15th ESPI Autumn Conference, 5-7 October 2021, hybrid
European space solutions for European ambitions
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.

Opening Remarks:

Klaus Pseiner, Managing Director, Austrian Research Promotion Agency


Session 1:

Green Deal for Space - Green Deal in Space? European ambitions and solutions for sustainable development on Earth and in Space

This session will address impacts and opportunities of the European Green Deal for the space sector and the challenges for a Green Deal in space. Speakers will address the European Green Deal at large as well as space sustainability and Space Traffic Management.


Keynote Speakers:

Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon, Acting Head of the Foresight, Strategy and Coordination Department & Head of the Strategy and Development Office, European Space Agency

Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Minister for Climate Action (Invited)


Francois Raffenne, Manager for Strategic Planning and Analysis, ArianeGroup

Simonetta Cheli, Head of Strategy, Programme and Coordination Office, ESA Earth Observation

Emmanuel Pajot, Secretary General, EARSC

Luca Rossettini, CEO & Co-Founder, D-Orbit

Paul Counet, Head of Strategy and International Relations, EUMETSAT

Session 2:

Which European space infrastructure for the new digital age? European ambitions and solutions for secure connectivity, digital transformation, and technological sovereignty

This session will address the challenges and opportunities for the space sector in the framework of Europe’s digital transformation. Speakers will address the project for a European mega-constellation and its role in fostering digital sovereignty and enabling secure connectivity.

Keynote Speaker:

Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, EUSPA (Invited)


Catherine Kavvada, Director for Space Development & Innovation, DGDEFIS, European Commission

David Bertolotti, Director for International and Institutional Affairs, Eutelsat

Elodie Viau, Director for Telecommunications, European Space Agency

Jiri Sedivy, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency 

Dr. Nicolas Capet, CEO and Founder, Anywaves


Session 3:

Which space industrial strategy to face new global challenges? European ambitions and solutions for industrial autonomy and economic resilience

This session will address which new industrial and economic strategies will be required to ensure the resilience of the European space industry and enhance Europe's strategic autonomy. The speakers will address the security of the supply chain, and the main issues related to procurement and public demand.

Keynote Speaker:

Andre Hubert Roussel, President, Eurospace


Andreas Buhl, Country Manager, RUAG

Geraldine Naja, Director for Industry, Procurement and Legal Services, European Space Agency

Catherine Kavvada, Director for Space Development & Innovation, DGDEFIS, European Commission

Tero Vauraste, Regional Director Europe, Iceye

Riadh Cammoun, Vice President for Public and Regulatory Affairs, Thales 

Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher, Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer, ExoLaunch


Closing Remarks:

Eric Morel de Westgaver, Director of European, Legal and International Matters, European Space Agency

Geneviève Fioraso, Chair, ESPI Advisory Council and Former French Minister in charge of space