iac 2009.jpg 16 October 2009. At this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which took place in Daejeon (Republic of Korea), ESPI achieved a high visibility through presenting recent research results and taking actively part in numerous activities of the organising institutions.

The 2009 IAC, organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Acadermy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) from 12 to 16 October in Daejeon (Republic of Korea), provided a particular opportunity to ESPI to showcase its results to the global space community composing the 1500 person attendance.

The following papers by ESPI staff had been accepted and were presented during the sessions:

- Wolfgang Rathgeber: Enhancing the European Identity in Matters of Space and 
                                          (paper and presentation)
- Nina-Louisa Remuß: Space and Internal Security – Developing a Concept for the
                                          Use of Space Assets to Assure a Secure Europe
                                         (paper and presentation)
- Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi and Kai-Uwe Schrogl: Economic and political
                                          impacts of national space legislation in Europe
                                          (paper and presentation)
- Charlotte Mathieu: Space applications in Europe. Addressing the transition
                                          between demonstration and operation (presentation)
- Kai-Uwe Schrogl also spoke at a Plenary Session dealing with the issue of Achieving
                                          a sustainable space environment for future space activities

Current (as well as recent) ESPI staff held numerous functions at the Congress. Kai-Uwe Schrogl was the coordinator of the 22nd IAA Symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics, which comprised five sessions. Nicolas Peter was Chairman of one of these sessions. Wolfgang Rathgeber became a member of the IAF Technical Committee on Understanding the Space Economy, organised by OECD. Besides that, Kai-Uwe Schrogl served in his last year as Chairman of the Commission on Space Policy of IAA, continues to be a member of the Board of Directors of IISL and the Chairman of the Scientific-Legal Liaison Committee; he also chaired one session in the IISL Symposium.

With this, ESPI took the opportunity to efficiently disseminate its research results and products and, through the functions of its staff, was crucial in organising and shaping the space policy related activities of the Congress. ESPI will also continue its close institutional cooperation with IAA and IISL, with whom (and ISPRS) it will jointly organise a workshop on current issues in regulating satellite Earth observation in April 2010 at ESPI.  

In addition, recent ESPI staff Catherine Doldirina (author of ESPI Report 7 and ESPI Perspectives 20) received the Diederiks-Verschoor Award for the best paper of a young professional in the IISL Colloquium.


ESPI Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber, who presented his own
as well as ESPI Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß’ paper

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Scientific Legal Roundtable with Kai-Uwe Schrogl (center standing) in his
capacity as chairman of the IAA/IISL Scientific Legal Liaison Committee with
Tanja Masson-Zwaan (IISL President) and Jean-Michel Contant
(IAA Secretary General) and in the front row the speakers in the roundtable









 ESPI participation at a plenary event


Recent ESPI staff Catherine Doldirina with IISL award together with
Ram Jakhu (McGill University) and Kai-Uwe Schrogl







- Video: Plenary with Kai-Uwe Schrogl. Achieving a sustainable space environment for future space activities, Friday 16 October 2009.









photo credits: IAC, ESPI 

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