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13 September 2022

The International Astronautical Congress 2022 (IAC) will be hosted in Paris, France, from Sunday to Thursday, 18-22 September 2022, at the  Paris Convention Centre  (1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris). 

The hosting organisation is the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES). As a key driving force of IAC, ESA is inviting accredited journalists to the following (media) briefings on site. 

Sunday, 18 September – Room Paris South Level 3 - Plenary  

13:45-15:45  Plenary: Heads of Space Agencies

Moderated by Pascale Ehrenfreund, IAF President, and Christian Feichtinger, IAF Executive Director.Panelists are Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director General,  Lisa Campbell, CSA President, Sen. Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, S. Somanath, ISRO Chairman, Yanhua Wu, CNSA Vice Administrator, Hiroshi Yamakawa, JAXA President Welcome remarks by Philippe Baptiste, CNES President.      

15:30-16:15 – Press Auditorium - IAC Press conference

With Heads of Space Agencies 

17:15-18:10 - Global Network Forum (GNF Area)

Round table with ESA Member States on the preparation of the Ministerial Council 2022 (CM22).

Participants include Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director General, Anna Rathsman, ESA Council Chair, Giorgio Saccoccia, ASI President, Walther Pelzer, Head of German Space Agency at DLR, Paul Bate, UK Space Agency CEO and Christophe Venet, Director of European and International affairs at CNES. 

Questions to be addressed: What is new in this Ministerial Council compared to Space19+ three years ago? What are the biggest challenges? What is the link with the Space Summit held in February 2022? How is the political environment impacting UK’s perspective in CM22? What did the war in Ukraine change? How important was Vega C inaugural launch in context of European launchers?

Monday, 19 September – ESA booth – Space Applications Day  

11:45-12:25  ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher meets the press  

Together with ESA Directors Simonetta Cheli (Earth Observation), Elodie Viau (Telecommunications and Integrated Applications), Javier Benedicto (Navigation) and Rolf Densing (Operations and Safety).

ESA’s strategy, Agenda 2025 and the ambitious package that will be put forward at the ESA Ministerial Council in November strongly align with the vision and theme of this year’s IAC, ‘Space for @ll’. From Earth observation to navigation or telecommunications applications, Europe is already increasingly reliant on deeply connected space infrastructure. Our future – smart cities, autonomous transportation, sustainable energy, and intelligent interconnectivity – will rely even more on these. ESA speakers will detail how we can ensure this is achieved in a sustainable, commercially viable and autonomous manner, while providing space solutions to the ongoing climate, energy and food crises.  

Wednesday, 21 September – ESA booth – Human spaceflight Q&A  

13:00-14:00 ESA DG and astronauts meet the press  

Q&A with ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director for Human and Robotic Exploration Dave Parker and the ESA astronaut corps (currently foreseen are Thomas Pesquet, Luca Parmitano, Alexander Gerst, Matthias Maurer at IAC, and Andreas Mogensen remotely from the training site and Samantha Cristoforetti on line from the International Space Station). 

Thursday, 22 September – ESA booth – Telecoms and secure communications in Europe  


New developments in quantum distribution to bring secure communications to Europe. With statements from ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director for Telecommunications Elodie Viau, SES CEO Steve Collar, Head of the German Space Agency Walther Pelzer and CEO of Luxembourg Space Agency Marc Serres. 


Media can get accredited at IAC for free at  

Important notice: although credentialed press can access Technical Sessions as observers, they are forbidden to present papers. 

The media information sessions will be also streamed at . For further information, please contact Bernhard von Weyhe, ESA HQ Paris, Email: ( / – Tel. +33-1-53697504)
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For additional information and interview requests, please contact Bernhard von Weyhe, Senior Media Relations Officer, ESA HQ Paris
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About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space. ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Latvia , Lithuania and Slovenia are Associate Members.

ESA has established formal cooperation with five Member States of the EU : Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta and Slovakia. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

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