12 October 2010. The General Assembly and the Advisory Council met for their autumn sessions in Vienna and came to agreement on the Institute’s new three-year strategy. They also adopted a detailed workplan for 2011.


The meetings of the Advisory Council and the General Assembly were held on 10 September 2010 and 12 October 2010, respectively. The main issue discussed was the Institute’s proposed new three-year strategy. The new strategy was prepared by the Director following the conclusion of his first three-year appointment in September 2010. In his upcoming three-year term, he will build on the impressive output of the Institute’s Fellows. This exemplary performance was greatly appreciated by both the Advisory Council and the General Assembly. In the near future, the Institute’s impact and influence will be further extended through intensive dissemination of its products (i.e. studies, position papers, memoranda, recommendations etc.) to space-related policy-makers, particularly parliaments and other decision-making bodies. The new strategy will be accessible in the Institute’s information flyer.

In accordance with the new strategy, the Institute’s 2011 workplan will include issues of high policy relevance, among them the hosting of a high-level space security conference in Prague with a trans-Atlantic emphasis, a multi-facetted assessment of space competence embodied in the Lisbon Treaty, new approaches to innovation through Key Enabling Technologies and a focus on European-Japanese space cooperation. A number of other activities, including the publication of “ESPI Perspectives”, book projects and smaller events will contribute to a busy and productive upcoming year for the Institute.

The General Assembly meeting took place at two locations, due to the unforeseen event of a strike in Paris. Accordingly, all Paris-based members gathered at ESA Headquarters and the remainder of the members in Vienna (and one member at Toulouse) for a videoconference call. At the time of the two meetings, the exhibition of an Austrian artist Gerald Martineo (related webnews on the exhibition opening here) was still on display at ESPI’s premises. The Advisory Council members greatly enjoyed the inspiring artwork, creating a pleasant atmosphere for the sessions. The members representatives participating in the Vienna-based video conference, which took place at RUAG Space, enjoyed a guided tour through the premises of this largest space company in Austria.

Participants of the Advisory Council meeting of 10 September 2010 with ESPI staff

At the Advisory Council meeting, Jan-Baldem Mennicken, a member of six years, participated for the last time. Herbert Allgeier, Chairman of the Council, and Kai-Uwe Schrogl, the Institute’s Director, offered high praise for Mr. Mennicken’s dedication to the Institute. A lasting memory was provided by Jan-Baldem Mennicken through the donation of a showcase with models of rockets and satellites collected throughout his career as Director General in the German Ministry for Research and Director General of the German Space Agency, DARA.

Jan-Baldem Mennicken (centre) in front of the showcase he donated to the Institute, with (from left): ESPI’s Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Blandina Baranes and Wolfgang Würz as well as Advisory Council Chairman Herbert Allgeier

During the General Assembly video conference

Vienna participants of the General Assembly meeting of 12 October 2010, which took place at RUAG Space, with RUAG Marketing Director Bernhard Eichinger (second from right)

photo credits: ESPI


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