21 September 2011. ESPI was invited to make a presentation on the space panel entitled “Satellite Applications for Security and Security for Satellites” at the Security Research Conference 2011 co-organized by Poland (as the EU Council Presidency) and the European Commission.

ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson was invited to make a presentation at the Security Research Conference 2011 (SRC 2011) on the panel that discussed space applications for the enhanced security of Europe and its citizens. The SRC2011, co-organised by the EU Council Presidency (i.e. Poland) and the European Commission, brought together high-level decision-makers from the research, industrial and public policy communities, to review current research capabilities, as well as prospective technological, management and legal solutions for security-related challenges. The space panel focused on the effective utilization of space applications for the management of terrestrial security issues, including civil protection and humanitarian assistance, as well as the protection of space-based assets.

Jana Robinson introduced a number of issues connected with space security, the international draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, the role of space-oriented transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBMs), and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) as a prerequisite for safe and secure space activities. Other European security and space experts on the panel included Denis Bruckert, GMES Coordinator and Head of the GMES Unit, European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC); Wieslaw Lesniakiewicz, Head of the Polish State Fire Service; Geraldine Naja, Head of the EU Relations Office, European Space Agency (ESA); Adas Pangonis, Policy Officer at the Space Policy and Coordination Unit of DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission (EC); and Xavier Pasco, Senior Research Fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research.

Space security panel speakers

ESPI’s Jana Robinson during her presentation


- Security Research Conference 2011 Agenda
- Presentation by Jana Robinson


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