ESA-SGAC event at Paris Air Show

Paris, 22 June 2017

Locations: Observatoire de Paris (morning) - ESA forum of the Salon du Bourget (afternoon)  


The 52nd International Paris Air show will take place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions on June 19th to 25th, 2017. Once again, this event will bring together all global players of aerospace industry and give them the opportunity to showcase their technological expertise, while allowing visitors to discover the latest innovations.

For this occasion, the European Space Agency (ESA) will organize on June 22nd, 2017 two discussion sessions on space exploration with astronomers, scientists and researchers. Young professionals from ESA and SGAC are invited to join these discussions and present their expertise in front of an audience. 

The programme is as follows:

  • The morning session will be hosted at the Observatoire de Paris (Station Denfert-Rochereau in Paris).

  • The afternoon session will be hosted at the ESA forum of the Salon du Bourget.  ESA Director General Jan Woerner will attend the discussions and will present the latest/ current status about the Moon Village.

  • At the end of the day, a SGAC dinner will take place in Paris downtown (location TBD). All SGAC members are welcomes to attend this event at their own cost.

You are welcome to attend the full day or only the afternoon session.

SGAC is looking for young professionals for this event. Don’t miss the chance to interact with space exploration experts as well as the future generation of European space professionals.

Event participants will receive free invitations to the Salon du Bourget courtesy of ESA.

Deadline for applications: 25 May 2017


Why should I apply?

This event will enable you to:

  • Discuss human aspects and future technologies for space exploration with experts

  • Present to top researchers and scientists in the field and the general public. These presentations will be followed by further discussions with the audience.


What is my role at the event?

Depending on whether you register for the full day event, or only to the afternoon session, you should expect different responsibilities.


Morning at the Observatoire de Paris (Denfert-Rochereau):

  • Present your point of view on the following problem:

    How to bring cargo to the Moon and Mars with current space transportation technologies (e.g. SpaceX, Blue Origin, Ariane 6...)?
  • Address the following criteria:

    • Mass and volumes of cargo to be transported (to the Moon/Mars surface, or into a Moon/Mars orbit)

    • Panorama and evolution of these transportation means until 2030

  • The duration of the presentation is 10-15 min

  • The format for the presentation can be slides (no more than 10), a poster or any other creative format of presentation


Afternoon at the ESA forum of the Salon du Bourget:

This session will be mostly dedicated to discussions and exchanges between experienced scientists and young professionals in English. As part of a discussion, you will:

  • Present a short introduction to a topic of your choice to open for discussion. This presentation will be a short elevator speech in English on the theme: “Space for our future”

  • Address one of the aspects of the exploration to the Moon and Mars, e.g. commercial, science, technology, business, policy

  • The presentation should be 3 and 5 minutes long

  • You are free to propose a format for your presentation: slides, poster, ignite presentation,etc. So be creative!


Am I eligible to apply?

If you are a space exploration enthusiast (particularly Moon and Mars exploration), willing to discuss openly in front of an audience of scientists and engineers, and are creative, then you can apply!


How to apply

To apply, fill in the google form no later than 25 May 2017 with the following:

  • Your resume (in the form of Linkedin link)

  • Indicate if you would like to attend the full day event or only the afternoon session:

  • For the morning session : 300-words abstract answering the following question : “How to bring cargo to the Moon and Mars with current space transportation technologies?“

  • For the afternoon session : 150-words abstract on the thematic “Space for our future”

  • Indicate the format you have chosen for your presentation

  • Final presentations will have to be made available by the 18th of June 2017.

Note: Presentations are to be prepared in English; discussions will take place in English too.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The number of participants is limited, so only complete applications will be considered.

Apply Here!


Application Timeline

  • Application open: 5 May 2017
  • Application close: 25 May 2017
  • Review of applications25 May-31 May

  • Announcement of results: 02 June 2017

  • Presentation Submissions: 18 June 2017


Flights and Accommodations

Flight displacement to join the event as well as your accommodation in Paris will be at your own cost. Bus transportation between the morning and afternoon sessions will be provided by organisers.


About Moon Village

To learn more about the moon village please see below:



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