The European Space Forum 2023
5–6 July 2023 Brussels
Executive Vice President - A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, European Commission
Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)
Director General, Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA)
Director General of the Spanish Space Agency – AEE and Commissioner of the Aerospace, Spain
Benedikta von Seherr-Thoß
Managing Director for Common Security and Defence Policy, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Sorin Dumitru Ducaru
Director, European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen)
Rapporteur on the EU Secure Connectivity Initiative, European Parliament
Director for Space (Acting), DG DEFIS, European Commission
Director of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency (ESA)
Member, European Parliament
Director of Operations, European Space Agency (ESA)
Guillaume de la Brosse
Head of Unit Innovation, Start-ups and Economics, DG DEFIS, European Commission
Head of Unit, Secure Connectivity, Space Surveillance & Applications, DG DEFIS, European Commission
Job titles correct at the time of the event
The European Space Forum returned to Brussels in 2023, and once again brought together key stakeholders and thought leaders for 2 full days of face-to-face debate.
Against the backdrop of the recently released EU Space Strategy for Security and Defence, this year’s event had the theme of ‘Strength, security, resilience – Protecting Europe’s interests in and through space’. Focussing on the key pillars of security & defence, sustainability, competition, innovation and connectivity, the event provided the opportunity to come together and discuss key challenges and opportunities as Europe looks to deliver on its space ambitions and secure its position as a strong and resilient leader in the global space market.
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What We Did:
- Research and programme production
- Identification and invitations of speakers, as well as regular contact with those confirmed to organise the content and format of their contribution
- Sponsor recruitment and management
- Venue research, liaison and management on site
- Marketing campaign; raising awareness for the event through mailings, personal invitations and social media posts and translating these activities into registrations
- Website and registration platform design and maintenance
- Registrations and delegate management
- Full AV set up and fulfilment, stage design and collaboration with suppliers
- Onsite presence at the event to coordinate all final technical and choreographic arrangements, catering organisation, welcome of speakers and assistance to delegates.
- Onsite marketing including posting on social media and creating content such as an event day vlog and speaker interviews.
Event Day Vlog
“I am thrilled to provide a glowing testimonial about the European Space Forum 2023, one of the best conferences on space that I have attended recently. From start to finish, the organisation, logistics, welcome, and content of the panels were absolutely exceptional.
First and foremost, the conference organisers displayed an unparalleled level of professionalism and attention to detail.
The logistics of the conference were flawless. The venue was spacious, well-equipped, and thoughtfully designed to accommodate the large number of attendees.
The warm welcome extended to all participants was truly remarkable. You went above and beyond to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. We felt valued and appreciated, fostering a sense of community and collaboration among like-minded individuals from diverse space sectors.
However, the true highlight of the conference was the exceptional content of the panels. The selection of speakers was outstanding, featuring some of the brightest minds and visionaries in the space industry. The panel discussions were insightful, thought-provoking, and provided valuable insights into the latest advancements, challenges, and opportunities within the space sector. The diversity of topics covered ensured that attendees gained a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted aspects of space exploration and innovation.
I wholeheartedly recommend the European Space Forum to anyone passionate about space exploration and innovation. This conference truly stands as a shining example of how an event should be organised and executed, leaving a lasting impression on all participants and fostering meaningful connections within the space community.
Kudos to the organisers for their outstanding work in creating an unforgettable conference experience that will undoubtedly continue to inspire and shape the future of space exploration.”
Elena Eyngorn, Senior Business Developer, EXOLAUNCH
“The European Space Forum is an excellent opportunity to exchange views with institutions, managers and executives concerned by the new challenges facing space in Europe. The subject is of great importance for our Region and our member States. Links are forged on both technical and regulatory issues.”
Yvan-Michel Ehkirch, Managing Partner, Karista
“The European Space Forum 2023 was an absolute blast - an exploration into the intersection of space, security, and defence, offering insightful discussions and rich networking opportunities Each session, be it about sustainability in space or autonomous connectivity, prompted attendees to consider the role of space technology in our rapidly changing world. I would recommend this event to anyone interested in the future of space exploration and its implications for our society - it's a thought-provoking experience not to be missed.”
Kristina Nikolaus, CEO and Co-Founder, OKAPI:Orbits
“It is a mandatory event to gather all space industry across Europe. We had the opportunity to exchange different points of view about the development path of new space industry in our region. New players and relevant institutions working closely together is the main takeaway from the EU Space Forum.”
José Manuel Rodriguez, CFO, PLD Space
“The focus of this year’s European Space Forum on sustainability was well appreciated. Europe needs to lead when it comes to preserving Space for future generations!”
Rolf Densing Director of Operations, ESA
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