9 July 2013. In its capacity as the IAP Ambassador Platform for Central and Eastern Europe, ESPI together with the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Polish Ministry of Economy and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) organised a seminar on Polish-Austrian cooperation on space projects.
The seminar and networking event entitled “Polish-Austrian Co-operation on space projects” was convened in the Ministry of Economy in Warsaw on 4 July 2013. It aimed at bringing together Austrian and Polish stakeholders in order to facilitate the establishment of new contacts, foster bilateral cooperation and enable future partnerships for projects. During the seminar the current activities and capacities in the field of space both in Poland and Austria were presented, in order to enhance cooperation of Polish and Austrian companies and institutions.
Poland has been involved in space activities for several decades, gaining significant scientific expertise and technological experience. However its recent accession to ESA marks a certain shift in focus and priorities and presents the country with a new challenge – how to retain and further develop its scientific capabilities while at the same time pursuing more market-oriented activities and furthering space industry and the commercial sector.
Austria has been an active player in space activities for more than 40 years and is an internationally recognised partner. Austria has contributed to the successful implementation of nearly all activities that constitute the foundation and backbone of today’s European space programmes. Today the spectrum of space technologies made in Austria covers a wide range. The competences of companies lie in the fields of satellite-based applications, spacecraft and carrier systems, instruments and payloads, and sensor systems.
Audience of the seminar
Krzysztof Zaręba, Head of Industrial Policy Unit of the Innovation and Industry Department of the Polish Ministry of Economy, opened the event with a written address from Otylia Trzaskalska-Stroińska, Head of Polish Delegation to ESA, and provided an introduction and general overview of Polish space activities. Harald Posch, Head of the Aeronautics and Space Agency of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), gave a keynote address on the structure and current situation of space activities in Austria. The subsequent presentation from Bartosz Buszke, Deputy Chairman of the Polish Space Industry Association, entitled “Polish space activities and landscape” was followed by a presentation on “Austrian space industry and experiences with ESA projects” from Hans Martin Steiner, Vice President and Managing Director of Austrospace.