March 2015. Dr Annette Froehlich of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) visited again the SpaceLab of the University of Cape Town (South Africa) for one week to give various lectures for the Space and Society module in the master’s programme on Space Studies. This module is dedicated to present the status of space activities worldwide, commercial space activities, space law, space policy, regulatory frameworks for space cooperation, space sustainability and space security.
This year’s module included a presentation from India by Dr. M.Y.S. Prasad, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota Range (SHAR) and again from Jean-François Clervoy, astronaut of the European Space Agency, as well as from many distinguished colleagues from space agencies/industries and student projects from all over the world in order to contribute widely to this first space master course on the African continent. The course was attended by students from various African countries and African space agencies (i.e. NASRDA, SANSA) as the SpaceLab offers a multi-disciplinary research-based Master’s degree in Space Studies, with the possibility to upgrade to a PhD. The course is intended for students with strong backgrounds in engineering, science, law and business. More details on the courses are available here: http://www.spacelab.uct.ac.za/mphil-specialising-space-studies-0#sthash.zoPt2sJT.dpu . Dr Froehlich’s stay included also an interview on the importance of space law with the radio station of Cape Town and a visit at the Sciences Centre of Cape Town which comprises a space exhibition area.