copy of espi ea conference 2008 6.jpg 10 October 2008. More than 70 experts gathered during the past two days at ESPI to discuss global Earth observation and security with a special view on new security related services.

The two day conference on new security related services in Earth observation was held together with the “Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler” (European academy for the scientific study of the consequences of scientific and technological advances, EA) which is lead by Carl Friedrich Gethmann, who also serves as the president of the Geman Society for Philosophy.

The conference was conducted in German under the title “Globale Fernerkundungssysteme und Sicherheit” (Global Remote Sensing Systems and Security) (programme). It extended the cooperation of ESPI with EA, which had already started at the conference “Humans in Outer Space” last October to which EA had contributed. The current conference on security related services was also the annual Autumn Conference of EA and was supported by the German Aerospace Center DLR. The event was divided into three sections, with the first one treating remote sensing potentials, the second one dealing with corresponding societal questions and the third one covering potential users’ expectations. The event featured high ranking speakers and guests from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, among them State Secretary Heiner Heseler from the city of Bremen and Dietmar Grünreich, head of the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy. The conference was organized on ESPI’s side by Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber and on EA’s side by its Deputy Director Stephan Lingner.

The Europäische Akademie is concerned with the scientific study of the consequences of scientific and technological advance for individual and social life and for the natural environment. The main focus is on the examination of foreseeable mid- and long-term processes that are especially influenced by natural, medical and engineering sciences. The academy takes an interdisciplinary approach and has earned itself high scientific reputation.

The cooperation between ESPI and EA will be further intensified in the future, since the two organizations have complementary portfolios and approaches. ESPI can benefit through this cooperation by opening the discussion on space policy to numerous other relevant policy areas and scientific disciplines.

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Moderators and Speakers from left to right: Heinz Gärtner, Holger Floeting,
Monika Gähler, Andreas Metzner-Szigeth, Nicola Rohner, Lesley Jane Smith,
Wolfgang Rathgeber, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Rüdiger Koppe, Stephan Lingner,
Peter Knopf, Jürgen von der Lippe, Lothar Beckel

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From left to right: Wolfgang Rathgeber, Carl Friedrich Gethmann,
Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Stephan Lingner

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ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl with State Secretary Heiner Heseler, Bremen
and Dietmar Grünreich, President of the German Federal Agency for Carthography and Geodesy

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Panel with: (from left to right) Heinz Gärtner,  Heiner Heseler, Peter Knopf,
Rüdiger Koppe, Jürgen von der Lippe, and Moderator Wolfgang Rathgeber

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