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Media invitation: Information session from ESA’s 315th Council

The ESA Council will hold its 315th session on 22 and 23 March 2023 in the freshly renovated ESA HQ Nikis building in Paris. After a successful Council Meeting at Ministerial Level in 2022 (CM22), further transformation measures and ambitious, new ideas for space exploration will be shared with the media.


On this occasion, the following topics will be shortly presented and discussed with journalists: the implementation steps of the results of CM22, including the transformation of ESA to be fit for the future, the Space Summit planned for November 2023, as well as the public release of certain official ESA documents. Moreover, the final report and recommendations of the “HLAG”, the High Level Advisory Group for Exploration, will be presented and discussed. Further ESA Programme progress reports will be given e. g. on: Earth Observation, Space Safety/Operations, Space Transportation, Planetary Sciences, etc.

ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and ESA Council Chair Anna Rathsman (Sweden) will share the outcome of this ESA Council meeting and of the HLAG report with media in ESA HQ / Nikis, or online via WebEx, on Thursday, 23 March 2023, 13:30 -14:30 CET.

Doors open at 13:00 CET at ESA HQ Nikis - 8-10, rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris, France

As the “High Level Advisory Group” (HLAG) for Human and Robotic Exploration has been working as an independent advisory body, its final report and concrete recommendations will be presented by HLAG members Stefania Giannini, former Minister of Education, University and Research in Italy – tbc – as well as by Cedric O, former Secretary of State for the Digital Sector and former presidential advisor in France. As representative from ESA Member States, Council Chair Anna Rathsman (SWE), is also HLAG member.

Media registration

Media representatives are invited to register by Monday, 20 March 2023, 12 CET the latest for on-site presence in ESA HQ Nikis in Paris - or to receive access codes for the WebEx online session:

The media information session will also be streamed via

Please note that the final HLAG report will be emailed to accredited media, under EMBARGO, in the days before the ESA Council meeting.

Media contacts

For further information, please contact ESA Newsroom and Media Relations Office, Bernhard von Weyhe & coll. – / Tel. +33-1-53697504

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