16 January 2017. The twenty-fourth Newsletter issue of ESPI is now online.

The twenty-fourth issue of the ESPI Newsletter provides an account of ESPI’s activities during the past six months. The period was extremely fruitful for ESPI, with the publication of relevant studies as well as a considerable number of activities in and outside ESPI, an account of which is provided within this Newsletter. A description of the ongoing and upcoming activities and events planned by ESPI as part of its Workplan 2017 is also provided.

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12 January 2017. A new issue of the “ESPI Briefs” series is available. It comments on the new “White Paper on Space Activities” released by China on 27 December 2016. You can find it here.

14 December 2016. The EU-U.S. 2nd Space Conference took place on Wednesday 7 December in the George Washington Space Policy Institute premises in Washington DC. This event gathered high ranking representatives from the European Commission, the US Administration as well as from industry and organisations playing a prominent role in the shaping of the EU-U.S. relations in Space. ESPI Director, Jean-Jacques Tortora participated in the panel related to Security.

The video recording of the event is available here.

Summary of the ESPI presentation can be downloaded here.

14 December 2016. Senior Resident Fellow Dr. Serge Plattard wrote an article for Europe's World magazine. You can access the article here.

28 November 2016. The Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2015-16 report is now available. This report provides a continued assessment of the space economy and of global space policies.

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24 November 2016. On 14 and 15 November ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti participated in the workshop "When Space Meets Agriculture - Fostering Interregional collaborations, investments and definition of user requirements” organized by the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) in Matera, Italy. NEREUS aims at exploring the benefits of space technologies for European regions and its citizens and to spread their applications, while promoting the regional dimension of European Space Policy and programs as well as end-user needs.

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22 November 2016. A new contribution to the series Voices from the Space Community (previously known as ESPI Perspectives) is now online. Tomas Hrozensky, PhD. Student at the Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and Visiting Scholar at the Space Policy Institute of the George Washington University, reflects about the concept of Space as a soft power tool for Europe.

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19 November 2016. Starting tomorrow, the ESPI Director will participate to the High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development, co-organized by UNOOSA and the United Arab Emirates in Dubai.

Mr. Tortora will co-chair the Breakout session 4 on Space Diplomacy and will give a speech in Panel 2: Making a difference: Working Together Towards Sustainable Space, where he will address the Space security, safety and sustainability nexus with Sustainable Development on Earth. In particular, he will summarize the outcomes of the 10th ESPI Autumn Conference, which are captured in a special issue of the ESPI Reports series entitled "Outcome 10th ESPI Autumn Conference – Space for Sustainable Development".

Speech of ESPI Director can be downloaded here:

18 November 2016. On November 10th, the Director of ESPI was invited to speak at the public hearing on the Space Strategy for Europe organized by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in the European Parliament in Brussels. The specific topic addressed was “Improving Industry Competitiveness”.

The presentation can be downloaded here

15 November 2016. Starting from November 2016, the well-known ESPI publication series “ESPI Perspectives” has been overhauled and retitled “Voices from the Space Community”.

While this new series retains many key aspects that made its predecessor a successful and popular publication, with more than 70 contributions over the years, a number of changes were adopted in order to ensure the quality of the series, a faster publication process, and ultimately a broader participation and free exchange of ideas.

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11 November 2016. On the 24th of October for the first time Ministries of Science, University and Research, Space Authorities, Space Agencies and International Organizations representatives, senior space experts of 35 countries from Africa, Americas, Asia, and Europe met in Trento (Italy) at the 1st International Space Forum at Ministerial level. ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti participated to the forum, entitled “Space Science and Academy for Global Challenges”, which fostered open and productive discussions on how Space Science and Academy can concretely contribute to the sustainability of the future space programmes for peaceful purposes.

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09 November 2016. In its November special issue, the China Policy Institute, a major centre of expertise on contemporary China based in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, published an article authored by ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti.

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03 November 2016. On 19 October, five officers of the German Armed Forces visited the European Space Policy Institute. The Director Jean-Jacques Tortora and Dr. Annette Froehlich gave a talk on space security and space applications. Moreover, the activities of the Committee for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space of the United Nations in Vienna and the relevant UN space related treaties were highlighted and widely discussed. 

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03 November 2016. In anticipation of the upcoming visit of the ESPI Director to the McGill Institute for Air and Space Law in Montreal, ESPI is pleased to remind that the McGill Institute proposes programmes and courses broadly opened to students from all over the world. 

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03 November 2016. On 19 October, the Director of ESPI was invited to participate in the Austrospace General Assembly meeting held in Seibersdorf Laboratories facilities, Austria. The Director presented the mission of the Institute, its organisation as well as the perspectives for potential synergies with local representations of international organizations and industry. 

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28 October 2016. On 15 and 16 September, ESPI hosted its 10th Autumn Conference, entitled “Space for Sustainable Development”. The ESPI Director, Jean-Jacques Tortora, gave the welcoming address, underlining the importance of using space technology for sustainable development with the reference to UN Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals. The opening was enriched by a key note speech of Vittorio Prodi, who presented the political, environmental and social implications of technology and development in everyday life.

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19 October 2016. On 17 October the ESPI General Assembly (GA), the Institute supervisory body, chaired by Andreas Geisler, head of FFG/BMVIT, gathered at ESPI premises to define the general long-term guidelines for the Institute and approve its Work Plan for the year 2017.

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19 October 2016. On 14 October ESPI Researcher Elisabeth Veit participated to the “BG Vöcklabruck – Zukunftsdialog”, which included speakers from various fields, including Education, Research, Economy and Politics.

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17 October 2016. During the 2016 International Astronautical Congress “Making space accessible and affordable to all countries”, held in Guadalajara from 26 to 30 September 2016, ESPI’s Resident Fellows Dr. Stefano Ferretti and Dr. Serge Plattard participated in IAF committees, Global Networking Forums, and technical sessions where the outcomes of ESPI studies were presented.

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12 October 2016. From 23 to 25 September, ESPI participated to the United Nations - International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: "Integrated Space Technologies and Applications for a Better Society". On the first day, ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti presented “Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Space in listening to the Field”.

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