplomacy, and defence; also addressed was Europe’s evolving SatCom industry and means in which the EU should help to facilitate and fund the future space market.
31 January 2017. On the occasion of the 54th session of the UN COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, ESPI published this report, as a collective effort of Stefano Ferretti, Jean-Jacques Tortora, Elisabeth Veit and Alessandra Vernile. The report summarizes recommendations in regard to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030, with a particular focus on the outcomes of the 10th ESPI Autumn Conference “Space for Sustainable Development”, and it looks forward to the upcoming UNISPACE+50 conference, with the aim of giving new impulse to the mandate of the COPUOS for the years to come.
In 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty is celebrated. Therefore it is time to undertake a study on this Treaty taking into account new challenges and space activities.
To support this project, ESPI is looking to employ a Research Intern for a minimum of three months at the premises of the Institute in Vienna, starting from April 2017.
The main duties envisioned for this internship are:
Research and drafting process of the study, Supporting the general activities of the Institute (e.g. organisation of events, etc.).
Educational background (at least 3 years degree) in legal or political science, international relations.
Excellent command of the English language, written and oral is imperative.
Proven competence in drafting and publication of articles, papers and reports in English.
Good knowledge of MS Office.
Knowledge of upcoming legal related space law topics would be an advantage.
17 January 2017. Issue No.8 of the “ESPI Briefs” series is now available. It provides some reflections and comments on the new U.S. administration plans for space policy, as well as on implications and opportunities for Europe. You can download it here.
16 January 2017. The twenty-fourth Newsletter issue of ESPI is now online.
The twenty-fourth issue of the ESPI Newsletter provides an account of ESPI’s activities during the past six months. The period was extremely fruitful for ESPI, with the publication of relevant studies as well as a considerable number of activities in and outside ESPI, an account of which is provided within this Newsletter. A description of the ongoing and upcoming activities and events planned by ESPI as part of its Workplan 2017 is also provided.