03 November 2016. On 19 October, the Director of ESPI was invited to participate in the Austrospace General Assembly meeting held in Seibersdorf Laboratories facilities, Austria. The Director presented the mission of the Institute, its organisation as well as the perspectives for potential synergies with local representations of international organizations and industry.
28 October 2016. On 15 and 16 September, ESPI hosted its 10th Autumn Conference, entitled “Space for Sustainable Development”. The ESPI Director, Jean-Jacques Tortora, gave the welcoming address, underlining the importance of using space technology for sustainable development with the reference to UN Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals. The opening was enriched by a key note speech of Vittorio Prodi, who presented the political, environmental and social implications of technology and development in everyday life.
19 October 2016. On 17 October the ESPI General Assembly (GA), the Institute supervisory body, chaired by Andreas Geisler, head of FFG/BMVIT, gathered at ESPI premises to define the general long-term guidelines for the Institute and approve its Work Plan for the year 2017.
19 October 2016. On 14 October ESPI Researcher Elisabeth Veit participated to the “BG Vöcklabruck – Zukunftsdialog”, which included speakers from various fields, including Education, Research, Economy and Politics.
17 October 2016. During the 2016 International Astronautical Congress “Making space accessible and affordable to all countries”, held in Guadalajara from 26 to 30 September 2016, ESPI’s Resident Fellows Dr. Stefano Ferretti and Dr. Serge Plattard participated in IAF committees, Global Networking Forums, and technical sessions where the outcomes of ESPI studies were presented.
12 October 2016. From 23 to 25 September, ESPI participated to the United Nations - International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: "Integrated Space Technologies and Applications for a Better Society". On the first day, ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti presented “Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Space in listening to the Field”.
07 October 2016. In an interview with the Italian magazine Fly Orbit News, ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti commented on the recent launch of the Chinese space laboratory Tiangong-2, one of the most attended developments for the Chinese space programme in 2016.
07 October 2016. On 21-22 September, ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti presented the paper “Space as an enabler of sustainable development” at the International Conference on Sustainable Development, organized at Columbia University by Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of Sustainable Development Solutions Network.