Industry Space Days

Industry Space Days (ISD) are organised by ESA to bring together the main European players in the space sector. Their main purpose is to increase the involvement of SMEs in space activities and to foster cross-fertilisation between the different actors in the entire space sector.

To this end, a series of measures are taken to facilitate networking and the establishing of new business contacts. These include: pre-arranged face-to-face meetings, exhibitions highlighting the innovations and expertise of selected SMEs, briefings on business opportunities by large groups and institutional organisations, and conferences on space perspectives and market trends.

Benefits arising from the ISD event

The ISDs provide:

  • An efficient way to establish new contacts:
    The ISD event guarantees the opportunity to pre-arrange and have a significant number of meetings with potential partners who may otherwise be difficult for SMEs to meet.. This allows SMEs to present their distinctive competence and products, and to build new partnerships.
  • A time-saving time-efficient communication tool:
    The intensity of the meeting opportunities at the ISD means that an SME can explore and initiate many valuable cooperation possibilities and obtain new insights from sources often not visible from the SME's own position in the value chain.
  • An opportunity to exhibit expertise and products:
    During the ISD, space is made available for a number of technology exhibitions where selected SMEs can present their products, innovations and expertise. This provides an opportunity for informal ad-hoc get-togethers with other professionals, with the potential of leading to new business opportunities.

The ISD is a unique event which provides an excellent opportunity for SMEs to meet and discuss prospective business with new contacts, to attend conferences and workshops, and to showcase their technologies to potential partners.

Industry Space Days 2016

The sixth ISD (Industry Space Days) organised by the ESA SME Policy Office (department of Industrial Policy matters) promoting SMEs took place at ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, in the Netherlands on 20, 21 and 22 September 2016.

ISD2016 was attended by 1200 people from industry. 

Some 760 companies from 35 countries, including almost 600 SMEs, participated in about 11 000 pre-arranged business meetings.

An exhibition hall with 113 stands provided additional opportunities for the best European suppliers, especially SMEs, to present their products, projects, or their R&D to potential customers.

Last update: 10 October 2016

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