ESSC Unique Features

Space sciences broad coverage

The structure of the ESSC encompasses various themes from fundamental physics to life sciences and thus reflects the variety of the space-related disciplines in Europe. It provides an asset to space agencies and decision makers by assembling valuable expertise across all these domains (research on, in and from

Backward and forward-looking approach

Full knowledge of the past and current landscape (backward-looking) is a necessary step for expressing an independent collective vision (forward-looking) on the future European space and technological research, in connection with national priorities. ESSC and ESF have substantial experience and know-how in ex-post and ex-ante evaluations (e.g. ESA’s ELIPS programme; roadmaps on astrobiology, life in extreme environments, and research disciplines enabling both robotic exploration and human spaceflight).

Independence and quality of the advice

The ESSC is able to provide its Funding Organisations and other stakeholders with documented, competent and unbiased advice on space research issues. Its highly-expert members are appointed ad personam and thus play an independent role of advisors in Europe.

Integrated approach

By representing a unique focal point integrating European national research councils and space agencies’ strategic interest in all domains of space science and technology activities, the ESSC is able to effectively address the coordination between national research councils and academies on the one hand, and ESA, national space agencies and the EC, on the other hand thus leading to an improved coordination between national and European research institutions.