On October 15th and 16th, the future of the European Space Policy will be discussed in Brusels. The conference, which is named “The ambitions of Europe in Space” will address Europe’s most ambitious programmes: GALILEO and GMES and their prospective benefits to technology, industry and society.
Prominent guests will include President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the President of the new European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, and the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Philippe Maystadt. Several others European leaders, such as Vice-Presidents Antonio Tajani and Jacques Barrot, or Jean-Jacques Dordain, General Manager of ESA also confirmed their participation.
Conference organiser Business Bridge Europe (BBE) will bring together European Institutions, national and local public authorities, R&D centres, manufacturers and everyone interested in meeting and discussing space policy, space systems’ applications and their financing.
On the 15th SSTL CEO, Dr. Matt Perkins will deliver a keynote speech about “The external dimension of the space authority: the example of Africa” alongside other industry representatives. The following day, DMCii Managing Director, Dave Hodgson will join other remote sensing experts from ESA and industry to discuss “Environment, Energy, Home Land Security and Agriculture”. General themes throughout the conference will include:
- Satellite navigation: for the time being, the EGNOS system improves GPS precision. Then, in the midst of this decade, the GALILEO system will give Europe an autonomous and very accurate positioning system.
- In numerous fields: Galileo and GMES will work jointly, especially to assess climate change and to face its consequences, to improve our citizens security (surveillance of sensitive infrastructures, borders, maritime areas), or to manage natural or humanitarian disasters.
- Telecommunications: with the potential offered by the satellites technologies, in particular in making high speed internet available in rural, mountainous and remote areas.
- Finally: space exploration is to be integrated in the broader prospect of economic development in a wide scope of domains.
This Conference is organised by BBE in partnership with the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and several industrial firms including SSTL.
Conference admittance is free, to find out more about this conference and to register visit SpaceConference.