17 December 2009. Two new Resident Fellows join ESPI and one successful resident Project Manager will turn to become an Associate Fellow with the beginning of next year.
Recruitment for the two Resident Fellows seconded by ESA has been completed: Jana Robinson has joined ESPI on 1 December 2009 and Christina Giannopapa will work at the Institute from 1 January 2010. By the end of the year, Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß will leave Vienna after a highly successful stay of one and a half years and become an Associate Fellow.
Jana Robinson joined ESPI on 1 December 2009 after a valuable four-year experience at the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), a leading, Prague-based, non-profit public policy organisation focused on security policy and studies. She was likewise responsible for the corporate establishment of PSSI Washington, an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation in Washington DC, closely affiliated with PSSI Prague. Previously, she held positions related to her Chinese Studies academic background applying her Mandarin Chinese language skills. Jana Robinson holds a BA in English and American Studies and an MA in Chinese Studies, both from Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. In addition, she holds an MA in Asian Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington DC, with specialisation in Asia-Pacific security issues and space policy. This summer she attended the International Space University’s (ISU) Space Studies Programme (SSP09) at NASA Ames Research Center. In the framework of ESPI’s workplan, Jana Robinson will, during the first part of 2010, undertake a study on Transparency and Confidence Building Measures in space, which will also see a joint workshop with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She will also assume a task of preparing a security-related joint memorandum of ESPI and the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.
Christina Giannopapa will start at ESPI on 1 January 2010 and will bring to the Institute a premium scientific education and work experience. She holds a MEng in Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics both from the University of London, Kings College. Since 2007 she works at ESA as a Technical Officer, Biotechnical Engineer, where she has been responsible for technology development activities for both life and physical science projects in the Life and Physical Science Instrumentation Section in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical and Quality Management Directorate. Prior to that, she worked with Eindhoven University, where she now also is a lecturer, which occupation she will continue while being at ESPI. Christina Giannopapa has published frequently in her field of expertise, received numerous awards but also broadened her experience through additional education in the legal and management areas. Recently she led the group of “Young ESA” visiting ESPI (related webnews here). Her first assignments in ESPI will be a study on cooperation with Africa (including an Africa-European Roundtable in February) and the support of the 2010 Romanian Presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC).
Nina-Louisa Remuß was perfectly prepared for the tasks at ESPI through her select European academic education (BA in European politics from Maastricht and MA in Security Policy from St. Andrews). She quickly developed into a highly reputed expert in space security by authoring three ESPI Reports (ESPI Report 16 on Space Security - A Formative Role and Principled Identity for Europe, co-authored with Wolfgang Rathgeber, ESPI Report 20 on Space and Internal Security and the forthcoming ESPI Report 22 on Responsive Space) and numerous other papers and articles. All these publications were recognised as being exceptional in analysis and perspective and Nina-Louisa Remuß became known as an expert providing thorough and innovative looks on highly relevant topics, even pioneering in the analysis of a number of them. The esteem for her work by the community was demonstrated i.a. through invitations to speak at conferences in Europe and the U.S. (one related webnews here). Nina-Louisa Remuß also showed exceptional capabilities in management by conceptualising and conducting two conferences on space and internal security and, respectively, space and maritime security (related webnews’ here and here) and in particular supporting the 2009 Presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference, EISC, for which she received the highest acclaim (related webnews here). Following her return to Berlin, Nina-Louisa Remuß will remain attached to ESPI as an Associate Fellow, contributing regularly to the work of the Institute and acting i.a. as the assistant editor to the upcoming Studies in Space Policy publication “Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Perspectives” and the author of a report on space and maritime security.
From left: Jana Robinson, Christina Giannopapa,
Nina-Louisa Remuß and Kai-Uwe Schrogl