24 September 2008. Today, cooperation between ESPI and the renowned publisher SpringerWienNewYork was extended by signing an agreement to establish a new book series. The “Studies in Space Policy” are intended to become a prime forum for academic research on space policy.
Cooperation between ESPI and SpringerWienNewYork recently reached its first highlight with the publication of the first volume of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” (Webnews). It is now extended through the establishment of a book series on “Studies in Space Policy”. ESPI offers now with this series a platform for publishing academic research on space policy but also on the issue area’s trans-disciplinary aspects linked with economics, regulations and the humanities. The series will comprise volumes prepared by ESPI itself and also contributions by researchers from Europe and abroad, who intend to publish in a high quality format.
The first volume in this series will be “Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Odyseeys”. It is based on a conference ESPI organized together with the European Science Foundation in October 2007 in Vienna. This volume will contain the first comprehensive trans-disciplinary dialogue on the perspective of humans exploring outer space. A presentation of this book is foreseen for 28 October 2008 in Paris. Upcoming projects are a volume on space and sustainability and a Handbook on Space Policy.
Signing the contract for the new series, Springer’s Managing Director Alexander Grossmann and Acquisition Editor Journals and Book Series Sylvia Schilgerius welcomed this extension of cooperation with ESPI, which has successfully started with the “Yearbook on Space Policy”. ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Documentalist Blandina Baranes (who is also responsible for the liaison with the publisher) stressed the great benefit space policy research will derive from having the prestigious publisher SpringerWienNewYork as the partner in setting up this series. The target is, to make the “Studies in Space Policy” a prime platform for the academic community publishing outstanding research.
From left to right: Alexander Grossmann, Alois Sillaber, Silvia Schilgerius, Blandina Baranes, Kai-Uwe Schrogl