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N° 24–2001: Space System Integrators and Small Medium-sized Enterprises meet at 'Industry Space Days'

1 May 2001

The European Space Agency’s research and technology centre ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will be host on 9 and 10 May to the 2001 edition of the "Industry Space Days". This initiative, organised by ESA, fosters exchanges between space Agencies, established space groups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). In particular, it encourages SMEs to take a more active part in the European space programmes, explaining to them how to do business with ESA.

The first Industry Space Days (ISD) were organised in May 1999. In the wake of the success of the previous editions, the ISD 2001, a "must-do" forum for Industries, gathers all the European players in the space sector and gives them the occasion to generate tomorrow’s business opportunities and industrial strategies for the sector. More than 500 participants representing over 300 European and Canadian companies are scheduled to attend the ISD 2001.

This year, the ISD 2001 proposes a whole range of conferences tailored to inform SMEs and train them in different areas related to space requirements and best practices for successful business in general. ESA programmes and their relatedbusiness opportunities, as well as the business opportunities within National Agencies and some of the large Space groups such as Astrium, Alenia, etc. will also be presented.

At the Space Days, SMEs are given the opportunity to lead thematic workshops on subjects of interest to their business and to present, also by means of exhibition material, technological solutions or processes in which they are experts. Pre-arranged meetings will also be held between SMEs, larger groups' decision makers and representatives from space Agencies, to allow them to present their capabilities and special expertise and to allow larger industrial groups to identify innovative skills in European high-tech SMEs and discuss partnership opportunities with them.

The key objectives pursued by ESA through this event are:

Media representatives are invited to participate in the morning sessions of the opening day (Wednesday 9 May - 10:00-12:45). ESA’s Director General, Antonio Rodotà, and ESA’s Director of Industrial Matters and Technology Programmes Hans Kappler, will be among the speakers at the opening session . A lunch will be arranged for the Media attending the event with ESA and industry representatives, who will be available for interviews afterwards.

Media representatives wishing to participate are kindly requested to fill out the attached form and return it, by fax, to the ESA/ESTEC Communication Office (Heidi Graf, Fax. + 31 71 565 5728)

For further information please contact:

Heidi Graf, Head of Communication Office
Tel. + 31 71 565 3006
Fax. +31 71 565 5728

Opening session of 'Industry Space Days'

Opening session of "Industry Space Days"

ESTEC - Keplerlaan 1 - Noordwijk (the Netherlands)

Wednesday 9 May 2001 - 10h00 - 12h45

(Doors opens at 08h00)

Name : ___________________________

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MEDIA : _________________________________________________

Address : _________________________________________________________________



Tel: _____________________________

Fax: __________________________________

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( ) I will attend the opening session of the Industry Space Days

( ) I will not attend the opening session of the Industry Space Days

Please return this form to:

Heidi Graf
ESA/ESTEC Communication Office
Tel: +31.71.565.3006
Fax : +31.71.565.5728

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