From 24 to 26 March 2019, the German Presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) under the Chairmanship of Klaus-Peter Willsch, MdB, organised its annual spring workshop in Bremen, Germany. 

In preparation to the ESA Space19+ ministerial council, the topic chosen for this year is “Outlook on The ESA Ministerial Council 2019: SSA and ISS in the spotlight”. On Sunday 24, following opening remarks by Mr Willsch, the workshop was kickstarted by a keynote speech of Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General of ESA, which revolved around current challenges in the European space sector and more specifically highlighted ESA’s proposals at the upcoming ministerial council.

On Monday 25, EISC Members delegations and invited guests were given a guided tour of major space industry establishments and research centres around Bremen, the so-called German “City of Space”. The site visits gave participants the unique opportunity to witness some of the most recent developments and achievements of European space industrial activities and programmes, including among others: the assembly of the Orion European Service Module and a hands-on experience of ISS modules mock-ups at the Airbus site; the Ariane 5 Upper Stage Integration and the new Ariane 6 Upper Stage Integration Center at the ArianeGroup site; the DLR_School_Lab Bremen, LAMA, Integration Laboratory, Cryo-Lab at the DLR site; the clean room “Galileo Hall”, site of production of Meteosat Third Generation Weather Satellites at OHB; and lastly, the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). 

A number of keynote speeches and presentations further enriched the visits, such as a speech on SSA by Dr. Rolf Densing, ESOC Director of Operations; a speech on ISS by Dr. Thomas Reiter, ESA Interagency Coordinator and Advisor to the Director General, and a speech by Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dittus, DLR Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology.  Participants were then invited to a dinner at the Bremen City Hall, where Mr Willsch gave closing remarks and highlights of the workshop, followed by a dinner speech by Martin Günthner, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports of the German Federal State of Bremen.

Since 2009, ESPI supports the rotatory Presidency of the EISC in the organisation of the spring Workshop and autumn Plenary Session.

For further information, please contact: 
Matteo Tugnoli, Senior Research Fellow and responsible for the International EISC Secretariat, matteo.tugnoli@espi.or.at

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