7 October 2013. The nineteenth Newsletter issue of the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) operated by ESPI is now online
The nineteenth issue of the ESPRAN Newsletter provides an account of ESPI activities during the summer trimester of 2013. The period saw the publication of two highly relevant ESPI Reports, the report on the “EU Dual Approach to Security and Space” and the study of the collaboration between EUMETSAT and NOAA. The fourth issue of the ESPI Executive Briefs series and a new ESPI Perspective were also released. The Executive Brief addressed the topic of how the space sector could contribute to the fight against youth unemployment in Europe, while the ESPI Perspective examined the possibility of extracting general principles of law from the UN Work with National legislation.
The period also saw a multitude of activities in and outside ESPI. In house ESPI activities included a successful evening event, organised during the plenary session of the UN COPUOS, on the role of ethics in the discourse of space sustainability, as well as the annual Autumn Conference, this time on the topic of “Space in a Changing World”. Moreover, ESPI representatives significantly contributed to a number of space-related events, such as a seminar on Polish-Austrian cooperation on space projects, a space-related seminar at the European Forum Alpbach and the ESA Living Planet Symposium.
Finally, ESPI is preparing for the publication of the new Yearbook on Space Policy and of a number of projects on the topics of Humanitarian Telemedicine; GNSS Governance; ESA enlargement; Technology Non-dependence; utilization of space for implementing of “Europe 2020” strategy; the future of space manufacturing in Europe; and Europe's opportunities and challenges with regard to Chinese space exploration ambitions.