31 March 2011. In its role as the manager of the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Ambassador Platform for Central and Eastern Europe, ESPI together with the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) organised an information event for the Austrian stakeholders.
The objective of the meeting was to inform Austrian industry and users about unique opportunities for business development, offered through ESA’s Integrated and Telecommunication Applications Programmes. The event was targeting industry, service providers and public-private end-users, interested in the development, provisioning and exploitation of services enhanced by telecommunication, navigation and earth observation based space technologies.
In the morning session of the event, the participants received presentations from ESA experts Amnon Ginati, Head of the Integrated and Telecommunications related Applications Department, and Pierluigi Mancini, Head of the Awareness and Feasibility Studies Division. They presented the modus operandi within the IAP programme as well as past and ongoing projects. Furthermore, Amnon Ginati also presented the ARTES 3-4 Applications Programme. This programme is dedicated to the development, qualification, and demonstration of products, services and applications to improve the competitive position of industry in ESA member states in the field of satellite communications and in their associated utilisation.
Panel with (from the left): Amnon Ginati (ESA), Pierluigi Mancini (ESA), Erich Klock (ESPI)
ESPI Resident Fellow Erich Klock gave an in-depth presentation on “IAP Awareness strategy and the role of ESPI as Ambassador Platform”. During the talk (download here) he analysed the programme’s structure an objectives as well as the awareness strategy and the role of ESPI within the IAP programme. Moreover, Erich Klock presented the new ESA IAP Call for User Ideas on the Alpine Region which will be of particular importance for Austrian actors. With this Call ESA is inviting public and commercial end-user organizations from the Alpine Region to propose ideas and suggestions for new services in the Alpine area. In the afternoon session of this information event, the participants had the opportunity for bilateral meetings with the experts from ESA in order to discuss potential IAP projects.