Making Space Matter Summit

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Making Space Matter Summit

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Space exploration, capacity, competition, infrastructure, and its role as a new market and security domain will prove to be defining issues for our planet over the next decade and beyond. Space has the potential to reap huge rewards for social good, progress in terms of our common digital future and ability to mitigate and manage the impact of climate change. Every aspect of our lives, and every policy, has the potential to be impacted by the way Europe and its partners approach the new questions of space. Satellites in particular, and the wider role of space as a new frontier of intelligence and real time situational awareness, will increasingly be an important facet of current crises and future conflicts.

Friends of Europe’s Making Space Matter Summit in June 2022 will provide an alternative platform to discuss space matters and making space matter.

This occasion will serve as the launch of the latest addition to our European Defence Cooperation series – Space and Security – and through a series of interactive debates will also address issues such as space exploration, satellite systems security, entrepreneurship and more.

Schedule

Schedule

Welcome and Registration
Keynote speech from Josef Aschbacher
Expand Keynote speech from Josef Aschbacher

Josef Aschbacher, European Space Agency Director General, will open the summit by giving a thought-provoking contribution on how to best respond to the opportunity space represents, proactively safeguarding Europeans whilst reaping the benefits of this vast resource – truly making space matter.

SESSION I — Entrepreneurs and ideas in space
Expand SESSION I — Entrepreneurs and ideas in space

During this session, we will hear from highly-motivated young entrepreneurs, taking on the challenge of ‘making space matter’ directly, who will have the chance to share with us – through short, TED Talk-style presentations – their projects, plans and ideas.

Speakers

Guillem Anglada-Escudé

Astrophysicist and Exoplanet Discoverer; Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CISC) and 2018 European Young Leader

Alfredo Muñoz

Founder & CEO of ABIBOO Studio and 2019 European Young Leader (EYL40)

SESSION II - Satellite communications security
Expand SESSION II - Satellite communications security

Satellite communications systems today provide vital connections, critical in disaster relief, emergency response, remote exploration, defence and humanitarian efforts. The EU is creating Secure SatCom, which will ensure the security of these communications, as well as Europe’s security, prosperity and competitiveness. Held shortly after the EU Competition Council, this session will address whether this additional level of security will inspire the growth of SMEs and start-ups working in the satellite field; how this decisive action will set Europe apart in the use of space; and whether satellite overcrowding should be a concern.

Speakers

Elodie Viau

Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at the European Space Agency (ESA)

Aarti Holla-Maini

Secretary-General at EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)

Lunch
SESSION IV – Launch of the ‘Space and security’ study
Expand SESSION IV – Launch of the ‘Space and security’ study

The ongoing militarisation of space underlines that the rise in geopolitical tensions we see on Earth is being extended and projected beyond the bounds of this planet. This in-depth study on defence cooperation in space will look at its key role and impact on resilience and security, as well as emerging elements of competition. The study will be based on interviews with a range of policymakers, experts, private sector actors, civil society representatives and military personnel to determine how to best respond to the opportunity space represents and mitigate the risks.

Speakers

Claude-France Arnould

Advisor to the president on European affairs at IFRI

Tanja Masson-Zwaan

Asst. Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University

Susmita Mohanty

Director General at Spaceport SARABHAI

Paul Taylor

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence at Friends of Europe and Contributing Editor to Politico

Speakers

Speakers

Josef Aschbacher
Josef Aschbacher

Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA)

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Thirty years ago, Josef Aschbacher began his career at the European Space Agency (ESA) where he was seconded as the ESA Representative to Southeast Asia at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. Later, he joined the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy, where he served as scientific assistant to the Director of the Space Applications Institute. Upon his return to ESA headquarters in Paris, he was tasked with advancing Copernicus activities within ESA, going on to become head of the Copernicus Space Office, where he led all activities for Copernicus within the Agency and with external partners, in particular the European Commission. Before taking office as the ESA’s Director General, Aschbacher was entrusted with planning the ESA’s Earth Observation Programme, as well as formulating and implementing programmatic and strategic decisions across the Directorate.

Guillem Anglada-Escudé
Guillem Anglada-Escudé

Astrophysicist and Exoplanet Discoverer; Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CISC) and 2018 European Young Leader

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Guillem Anglada-Escudé is a well-known astrophysicist and scientist, whose current work focuses on exoplanet detection and planetary exploration. Most notably, Guillem and his team discovered the Proxima b exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest neighbouring star and the nearest star to the Sun. He- has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science, University of Goettingen, as well as Queen Mary University of London, where he became a reader in astronomy. He has conducted research in several countries and has been actively engaged with space agencies, such as NASA and the European Space Agency. In 2016, Guillem was named among the ten most prominent scientists worldwide by Science Magazine and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

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Aarti Holla-Maini

Secretary-General at EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)

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Aarti Holla-Maini has been Secretary General of the ESOA since 2004. She is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space, the WEF Global 5G Coalition Network and the WEF Essential Digital Infrastructure & Services Network. Under Aarti’s leadership, ESOA & its member CEOs lead the effort to showcase the benefits of satellite communications for a more inclusive and secure society – vital to bridging the world’s digital divide, achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and realizing the 5G ecosystem. Aarti has 23 years’ experience in the aerospace industry, starting at Daimler-Benz Aerospace/EADS (now Airbus) in Germany. In 2000, she moved to Brussels, representing Airbus interests in the European satellite navigation program: Galileo.

Susmita Mohanty
Susmita Mohanty

Director General at Spaceport SARABHAI

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Susmita Mohanty is a spaceship designer, climate ambassador and entrepreneur. She has co-founded space companies on three different continents: EARTH2ORBIT in Bangalore, LIQUIFER in Vienna and MOONFRONT in San Francisco. Prior to her entrepreneurship journey, she worked for the International Space Station Program at Boeing in California and served at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Mohanty is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council for Space Technologies and was selected as one of BBC’s 100 Women in 2019.

Alfredo Munoz
Alfredo Muñoz

Founder & CEO of ABIBOO Studio and 2019 European Young Leader (EYL40)

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Alfredo is a Spanish architect, who has designed and managed more than six million square metres across five continents. Under Alfredo’s leadership, his architectural, urban and interior design firm has designed projects in a wide range of scales, from large urban developments and affordable housing townships to small temporal structures. Before founding ABIBOO, Alfredo held senior roles at Toyo Ito and SOM. Internationally-renowned, Alfredo was recognised among the most important and emerging young architects and designers by the European Centre and the Chicago Athenaeum Architecture Awards, and his work has been featured in various media outlets, including The New York Times, Wallpaper and Domus, among others.

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence at Friends of Europe and Contributing Editor to Politico

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Paul is a Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and the author of Friends of Europe’s European Defence Cooperation report series. A Paris-based journalist, he also writes the “Europe at Large” column for Politico. He previously spent four decades working for Reuters as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Tehran, Bonn and Brussels, as bureau chief in Israel/Palestine, Berlin and Brussels, as chief correspondent in France, as diplomatic editor in London, and finally as European affairs editor. His assignments have included covering the Iranian revolution, the Cold War Euromissile crisis, the 1991 Gulf War, German reunification, the Maastricht summit, France in the 1990s, EU enlargement, the Eurozone crisis and the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt.

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence at Friends of Europe and Contributing Editor to Politico

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Paul is a Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and the author of Friends of Europe’s European Defence Cooperation report series. A Paris-based journalist, he also writes the “Europe at Large” column for Politico. He previously spent four decades working for Reuters as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Tehran, Bonn and Brussels, as bureau chief in Israel/Palestine, Berlin and Brussels, as chief correspondent in France, as diplomatic editor in London, and finally as European affairs editor. His assignments have included covering the Iranian revolution, the Cold War Euromissile crisis, the 1991 Gulf War, German reunification, the Maastricht summit, France in the 1990s, EU enlargement, the Eurozone crisis and the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt.

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