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ECSITE Space Group

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The ECSITE Space Group was formed in 2012 and aims at improving and extending communication about space by helping specialized science centres and space professionals to work together with non-specialists and develop collaborative projects and events.

The Space Group offers opportunities to share experience, expertise, knowledge, and tools.
For Europe’s main space actors like the European Space Agency (ESA), national space agencies, industries, research institutions, and academia, the Space Group offers the possibility to build close collaborations with science communication professionals. The group benefits from the already established European networks of Ecsite and the European Space network of ESA and its member states.

Workshop at the Museum - November 3-4, 2015

The Ecsite Space Group Annual Meeting was hosted this year at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, Italy, last 3 and 4 November.
One of the goals of the Group, that includes today more than 80 institutions, is to exchange and design collaborative projects to better share European space activities with the general public. By bringing together representatives of museums, science centres, Ecsite and ESA, the Annual Meeting aimed to discuss:

  • the next steps of the collaborative projects around the theme “Space for life”;
  • the updating of the kit developed for the ESA-Ecsite campaign “Hook up with Rosetta”;
  • the contribution at the next Ecsite Annual Conference “The Colour of Cooperation”, in Graz, from 7 to 11 June 2016.

Collaborative projects 2016 to 2018

Following the conclusions of the workshop in Trento, according to the feasibility study carried out by Ecsite, and in line with activities of the leaders and with the next ESA milestones in the field of human spaceflight, solar system exploration and Earth observation; representatives of science centres and museums agreed to develop one collaborative project for year with the following timeline :

  • 2016, The International Space Station: living and working in space; led by Cite de l’Espace, Toulouse, France; Tycho Brahe planetarium, Copenhagen, Denmark. Format of the kit: exhibition panel.
  • 2017, Is there life out there?; led by the Science Museum Principe Felipe of Valencia, Spain. Format of the kit: educational project related to ExoMars mission.
  • 2018, Climate change: Monitoring the atmosphere and oceans from space; led by Ciencia Viva, Lisbon, Portugal.

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