24 October 2007. ESA’s Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain visited ESPI in the company of the Managing Director of the Austrian Research Funding Organisation FFG, Klaus Pseiner. The visit took place in the context of the celebration of 20 years of Austrian membership in ESA.
Using the opportunity of their participation in the celebration of 20 years of Austrian membership in ESA, the heads of its two founding organizations visited ESPI. They met the staff and discussed the strategic objectives and plans of the institute under its new leadership. Both Jean-Jacques Dordain and Klaus Pseiner were pleased with the approach the institute is taking and the achievements and the engagement of its staff. In particular they stressed the high expectations they have in ESPI’s growing impact by providing independent analysis to the decision-makers.
from left: Karl-HeinzKreuzberg, Head of Director General's cabinet ESA , Klaus Pseiner, Managing Director FFG, Rolf Skaar, Michel Jakob, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Jean Jacques Dordain, Director General ESA, Ségolène van den Steen, Charlotte Mathieu, Blandina Baranes
In the framework of the celebration of the Austrian anniversary (programme here) introduced by the Federal President of Austria Heinz Fischer and the responsible State Secretary Christa Kranzl, ESPI’s Secretary General, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, had been invited to give a presentation on the “Case for space” and participate in a roundtable on the future of Austrian space activities in the European context. The event took place at the Wiener Hofburg, assembled a large community and showed how successful Austria with its scientists and its industry has been during the past decades in conducting innovative space activities.
Photo: ESPI, from left, Kai-Uwe Schrogl - ESPI, Per Tegnér - Chairman ESA Council, Harald Posch - FFG/ALR