The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) was established in 1974, first as the European Provisional Advisory Committee for Space Research, and then as an independent committee under the then newly-created European Science Foundation (ESF), as a means to give European space scientists an independent voice in the space sciences arena.

The ESSC scope covers the whole spectrum of space sciences, from microgravity research to space physics, and from planetary sciences to astronomy and Earth sciences.

Somehow comparable to the National Academies’ Space Studies Board in the USA, ESSC has a unique position in Europe providing independent scientific advice on space science matters to the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC), national space agencies, and other stakeholders and has become the reference body in Europe on space sciences matters.

ESSC members are reputed experts active in all fields of space research and well recognised within the community.


The European Space Sciences Committee provides impartial scientific advice to the European Space Agency, the European Commission, European national space agencies, and other decision-makers in the space domain. We strive to be the reference body in Europe for independent expertise on matters of space science, acting as a representative voice of the European space science community and promoting international cooperation in the field.


Our Vision is to be widely established as an authentic and trusted voice of the European Space Sciences Community, recognized for our expertise in the field of space sciences, promoting fundamental, use-inspired,and applied space research, seeking to ensure maximum scientific benefits of Europe’s investments in the space domain (including the commercial sector), and increasing interestin and support for space sciences in the general public, the private sector, and the media.We will evaluate our success by means of annual surveys of our profile and performance.