• ESSC Chair appointed HESAC Chairperson

    October 26, 2018

    The Chair of the ESSC, Dr. Athena Coustenis, has been appointed as the Chair of ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (HESAC) – the senior advisory body to ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration. ESSC’s member Sarah Baatout was also invited to join the committee. The HESAC Committee met for the first time… Read more

  • ESSC and ESF invited to attend the ESA Intermediate Ministerial Meeting

    October 26, 2018

    ESSC and ESF invited to attend the ESA Intermediate Ministerial Meeting in Madrid, Spain on 25 October 2018. Member States delegations discussed and endorsed the steps to be taken in advance of  ‘Space19+’, ESA’s next Council at ministerial level which will be held in November 2019 in Seville, Spain. Read more

  • Public consultation on the next EU Research and Innovation Programme- ESSC Contribution

    March 20, 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 ESSC contribution can be downloaded here. Read more

  • ISECG Science White Paper

    January 25, 2018

    The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) has published the full Science White Paper “Scientific Opportunities Enabled by Human Exploration Beyond Low-Earth-Orbit”.The Science White Paper focuses on the science enabled by near-term mission concepts for human exploration: a gateway in the lunar vicinity, the lunar surface, and asteroids.… Read more

  • ESSC mourns the loss of its member Professor Pierre Binétruy

    April 05, 2017

    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. His immense contribution to the themes of cosmology, gravitation, physics and astrophysics of high energy, and finally gravitational waves,… Read more

  • ESSC welcomes outcomes from ESA Ministerial Council meeting

    January 16, 2017

    ESSC has welcomed outcomes from the recent ESA Ministerial Council meeting that took place in Lucern, Switzerland on 1-2 December 2016.  During the Ministerial Council, an overall budget of €10.3 billion was agreed by Member States of the European Space Agency for ESA programmes from 2017-2021.In its statement, the ESSC expresses strong appreciation for the… Read more

  • ESSC Contribution to the Public consultation on a Space Strategy for Europe

    June 23, 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 European Space Sciences Committee has prepared an integrated contribution… Read more

  • ESSC Recommendations on the Horizon 2020 SPACE Work programme for 2018-2020

    June 21, 2016

    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… Read more