Under the European Commission and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications’ initiative, European Space Week will bring top politicians, community members and experts from the space sector to Tallinn in the first week of November to discuss how to analyse and apply large-scale space-based data and how to finance space projects.
Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo says it is significant that Estonia is the venue for Space Week. "Cooperation between the ICT industry, startups and the European space industry is making space data more accessible," Minister Palo said. "A digital Europe and the free movement of data are priorities for The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and also the focus of Space Week," she added.
The minister noted that space policy has a broader objective to boost employment, investment, growth and, ultimately, global competitiveness in the European Union.
"In line with the digital agenda of the Estonian Presidency, we emphasise, among other things, the smarter application of digital technologies in the space sector," said Palo.
According to Minister Palo, a more active use of digital technologies means increasing access to space-based data for innovative businesses.
"It gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop new products and services, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the EU's space programs and the availability of space-based data for both Earth observation and satellite navigation," said Minister Palo.
The goal of Space Week is to bring together space industry innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, researchers and politicians. Speakers include Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology; Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Enterprise and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises; and Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General of the European Space Agency.
There will be 14 thematic events held for various interest groups within the framework of the week. Examples include the Garage48 SpaceTech 2017: Integrated Applications, the opening of the ESA Space Business Incubator, the Satellite Masters Conference, the Horizon 2020 Space Information Day, and the Copernicus Masters and European Satellite Navigation Awards Ceremony.
European Space Week is jointly organised by the European Commission, the European Space Agency, Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) - the developer of innovation networks, and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.