16th ESPI Autumn Conference

Space Economy and Commerce: The way ahead for Europe

11-12 October 2022 Capacity: 150 Urania Observatory, Vienna, Austria
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About

The Autumn Conference is an annual ESPI event where high-level stakeholders come together to discuss outstanding issues at stake for the European space sector. This year’s conference will be held in person at the Urania Observatory in Vienna, Austria.

The theme of the 16th ESPI Autumn Conference is “Space Economy and Commerce: The way ahead for Europe.” Invited speakers ranging from high-ranking policymakers and investors to industry executives and founders will discuss ways to best leverage and build upon the momentum commercial solutions are providing to European space activities and how emerging commercial perspectives support the development of European leadership on global markets.

After 2 years of online and hybrid conferences, ESPI is looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Vienna. This year’s conference will consist of 3 panel sessions over two days and will provide ample opportunities for interaction and dedicated networking amongst panelists and participants.

More details about panelists and the conference will be published on the ESPI website prior to the event.

Pre-registration for the 16th ESPI Autumn Conference is now open. Please note that pre-registration does not confirm your attendance at the conference, as considerations such as venue capacity must be taken into account. A member of our team will contact you to confirm your registration.

Programme

This year’s conference will consist of three panel sessions over two days. Please note that the programme will continue to be updated with speakers, timing and other relevant information prior to the event.

Conference Opening Remarks

Day 1: 11 October 2022, 12:45 -13:15 CET

Opening Speakers:

  • Klaus Pseiner, Managing Director, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
  • Eric Morel de Westgaver, Director of European, Legal and International Matters, European Space Agency
  • Hermann Ludwig Moeller, Incoming Director, European Space Policy Institute

Session 1: A Commercial Ecosystem in Motion

Day 1: 11 October 2022, 13:15 - 15:30 CET

The European space ecosystem is undergoing profound changes. These changes, ranging from vertical integration to new business models such as “space as a service” are nested in broader market, industry and technology shifts shaping the evolution of the economy. This paradigm shift is accelerating the evolution of the space sector and raising new stakes for space businesses. The first panel of the ESPI Autumn conference will explore ongoing developments in the European commercial space sector and discuss key trends to watch by 2050.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Sinéad O’Sullivan, Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School

Panellists:

  • David Bertolotti, Head of Institutional and International Affairs, Eutelsat
  • Olivier Lemaitre, Secretary General, ASD Eurospace
  • Johannes Springer, CTO Connected Car, T-Systems
  • Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, European Space Agency

Session 2: Accelerating Space Commercialisation

Day 1: 11 October 2022, 15:45 - 18:00 CET

Public actors and private industry alike have brought space commercialisation to the forefront. This panel will identify policy options and level of appetite for increased commercial participation in the development and implementation of space programmes. Panellists will be invited to discuss relevant tools, appropriate mechanisms and redefined relationships to accelerate the creation of self-sustaining markets, through increased competitiveness, reinvented business models and credible regulatory support.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, EUSPA

Panellists:

  • Christelle Astorg-Lepine, BLAST Managing Director, Starburst Aerospace
  • Stella Guillen, Chief Commercial Officer, Isar Aerospace
  • Luca del Monte, Head of Commercialisation Department, European Space Agency
  • Walther Pelzer, Head, German Space Agency at DLR
  • Manfred Sust, Managing Director, Beyond Gravity Austria

Day 2 Opening Remarks

Day 2: 12 October 2022, 10:15 - 10:30 CET

Opening Speaker:

  • Geneviève Fioraso, Chair, ESPI Advisory Council and Former French Minister of Higher Education and Research

Session 3: Space Commerce for the Future of Europe

Day 2: 12 October 2022, 10:30 - 12:45 CET

The space sector plays a critical role in addressing the perennial question of Europe’s ambition in a global context. This panel will address the role of commercial solutions in exploring pathways to foster industrial leadership and technological excellence, while also taking a step back and embracing concurrently pertinent challenges of autonomy, sustainability and resilience facing Europe.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Rt. Hon. Lord David Willetts, Chair of the Board, UK Space Agency & Member of the House of Lords

Panellists:

  • Juan Tomás Hernani, President, Young European Enterprises Syndicate for Space (YEESS) and CEO, Satlantis
  • Catherine Kavvada, Director for Innovation & Outreach, DG DEFIS, European Commission
  • Shahrzad Larger, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Thales Alenia Space
  • Geraldine Naja, Director of Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement, European Space Agency

Closing Remarks

Day 2: 12 October 2022, 12:45 - 13:00 CET

Confirmed Speakers

Below you can find more information on our confirmed speakers. They are listed in alphabetical order. Additional speakers will be added to this list as they confirm their attendance.

Christelle Astorg-Lepine

BLAST Managing Director, Starburst Aerospace

David Bertolotti

Director for Institutional and International Affairs, Eutelsat

Rodrigo da Costa

Executive Director, European Union Agency for the Space Programme

Luca Del Monte

Head of Commercialisation Department, European Space Agency

Geneviève Fioraso

Chair, ESPI Advisory Council and Former French Minister of Higher Education and Research

Stella Guillen

Chief Commercial Officer, Isar Aerospace

Juan Tomas Hernani

President of YEESS Syndicate and CEO of Satlantis

Catherine Kavvada

Director for Space Development & Innovation, DG DEFIS, European Commission

Shahrzad Larger

Vice President Sales and Marketing, Thales Alenia Space

Olivier Lemaitre

Secretary General, ASD Eurospace

Eric Morel de Westgaver

Director of European, Legal and International Matters, European Space Agency

Geraldine Naja

Director of Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement, European Space Agency

Kevin O'Connell

Founder and CEO, Space Economy Rising, LLC & Former Director, U.S. Office of Space Commerce

Sinead O'Sullivan

Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School

Walther Pelzer

Head, German Space Agency at DLR

Johannes Springer

CTO Connected Car, T-Systems

Manfred Sust

Managing Director, Beyond Gravity Austria

Elodie Viau

Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, European Space Agency

Lord David Willetts

Chair of the Board, UK Space Agency & Member of the House of Lords

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