Event Overview

European Space Forum 2023

The European Space Forum will return to Brussels in June 2024, once again bringing together key industry leaders, policymakers, and experts for 2 full days of face-to-face debate. With vital discussions currently taking place around the future of the EU Space Law and other important policy initiatives, this is a crucial period for the future shape of the space sector in Europe. The conference will provide a platform for multi-stakeholder discussions around the path towards the EU Single Market for Space; as well as focussing more broadly on strategic pillars such as sustainability, resilience, competitiveness, economic security and on ensuring long-term autonomous access to space.

Sessions throughout the event will be discussion-based and interactive, with speakers and audience members encouraged to speak freely, challenge each other and pool ideas.

European efforts continue to unlock the boundless possibilities of space and its capacity to drive progress and improve well-being for people and communities globally. Be part of the discussions on the path ahead and on shaping a strong and sustainable European space ecosystem for the benefit of all.

Key Discussion Themes

Space Sustainability

Ensuring long term autonomous access to space

IRIS² and Secure Space Based Connectivity

EU Space Law & a single market for Space

Europe's economic security on the global stage

Delivering EU Competitiveness in Space

Harnessing the power of space data

Space, Security and Defence

A Look Back at the 2023 Event

Speakers

Timo Pesonen

Timo Pesonen

Director-General
for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS)

European Commission

Aarti Holla Maini

Aarti Holla Maini

Director

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Rodrigo da Costa

Rodrigo da Costa

Executive Director

European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)

Eva Berneke

Eva Berneke

Vice Chair

Global Satellite Operator's Association (GSOA)

CEO

Eutelsat Group

Benedikta von Seherr-Thoß


Benedikta von Seherr-Thoß

Managing Director for Common Security and Defence Policy

European External Action Service (EEAS)

Julie Kearney

Julie Kearney

Chief, Space Bureau

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Toni Tolker-Nielsen

Toni Tolker-Nielsen

Acting Director of Space Transportation

European Space Agency (ESA)

Phil Evans

Phil Evans

Director-General

EUMETSAT

Christophe Grudler

Christophe Grudler

Member & Rapporteur on the EU Secure Connectivity Initiative

European Parliament

Olivier Lemaitre

Olivier Lemaitre

Secretary General

Eurospace

Alexander Reissner

Alexander Reissner

CEO & Founder

Enpulsion

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

External Relations Officer

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Policy Lead

International Astronomical Union Centre for the Protection of the Dark and Quiet Skies from Satellite Constellation Inference (IAU CPS)

Chiara Manfletti

Chiara Manfletti

CEO

Neuraspace

Christine Klein

Christine Klein

Head of Industrial Policy & Auditing Department

European Space Agency (ESA)

Christine Leurquin

Christine Leurquin

SVP, EU Space and Defence Strategy

PeriHelion

Enrique Fraga

Enrique Fraga Moreira

General Manager
for Space Systems

GMV

Guillaume de La Brosse

Guillaume de la Brosse

Head of Unit, Innovation and New Space – Space Defence, DG DEFIS

European Commission

Hermann Ludwig Moeller

Hermann Ludwig Moeller

Director

European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)

Ignacio Sanchis

Ignacio Sanchis

Chief Commercial Officer

Hispasat

Isabella Poldrugo

Isabella Poldrugo

Acting Head of Unit, Space Policy, DG DEFIS

European Commission

Isabelle Mauro

Isabelle Mauro

Director General

Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA)

Jeremy Wilks

Jeremy Wilks

Science Reporter

Euronews

Jolanda Van Eijndthoven

Jolanda Van Eijndthoven

Head of Unit for Space Data Economy and International Cooperation,
DG DEFIS

European Commission

Joost Elstak

Joost Elstak

VP Missions - Europe

ICEYE

Jordi Casanova Tormo

Jordi Casanova Tormo

Head of Telecom & Space, EU Public Policy

Amazon

Kamila Kloc

Kamila Kloc

Director, Digital Decade & Connectivity,
DG CONNECT

European Commission

Koen Willems

Koen Willems

Vice President, EU Programs & Government Relations

ST Engineering iDirect (Europe)

Kristina Nikolaus

Kristina Nikolaus

CEO and Co-Founder

OKAPI:Orbits

Linda Van Duivenbode

Linda Van Duivenbode

Director & Board Member

dotSPACE

Loïs Miraux

Loïs Miraux

Space Sustainability Expert

Luciana Camargos

Luciana Camargos

Head of Spectrum

GSMA

Marc Serres

Marc Serres

CEO

Luxembourg Space Agency

Marjolijn van Deelen

Marjolijn van Deelen

EU Special Envoy for Space / Head of Division for Space

European External Action Service (EEAS)

Mark Dickinson

Mark Dickinson

VP Space Segment

Viasat

Mauro Facchini

Mauro Facchini

Head of Unit, Earth Observation, DG DEFIS

European Commission

Michael Chang

Michael Cheng

Board Member

The Earth∞Space Sustainability Initiative (ESSI)

Natalia Vicente

Natalia Vicente

VP Public Affairs

Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA)

Nicolaus Hanowski

Nicolaus Hanowski

Head of Mission Management & Ground Segments Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes

European Space Agency (ESA)

Pascale Ultré-Guérard

Pascale Ultre-Guerard

Strategy Deputy Director

CNES

Rolf Kozlowski

Rolf Kozlowski

Managing Director

DLR GfR

Sara Dalledone

Sara Dalledonne

Research Fellow and Lead on Regulatory Affairs

European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)

Major General Stefano Cont

Stefano Cont

Director, Capability, Armament and Planning (CAP)

European Defence Agency (EDA)

Yasrine Ibnyahya

Yasrine Ibnyahya

Senior Director Advanced Concepts and Technologies

Viasat

Yohann Bénard

Yohann Bénard

Public Policy Director,
EU Digital & France

Amazon

Torsten Kriening

Torsten Kriening

Publisher & CEO

SpaceWatch.Global

Agenda

Note: All timings are in Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Day 1
2024-06-24
Day 2
2024-06-25
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome and Introductions
09:10 - 09:20
Setting the Scene
Setting the Scene image
Hermann Ludwig Moeller
Director, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
09:20 - 11:00
Session 1: Keynote Presentations
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Timo Pesonen
Director-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS), European Commission
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Aarti Holla Maini
Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
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Rodrigo da Costa
Executive Director, European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)
Session 1: Keynote Presentations image
Eva Berneke
Vice Chair, Global Satellite Operator's Association (GSOA)
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Hermann Ludwig Moeller
Director, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
11:00 - 11:25
Morning Coffee
11:25 - 12:30
Session 2: Space Sustainability – Binding Regulation -v- The Space Race

The space economy is evolving like never before. An unprecedented amount of public and private investment is going into new constellations leading to a renewed space race, and, causing concern for governments the world over about the sustainability of space for future generations. The boom in satellites being launched into space was arguably foreseeable a decade ago. This led to the adoption of the Long-Term Sustainability Guidelines by the UN in 2019. Yet the world remains far from agreeing on a binding set of norms and regulations that are vitally needed if the risks resulting from congestion in space are truly to be mitigated. Voluntary initiatives such as Charters and Sustainability Ratings continue to emerge but risk falling short of making a tangible difference. The European Union however is pioneering an approach that could put Europe at the forefront of binding regulation. The proposed EU Space Law (EUSL) is set to provide potentially binding measures (rules) and non-binding measures (labels) for the development of sustainable activities in space.

 

  • What work is already taking place to boost space sustainability efforts, and how might the binding and non-binding measures within the proposed EUSL impact this?
  • How can the EUSL drive Europe’s role as a responsible and leading space player? 
  • How can the full benefits of this be leveraged and how can it be ensured that the emphasis on sustainability in Europe helps to differentiate it from competitors and boost rather than compromise its competitiveness in the global space race?
  • Can the EUSL be a model for global regulation and how do non-European policymakers perceive it? 
  • How are European stakeholders working with global counterparts to facilitate the international cooperation, discussion, and agreements that are vital to the delivery of a sustainable space ecosystem?
  • How valuable are voluntary codes of conduct, charters and ratings in enabling space sustainability?
  • Alongside the EUSL, what other actions or initiatives are needed to ensure a sustainable future for space exploration and development? How can stakeholders work together to achieve these goals?
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Guillaume de La Brosse
Head of Unit, Innovation and New Space – Space Defence, DG DEFIS, European Commission
Session 2: Space Sustainability – Binding Regulation -v- The Space Race image
Eva Berneke
CEO, Eutelsat Group
Session 2: Space Sustainability – Binding Regulation -v- The Space Race image
Chiara Manfletti
CEO, Neuraspace
Session 2: Space Sustainability – Binding Regulation -v- The Space Race image
Jordi Casanova Tormo
Head of Telecom & Space, EU Public Policy, Amazon
Session 2: Space Sustainability – Binding Regulation -v- The Space Race image
Sara Dalledonne
Research Fellow and Lead on Regulatory Affairs, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
12:30 - 12:45
Thinking Point: Space Sustainability – Lessons Learnt and the Road Ahead
Thinking Point: Space Sustainability – Lessons Learnt and the Road Ahead image
Mark Dickinson
VP Space Segment, Viasat
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:50
Session 3: Ensuring long term autonomous access to space for Europe

Autonomous access to space is a prerequisite for European strategic autonomy and an indispensable element in the European space ecosystem, without which there is no autonomous space policy. The retirement of Ariane 5 in July 2023 coupled with delays to Ariane 6 and Vega-C temporarily left Europe without this key independent access to space. Europe has since navigated these hurdles to regain its autonomous launch capabilities, but in the interim period, there was a need to turn towards non-European launch service providers. This session will look at lessons learnt from this situation and from current and past launcher programmes, and at measures that are put in place to ensure long term and permanent autonomous access to space for Europe going forward. It will look at how policy is evolving and at the important role that a more competitive launcher ecosystem and the introduction of new space players can play as part of this solution.

 

  • What were the factors that led to the European ‘launcher crisis’, and what actions have been taken to remedy it?
  • How can Europe learn from other international launcher models but also leverage our own strategic strengths to compete in the global launcher ecosystem and realise non-dependent access to space?
  • What is being done to accelerate European launchers to the launchpad? 
  • What role can institutional actors play as part of this? What other innovative new launch systems are being seen and how important is ensuring fair competition in order to meet the goal of efficient and financially sustainable access solutions?
  • How important is it for Europe to have its own reusable launch vehicle to enable it to compete on the global stage? What progress is being made in this area?
  • What does a successful European launcher policy look like? How can Europe meet its own needs, what specifications need to be met?
  • How can European policies help to ensure a more competitive European launch industry?
Session 3: Ensuring long term autonomous access to space for Europe image
Toni Tolker-Nielsen
Acting Director of Space Transportation, European Space Agency (ESA)
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Isabella Poldrugo
Acting Head of Unit, Space Policy, DG DEFIS, European Commission
14:50 - 15:55
Session 4: Delivering economic security – The path to a self-reliant European Space Supply Chain

The EU finds itself at a crucial junction concerning its leadership in the space domain. Over the past years, and against a background of intensifying geopolitical tensions, the European Union dependency on space-based technologies, components and advanced materials has been-increasing, feeding a profound reflection on our global economy, national security, and everyday lives. This session will look at the actions that need to be taken to ensure the long-term sustainability and resilience of the European space industry. It will explore the importance of fostering a culture of innovation, resilience and collaboration among European space stakeholders, ensuring a steady flow of investment into cutting-edge technologies, and streamlining regulatory processes to accelerate the development and deployment of new space capabilities. As we navigate the complexities of an emerging space race, the European space industry stands at a crossroads. How can we ensure that we take the right path and ensure a secure, sustainable and resiliant European Space Supply Chain that continues to support our economic prosperity, delivering societal well-being and global leadership?

 

  • What are the key vulnerabilities and threats to the European space supply chain and what needs to be done to efficiently address these?
  • What work is already taking place to tackle these and increase resilience in the sector? What has been achieved to date and what lessons have been learned?
  • How can Europe leverage its strengths in areas such as engineering, research, and manufacturing to gain a competitive edge in the global space market?
  • What investments are needed to develop a more resilient and self-sufficient European space industry? What role can both public funding and private investment play?
  • What role can SMEs and new space players take in ensuring the long term competitiveness and resilience of the European space sector and what needs to be done to foster innovation and collaboration amongst these key groups?
Session 4: Delivering economic security – The path to a self-reliant European Space Supply Chain image
Christine Klein
Head of Industrial Policy & Auditing Department, European Space Agency (ESA)