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Thursday 5 September, 2013


09:00 – 09:30

Welcome Coffee and Delegate Registration

09:30 – 10:50

Introductory Session

09:30 – 09:45

Introduction and Environment

Aarti Holla, Secretary General, ESOA
Jean-Jacques Tortora, Secretary General, Eurospace

09:45 – 10:00

Welcome Address

Antonio Tajani, Vice President and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, European Commission

10:00 – 10:15

Fostering a Cross-Sector Dialogue on Space

Bruce Weinelt, Director, Head of Telecommunication Industries, World Economic Forum
David Gleicher, Senior Manager, Strategic Foresight Team, World Economic Forum

10:15 – 10:25

Threats to a Sustainable Future

Tony Long, Director, World Wide Fund for Nature

10:25 – 10:35

Foresight, Sustainability & Risk/Reward

Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President, European Commission

10:35 – 10:50

Introduction: Setting the Scene

Dominique Ristori, Director General, Joint Research Centre
Chris Forrester, Editorial Director, Inside Satellite TV

10:50 – 11:10

Coffee Break

11:10 – 12:40

Session 1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Climate Change - ‘Forward planning in Space Systems & Services’

11:10 – 11:25

Keynote Speech

Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Mainstreaming Adaptation and Low Carbon Technology, DG Climate Action, European Commission

11:25 – 12:40

Open discussion with introductory comments from:

Alain Ratier, Director General, Eumetsat
Eric Béranger, CEO, Astrium Satellites
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Frank Raes, Head of Climate Risk Management Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission


12:40 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Session 2: Food & Water Crises - 'Space Services delivering Security'

13:30 – 13:45

Keynote Speech

Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director for Strategy, Policy and International Co-operation, DG ECHO, European Commission

13:45 – 15:00

Open discussion with introductory comments from:

Menghestab Haile, Deputy Director, UN World Food Program Liaison Office to the AU & ECA
Patrick McDougal, Vice-President, Business Development & Strategy, Inmarsat
Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International
Giuseppe Morsillo, Director Policy Planning & Control, European Space Agency

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00

Session 3: Severe Income Disparity - ‘Education for All through Satellite Services’

15:30 – 15:45

Keynote Speech

Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission

15:45 – 17:00

Open discussion with introductory comments from:

François Taddei, Founder, Centre for Research & Interdisciplinarity
Michel de Rosen, CEO Eutelsat & Chairman, ESOA
Colin McElwee, Co-founder, Worldreader (WEF GAC Africa)
Fabio Leite, Deputy Director, BR, ITU

17:00 – 17:30

Pulling it all Together - Session Summary, Key Messages & Conclusions


Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General, European Space Agency
Chris Forrester, Editorial Director, Inside Satellite TV

Event hosts and partners



Thursday 5 September, 2013
09.00 to 17.30




Robert Schuman Room, Berlaymont Building

European Commission
200, Rue de la Loi
1049, Brussels

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