2 June 2008. Today, the Astronomy Club of ESRIN visited ESPI and a presentation on recent research activities co-funded by Austria was held.
Around twenty members of the Astronomy Club of the European Space Research Institute (ESA-ESRIN, located in Frascati, Italy) visited ESPI during a stay in Vienna. They were welcomed by ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl and discussed a presentation by ESPI Research Fellow Nicolas Peter on the changing geopolitics of space activities and their impact on space science and space exploration. Pleased by the stay, the coordinator of the Astronomy Club, Alexander Soucek, welcomed the opportunity to benefit from ESPI’s research activities on the international relations in space affairs.
The ESRIN Astronomy Club at ESPI
Later that day, ESPI hosted a special presentation for the Austrian authorities, which have recently co-funded specific research activities further to the basic contribution for the operations of ESPI. The high interest in ESPI’s work was outlined by Ambassador Peter Jankowitsch, speaking on behalf of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and Harald Posch, Head of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency’s Aeronautics and Space Agency (FFG-ALR).
During the presentation (agenda download here), the projects “Case for Space” and “Humans in Outer Space” were introduced by Pierre-Henri Pisani and Agnieszka Lukaszczyk respectively. This was preceded by overviews on EPSI’s strategy by its Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl and on the administrative aspects of the projects by its Treasurer Michel A. Jakob. The Austrian audience appreciated the outcome of these activities and was particularly pleased with the impact of the results, which have already been presented at various occasions during conferences and also to parliamentarians and decision-makers in administration and agencies.