European Space Solutions 2016

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How can Europe use space to tackle challenges in such areas as energy, healthcare, mobility and the environment? How can European businesses, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) harness the power of space technology to build the innovative applications and services needed to address these challenges?

These questions and more were answered during the 2016 European Space Solutions conference, held 30 May through 3 June in The Hague, The Netherlands. The event, organised by  the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Commission, under the auspices of the Dutch Presidency, showcased the essential role space technology plays in our everyday lives and helped European industry better understand – and access – its business potential.

The week-long event featured an array of speakers, including: European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska, former European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut André Kuipers, and Shell Vice President of Technology and Chief Scientist Geophysics Dirk Smit, among many others.

In case you missed it, here you will find links to all the information and highlights coming out of European Space Solutions 2016.

The agenda

The conference’s agenda was packed with a range of panel discussions, sector-specific focus sessions and numerous side events – all aimed at helping European industry better harness the power of space within their business activities, including:

  • Keynote address by TomTom NV Co-Founder and Director of Software Development Pieter Geelen, who provided a case study on how businesses can integrate European GNSS into their business models
  • Panel discussions on Space Solutions for the European Economy, New Perspectives in Space, Space and the Energy Union, Space and the Digital Economy and Space and Security
  • A dedicated session on space solutions for business, where EU policy-makers joined business leaders to discuss how today’s satellite navigation programmes and Earth observation information are creating opportunities for game-changing growth
  • Six sector-specific focus sessions, provided business leaders with information and insights on how Europe’s space programmes can impact such sectors as Agriculture and Food, Smart Mobility, Climate Change and the Environment, Health and Safety, Energy and River Deltas
  • An exhibition showcasing over 50 innovative space applications, technology solutions and cutting-edge research coming from across Europe
  • An array of exhibitions, demonstrations, side events and opportunities for one-on-one meetings and networking

European Space Solutions by the Numbers 

  • 2016 European Space Solutions: an infographic - click to enlarge.
    2016 European Space Solutions: an infographic - click to enlarge.
  • 1 Ministerial meeting
  • 2.5 days of plenary sessions
  • 3 days of Business-oriented events
  • Over 125 speakers
  • 1.481 participants
  • 54 stands presenting SMEs and success stories
  • 1 special Women in Space exhibition
  • 26 side events
  • 3 evening receptions
  • 6 topic sessions
  • 3 press events
  • Over 12.5 million social media impressions for #EUSpace16

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Business part of #EUspace16. CEO of @EU_GNSS presented an interesting equation. #space #business@Luke_Wilczynski

Formula of the day: (Space + Innovation) x Entrepreneurship = Growth 

Gender balanced pannel :) #spacewomen #EUspace16 @audrey_mcs 

@spacepixiee @astro_andre giving a superb introduction to the #EUSpace16! @SpaceSolutions_

EU's Delsaux: We should not compare US to Europe: Startups in US are California and East Coast only. In EU it is everywhere! #EUspace16,  ‏@timmermansr

Updated: Apr 24, 2018