Europe’s Next Space Generation at Universidad Europea

This event is part of European Space Talks, a pioneering awareness campaign inviting the space community to share their space projects and related benefits with our citizens. 

ESA is proposing a digital Space Talk dedicated to the next generation. Students around Europe, and beyond, will remotely connect and debate about future Space activities that will be discussed at the upcoming Space19+, the ESA meeting at ministerial level. 

Europe’s Next Space Generation is organised by ESA in collaboration with HEC Business School and ESTACA Engineering School, in Paris, France. ESA invites all Universities with a Space curriculum to remotely connect with Paris, where almost 2000 Aerospace students will be attending. 

The programme is interactive and full of surprises. The opening starts at 18:00 and will be broadcasted live, followed by an open debate. Participants will also connect live with ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano, during the Beyond mission on the International Space Station. An on-line voting to collect the students’ views and produce a set of recommendations that will be presented to European Ministers at Space19+, in Seville, Spain, next 27 – 28 November 2019 will conclude the evening. 

First class ambassadors 

For centuries, space has been a source of questioning. Astronauts are at the very heart of space issues. They are the most qualified speakers to address a space themed event. Claudie Haigneré & Thomas Pesquet will share their knowledge about exploration. During the evening, they will share their own experience and take part in a debate on the future of space activity in Europe. 

Where and When

Date 8 October 2019

Time 18:00 – 20:00

We will connecting  from C-218 (C-Building, at Villaviciosa Campus, UEM)  (TBC) to the live stream from HEC Hall of Honour, Paris, France


18.00 – 19.00, Live Broadcast from Paris to European universities 

The first part of the evening will feature European astronaut Thomas Pesquet who will share his views and experience to all European Universities through a livestream system. Thomas’s presentation will be followed by a message from the International Space Station Commander Luca Parmitano, one of his fellow classmates from the ESA astronaut selection in 2009. 

19.00 – 20.00, Space Talk debates 

University Faculty members are invited to moderate a debate about the topics discussed with their students with the students. The objective is to create interaction leading to an on-line feedback of all students participating about themes and projects they wish to work on in the future to shape their own future.


The event will moderated by Dr. Julio Gallegos, Space Vehicles Professor at the Department of Aerospace and Industrial Engineering, Universidad Europea.