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February 27 – March 4, 2012 / Vol 31, No 9 / Hawai`i Island, USA

24 Feb 2012, 01:36 UTC
February 27 – March 4, 2012 / Vol 31, No 9 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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SpaceEU 2012 Advancing Europe Space Initiatives, International Partnerships

Nearly 500 space entrepreneurs, researchers and scientists from 38 countries will converge at the 1st ‘SpaceEU 2012’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium on February 28-29. The free event is organized by COSMOS, a network under the European Commission (EU) 7th Framework Program (FP7) for Research. Participants will focus on this year’s theme, ‘Understanding, Matchmaking, Global Bridging,’ and will be able to meet potential research and business partners in face-to-face ‘Brokerage Sessions.’ So far, 385 Brokerage Sessions are scheduled to take place involving 178 participants. EU Deputy Director Paul Weissenberg will open the event. An overview of EU and ESA space activities will be given, including the latest updates on the global navigation satellite system, Galileo, and the new Europe ‘Horizon 2020 for Research and Renovation’ space initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The new €80-Billion EU program will be part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe, with focus on space related activities. The initiative is set to begin Jan 1, 2014 and end in 2020. (Image Credit: EU, ESA)
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