6 September 2010. The ninth issue of the newsletter for the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN), operated by ESPI, is online.
The European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) has been established in order to provide a platform for the space policy researchers in think tanks and academic institutions across Europe. It is one of ESPI’s tasks – set out by the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) at the Institute’s creation – to establish and operate such a network. ESPI has implemented this task following its First Autumn Conference in 2007 and maintains ESPRAN since then as an information and cooperation platform. In the course of the last years, researchers have been invited by ESPI to participate in events and publications (most notably the Yearbook on Space Policy). Further to providing European researchers with such opportunities, ESPI has also established links with personalities and institutions from outside Europe, in particular the U.S. and Japan but also more and more frequently with other established and emerging space-faring countries.
The ESPRAN Newsletter provides information on such joint activities and about ESPI’s projects, where cooperation with other personalities or institutions is possible. The Newsletter also contains in every issue a profile by one partner institution, this time by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). ESPRAN is managed inside ESPI by Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi. Further information, as well as the previous Newsletters, is contained on the ESPRAN webpage of this website.