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Recommendations of the European Space Sciences Committee for the H2020 Space Programme and Space Strategy

The European Commission is working on the 2018-2020 Work Programme for Horizon 2020 – SPACE, as well as is undergoing public consultation on a Space Strategy for Europe.

The European Science Foundation’s (ESF) European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) has issued recommendations and inputs to these consultation processes.

For H2020 SPACE programme, the recommendations include the exploitation of space data, the use of “CubeSat” miniaturised satellites and the integration of ground-based and space-based research, as well as health research in space, gravitational waves research, solar system exploration, heliophysics and space weather. Space surveillance and tracking and the Copernicus and Sentinel programmes are also covered.

As it comes to the European Space Strategy, the Committee highlighted the relevance of space sciences for European citizens in the areas of security, environment, health and engineering. It also underlined the strategic role that space sciences can play in European technology development, innovation and industrial leadership.

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The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) of the European Science Foundation is an independent committee that provides expert advice to European and national research funding and research performing organisations that support space sciences in Europe.

Source and Copernicus