22 April 2009. ESPI held is second study presentation this year in Brussels at the French Permanent Representation to the EU highlighting the study on “Space-based Services in Europe” and the book on “Space and Sustainability”.
Addressing the Brussels space community with attendance from Parliament services, Council, Commission, agencies and industry as well as local institutions (i.a. Belgian Senat and Military Academy), this second study presentation of ESPI in 2009 dealt with two topics related to space applications (invitation here). The first part was dedicated to the study by ESPI Research Fellow Charlotte Mathieu on “Space-Based Services in Europe - Addressing the Transition Between Demonstration and Operations”. The objectives of the study (download here) were to investigate the main challenges to the transition from demonstration to operation, to analyse the need for public action and to suggest to European decision-makers relevant measures that could ensure that European citizens fully benefit from a well-developed space infrastructure.
The second part was devoted to the presentation of the second volume in the book series “Studies in Space Policy”, edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork. This volume is entitled “Threats, Risks and Sustainability – Answers by Space”. It analyses what could be the contribution of space tools to predict, manage and mitigate those threats. It aims at demonstrating that space is not a niche but has become an overarching tool in solving today’s problems.
Mathieu Weiss, Space Counsellor at the French Permanent Representation in Brussels and ESPI Research Fellow Charlotte Mathieu
Before the presentations by Charlotte Mathieu, ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Mathieu Weiss, Space Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union, had given introductions and the subsequent exchange with the audience demonstrated the relevance and timeliness of the topics dealt with at this event.