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Bringing together a high level and exclusive group of policymakers, industry representatives and other stakeholders in the space sector, the 2nd edition of the European Satellite Day took place on Thursday 5th September in the Robert Schuman Room of the Berlaymont Building, European Commission.

A selection of photos and a video are now available to view by clicking the 'Event photos and Video' tab above.

Speakers include

Antonio Tajani

Antonio Tajani

Vice President and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

European Commission

Bruce Weinelt

Bruce Weinelt

Director, Head of Telecommunication Industries

World Economic Forum

Tony Long

Tony Long


World Wide Fund for Nature

Michel de Rosen

Michel de Rosen

CEO Eutelsat & Chairman


Anne Glover

Anne Glover

Chief Scientific Adviser to the President

European Commission

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The World Economic Forum Global Risk Report for 2013 identifies five top risks to global stability in terms of likelihood and impact. European Satellite Day focused on three of these risks and the role that satellite services can play in responding to them now as well as mitigating them going forward.


Although invisible, satellite services are present throughout our daily lives. Those outside the sector are often unfamiliar with the essential role they play not only in allowing the proper functioning of society but also in delivering resilience with respect to global challenges and risks.


The threat of these risks manifesting is long-term and therefore reflects the need for comprehensive foresight and planning to help institutions and the European space sector together ensure that space capabilities and services are in place and ready to respond when needed.


In an environment where science and technology are constantly evolving, the capacity to anticipate is key, especially for the space sector that drives innovation while dealing with long lead times and development cycles for satellites. European Satellite Day 2013 addressed today’s risks and reflected on how state of the art satellite solutions play a part in mitigating them.


Participants in this high-level roundtable included:
- Vittorio Prodi MEP
- Malcolm Harbour MEP

- Vladimír Remek MEP
- Enrico Saggese, President, Italian Space Agency
- Johann Dietrich Wörner, President, German Aerospace Center
- David Parker, CEO, UK Space Agency

- Philippe Brunet, Director DG Enterprise, European Commission
- Jean Loïc Galle, CEO, Thales Alenia Space
- Eric Beka, Ambassador and High Representative of Belgium for Space Policy
- Theo Karapiperis, Head of STOA Unit, European Parliament


...among other high-level participants.



Please contact Anne-Lise Simon on +44 (0) 2920 783 023 / should you have any questions about this event.

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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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