alpbach-pic 27 July 2007. This year, ESPI  supports Summer Schools of a number of its partner organizations. Outstanding event was the SUMMER SCHOOL ALPBACH, which took place for the 31st time and dealt with astrobiology.

Held annually since 1975, the Summer School Alpbach enjoys a long tradition in providing in-depth teaching on aspects of space science and space technology with the aim of advancing the training and working experience of young European scientists and engineers. The Summer School is organized by the Aeronautics and Space Agency of FFG in cooperation with ESA, the national space authorities of its member States and the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) with a special funding of Austrospace.


Michel Jakob (FFG/ESPI), Michaela Gitsch (FFG, Summer School Administration), Johannes Ortner (Director of the Summer School), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI)

The 2007 Summer School addressed innovative astrobiology mission concepts from 17 to 26 July. As Professor Johannes Ortner (Director of the Summer School) and Ambassador Peter Jankowitsch (Chairman of the Advisory Board on Aeronautics and Space of FFG and Steering Committee Member of ESPI) pointed out, the Summer School at Alpbach has its particular value in that it reaches for system competence and innovative approaches to reach scientific goals through providing valuable advice in particular to ESA. ESPI was supporting the School through Michel Jakob who was responsible for the tutor liaison (the Alpbach Summer School has a particularly high number of dedicated high class tutors and speakers) and Kai-Uwe Schrogl, who chaired one session.

ESPI is also supporting other events during this summer. At the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session Programme, which took place in Beijing, Kai-Uwe Schrogl gave presentations on Space Traffic Management and Prospects for Space Debris Mitigation. He also will contribute to the Summer Course of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), which will take place in September at ESA’s ESTEC facility with a presentation on the Concept of the Launching State.

photo credits: Summer School Alpbach, ESPI

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