22 February 2008. During this week, ESPI participated in various activities of the International Space University (ISU) at Strasbourg.
The International Space University (ISU) hosted its 12th Annual International Symposium from 20 to 22 February 2008 at Strasbourg. The title of this year's symposium was "Space Solutions to Earth's Global Challenges". Around 150 participants heard highly interesting and stimulating presentations and conducted open and lively discussions. ESPI's Director had been invited to be a member of the programme committee and also was selected to chair one of the six sessions. In addition, he reported about recent activities of ESPI relevant to the theme of the symposium (presentation download here). In this presentation, co-authored by the ESPI researchers who had dealt with the issues, reference was in particular made to the "Sustainability Conference", which ESPI had organized last December and where ISU's John Farrow was one of two moderators, and ESPI's "Case for Space" study, where ISU's Dean Walter Peeters participated.
The close cooperation between the two institutions was further shown by a lecture of Kai-Uwe Schrogl on 19 February in the framework of ISU's ongoing Master Programme. Previously he had already lectured at ISU's summer courses. During the Symposium, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, Executive Officer of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC, which is hosted by ESPI) also gave a highly acclaimed presentation on recent work of this organization (presentation download here), thus completing this week of linking ESPI and ISU.
Kai-Uwe Schrogl chairing a session
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk presenting (with ISU President Michael Simpson)