Europe's space leaders meet to tackle climate change

by Search Gate staff. Published Mon 26 Oct 2009 13:57
Space chiefs to discuss ways of helping combat climate change

Space experts and politicians from across Europe are gathering in London this week to discuss how space technology can help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, including climate change.

The tenth annual European Inter-parliamentary Space Conference (EISC) will examine the benefits and future potential of space technology – from managing climate change to boosting the economy.

The conference will see leaders from across the sector set out space policy and debate its capability for innovation. Delegates will discuss how space can be used to bring tangible benefits to everyone in Europe and help tackle major challenges facing the world. The event aims to act as a forum for European co-operation on space policy and to foster a continued dialogue between national parliaments.

UK Business Minister, Pat McFadden, said on the eve of the conference: “It’s fitting for the UK to host the European Inter-parliamentary Space Conference this year. Space contributes some £6.5bn a year and this figure is forecast to grow by around five per cent every year until 2020.

“Our priorities in this area are closely linked with the rest of Europe and we have a very strong track record of fruitful co-operation, which looks set to continue.”
Chairman of the EISC and co-chairman of the PSC Ian Taylor MP said he was delighted the UK was hosting the event:

“The EISC plays a vital role. This is our platform to debate amongst Parliamentarians from the leading nations in Europe what direction we want Europe to take in Space.”

The conference is sponsored by the British National Space Centre and hosted by the UK Parliamentary Space Committee (PSC).

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