27 March 2008. During the spring meetings of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) this week in Paris, ESPI received an acknowledgement of its research.
One of the tasks of the spring meeting of the three organizations was the finalization of the programme of the next International Astronautical Congress, which will be held in Glasgow from 29 September to 3 October 2008.
The abstracts of ESPI research fellows Charlotte Mathieu ( "Russia and its relations with India and China in the space field: Opportunities and challenges for Europe"), Nicolas Peter ( "Space Power and Europe in the need for a conceptual framework") and Wolfgang Rathgeber ( "New ways in European Space Security") were all accepted for presentation. Wolfgang Rathgeber will in addition be rapporteur in one of the sessions. In the planning for the 2009 IAC, Nicolas Peter was selected as a co-chair of one session. He also was invited to join an IAF committee on security.
During the spring meetings, ESPI's Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl executed tasks in the three organizations. In his capacity as Chairman of the IAA Commission on Policy, Economics and Regulations, he is responsbile for the planning of the respective Congress symposium with five sessions. He also holds office as member of the Board of Directors in the IISL. Furthermore, he is one of the four person group, lead by the former Chairman of the IAC International Programme Committee Berndt Feuerbacher, which has to draft a long-term strategy for the IACs.
ESPI appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the IAC in Glasgow with a selection of its most recent research results.