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STATE OF EUROPE, INCL SESSIONS ON SPACE (Friends of Europe), Oct 14, 2021, Brussels/virtual

On October 14, 2021, the European think tank Friends of Europe will hold the next in its “State of Europe” series.

The day-long hybrid event, “State of Europe–The Festival of Politics and Ideas: A New Renaissance,” includes two space-related sessions from 11:30-13:00 CEST (5:30 – 7:00 am EDT).  The on-person venue is Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium, but the sessions are also online.

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will speak from 11:30-11:45 CEST (5:30-5:45 am EDT) on “A Journey Around the Earth, Our Common Starship.”

A panel on “The Race to Space” runs from 11:45-13:00 CEST (5:45-7:00 am EDT) with the following participants:

  • Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Susmita Mohanty, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Earth2Orbit
  • Masami Onoda, Director of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Washington
  • Anna Rathsman, Director-General of the Swedish National Space Agency
  • Dharmendra Kanani, Director, Asia, Peace, Security & Defense, Digital & Chief spokesperson, Moderator

More information and links to watch virtually are on the event’s website.


October 14
5:30 am - 11:00 pm