13 November 2017. From 5 to 7 November 2017, ESPI Resident Fellow Matteo Tugnoli participated in the XIX European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), held in Tallinn, Estonia. Since 2009, ESPI supports the rotating Presidency of the EISC in organising the spring Workshop and the autumn Plenary Session. This years’ highly successful Plenary Conference revolved around the theme “Space and Entrepreneurship”. The conference, which took place in conjunction with the European Space Week organised under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, attracted over 100 participants including speakers, and a high-level representation of the European space sector.
During the first day, the EISC Plenary conference was introduced by speeches from Mr Eiki Nestor, Speaker of the Parliament of Estonia, and Ms Liisa Oviir, EISC 2017 Chairwoman, Member of Parliament of Estonia, as well as Ms Katrin Nyman Metcalf, EISC 2017 Programme Coordinator. The keynote speech was then given by the ESA Director General, Mr Johann-Dietrich Wörner.
Mr Jean-François Clervoy, ESA Astronaut, Chairperson of the Jury of the ESA-EISC Award and Ms Marion Mirailles, CSR-SD Officer at ESA Corporate Development Office introduced The ESA-EISC Award Ceremony. Ms Katherine Bruce and Mr. Gabriele De Canio, of the team Agronomia, received the 1st prize for their project on 'Using satellites to unlock Europe’s untapped resource’; while Ms Rachel Stephenson was awarded with the Special Mention of the Jury.
Following brief statements from the EISC Delegations, the conference continued with the First Session, with presentations around the topic “Opportunities and Obstacles for Entrepreneurs in Space”. Two more sessions, “Outer Space and Cyber Space” and “The Changing Legal Framework for Space” took place in the afternoon.
On the second day, the EISC Members Delegations met to discuss and adopt the XIX EISC Resolution, following which the Belgian Delegation presented the 2018 EISC Belgian Presidency’s conference themes and programme.
The participants to the EISC then enjoyed the opportunity to participate to the concurring events of the European Space Week, in particular the Awards Ceremony of the Copernicus Masters & European Satellite Navigation Competition 2017.
Further information about the EISC, including the XIX EISC Resolution, programme, photos and list of participants, can be found on the EISC website: www.eisc-europa.eu.