Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service.
He was previously scientific adviser and foresight coordinator at the European Commission (2012-14) in the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to the President. He worked in the Space Policy Unit at the European Commission from 2009-12. Before that he was programme manager at the European Space Agency. He also has a military background as auditor at the National Institute of Higher Defence Studies (IHEDN) in Paris
He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing to this blog during his visit to Concordia:
Concordia location. Credits: ESA
A long awaited message came in last week: the official confirmation from the French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV) to invite me to be part of an incredible expedition to the most remote place on earth: the French-Italian Concordia Station. It is a research base located 1100 km inland in the middle of the Antarctic plateau at 3200 m altitude, called Dome C. I am really excited! It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Actually, this opportunity came about already 10 years ago, as a VIP ...