Space as a strategic asset for Europe
Horizon 2020 Workshops on Space Research and Technology Development
The Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry is pleased to announce the Horizon 2020 Workshops on Space Research and Technology Development (RTD). We want to consult a representative cross-section of the European Space Research community on areas of potential interest in the next framework programme.
The first workshop is on Space Technology (Brussels, 30-31 January 2013) and the second is on Space Science and Exploration (Madrid, 18-19 February 2013).
To ensure a balanced participation, and given the limited number of places available, a selection may have to be made amongst those expressing an interest in contributing to this debate.
These workshops constitute an additional stage to the consultation process that started with the "Hearing on Space Research in FP8", which was held on 8 December 2010, and that has continued with the recent recommendations issued by the FP7 Space Advisory Group. Since then, we have been involved in a continuous process of meeting with the major European Space representatives (Academia, Industry and Space Research Institutions).
The purpose of these workshops is to directly consult the Space Research community, so as to gather their input on the Commission's proposal for Space Research under Horizon 2020 and the corresponding implementation strategy.
Programme [155 KB]
Workshop on Space Technology (Brussels, 30-31/01/2013)
- EC - Breger - Space Technology for Competitiveness
- ESA - Tobias - Technology Programmes
- Eurospace - Tortora - Industrial Perspective
- SAG - Lewis - Recommendations of the EC Space Advisory Group
- SME4Space - Barrington-Brown - Industrial Perspective in Space Research
Member States' perspectives
- ASI - Ricottilli - Programmes overview
- CNES - Duquesne - French Perspective
- UKSA - Ahmed - UK Space Agency
- DLR - Dittmann - German Space Technology Programme
- Finland - Strahlendorf - More affordable Space technology
- Poland - Swierczyński - Space R&D activities and perspectives
Workshop on Space Science and Exploration (Madrid, 18-19/02/2013)
- EC - Breger - Space Science and Exploration
- EESC-ESF - Worms - European Science Foundation
- ESA - Briggs - EO data exploitation
- ESA - Favata - The programs of ESA’s Science and Robotic Exploration Directorate
- ESA - Gardini - OUTLOOK after the CM 2012
- ESA - Hufenbach - ESA Strategic Framework for Human Exploration
- Eurospace - Gatti - Exploration of Space
- SAG - Swings - Recommendations of the EC Space Advisory Group
Member States' perspectives
- CDTI - Garrido - Space R&D activities in Spain
- CNES - Bonneville - Scientific research in space
- FCT - Romana - Portuguese Contributions and Recomendations
- SRON - Cornet - Science and R&D perspective of a small member state
- Tekes - Stigell - Finland in space science and exploration
- DLR - Suppa - Technology Development for Exploration and Servicing
- ASN - Bonifazi - Science and R&D Perspective
Should you have any question please send an e-mail to ENTR-EMBRACE-SPACE@ec.europa.eu
- Space Research in Horizon 2020 – Recommendations of the Space Advisory Group: Executive Summary [337 KB]
- Space Research in Horizon 2020 – Recommendations of the Space Advisory Group: Full Paper [3 MB]
The Space Advisory Group (SAG) is a formal expert advisory group of the European Commission, and acts on the request of the Commission. However, the opinions expressed in the report are those of the authors and do not constitute European Commission opinions or policy.
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Space is a strategic asset for Europe
The European Commission's Space Research and Development activities are coordinated within the framework of the overall European Space Policy, complementing the efforts of Member States and of other key players, including the European Space Agency.
The Space Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is implemented with the objective to support a European Space Policy. The work programme focuses on applications such as GMES - Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, but also areas like space science, space technologies and space transportation (strengthening 'space foundations') for enhancing the competitiveness of the European space industry.
Europe has been active in the space sector for several decades, and activities encompass a wide spectrum ranging from launchers and space exploration to application satellites providing new services to society. Space activities, through scientific research and especially through their direct applications, are acknowledged as strategic for the European Union.
Support by the EU in the field of Space Research and Development encourages the research community as well as the private sector to intensify their efforts and investments. Sustaining a competitive industry (including manufacturers, service providers and operators) and providing appropriate services and infrastructures requires a sustained level of research into new technologies and their exploitation.