ESA launched the ESA_Lab@ initiative in 2016 to create a hub for disruptive innovation and cross-fertilisation. An ESA_Lab@ is:
- A joint initiative between ESA and academia/research institutions located within their own premises.
- Supported by ESA via open data access policy and expertise.
- An institutional link between ESA and universities/academia/research institutions.
- Part of a wider network of ESA_Lab@s.
Each ESA_Lab@ is a partnership based on a "no-exchange of funds" principle but with both sides contributing in other ways.
Each ESA_Lab@ is established through a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC)
- An MOC is a non-binding agreement between the academia/research institutions and ESA.
- It is open for multiple parties to join, including academia, research institutions and industry.
- It is signed between the dean/president of the institution and ESA’s Director General.
- It establishes a steering committee to guide the foreseen ESA_Lab@ activities.
Each ESA_Lab@ is administered through an ESA/partner steering committee co-chaired by the ESA Director General and the partner's dean/president.
The steering committee defines and creates research groups to achieve the purpose of the ESA_Lab@.
Primary points of contact within each organisation act jointly as coordinators, facilitating an effective implementation of the ESA_Lab@.
ESA_Lab@ is a network that:
Interested in the initiative?
Please click here to discover a further introduction to the ESA_Lab@ initiative.
As ESA_Lab@ coordinator for your university/research institution you would:
- Stay connected with ESA, reporting back to the internal ESA_Lab@ coordinator who is your ESA counterpart.
- Promote and help implement the activities related to the research topics of your ESA_Lab@.
- Foster the growth of the whole ESA_Lab@ network.
- Foster the contribution of other European space (and non-space) actors through their participation in ESA_Lab@.
- Promote key areas of future importance to ESA by bringing the expertise of your university into the Agency.
- Disseminate knowledge and support by creating new educational materials.
- Support the organisation and communication of joint seminars, conferences and events.
To start your own ESA_Lab@ please contact ESA_Lab@ initiative Coordinator Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon (isabelle.duvaux-bechon @ esa.int) and ESA_Lab@ initiative Deputy Coordinator Elisabeth Sourgens (elisabeth.sourgens @ esa.int).
If you would like more information on the existing ESA_Lab@s please follow the links below:
Atlantic International Research Centre
The AIR Centre is bringing people together through a series of online networking meetings in which researchers, technology innovators, representatives of multilateral organisations, government officials, and social entrepreneurs present and discuss their current work and, explore ways of future collaboration.
Swiss Space Center
Through IGLUNA (ESALab@CH), university students apply their knowledge to solve a technical challenge: to sustain life in an extreme environment whilst maturing space-related technologies. In July, 15 student teams will present their projects virtually during this year's field campaign.