15 September 2011. The 5th ESPI Autumn Conference was held during the past two days at the Institute’s premises in Vienna. This annual ESPI event takes place in September and includes a meeting of the authors of the upcoming Yearbook on Space Policy as its centrepiece activity. Furthermore, it represents an excellent opportunity for the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) members to meet and interact, while it also attracts attendance from the ranks of the distinguished members of ESPI’s Advisory Council.

This year’s Autumn Conference was once more a great opportunity for renowned experts of space policy to meet and discuss key recent developments in this field worldwide (conference programme here). The subjects presented by the conference’s participants will also form the basis of their respective contributions to the upcoming ESPI Yearbook on Space Policy 2010/2011, published in cooperation with SpringerWienNewYork. During the two days of the conference, participants discussed issues ranging from institutional developments to new trends in important space policy aspects, such as space debris mitigation, the potential of space systems to bridging the digital divide, or the future of GEOSS.

The ESPI Yearbook contributing authors who participated in the Autumn Conference included: Daniel Barok, CEO and owner of BINGO Business Development & Consulting Services; Catherine Doldirina, post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Air and Space Law of McGill University and Co-chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council (represented by ESPI staff); Alexander Kolovos, professor of space applications at the Hellenic Air Force Academy and former space policy expert with the Hellenic National Centre for Space Applications; Sa’id Mosteshar, Director of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law, Professor of International Space Law, Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, London University, and member of the UK Space Leadership Council; Carmen Muñoz-Rodríguez, Associate Lecturer in Public International Law and European Law at the University of Jaén; Julia Neumann, Attorney-at-Law with the international law firm White & Case LLP in Berlin (via teleconference); Matxalen Sánchez-Aranzamendi, ESPI Associate Fellow based in Brussels;  Anna Clementina Veclani, Researcher at the Security and Defence Department of the Istituto Affari Internazionali - IAI (also on behalf of co-authors Nicolò Sartori and Rosa Rosanelli); Hideaki Shiroyama, director of the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, and professor of public administration at the Graduate School of Public Policy and the Graduate School of Law and Politics of the University of Tokyo (via teleconference); Cornelius Vogt, Programme Officer of the “Berliner Forum Zukunft” at the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (also on behalf of co-author Svenja Sinjen); and Joanne Wheeler, Partner at the Technology, Media and Telecommunications team of CMS Cameron McKenna of London (represented by ESPI staff).

Participants at the 5th ESPI Autumn Conference. From left: Anna Clementina Veclani, Alexander Kolovos, Matxalen Sánchez-Aranzamendi, Daniel Barok, Carmen Muñoz-Rodríguez, Sa’id Mosteshar, Blandina Baranes, Spyros Pagkratis, André Lebeau, Alvaro Azcárraga, Herbert Allgeier, Peter Hulsroj, Cornelius Vogt, Alfredo Roma.

The invited experts where welcomed by Peter Hulsroj, who hosted the first function in his new capacity as ESPI Acting Director. He was joined by ESPI’s Blandina Baranes, Matxalen Sanchez Aranzamendi and Spyros Pagkratis, who presented their own contributions to the Yearbook. The upcoming Yearbook on Space Policy 2010/2011 will be edited by ESPI’s Peter Hulsroj, Spyros Pagkratis and Blandina Baranes, and published by SpringerWienNewYork in the spring of 2012 (the current issue here). Finally, the 5th Autumn Conference’s three sessions were chaired by distinguished members of ESPI’s Advisory Council Herbert Allgeier, André Lebeau and Alfredo Roma.

ESPI Acting Director Peter Hulsroj opening the conference.

During the conference.

- 5th ESPI Autumn Conference Programme.
- Presentations

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