Press Release

Call for Media: ESA Director General’s overview of ESA activities

By SpaceRef Editor
December 14, 2016
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On Wednesday, 18 January, ESA Director General Jan Woerner will meet the media for the traditional press breakfast to provide an overview of ESA’s achievements in 2016 and the opportunities ahead in 2017. The briefing will take place at ESA headquarters.

A background briefing on the Small Geostationary Platform (SmallGEO, will follow (see upcoming ESA PR 52-2016).

Further information
For more information and dates of activities, ESA Media Relations is updating the Media Calendar and list of official dates for upcoming launches. Both are available on the dedicated media site on ESA’s Internet portal:

An overview of the main events in 2017 will also be published before the press conference as ESA PR 1-2017.

The news conference will be livestreamed at Media and the public may ask questions during the briefing on Twitter using the hashtag #askESADG or by tweeting to @janwoerner

All times in CET

08:30-Doors open
09:00-Briefing by the Director General, followed by interview opportunities
11:00-End of the session.
11:30-Start of SmallGEO briefing (see ESA PR 52-2016)

The press conference will take place at ESA headquarters: 8 rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris, France.
Media representatives wishing to attend are requested to register at:

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with six other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with EUMETSAT for the development of meteorological missions.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. ESA also has a strong applications programme developing services in the Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications domain.

Learn more about ESA at 

For further information, please contact:
ESA Media Relations Office
Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99
Email: [email protected]

SpaceRef staff editor.