The European Space Agency invites you

The Citizens' Debate on Space for Europe is a unique - indeed the first instance of a - consultation organised in every member state of the European Space Agency. Over 2000 citizens selected to reflect the socio-demographic diversity of their country will debate space issues during a day-long meeting. In order to consolidate the 22 national results reports into one European report, all debates will follow the same instructions and answer the same set of questions.
The European Space Agency is organising this debate as it intends to take in new actors to develop its future orientation and nurture its strategy. It is crucial to the Agency to involve more actors, especially citizens, in choices that will respond to societal challenges, put space at their service and impact coming generations through space innovation, exploration and international space cooperation.

Your participation will:

  • Provide a different perspective and original information to decision-makers based on citizens' visions.
  • Enable ESA's high quality, democratic governance to mirror a wider range of public concerns and expectations, and identify possible controversial, unknown or underestimated issues.
  • Increase mutual learning between citizens and ESA.
  • Generate a greater understanding of space issues and build public trust and confidence in ESA's decisions.
And above all, it will be fun and inspiring! You will get to meet and discuss with a small group of people in a friendly atmosphere on fascinating issues.



Registration will be closed on 28 August 2016 at midnight



It is a full day experience and commitment. The debate starts at 9 AM and will be closed at 5 PM.



You will be at the centre of the debate, with other citizens. The golden rule is "speak and listen".


Keep in touch

You will be informed of global and national results and analysis of the debate. Clubs, teachers, NGO's will be invited to replicate the debate.
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The debate's day

Participate on September 10

The debate will be a full day face-to-face meeting involving 100 lay-citizens in each location. During the event, participants will be informed about Space and ESA's mandate and work on general Space issues. Citizens will discuss together in small groups about these topics and then contribute to the future of Space and its implications. They don't need any specific knowledge about space to participate: everyone comes with his or her own experience.


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You want to organise a "replica debate" in your school, your club, your university…

From 10 September, all the material to organise a debate will be available online to download. You will have the opportunity to inform ESA of this event.

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