20 November 2017. On the 30th-31st October, ESPI Resident Fellow Dr.Stefano Ferretti chaired the concluding round table of a two-day conference, entitled "Space uses for the benefits of humanity: the wealth of space based data for manifold purposes".

Read more: European Space Policy: The Copernicus and Galileo Programs Space Uses for the Benefits of...

15 November 2017. ESPI published the Outcome Report of the ESA-ESPI Workshop on the topic of “Space Data & Cloud Computing Infrastructures: Policies and Regulations” which was held on 07 July 2017 in ESRIN, Frascati (Italy). The report provides a summary of the discussions and main findings of the conference. Download the outcome report here.


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.

Read more: ESPI participates in the 19th EISC Plenary Session

10 November 2017. ESPI was invited by the High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the Council of the European Union to provide a keynote presentation about the place of Europe in the global space economy. ESPI presentation can be downloaded here.

10 November 2017. A new contribution to the series Voices from the Space Community is now online. Following his presentation during ESPI 11th Autumn Conference, Mr. Nicolas Bouzou, Director of ASTERÈS and co-founder of the Belém Circle, presents in this paper his views on the future of space by applying Schumpeter’s theory on long-term economic cycles and discusses the conditions that could trigger a space-driven cycle. Download the paper here.

10 November 2017. The 2nd High Level Forum jointly organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Arab Emirates took place in Dubai on 6-9 November 2017.

It was entitled “Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development”.

ESPI Director participated in the concluding High Level Panel addressing “Space as an Arena for Innovation, Integration and Investment".

The slides of his presentation can be downloaded here.

03 November 2017. A new contribution to the series Voices from the Space Community is now online. Following her presentation during ESPI 11th Autumn Conference, Mrs. Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon, Head of the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office at ESA, presents in this paper, written in collaboration with Ulrike Bohlmann, the concept of Space 4.0, the guiding vision of ESA. Space 4.0 has been coined as the motto of the current space age and is a guiding vision for ESA as an analogy to the concept of Industry 4.0 on Earth. Building on the earlier eras of astronomy, competition and cooperation, a 4th era is emerging that should see more and more programmes done in participation around the world. ESA programmes and activities in the frame of this Space 4.0 age resonate with the actions to Inform, Innovate, Interact and Inspire, “Space 4.0i”. Download the paper here.

03 November 2017. The preparation of the post-ISS era is a central topic for international partners who have been, so far, struggling to build a steady, robust and commonly-shared vision for the future of human spaceflight and space exploration. Recent announcements suggest that the state of affairs is now progressing as agencies seem to be converging toward a shared enthusiasm for a return to the Moon in preparation of a future Mars mission. In a context where drivers seem to outweigh barriers, the Deep Space Gateway concept seems particularly close to becoming the next stage of international cooperation in space exploration. What could be the role of Europe in an international Moon programme? What are the next necessary steps to position Europe as a key partner? Download the brief here.

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