espran_09_2008_s.jpg 11 September 2008. The Second ESPI Autumn Conference took place in Vienna during the past two days. This event at ESPI’s premises gathered space policy experts and members of the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) for an exchange on current issues in European and international space policy.

The ESPI Autumn Conference is the annual forum of the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN). It forms a regular opportunity to review space policy issues and discuss the prospects for developments in this field. This is done by assembling, upon invitation, the most senior experts in space policy research as well as closely related policy areas.

On the first day and on the first half of the second day of the conference (programme of the conference), the ten contributors to the 2007/2008 issue of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” presented their selected topics. For this edition, the papers include i.a. analyses of the policy aspects of European human spaceflight activities, the European proposal for a Code of Conduct, the European approach to Space Situational Awareness, the new international coordination framework for exploration, and the U.S. export control reform.

On the afternoon of the second day, three panels offered a unique opportunity for a dialogue with Austrian decision-makers and representatives of the Austrian space community, with the high-level representation through Ambassador Peter Jankowitsch (Chairman of FFG/ALR's Advisory Council), on the topics: “Exploration and Inspiration”, “Space for Security” and “Space Benefits for Society”. By sponsoring the conference, the Austrian ministry and agency responsible for space (BMVIT and FFG-ALR) received the opportunity to conduct this dialogue with distinguished space policy experts.

With this second Autumn Conference, ESPI demonstrated the positive perspective of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” and of ESPRAN as well as the rising interest of decision-makers in the work of the institute and the space policy experts comprising the network. New ideas as well as thorough analyses have emerged from these exchanges during the past two days, which were appreciated by the participants and which will be brought to the attention of a wider public via the next edition of the “Yearbook on Space Policy”.


Editors and contributors to the Yearbook 2007/2008, from left: Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Charlotte Mathieu, Jan Wouters, Isabelle Sourbès-Verger, Lucia Marta, Nicolas Peter, Blandina Baranes, Jean-Claude Worms, Laurence Nardon, Mischa Hansel, Henry R. Hertzfeld, Marcel Dickow.

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Ambassador Peter Jankowitsch (Chairman of the Advisory Council of FFG/ALR) with the Panel: "Exploration and Inspiration", from left: Alain Dupas (Collège Polytechnique, Paris), Jean-Claude Worms (ESF), Moderator: Frances Brown (Space Policy Journal), Mischa Hansel (University of Cologne), Nicolas Peter (ESPI).


Panel: "Space for Security", from left: Wolfgang Rathgeber (ESPI), Henry R. Hertzfeld (George Washington University), Moderator: Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI), Lucia Marta (IAI), Marcel Dickow (IFSH).

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Panel: "Space Benefits for Society", from left: Pierre Fauroux (ThalesAlenia) , Werner Balogh (UNOOSA), Moderator: Herbert Allgeier (Chairman of the ESPI Advisory Council), Joan Harvey (Canadian Space Agency), Charlotte Mathieu (ESPI). 

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