18 July 2008. ESPI was invited to give a presentation on the evolving geography of space activities and its impact on capacity building at the 2008 Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Scientific Assembly held in Montreal, Canada.
ESPI Research Fellow Nicolas Peter made an invited oral presentation at the 37th Scientific Assembly of COSPAR that took place between the 13 and 20 July 2008. After the Soviet Union launched its first Earth Satellite in 1957 the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU), now the International Council for Science, established COSPAR in 1958. COSPAR's objectives are to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. COSPAR organises the leading space research conference in the world every two years in a different place in the world.
Nicolas Peter spoke during the session “Capacity Building: Strategies for Success” in the sub-session “Looking Forward” on “Towards an evolving geography of civilian space activities” ( presentation here). The convener for this event was Peter Martinez from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).
ESPI Research Fellow Nicolas Peter
This presentation aimed to provide insights and shed a new light on the changing geopolitics of space activities and their impact on future capacity-building efforts in the space sector. Nicolas Peter was the only representative from think tanks invited to participate to this session along experts from the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), national space agencies, major aerospace enterprises, academia and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). The session was followed by interesting and stimulating debates involving all speakers and participants. Nicolas Peter’s presentation will subsequently be published in the journal Advances in Space Research.