14th ESPI Autumn Conference, 28th of September - 2nd of October 2020, online
The post-2030 European Space Agenda
The Autumn Conference is a yearly ESPI event where space policy, agency and industry stakeholders come together to discuss issues that affect Europe and the rest of the world.

Welcoming address:
Jean Jacques Tortora, ESPI Director

Leonore Gewessler (Video message), Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria

Simonetta di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs


Session 1:
Space and the European Green Deal – Harnessing space for a greener future

This session will address the European Green Deal roadmap, its place in the larger fight against climate change and the role space can and must play in the attainment of its goals. More specifically, stakeholders from national, European and global institutions will be invited to discuss topics such as the complementarity of national policies, the way forward for global efforts as well as the role of the private sector.

Aurel Ciobanu-Dordeaespo, Director of Implementation and Support to Member States Directorate, DG ENV, European Commission

(Invited) Matthias Petschke, Director of Space Directorate, DG DEFIS, European Commission

Simonetta Cheli, Head of Strategy, Programme & Coordination Office, ESA/EOP

Margit Mischkulnig, Head of the Department for Space Affairs, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria

TBD, Portugal Space representative

Chetan Pradhan, Chairman, European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)


Session 2:
Streaming, 5G/6G, Internet of Things – Space in the future of connectivity

This session will address the pressing challenges of connectivity that arise with the emergence of new actors, new projects and large constellations. Whether it is spectrum management, the EU Digital Agenda or the satcom market evolutions, the different perspectives of industry and public representatives gathered during this panel will give insight into the role of space in tackling challenges to the future of connectivity.

Peter Stuckmann, Head of Unit Future Connectivity Systems, DG CONNECT, European Commission

(Invited) Jean-François Bureau, Former Director of Institutional and International Affairs, Eutelsat

(Invited) Didier Le Boulc’h, Vice-President, Strategy and Telecommunications Solutions, Thales Alenia Space

Magali Vaissière, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, ESA

Nelson Malaguti, Counsellor, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

Jurry de la Mar, Head of International Sales, Public Sector, T-Systems


Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, CNES


Session 3:
Space: a relevant tool for the changing security landscape

This session will address the benefits of space applications in security stakeholders’ responses to current and future challenges they face in their missions. During the panel, the perspectives of providers and users of space systems and services will be highlighted, e.g. on the security of Europe and the global fight against organised crime.

(Invited) Christophe Morand, Deputy Head of the Space Task Force, EEAS

(Invited) Pascal Claudel, Acting Executive Director, European GNSS Agency

Pascal Legai, Senior Adviser, Earth Observation, ESA

Sorin Ducaru, Director, European Union Satellite Centre

Anja Korenblik, Chief of Programme Development and Management Unit, UNODC Research and Trend Analysis Branch

Piotr Malinowski, Head of Information Fusion Centre, Frontexand Telecommunications Solutions, Thales Alenia Space

Alberto Águeda Maté, Head of Division, Institutional Programs Flight Dynamics and Operations Aerospace, GMV


Klaus Pseiner, Managing Director , Austrian Research Promotion Agency


Session 4:
A new impetus to Europe’s international cooperation in space

International cooperation is a key element of space activities, no matter the uncertainties that await the space sector and world at large in the decades to come. A central topic is the way international partners will choose to engage with Europe. This session will bring together insights from international stakeholders to discuss needs, challenges and opportunities for international cooperation in space.

Carine Claeys, Special Envoy for Space, Head of the Space Task Force, EEAS

Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA

Ken Hodgkins, Former U.S. Representative to the UN COPUOS

Ikuko Kuriyama, Senior Adviser, International Relations and Research Department, JAXA

Nicole Roberton, New Zealand Ambassador to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia and Permanent Representative to the IAEA, United Nations, and International Organisations in Vienna

Tidiane Ouattara, Coordinator, GMES & Africa Support Programme, African Union

(Invited) Alain Ratier, Director-General, EUMETSAT


Session 5:
Which strategy for future challenges?

This session will reflect on the elaboration of a strategy addressing the great challenges of the future such as the next decades of space exploration, the place given to space on the EU agenda, and major concerns for industry. Join us online to listen to the speakers’ perspectives on these major questions and to discuss whether Europe is well equipped to respond to these challenges.  

Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, ESA

Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General, DG DEFIS, European Commission

Kai-Uwe Schrogl, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Marian-Jean Marinescu, Member, European Parliament, Chair of the Sky & Space Intergroup

André-Hubert Roussel, President, Eurospace

Geneviève Fioraso, Chair, ESPI Advisory Council


Concluding Remarks:
Geneviève Fioraso
, Chair, ESPI Advisory Council