About Us

We are the European think-tank for space. A not-for-profit association based in Vienna, the world capital of space diplomacy, we provide recommendations, policy options and forward vision as to how Europe’s engagement in space can bring maximum benefit to society.

Our efforts include research and analysis on major space policy issues, the monitoring of global space trends and policy developments, and the organisation of thematic conference and workshops. Our work also reflects how space can sensibly contribute to Europe’s unique role in global politics as a strong and principled actor.


Mission Statement

“The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) provides decision-makers with an informed view on mid-to-long-term issues relevant to Europe’s space activities. In this context, ESPI acts as an independent platform for developing positions and strategies.”

Our Activities

Our international team works to fulfil the Institute’s objectives through a variety of activities, including high-quality research, monitoring the activities of the global space sector, and hosting thematic events. Our activities include, but are not limited to:

Research and Analysis

We conduct research and analysis on major space policy issues. Our public reports offer an in-depth perspective and analysis on one specific topic or issue and combine thorough independent analysis with vision in order to formulate policy advice and recommendations.

Conferences and Workshops

Throughout the year, we host a variety of events, including report launch events and ad-hoc workshops or conferences on emerging issues. Our annual event, the Autumn Conference, is held in Vienna and brings together eminent space professionals to discuss and reflect on a chosen theme.

Space Sector Watch

Our research team regularly monitors global space trends and policy developments. This information is accessible through our Executive Briefs, the monthly publication of ESPI Insights, and the annual publication of the Yearbook on Space Policy and Space Venture Europe.

Thematic Areas

While our work can, and often does, touch on all areas of the space sector, our Institute places a strategic focus on three thematic areas:

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