1975-1995. The European Space Agency has been in existence for twenty years.
To mark the occasion, a symposium attended by some of the main contributors to the establishment of ESA and current political figures will be held on 4, 5 and 6 September 1995 at the Deutsches Museum, Munich.
The various sessions will be built around the main theme: why have a European Space Agency? Why not simply develop national programmes? Or keep to bi- or multilateral cooperation with selected partners?
The participants will endeavour to articulate the political and industrial, but also scientific reasons for setting up and promoting European space activities.
Parallel to this event, an exhibition featuring ESA activities and programmes is also being held at the Deutsches Museum from 20 August to 19 September. Journalists wishing to obtain further information or attend should fax their request to the ESA Public Relations Division: (+33 1) 53 69 76 90.