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N° 26–2019: Call for Media: Director General’s Annual Press Conference

19 December 2019

ESA invites media to a start of year press conference laying out plans for the new budget committed to by Member States at Space19+ and looking ahead at 2020. ESA Director General Jan Wörner and ESA Directors will meet the media at the ESA headquarters in Paris on the morning of Wednesday, 15 January 2020.

In 2020, we are looking forward to the launches of Solar Orbiter and ExoMars 2020, key missions in Science and Exploration, as well as Sentinel-6A, and the return to flight of Vega. We will welcome back Luca Parmitano from his Beyond mission, and continue to prepare for future exploration in low Earth orbit and at the lunar Gateway. Our new Space Safety and Security programme will be of vital importance as we monitor and mitigate threats in space and from space. The new funding promised at Space19+ will open up Enabling and Support activities such as innovative technologies following up ideas from our open innovation platform and renewing our technology infrastructure including improving laboratories and digitalisation. Space19+ also reinforced our belief that climate change and environmental monitoring are of paramount importance to our Member States, and we will work to ensure our decision makers have the best possible data. Other space applications are becoming more important by the day such as satellite for 5G and the Internet of Things, as well as new navigation applications, and downstream use of space data to improve life on Earth.

Programme (times in CET)


09:00   Doors open

09:30   Introductory remarks reflecting on Space19+, the ESA Council at Ministerial Level held in Seville, Spain, in November 2019, followed by key themes and events for the coming year. The floor will then be opened for an interactive question-and-answer session with the ESA Director General and Programme Directors.

11:00    End



The press conference will take place at ESA headquarters: 24 rue du Général Bertrand, 75015 Paris, France.

Please register online at: by 12 January 2020.

The press conference will be streamed at

Upcoming events are posted on the launch calendar and events calendar.



Solar Orbiter


Sentinel 6

Luca Parmitano


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About the European Space Agency


The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of which 20 are Member States of the EU. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

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For further information:

ESA Newsroom and Media Relations – Ninja Menning


Tel: +31 71 56 56 409