In occasion of the recent appointment of Jean-Jacques Tortora as the new Director of ESPI, a welcoming reception took place on 15 June 2016 at the premises of the institute in Vienna. The event was kick-started by Min. Rat Mag. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Division “Innovation” of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), with a speech on the relevance of space and of ESPI for Europe. This was followed by the welcoming address of the new ESPI Director and a cocktail reception with the guests of this well-attended event.