25 June 2007. The “Warsaw Space Days” (21-24 June 2007), organised by the Polish Space Office, was a four-day event dedicated to space activities in Poland that gathered the Polish space community and Polish decision-makers. ESPI co-organised the International Panel that took place on 22 June, during which ESPI presented the study “The European Space Programme - Opportunities and Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe”.
The “Warsaw Space Days” combined meetings and discussions about the future of the satellite sector in Poland and of the national space-related policies with expositions and demonstrations of current and future possibilities of satellite technologies. The event was organised within the framework of foresight project “The Future of Satellite Systems in Poland”, carried out by Polish Space Office. This project aims at demonstrating the impact of satellite-based services on the development of the Polish economy and at recommending the most promising areas of application.
Panel at the Warsaw Space Days; from left: Dimitru Hasegan, Romanian Space Agency, Chris de Cooker, ESA, Charlotte Mathieu, ESPI, Jakub Ryzenko, Polish Space Office
The international panel “What is the role of the new EU member states in the European Space Policy?” was co-organised by ESPI. The panel aimed at reflecting on the prospects of the new European Union Member States’ domestic space sectors development within the framework of the European Space Policy and cooperation with the European Space Agency.
After the welcoming address, Charlotte Mathieu gave insights on the newly-endorsed European Space Policy and presented the ESPI study “The European Space Programme – Opportunities and Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe”. She also chaired the panel “Central European Countries’ Role and Perspectives on the European Space Policy” with panellists from ESA and Central European countries, comprising Mr. de Cooker, ESA International Relations, Dr. Kolar, Head of Czech Space Office, Dr. Hasegan, Director of the Institute for Space Sciences and Director of Space Exploration at the Romanian Space Agency, and Dr. Ryzenko, Head of the Polish Space Office. The panel finished with a presentation “Domestic Space Governance: Organisations, Institutions and Political Incentives - A Comparative Perspective“ by Anna Burzykowska from the Polish Space Office.