Drawing on the good experience of the European Centre for Space Law, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher established in 2022 the European Centre for Space Economy and Commerce (ECSECO).
The main objective of ECSECO is to provide a European platform for interdisciplinary discussions and research on space economy and commerce. Interdisciplinarity lies at the heart of ECSECO. Consequently, ECSECO connects individuals from various professional backgrounds, inter alia, economists, businesspeople, engineers, scientists and lawyers from the private sector, public institutions, international organisations and academia. By joining ECSECO you will become a part of a vibrant community which fosters European collaboration towards the further development of the space sector.
According to the Charter, the main objectives of ECSECO are:
- To promote the development of space economy and commerce in Europe.
- To encourage interdisciplinary exchanges (between economists, businesspeople, engineers, scientists and lawyers).
- To encourage research on certain topics related to space economy and commerce (with both academia and the private sector).
- To provide for exchange of information and ideas (through the organisation of colloquia and by the dissemination of information).
Become a member
Join the interdisciplinary network which connects individuals from the private sector, public institutions, international organisations and academia. By joining ECSECO you will become a part of a vibrant community which fosters European collaboration toward the further development of the space sector.
Pillars of ECSECO
Create a unique community
An exclusive platform for ECSECO members
Engage in interdisciplinary networking
Regular events to engage with the community
Regular information about the latest developments
Contribute to space economy and commerce research
Collaboration with experts from different backgrounds
Attend exlusive events
Conferences, practitioners days and more
Participate in working groups & studies
Meetings and dedicated workshops
Identify and anticipate trends
Analysis of space economy and commerce facts
Influence the development of the sector
Elaboration of joint positions and recommendations
Provide inputs to European decision-makers
Outreach towards public and private stakeholders
Mentor the next generation
Mentoring program for students and young professionals
Assess innovative ideas and projects
Jury based competitions and contests
Share expertise, train and educate
Summer schools, workshops, etc.
Secretariat and other organs
The Secretariat of ECSECO is managed by the European Space Agency (ESA) with support from the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) and is hosted in the premises of the Institute in Vienna, Austria.
A General Meeting of members is convened every three years. At the General Meeting, the members examine the orientation of the Centre’s activities and questions related to the future of the Centre, and elect the members of the Board.
The Board oversees and assists in the running of the Centre, proposes themes for research and workshops, and takes other steps necessary to achieve the aims of the Centre.
ECSECO will offer a wide range of activities such as workshops, networking events, working groups, collaborative research, competitions and many more. Activities of ECSECO are subject to the decisions of the Board and draw on the expertise of the members. The list is open and members are invited to put forward new initiatives!