Austrian Presidency

In 2023, the Austrian Parliament has the honour of chairing the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) under the theme "the sustainable use of, and access to, space."

Chairpersons of EISC 2023:

Therese NISS, Constituency 9, Vienna, EISC-Delegation leader, Member of the Research, Innovation and Digitalisation Committee; and the Education Committee Secretary of the Research, Innovation and Digitalisation Committee; and the Budget Committee

Christian HAFENECKER, elected for Constituency Mid Lower Austria, Member of the Science Committee; the Subcommittee for Development Policy of the Foreign Policy Committee; and the Deputy Chairman in the Subcommittee for Development Policy of the Foreign Policy Committee Secretary of the Foreign Policy Committee; and the Traffic Committee

Petra OBERRAUNER, Constituency 2, Carinthia, Member in the Petitions and Citizens´ Initiatives Committee; in the Subcommittee for South Tyrolia of the Foreign Policy Committee; the Culture Committee; and the Traffic Committee. Deputy Chairman in the Traffic Committee Secretary of the Subcommittee for South Tyrolia of the Foreign Policy Committee

Hermann WERATSCHNIG, Constituency 7, Tyrolia, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee

Douglas HOYOS-TRAUTMANNSDORFF, Federal Election List Proposal, Member of the Court of Auditors Committee; the Defence Committee; the Interior Policy Committee Secretary of the Defence Committee

Dear Members of Parliament, Dear colleagues,

The Austrian Parliament has the great pleasure of taking over the chairmanship of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) for 2023.

Having become a full member of EISC in 2020, the Austrian Parliament feels very honoured to hold the chair in the EISC family for the first time. As we follow in the footsteps of big EISC-players in the chair we will take every effort to facilitating discussion and exchange amongst EISC-members and observers on topics that are connected to the environmental focus of our predecessors, i.e. space to support the green transition in an evolving space economy.

We therefore invite you to participate in a workshop in Vienna including excursions into the vicinity of Vienna from Wednesday, 19, to Friday, 21 April 2023, on the topic “Space based data to support the green transition: from the upstream to the downstream economy”. The agenda of the workshop includes visits to the Conrad-Observatory, an institution in the framework of ZAMG, the Austrian Geophysical Service, one of whose specialisations is climate research and the collection and analysation of space data, and to the company “ENPULSION”, a world market leader in propulsion technology.

We also look forward to your participation in the EISC Plenary Meeting that will take place in Vienna in September. Further details will be announced in due time.

By highlighting the performance of space research and space economy of institutions and industry in EISC Member States and on the level of the European Union in monitoring and adapting to the effects of climate change, and in the application of space data into everyday life we hope to contribute to enhancing the interest in European space activities in the broader public.

We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna and to working with you on the topics of the support of the green transition in an evolving European space economy.

To do so, we invite you to participate to an online workshop, on Thursday 17 March 2022, and then to the EISC plenary session, which will take place on Friday 16 September 2022 in the Senate. In the continuity of the Net Zero Space initiative launched at the Paris Peace Forum in November 2021, we have chosen the following working theme: the sustainable use of, and access to, space.

In a context of increased international competition, multiplication of launch pads and launcher projects, the question of maintaining a sustainable European access to space arises. We wish to insist particularly on the development of European and reusable micro-launchers as a means to guarantee a sustainable access to space.

The renewed interest in space activities has as a direct consequence on the multiplication of satellites, infrastructures and objects placed in orbit, which considerably increases the risks of collision. We would like to place particular emphasis on the protection of the Earth's orbital environment and the development of sustainable uses of space.

We look forward to discussing these exciting topics with you.

The topic of the Presidency

Space to support the green transition in an evolving space economy.

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The Workshop will be held in Vienna, Austria on 19-20 April 2023

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