Space as a key sector for Europe and its citizens is the subject of a conference that is held on 8 & 9 November at the Hemicycle of the European Parliament.
From left to right : Vittorio Prodi, Member of the European Parliament, Mr Antonio Tajani,Vice-President of the European Commission, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General.
The Conference, organised with the participation of ESA, is placed under the high patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Mr Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Council, Mr Herman von Rompuy, and the Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Antonio Tajani.
To highlight the key importance of ESA and its programmes, an exhibition is organised during the Conference at the Esplanade of the European Parliament, just below “The Rainbow", one of the public space installations in Brussels celebrating Poland's EU Presidency.
The exhibition presents the main ESA programmes, with an emphasis on GMES and Galileo, two programmes that the Agency is developing in cooperation with the EC. A full-size model of the Cryosat Earth observation satellite for ice studies is also showcased, emphasizing the importance of space to understand climate change and the evolution of our living planet.