9 June 2011. The 2011 Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST) conference took place in Istanbul opening with a keynote lecture by ESPI on Europe’s space ambitions for 2030.
The Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST) conferences, organized by Turkish space institutions have become a leading regional platform for scientific as well as policy exchanges (conference website here). With a steadily growing number of participants from more and more countries, it provides every two years a prominent forum in particular for bridging Europe and the Asian region. ESPI had already been invited in 2007 to deliver a keynote address and has accepted the invitation to do the same this year. The Institute’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, who had also participated in 2007, reflected this time on Europe’s space ambitions for 2030 (presentation download here). The event was taken as an opportunity to showcase Europe’s strengths and to exchange with representatives from countries, where ESPI might forge future partnerships in the framework of ESPRAN, the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network, operated by the Institute.