Event Organiser, Hosts and Partners
You will find below details of the organisations involved in the event
The European Satellite Operators' Association www.esoa.net
ESOA is a non-profit European organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of European satellite operators. The Association is the reference point for the European satellite operators industry and today represents the interests of 10 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe.
The main purpose of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) is to deliver weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products– 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users world-wide. EUMETSAT is an intergovernmental organisation and was founded in 1986.
European Space Agency (ESA) www.esa.int
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space.
An intergovernmental organisation created in 1975, ESA has the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today it launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.
ESA shares 17 Member States with the EU: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom and in addition has Norway and Switzerland as members. ESA has Cooperation Agreements with nine other EU Member States and is negotiating an agreement with the tenth. Poland is in the process of becoming ESA’s 20th Member State. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a long-standing Cooperation Agreement.
ESA engages in major cooperation with international partners, industry and other European bodies such as the EU and Eumetsat (Europe’s meteorological satellite operator).
Committee of the Regions www.cor.europa.eu
The Committee of the Regions is the EU's assembly of regional and local representatives. The mission of its 344 members from all 27 EU Member States is to involve regional and local authorities and the communities they represent in the EU's decision-making process and to inform them about EU policies. The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council are obliged to consult the Committee in policy areas affecting regions and cities. It can appeal to the EU Court of Justice if its rights are infringed or it believes that an EU law violates the subsidiarity principle or fails to respect regional or local powers.
NEREUS currently unites 26 European regions and 38 Associate Members with the common objective to spread the use and understanding of space technologies across Europe for the benefit of regions and their citizens.
As voice of the European Regions, NEREUS not only serves as an advocate for the regions in matters of space uses but also as a direct channel to the regional users of space technologies (such as local authorities, SMEs, universities and research institutes and citizens). The network is the key interface between the regional level
and national and European institutions.
Télécoms Sans Frontières www.tsfi.org
Founded in 1998, TSF is the world’s leading emergency telecommunications NGO. Our rapid response teams can intervene anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours to establish emergency telecom centers for the relief workers and offer free phone calls to victims. TSF has deployed to more than 60 countries on five continents, supported more than 660 disaster response organizations, and reconnected hundreds of thousands of disaster victims. TSF was designated “First Responder” within the UN Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). In addition, we use our expertise in between emergencies to use ICT to empower advances in health, development, education, and food security – and train governments, UN staff, and NGOs on how to use telecom and Internet tools in emergencies.
Eurospace is the trade association of the European Space Industry. It is a non-profit European organisation created in 1961. Eurospace member companies today represent 90% of the total turnover of the European Space Industry. Eurospace fosters the development of space activities in Europe and promotes a better understanding of space industry related issues and problems.
Secure World Foundation www.swfound.org
The Secure World Foundation (SWF) is a non-profit operating foundation devoted to the long term sustainability of space activities, the cooperative use of space resources for the benefit of planet Earth, and the development of governance mechanisms to cope with the long term threat posed by near Earth objects (NEOs) that strike Earth on a periodic basis. The Foundation acts as a research body, convener and facilitator to advocate for key space security and other space related topics and to examine their influence on governance and international development.
Forum Europe www.forum-europe.com
At Forum Europe, we've been staging leading European political events for over 20 years. Our in-depth knowledge of the Brussels and EU market makes us the number one choice for companies and organisations staging political and policy events in Europe and beyond.
With offices in the heart of Europe, at La Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels, our multilingual and dynamic team delivers excellent networking opportunities and high quality content, feeding directly into the policy formulation process. Our operations are divided into two distinct but complementary services:
- Conference Production
- Event Management
We work with a range of clients with varying interests, from large multinational corporations to NGOs and charities – and everything in between. We know that the success of every event depends on forming a strong, close working relationship with our partner or client.
The European People's Party (EPP) www.epp.eu
The Group of the European People's Party (EPP Group) is the largest in the European Parliament with 271 Members and 3 Observer Members from Croatia.
It brings together centre and centre-right pro-European political forces from the Member States of the EU.
Most of the parties represented in the EPP Group also belong to the European People's Party. The EPP was the first-ever transnational political party to be formed at European level, and has the strongest representation in the European Council of Ministers. EPP parties came together to advance the goal of a more competitive and democratic Europe, closer to its citizens, and a social market economy.
As the largest political group in a Parliament where non-socialist parties now enjoy a clear majority, the EPP Group is in a stronger position than any other to set that body's political agenda and to win its most critical votes. This strength is reflected in the fact that, since 1999, the EPP Group has been on the winning side of more votes than any other group in the European Parliament's monthly plenary sessions.
Strength of numbers also ensures that EPP Group Members hold a range of key positions within the Parliament - including the Chairmanships of 10 of the EP's 22 committees or subcommittees, 7 of its 14 Vice-Presidents, and 2 of its 5 Quaestors. Within the parliamentary committees, EPP Group Members are best placed to secure the right to author the EP's position on key pieces of draft legislation and other major reports: the Group gets more of these rapporteurships on more important subjects, than any other group.
The EPP Group is served by a highly qualified, talented and motivated staff from all the Member States.
European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) www.earsc.org
EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies) is a non-profit making industrial trade association that represents European Earth Observation, geo-information, service companies. EARSC´s primary objectives are to foster development of European geo-information service industry and to stimulate a sustainable market for geo-information services, using remote sensing data. EARSC main activities are raising awareness of the sector and its capabilities, improving or creating market access for member companies and offering opportunities for companies to exchange information and knowledge to help improve their overall performance. EARSC works closely with a number of other organizations to help achieve these goals.
Galileo Services is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 as a major partner for the EU GNSS Programmes, Galileo and EGNOS, and GNSS application development. Having merged with Oregin (the Organisation of European GNSS Industry of equipment and services) in 2009, Galileo Services network represents now more than 180 member organisations (from Europe, North America and Asia) ranging from SMEs to large companies.
The organization's mission is to support and assist the Programmes implementation and to stimulate GNSS downstream technology and business development (terminals, applications and services) as well as contribute to partnerships, advertise EU Industry competencies all over the world, support on-need EU institutions and express industry views.