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.


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 the 4 September 2016 at 23:00



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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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

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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.