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3 June 2014. ESPI presented its recent and future activities at the 80th ESA International Relations Committee (IRC) meeting, which took place in Vienna on 20-21 May.

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23 June 2014. The twentieth Newsletter issue of the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) operated by ESPI is now online

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9 July 2014. ESPI, in its capacity as IAP Ambassador Platform for the Central and Eastern European region, jointly organised a workshop entitled “Innovative space-based solutions for Future Cities”, at its premises in Vienna

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1 September 2014. The director of ESPI, Peter Hulsroj, published a Letter to the Editor of the Financial Times  today. The letter explains how telemedicine could be a tool to supplement scarce medical resources in the fight against Ebola. The letter is an off-shoot of ESPI’s project on humanitarian telemedicine.

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24-25 July 2014. ESPI presented its integrated space-based applications activities and humanitarian telemedicine project at the 7th EU-Korea Conference on Science and Technology (EKC), which was held at the Vienna University of Economics and Business

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1 October 2014. On 11 - 12 September 2014 ESPI hosted its 8th Autumn Conference, entitled “The Governance of Space”. The Autumn Conference is an annual ESPI event which takes place in September and includes a meeting of the authors of the upcoming Yearbook on Space Policy as its centrepiece activity.

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10 October 2014. ESPI presented its project on humanitarian telemedicine at the 24th United Nations/International Astronautical Federation (UN/IAF) Workshop, which was held in Toronto and preceded the 65th International Astronautical Congress.

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4 October 2014. Issue 70 of ESPI Perspective series identifies a critical need to regulate human exploration on Mars and proposes an expansion of the existing United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to take on the mantle of this aspect of space exploration governance. The author argues that coordination in this area is key since the technologies and legislation are immature whilst ambitions are higher than ever before – especially with private sector involvement – and that this calls for a credible, institutionalised governance structure which is able to evolve over time.

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29 October 2014. On the occasion of the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, 29 September-3 October 2014, ESPI presented three contributions. Two papers were given at the 27th IAA symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics, and a third one at the joint IAF/IISL Session on the Legal Framework for Comparative Space Activities. In addition,  Resident Fellow Serge Plattard participated in the Global Network Forum on Security in Space as one of the invited panelists.

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3 November 2014. In its role as permanent secretariat to the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), ESPI assisted this year’s French Presidency in the organisation of the XVIth Plenary session, which took place in the French Parliament in Paris on 19-20 October 2014. This year’s Presidency, under the co-Chairmanship of Senator Bertrand Auban and MP Chantal Berthelot, focused on the theme ‘Space and Growth’

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11 November 2014. ESPI presented its humanitarian telemedicine project at the 5th Carrefour de la Télésanté, which this year was associated with the 19th International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health (ISfTeH) International Conference, and which was held at the Cité de la Science et de l’Industrie

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21 November 2014. Dr Annette Froehlich of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) visited the SpaceLab of the University of Cape Town (South Africa) for one week to present a number of lectures in the context of the Space and Society module in the new master’s programme on Space Studies. This module covered the status of space activities in the various regions of the world, commercial space activities, space law, space policy, regulatory frameworks for space cooperation, space sustainability and space security.

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11 December 2014. The Space Policies, Issues and Trends 2012-14 report is now available! It provides a broad overview of the state of the space economy and of global space policies.

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30 January 2015. The twenty-first Newsletter issue of the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) operated by ESPI is now online.

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15 December 2014. Dr. Annette Froehlich gave a lecture on “International Legal Dimension of Space Flight” at the Graz University of Technology. The lecture gave a broad insight on fundamental rules of international spaceflight and current aspects of European space policy as well as the recent resolutions of the ESA Council.

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27 February 2015. United States’ satellites that intercept communications have so far avoided the full weight of the media scrutiny that the Edward Snowden revelations have brought on other parts of the intelligence world. Issue 71 of the ESPI Perspectives explores the interesting yet poorly exposed activities that take place in this area. First, it outlines the scope and activities of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) that supplies the satellites. Subsequently the relationship between the NRO and the rest of the U.S. intelligence community is described.

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7 April 2015. The Globart Academy took place from 23 to 26 October 2014 in Krems, Austria. The overarching theme of the event was visibility/invisibility. The director of ESPI, Peter Hulsroj, made a presentation on humanitarian telemedicine, the video of which can now be watched on the Globart website.

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8 April 2015. On March 12, the director of ESPI, Peter Hulsroj, made a presentation at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, entitled Light, Enlightenment, and the Limits of Understanding. The speech was the opening  event in a series of presentations at the Kunsthistorisches Museum to celebrate the International Year of Light.

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9 April 2015. ESPI Report “Optimising Europe’s Benefits from the Copernicus Programme” explores how further improvements in the exploitation of Copernicus across European users and stakeholders can be made. The aim is to address the structural gaps in operational Earth observation in Europe without the need for new infrastructure or a substantial change in responsibilities of the players currently involved.

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15 April 2015. Space Policy online released on April 3rd an article entitled “Security in space: Should space traffic management also concern payloads management?” authored by Resident Fellow Serge Plattard. The paper argues that the current and significant initiatives favouring principles for transparency and confidence building measures (TCBM) regarding a sustainable space  traffic management should be pushed further, addressing also the space payloads management issue. Associated with this, a multinational or a UN steered mechanism is proposed to be responsible for a space situational awareness system (SSAS), henceforth strengthening a safer and securer space environment.

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