Press Release – 'Let’s embrace space' for growth, innovation and sustainability in the EU
16.11.2012, 15:46 (CET)
The great potential of space research for the future of the EU and its citizens was reiterated at a two-day space conference which took place between November 15 and 16 in Larnaca. The Second Framework Programme 7 (2nd FP7) Space Conference, entitled “Let’s embrace Space”, was organised by the European Commission under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency. The conference was geared at enhancing awareness among policy makers, scientists and journalists on the results of the Programme, while highlighting the important role of space research in achieving a sustainable future for the EU.

The Conference provided a forum for fruitful discussions among relevant stakeholders on the future options of the European space research and its potential to help the EU achieve its targets of growth, innovation and sustainability.

Space research: essential to the EU's future

Cyprus’ Communications and Works Minister, Mr. Efthemios Flourentzou, who welcomed participants on Wednesday, November 14, stressed that space research was essential and of great importance for the future of the EU.

“A substantial and coherent EU level space research and innovation programme is of the utmost importance. Space research can take us forward in addressing major societal challenges such as in climate change, resource efficiency, transport, citizens’ security, natural and man-made disasters,” emphasised Mr. Flourentzou.

The conference brought together a wide range of relevant stakeholders, including space experts, researchers and industry representatives. Personalities and representatives from European and international space science and research organisations were also present, along with coordinators and members of FP7-funded research projects.

The conference comprised of different workshops geared at showing the evolution and use of space tools for a sustainable economic and environmental development in Europe and internationally.

To this effect, participants examined the suitability of space research in a range of areas, such as environment and climate, sustainable growth and the service of citizens. Discussions at the conference also touched upon the development of new space technology and on exploring the universe and solar system, while the possibility of human habitats in space was also discussed.

The conference ended with a round table discussion, where the future directions in European Space Research were examined.

European Space Expo

An interactive exhibition, entitled ‘European Space Expo’ was also on display in Larnaca at the same time of the conference. The exhibition, which opened on Monday, November 12 and will run until Sunday, November 18, provided an insight into the wide range of satellite applications currently available, with a focus on those provided by EU satellite navigation and Earth observation programmes.

The exhibition’s interactive displays show how satellites and other space applications affect and can further transform our lives. Following its successful appearance in Brussels, Vienna and Larnaca, the European Space Expo exhibition will travel to London in December and to twelve other destinations in 2013.

Head of EU Affairs Unit, Communications Officer
Vassilis Demetriades

Ministry of Communications and Works

Telephone: +357 22800256
Mobile: +357 99459601
Coordinator on Air Transport, Electronic Signatures, EU Space Policy and EU Global Navigation Systems (GNSS), Communications Officer
Konstantina Liperi

Ministry of Communications and Works

Telephone: +357 22800246


15.11.2012 - 16.11.2012