june 2009.jpg 19 June 2009. ESPI was invited to contribute to a conference on astronomy and education and an international panel on space exploration, both taking place in Vienna.

The conference on astronomy and education, entitled “Himmel@All - Astronomie in Bildung und Kultur” (programme here) was organised by the Vienna Planetarium under its Director Peter Habison on 19 June 2009. It was part of a two-day event celebrating the Year of Astronomy. Together with international experts, ESPI’s Documentalist Blandina Baranes, investigated in current challenges for education projects in astronomy and gave a presentation on the policy aspects concerning that field (presentation here ).








ESPI Documentalist Blandina Baranes presenting

The week before, on 9 June 2009, the Austrian National Point of Contact for the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL-NPoC), which was recently moved from Graz to Vienna held a panel on space exploration. Under the lead of Irmgard Marboe, professor of international law at Vienna University and head of the NPoC, experts from Russia, China, India, Japan and the US presented their countries’ plans and ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl provided a view on Europe’s rationale for space exploration (presentation here ).

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- Presentation Blandina Baranes:  Perspectives for astronomy, space policy and strategies in education and science communication
- Presentation Kai-Uwe Schrogl:  Why humans in outer space? A European perspective 

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