hios9 November 2007. The “Vienna Vision on Humans in Outer Space” which had been drafted at the ESF/ESA/ESPI conference in early October has now been brought to the attention of the scientific community and the decision-makers alike.


As a main result of the ESF/ESA/ESPI conference “Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Odysseys” "Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Odysseys" held in Vienna on 11 and 12 October the “Vienna Vision on Humans in Outer Space” has been drafted and has been finalized during the following weeks under the lead authorship of ESPI and reviewed by the organs of the European Science Foundation (ESF). The final text of the Vienna Vision can be found here. The “Vienna Vision” provides a European perspective in identifying the relevant needs and interests linked with space exploration taking in particular account the contribution of the humanities (history, philosophy, anthropology), the arts, as well as the social sciences (political science, economics and law). 

Shortly after the "Humans in Outer Space" Conference, the "Vienna Vision on Humans in Outer Space" was presented by Agnieszka Lukaszczyk (who lead the organization of the conference) and Nicolas Peter on 24 October 2007 at the 9th International Lunar Exploration Working Group's (ILEWG) International Conference on Exploration and Utilisation of the Moon (ICEUM9/ILC2007) in Sorrento, Italy where it received a very positive feedback


Nicolas Peter, ESPI research fellow, presenting the "Vienna Vision on Humans in Outer Space" at the ICEUM9.

Only a week later, the "Vienna Vision on Humans in Outer Space " was also highlighted at the International Space Exploration Conference co-organised by ESA and DLR in Berlin 8-9 November 2007 where about 300 space policy stakeholders, including head of space agencies gathered. Jean-Claude Worms Head, Unit for Space Sciences at ESF, as well as Gerhard Haerendel, former President of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and currently Chairman of ESA's Advisory Committee on Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration mentioned in their presentations the major ideas and elements of the"Vienna Vision on Humans in Outer Space" in two different roundtables providing therefore a unique forum allowing to put forward the ideas developed in the document.

As Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESPI’s Director, had pointed out at the closure of the ESF/ESA/ESPI conference in October: “Mankind’s future in outer space will require a comprehensive view, including in input in particular by the humanities and social sciences, as well as the reflection of the manifold trans-utilitarian aspects that make space exploration a province of all mankind”. This spirit is now brought to the attention of the scientific community, as well as the decision-makers in the field of exploration.

In addition to the aforementioned reference on the “Vienna Vision on Humans in Outer Space” at the Berlin conference, ESPI was provided with the opportunity to contribute to the ESA document published on the occasion of this conference entitled “European Objectives and Interests in Space Exploration”. Nicolas Peter wrote the chapter on “Public constituencies” reflecting on the necessity to have a strong base of public support to ensure the sustainability of space exploration, with a special focus on the younger generation. He provided also inputs for the section on space enterprise activities and particularly the part dealing with prize competitions. Furthermore, Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is currently preparing a report on the “Humans in Outer Space” conference, which will soon be published in the journal “Space Policy”.

photo credit: ESPI 

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