8 October 2010. The 1st International Conference on Space Economy in the Multipolar World was held in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event was organised by the Lithuanian Space Association, under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.


SEMW 2010 (programme download here) was a milestone event for Lithuanian space activities that brought together members of government, industry officials and space policy experts in order to discuss current policy, economic and technology trends in this field. Particular attention was paid to innovative and cost effective approaches, including microsatellite development and use in the Baltic region. The conference was a kickoff event for the implementation of the first Lithuanian space research programme. Significantly, the signing ceremony for the cooperation agreement between Lithuania and the European Space Agency (ESA) took place during the conference. ESPI was represented by two of its staff, Resident Fellow Erich Klock and Project Manager Spyros Pagkratis, who were invited to make presentations and provide input based on the Institute’s research activities.

On the second day of the conference, ESPI Project Manager Spyros Pagkratis had the privilege to be the chairman of the session on “Spin-in of Modern Technologies and Emerging Market of Small Satellites”. Later on the same day, he also gave a presentation on “Trends and Keystones of Space Industry”, analyzing recent developments in the fields of space industry and commercial market worldwide. Furthermore, he discussed emerging trends in new cost-effective technologies in space applications, including the increasing use of small satellites. His presentation (download here) was largely based upon the research conducted in the scope of ESPI Report 23 on “Space Policies Issues and Trends in 2009/2010” (see related news here).

On the third day of the conference, ESPI Resident Fellow Erich Klock gave an in-depth presentation of “ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme and the Ambassador Platform for the CEE region” (presentation download here). During his speech, he analysed the programme’s structure, objectives and methodology as well as the IAP Ambassador Platform for the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region, hosted by ESPI.


ESPI Project Manager Spyros Pagkratis chairing the session panel (from left: Arnold Sterenharz ECM, Ludmila Sczesny ECM, Alexander C. MacDonald NASA, Spyros Pagkratis ESPI and Pierluigi Mancini ESA).

ESPI Project Manager Spyros Pagkratis addressing the audience during his presentation.

ESPI Resident Fellow Erich Klock addressing the audience during his presentation.

ESPI’s Spyros Pagkratis and Erich Klock with the Director of the Lithuanian Space Association, Vidmantas Tomkus


-          Programme of the SEMW 2010 conference
-          Presentation by Spyros Pagkratis
-          Presentation by Erich Klock


photo credits: ESPI, ASE

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