The year 2019 is reaching its end and it can be said that it was another busy and fruitful year for our Institute!
The first point I would like to highlight is the new record high achieved this year regarding the number of publications. Those include books published in collaboration with Springer, ESPI Public Reports or Executive Briefs made available for download from our website, presentations and papers supporting participation in various sectorial conferences, or articles for specialized reviews.
We are happy and proud to stress here the high degree of interest raised in the global Space community by some of them and most prominently the extensive study on Space Supporting Africa the analysis of The European Space Weather Services, our assessment of The Measuring of Space Power, the synthesis we made of the European Space Ventures, and last but not least, the forward looking perspective we elaborated on the Evolution of the role of Space Agencies.
ESPI also contributed to stimulate the reflection on a number of selected topics through editorial works gathering various contributions from a broad swath of researchers worldwide, as well as through the setting of international contests in collaboration with ECSL or SGAC. The topics addressed vary from the UN Post-2030 Agenda and the role of Space, the Legal Aspects Around Satellites Constellations, the Legal and Policy Implementation of Space in Latin American Countries or the Perspectives on European Cooperation with Asian Countries, to proposing A Fresh View on the United Nations and Space Security. Finally, we competed our research on Space in Support of Human Rights, and we were positively impressed by the intensity of the exchanges that these activities generated on our website.
As traditionally, we paid our best efforts to make ESPI a lively forum for discussing various space policy related topics through the organisation of events. The topics addressed have been quite diverse, embracing Space diplomacy during our annual Autumn conference, a special focus on Europe-India Space Cooperation and a second event organized in collaboration with APRSAF on Inter-Regional Space Policy Dialogue between Asia-Pacific and Europe. On a more technical note, we also hosted a very exciting discussion on the Potential Development of On-Orbit Service.
But most importantly, ESPI pursued its major efforts initiated last year to address the issue of Outer Space Security, to be concretised shortly with the publication of a highly expected study report on Space Traffic Management in the next few weeks.
Some more studies have been duly completed and will be published in early 2020, including the second edition of our highly successful Space Ventures Europe based on a survey on Entrepreneurship and private investment in the European space sector, a new formula of our long established Yearbook that I hope you will appreciate, a report on European Space Defence as well as a forward look on the European Space Strategy in a Global Context.
We intend to keep on our efforts next year, and we are now getting prepared to tackle our 2020 workplan. As previously mentioned, it will include some continuity on the Space Sector Watch as well as on the New Challenges for European Space Industrial Policy, the contribution of Space Infrastructures to Security, the use of space resources by NGOs, the New Space in Asia, the continuation of our on-going activities regarding Space in Africa and in Latin America, just to mention the major ones.
But our specific focus in 2020 will be on the medium-term perspectives for Europe in Space beyond 2030, which will be the theme of out next Autumn Conference. Many of our recent or current activities will pertain this endeavour.
Since our website traffic statistics shows that the series of ESPI Executive Briefs that we initiated in 2018 is raising a growing interest in the broader space community, I am also happy to confirm that we will continue to propose some more to you in 2020 on a monthly basis.
As you can see, ESPI intends to contribute its share to make 2020 a great Space year!
On a more personal note, I would like to convey to you all my best wishes of success in your personal and professional endeavours in this upcoming New Year.
I look forward to furthering our collaboration with you in 2020 and I will always be happy to welcome you in our premises on the occasion of one or another of our events… or just for a coffee!
Director of ESPI