1 October 2010. At this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Prague, ESPI was present with several staff actively disseminating its recent publications to the world space community assembled for this major annual event.

This year’s IAC took place from 27 September to 1 October 2010 in Prague and was organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute for Space Law (IISL). ESPI participants included Christina Giannopapa, Erich Klock, Jana Robinson, Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Gerhard Thiele. The ESPI staff presented papers and convened various functions in the course of the Congress, which is the prime annual gathering of the global space community. ESPI capitalised on this annual meeting to showcase its analyses and reports, attract contributors to, and partners for, its activities as well as meet with key decision-makers in the field.

The following papers were presented by ESPI staff: 

- Christina Giannopapa: New Mechanisms for Technological Breakthroughs and Scientific Innovation in the Space Sector by Reflection from Other Sectors
- Christina Giannopapa: A Comprehensive Mapping of the European-African Cooperation Using Satellite and Policy Perspectives
- Erich Klock: Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) - The Establishment of an Ambassador Platform for the Central and Eastern European Region operated by the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
- Jana Robinson: Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures for Space Security
- Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi: Space and Lisbon. A New Type of Competence to Shape the Regulatory Framework for Commercial Space Activities 

All of the ESPI staff participated in the meeting of the IAA Commission on Space Policy, Economics and Regulations. Christina Giannopapa was invited to participate in the Committee on the Liaison with International Organisations of IAF as well as served as a professional expert at the Young Professionals event. Erich Klock represented ESPI in the IAF General Assembly. Jana Robinson was Rapporteur for one of the sessions in the Space Policy Symposium. Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi was elected as a member of the IISL and was invited to participate in the IAF Technical Committee on Space Economy. She was also a rapporteur in one session of the IISL Symposium. Kai-Uwe Schrogl was appointed Vice-Chair of the Scientific Activities Commission of the IAA and was re-elected for another two-year term on the Board of Directors of the IISL. He also served as the coordinator of the Space Policy Symposium of the Congress, comprised of five sessions as well as acting Chairman of the IAA/IISL Scientific-Legal Liaison Committee. Kai-Uwe Schrogl also chaired a session in the IISL Symposium on Space Law and participated as a member of the Editorial Board meetings of the journals Space Policy and Acta Astronautica. Moreover, he received (together with the two co-editors Stephan Hobe and Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd) the Social Science Book Award of the IAA for the Cologne Commentary on Space Law.


ESPI Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi presenting with the co-chairs of the session, IISL President Tanja-Masson Zwaan and IISL Vice President Vladimir Kopal
ESPI's (from right) Gerhard Thiele, Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Jana Robinson with the Chairman of the Space Activities Commission, Japan,
Tetsuhiko Ikegami and Head of Unit in the Japanese Ministry of Education Akiko Hashimoto, presenting the ESPI publication "Humans in Outer Space"

ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa during presentation

ESPI Resident Fellow Erich Klock during presentation

ESPI's Kai-Uwe Schrogl with the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council
SGAC, which is hosted by ESPI and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the occasion of the SGAC Space Generation Congress







photo credits: ESPI, IAF

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