We are thrilled to announce that ESSC member and University College Dublin Physics Professor, Michael Perryman, has just received the 2022 Shaw Prize in Astronomy in equal shares with Lennart Lindegren, from Lund Observatory, Sweden for their lifetime contributions to space astrometry, and in particular for their role in the conception and design of the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos and Gaia missions.
The latest IPCC report, which came out Monday, April 4th, 2022, warns that policies in place to reduce emissions as of December 2020 would lead the planet to 3.2 degrees Celsius of warming, more than double the 1.5 degrees limit that is essential for avoiding the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) condemns the attack on Ukraine, abhors the violence taking place, deplores the human casualties and sacrifices, and implores those in a position to do so to restore peace at the earliest opportunity.
The James Webb Telescope (JWST) is on its way to becoming the first observatory of its kind in deep space. The team has successfully completed the second and third out of seven total phases of mirror alignment. The 18 small mirrors have gone through their initial alignment and focus and can now produce a single image of a star!
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the second part of its sixth assessment report (AR6) on February 28th, 2022. The report provides significant and unequivocal scientific evidence that climate change impacts are dire and being felt across the globe, from intense and frequent floods to droughts and heatwaves. Human-induced climate change will continue to increase for many more decades until global emissions of greenhouse gases are effectively reduced to zero.
The James Webb Space Telescope—the most powerful and complex cosmic observatory ever built—is now fully deployed. After an incredible amount of meticulous planning and almost half a year of deployment and commissioning, in addition to slowly unfolding over two weeks, it is now on a mission to study the earliest stars and explore every phase of cosmic history.
Recently published Nature papers report on lunar samples returned by China’s Chang’e-5 mission.
ESSC member and space professor at the University of Kiel Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber has received the International Cooperation Zhongguancun Award 2020 from the city of Beijing for his research on lunar radiation.
ESSC Chair and Professor of Climate Science Chris Rapley has resigned from the Science Museum’s Advisory Board over the issue of fossil fuel sponsorship. Rapley, who is currently Professor of Climate Science at UCL, has long-standing ties with the Science Museum, serving as its Director from 2007 to 2010.
In a recent podcast with Energy Live News, Chris Rapley discusses the implications of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report for governments around the world.
The collaboration between the European Space Sciences Committee and the Space Studies Board continues
Chris Rapley is participating in the upcoming Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Joint Meeting May 24-27.
ESSC have been contacted by Dr Granata in order to share the following call for papers. “As a guest editor for a special issue of Frontiers in Space Technologies, I am soliciting a call for papers.
The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC), the Expert Committee on Space Sciences of the European Science Foundation (ESF), is pleased to announce the selection of Professor Chris Rapley as its new incoming Chair.
ESSC participation in EC Workshop on Education and Skills in the field of Space and EU -funded research
The ESSC committee was represented on the 21st of April, by Professor Hermann Opgenoorth, in an EC organised “Workshop on Education and Skills in the field of Space and EU -funded research”, in preparation for the upcoming Horizon Europe framework programme.
The ESSC met with representatives from the European Commission in Brussels on 30 January 2020. The interaction was very positive.
ESSC attends the ESA Advisory Committee on Earth Observations (ACEO) Meeting (29-30 October 2019) at ESRIN
ESSC is very actively represented in the ESA Advisory Committee on Earth Observations (ACEO). In that respect, the ESSC Chair, A. Coustenis, who is also the former President of the IUGG/IAMAS Association, has attended all meetings and voiced the European scientific community’s ideas and opinion on the various subjects related to Earth space sciences.
A special report from international experts, led by the European Science Foundation’s European Space Science Committee, calls for the creation of a European coordinating entity for satellite product calibration and validation.
The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) welcomes the outcome of European Space Agency’s (ESA) Council Meeting, held on November, 27-28 in Seville, Spain, and strongly supports the subscription of the science programmes by the Member States.
In frame of the consultation process launched by the European Commission on Horizon Europe, the European Space Sciences Committe (ESSC) submitted its recommendations on space sciences in the post-2020 research and innovation programme.
How can Europe explore further, understand more and prepare better for adverse Space Weather effects?
A special report from international experts, spearheaded by the European Science Foundation’s European Space Science Committee, explains the challenges and provides a set of recommendations.
On 16 April 2019, and in frame of the International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW), ESSC Chair Athena Coustenis received the 2019 IPPW Al Seiff Award.
Several members of the ESSC attended the NAS/SSB Space Science Week on 26-28 March 2019.
On 17-19 April 2019, the ESSC Chair attended the 2019 International Symposium on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration and gave a presentation on the “Perspectives of the Scientific Community on the European Space Program” where she described the European opportunities for scientific research and investigations in space in many different fields.
The ESSC Chair was invited through ESA to attend the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2018, Paris, France 14-16 November 2018, where Diversity but also Climate Change, STEM, clean energy, health and other important matters, very much relevant also to space, were addressed and discussed.
Prof. Hermann J Opgenoorth was awarded the Baron Marcel Nicolet medal for his efforts in the international coordination of Space Weather.
ESSC Chair, Dr. Athena Coustenis has been invited to give a talk at the United Nations High Level Forum which is taking place between 13-16 November in Bonn, Germany.
European Science Foundation’s European Space Sciences Committee welcomes decisions taken at ESA Inter-Ministerial Council meeting 2018
The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) – the independent expert committee on space sciences of the European Science Foundation (ESF) – welcomes the outcome from the recent ESA Inter-Ministerial Council meeting that took place in Madrid, Spain on 25 October 2018, under the chairmanship of Mr Pedro Duque, Spanish Minister responsible for space.
The ESSC Chair, Dr. Athena Coustenis and the ESSC member, Dr. Alexandr Chouker met the president of the Central American Association for Aeronautics and Space (ACAE), Mr Carlos Enrique Alvarado, to discuss a potential collaboration between ESSC and ACAE.
ESSC and ESF invited to attend the ESA Intermediate Ministerial Meeting in Madrid, Spain on 25 October 2018.
The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) has provided its recommendations on the public consultation of the next FP9 programme on a Space Strategy for Europe.
The European Space Sciences Committee members and secretariat are deeply saddened by the untimely death of one of its most active members, Pierre Binétruy. Pierre was a unanimously appreciated and respected colleague.
ESSC has welcomed outcomes from the recent ESA Ministerial Council meeting that took place in Lucern, Switzerland on 1-2 December 2016.
Last April, the European Commission has open a Public consultation on a Space Strategy for Europe. The objective of this public consultation is to obtain stakeholder views on the policy priorities, challenges and opportunities that could shape a future Space Strategy for Europe.
The mission of the ESSC is to facilitate and foster space sciences at the European level by providing unbiased, expert advice on European space research and policy via recommendations or reports. Furthermore, ESSC provides a unique focal point to assist European national councils and agencies to achieve optimal science return and harmonise strategic priorities in space activities.