8 January 2011. International space cooperation was a theme of this year’s United Nations International Student Conference of Amsterdam (UNISCA) for which ESPI was invited to give the introductory presentation.
The United Nations International Student Conference of Amsterdam (UNISCA) is an outstanding model UN, organised by the University of Amsterdam since fifteen years. Every year, it attracts around 100 high-class students to participate in the simulation of a UN conference, which is part of the academic programme of the University awarding credit points. This makes UNISCA unique amongst the model UNs. The themes are introduced by experienced practitioners from the respective fields. This year, international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space was a conference theme. ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, who holds experience as a Chairman of two working groups of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), which led to two General Assembly Resolutions in 2004 and 2007 respectively, was invited to give the introductory presentation (download here). Presentations of ESPI staff at such events (see also the webnews on ESPI’s involvement in academic summer schools here) contribute to the visibility of the Institute in the broader academic community and helps recruit qualified research interns.