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Under the auspices of the 2016 Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU, the fourth successful edition of European Space Solutions took place in The Hague from 30 May 3 June 2016 at the World Forum Convention Centre. This major 5-day conference brought together business and the public sector with users and developers of space-based solutions.

The 2016 European Space Solutions event featured:

  • 2.5 days of plenary sessions
  • 3 days of business-driven events
  • Over 125 speakers
  • 1,865 registered participants
  • 1,481 attending participants
  • 54 stands representing SMEs & success stories
  • 26 side events
  • 3 evening networking events
  • 6 topic-specific sessions
  • 3 press events
  • The 'Bring Space to Earth' gallery and exhibition




Key Facts

Inspiration from over 125 speakers from international industry, research, and institutional entities

Topics included Agriculture & Food, Water, Smart Mobility, Climate Change & Environment, Health & Safety, and Energy

More than professional networking with 1,481 attending participants from across Europe and beyond

Discovering the latest applications of Earth observation and satellite navigation

Meeting entrepreneurs, start-ups, industry leaders, space stakeholders, investors, researchers, and policy makers

programme outline

Tuesday, 31 May

  • European space policy focus
    A gathering of leaders from the public sector and industry discuss how space serves as a powerful tool in tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.

  • Opening of European Space Solutions exhibition
    For the first time, European Space Solutions will feature a hands-on showcase of over 50 innovative space applications, technology solutions and cutting-edge research results from across Europe, including a special focus on space applications in The Netherlands.

Tuesday, 31 May Friday, 3 June


Top speakers from politics, society, and industry will take the stage over the event's five days to talk about how innovative space solutions are addressing todays' tough challenges and fuelling economic growth.

André Kuipers
ESA Astronaut

Henk Kamp
Minister of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands

Elżbieta Bieńkowska
European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Dirk Smit
Vice President Exploration Technology & Chief Scientist Geophysics, Shell

Jean-Yves Le Gall
President, French Space Agency (CNES)

Carlo des Dorides
Executive Director, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Melanie Schultz van Haegen
Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

Pieter Geelen
Co-Founder and Director of Software Development, TomTom NV

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
Member of European Parliament

Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Director-General of the European Space Agency (ESA)

Robbie Schingler
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Planet Labs

Roberto Battiston
President, Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Alain Ratier
Director-General, EUMETSAT

Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chair of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Monika Hohlmeier
Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Sky and Space Group

Jorge Domecq
Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (EDA)

Alain Le Roy
Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS)

Karthik Ranjan
Director Healthcare & Emerging Technologies, ARM

Sharon Dijksma
Minister for the Environment, The Netherlands

focus sessions

Agriculture & Food

Discover a wide range of real-world cases and discuss the benefits of cutting-edge space applications for agricultural producers
Smart Mobility

Follow the debate on state-of-the-art solutions and future trends in road and traffic management, and learn how to benefit from space innovations
Climate Change & Environment

Explore future opportunities in space-based observations and experience the tight integration with traditional ground-based measurements
Health & Safety

Get examples of existing and future applications and hear first-hand about space innovations meeting the needs of an ageing society

Share experiences with energy professionals and discuss the latest trends and challenges in environmental, sociological, and economic matters
River Deltas of the World

Discover state-of-the-art technology, share best practices, and discuss opportunities for future space applications in delta environments

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