we invite 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 1600 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.

This consultation on unprecedented scale is organised by Missions Publiques, a company specialised in citizen participation, with 20 partners, on behalf of ESA. ESA 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, almost 100 citizens from across Ireland and Cork came with a common objective: debating about science, space exploration or space debris management in a fun, and inclusive approach. The Camden Palace Hotel Community Arts Centre aims to facilitate communities and individuals to create and achieve projects such as the ESA Citizens Debate on Space. The Debate was a wonderful challenge to bring people from different backgrounds to discuss issues and thoughts about Europe's Space programme that was productive in giving voice to citizens from outside the ESA. That was enriching, and will be a step in creating a more inclusive organization that can be better designed to the objectives of its citizens.

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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.

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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.

You do not need any specific knowledge about space to participate: everyone comes with his or her own experience.

Participation is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

Citizens' debate main steps