Meet ESA, the space agency for Europe

You, together with your 500 million fellow citizens from ESA's 20 European member nations, are the collective owners of one of the world's leading space agencies. The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation, a cooperative coming together of its Member States in their national interest and common good. This new video offers a quick introduction: Europe, meet ESA.

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Video replay of presentations

Relive the ISS Symposium and watch the presentations you may have missed.

In addition to the speaker slides all presentations and round tables discussions can be now be seen on video.

Highlights include the round table discussion with ISS partner heads, presentations on AMS-02, plasma healing, space clocks, biotechnology and the closing remarks by NASA administrator Charles Bolden or ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations Thomas Reiter.

A complete list of videos is available here or search the ISS symposium 2012 site by subject or speaker. 

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ISS Utilisation Exhibition

 The ISS Symposium 2012 was a unique occasion to share scientific research from the Space Station. A showcase of these results could be seen in the ‘ISS Utilisation Exhibition’ at the symposium.

The exhibit gave basic information on experiments conducted in the orbital outpost, leading to spin-offs for the benefit of people on Earth. Industry presented their state-of-the-art products and technologies based on Station research.

The exhibition was divided into five themes with examples of experiments and products for each theme:

  •  Non-invasive medical diagnostics: 3D Eye Tracking Device, HealthLab, ThermoLab, Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), Galileo Vibration Trainer, Long Term Medical Survey (LTMS), Hand Grip Dynamometer.
  • Biomedicine: CAMDASS, Portable Pulmonary Functioning System (PPFS), Robotized Tele-echography, Human Respiratory Analyses (FIPEX), Bone and muscle modelling, Flywheel technology.
  • Exobiology & Space Environment: Expose, Matroshka, Solar.
  • Material Science: Geoflow, X-Ray diagnostics, Blades & Foams, FOAM-C.
  • Biology: KI Biology Experiment Hardware, European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS), Plasma Crystak & Plasma Medicine.

You can download a summary of the exhibition in pdf or visit the exhibit through this visual tour:

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

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ISS Symposium 2012 summary

Three days were devoted to research benefits of the International Space Station (ISS) and its future at the first ISS symposium in Berlin 2-4 May. Many impressive results were presented and the message was clear:  scientific research on the Space Station is increasing our knowledge of the world and creating tangible benefits for humankind - right now. This is only the beginning because the Space Station will continue to operate for at least eight more years as the only permanent weightless laboratory available to scientists. Nobody knows exactly what results the Station will produce but the future is promising.

ISS director for NASA Mark Uhran said in his presentation that many people underestimate building and maintaining a large Space Station. “It is surely as big a challenge as building the pyramids in Egypt but fortunately it did not take as long” he said. Space Station construction completed in 2010 allowing more time to be spent on research. In only two years of normal operation the results are remarkable.

Highlights of the symposium and research results cover fundamental science as well as industrial, medical and consumer applications.

Science for the benefit of humankind

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Berlin at night

Seen first on the opening day of the ISS Symposium 2012 the image of Berlin by ESA astronaut André Kuipers is now available for download. Can you spot the conference location?

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ISS Symposium 2012: Day 3 highlights

The ISS Symposium 2012 is finished. The third and last day of the ISS Symposium 2012 ended with wrap-up sessions, followed by a press conference in which the Heads (or delegates) of the five International Space Station partner agencies discussed the future of the Station and the challenges ahead.

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It was an amazing conference with much to reflect on.

Presentation slides of most speakers on day 3 will be online next week.

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Presentation slides available

That concludes the ISS Symposium 2012. A replay of highlights will be available next week.

Presentation slides are available for many speakers of day 1 and 2 and have been added to their summary post.

Use the programme page and search function to find the right presentation.

You can also download a ZIP archive of all presentation PDF files here.

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Press conference with Heads of Agencies/representatives

Heads or top representatives from ISS agencies respond to press

  • Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General
  • Charles F. Bolden, Jr., NASA Administrator
  • Alexey Krasnov, Director of Human Spaceflight Programme, Roscosmos
  • Kiyoshi Higuchi, Vice President JAXA
  • Gilles Leclerc, Director General for Space Exploration, CSA
  • Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight & Operations

Thomas Reiter: It was a very successful conference with fantastic achievements shown. Having been involved in some of the experiments it is very rewarding to see the results. The transition from the assembly phase to the operational phase is complete and we are now operating in 'routine' mode. Continue reading

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Browse our photos

Photos now in the ESA Flickr channel.

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Post-symposium press conference now in progress

Symposium participants meet the press in Berlin.

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