22 November 2016. A new contribution to the series Voices from the Space Community (previously known as ESPI Perspectives) is now online. Tomas Hrozensky, PhD. Student at the Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and Visiting Scholar at the Space Policy Institute of the George Washington University, reflects about the concept of Space as a soft power tool for Europe.
Mr. Tortora will co-chair the Breakout session 4 on Space Diplomacy and will give a speech in Panel 2: Making a difference: Working Together Towards Sustainable Space, where he will address the Space security, safety and sustainability nexus with Sustainable Development on Earth. In particular, he will summarize the outcomes of the 10th ESPI Autumn Conference, which are captured in a special issue of the ESPI Reports series entitled "Outcome 10th ESPI Autumn Conference – Space for Sustainable Development".
18 November 2016. On November 10th, the Director of ESPI was invited to speak at the public hearing on the Space Strategy for Europe organized by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in the European Parliament in Brussels. The specific topic addressed was “Improving Industry Competitiveness”.
15 November 2016. Starting from November 2016, the well-known ESPI publication series “ESPI Perspectives” has been overhauled and retitled “Voices from the Space Community”.
While this new series retains many key aspects that made its predecessor a successful and popular publication, with more than 70 contributions over the years, a number of changes were adopted in order to ensure the quality of the series, a faster publication process, and ultimately a broader participation and free exchange of ideas.
11 November 2016. On the 24th of October for the first time Ministries of Science, University and Research, Space Authorities, Space Agencies and International Organizations representatives, senior space experts of 35 countries from Africa, Americas, Asia, and Europe met in Trento (Italy) at the 1st International Space Forum at Ministerial level. ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti participated to the forum, entitled “Space Science and Academy for Global Challenges”, which fostered open and productive discussions on how Space Science and Academy can concretely contribute to the sustainability of the future space programmes for peaceful purposes.
09 November 2016. In its November special issue, the China Policy Institute, a major centre of expertise on contemporary China based in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, published an article authored by ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti.
03 November 2016. On 19 October, five officers of the German Armed Forces visited the European Space Policy Institute. The Director Jean-Jacques Tortora and Dr. Annette Froehlich gave a talk on space security and space applications. Moreover, the activities of the Committee for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space of the United Nations in Vienna and the relevant UN space related treaties were highlighted and widely discussed.