The European Space Agency organised the first citizens' consultation about space

The Citizens' Debate on Space for Europe is a unique - indeed the first - consultation organised in every member state of the European Space Agency (ESA). Over 1600 citizens selected to reflect the socio-demographic diversity of their country debated space issues during a day-long meeting. In order to consolidate the 22 national results reports into one European report, all debates followed the same instructions and the same set of questions has been answered.

The European Space Agency organised 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.

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The Debate

On 10 September 2016, about 50 to 120 citizens gathered in a city of each ESA member state with a common objective: debating about science, space exploration or space debris management.
In a friendly atmosphere, they discussed these issues to draw a citizen vision of space and to define the priorities for the future of space activities as they see it. An enriching day in every of the 22 ESA member states where the debate was organised on the same day, following exactly the same method. Public figures joined to witness the debates and encourage the participants.

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The results

You can consult on the website all the results of the multiple-choice questions (quantitative results) for Europe and country per country.
You can also use filters to consult the results. The filters concern categories of age, gender, occupation or the level of knowledge about space declared by the participants.

Due to a technical issue, UK results are only partial.
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You want to organise a "replica debate" in your school, your club, your university…

The documents used during the debate are available in all the languages of the 22 ESA member states.

We invite you to download the magazine, the videos and the presentation of the debate and use it to organise your own debate or as information material. Also available: a guide to organise your own debate.



Citizens' debate main steps