11 November 2016. On the 24th of October for the first time Ministries of Science, University and Research, Space Authorities, Space Agencies and International Organizations representatives, senior space experts of 35 countries from Africa, Americas, Asia, and Europe met in Trento (Italy) at the 1st International Space Forum at Ministerial level. ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti participated to the forum, entitled “Space Science and Academy for Global Challenges”, which fostered open and productive discussions on how Space Science and Academy can concretely contribute to the sustainability of the future space programmes for peaceful purposes.

The forum was organized under the auspices of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), represented by its president Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), represented by its vice-president Dr. Francisco Mendieta, and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), represented by its president Prof. Roberto Battiston. The italian delegation provided the first statement by the Minister for Education, University and Research, Hon. Stefania Giannini, followed by all the other delegations. For the programme click here: ISF 2016 Programme

The programme included also three key note speeches, as follows:

Climate Change: the phenomenon which affects humanity in such areas of agriculture, health, sea level and marine ecosystem, forest and water sources. The presentation was delivered by Dr. Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director of Earth Observation Programs and Head of ESA/ESRIN.

Big Data Management: the volume and complexity of Space Systems data could provide means to explore a variety of data management methodologies. The presentation was delivered by Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist.

Earth Protection: our complex and fragile Planet requires studies, knowledge and intervention capacity implemented on a global level. The presentation was delivered by Dr. Simonetta di Pippo, Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs of the United Nations (UNOOSA).

Following the statements of the delegations the forum was concluded by the approval of the Trento Space Statement, which can be accessed here: Trento Space statement

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