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European Space Agency visit focuses on Sweden’s space industry


The focus will be on the Swedish space industry as State Secretary Karin Röding and a Swedish business delegation visit the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands on Thursday 7 December.

The aim of the visit is to meet ESA representatives, study the facilities, gather information about planned research programmes and discuss business and cooperation opportunities for Swedish businesses in the space industry. In connection with the visit, Ms Röding will also meet Franco Ongaro, Head of the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).

"The space industry is very important to Sweden, and we have huge expertise in this area. Naturally, we want to strengthen our cooperation and form closer contacts with the ESA so as to identify future cooperation opportunities for Sweden's space industry. The visit is also an important opportunity to see and learn more about current space research, and to highlight the contribution that Swedish research can make," says Ms Röding.

This visit is part of a broader initiative on the theme Capturing European Space Opportunities being pursued in 2017 by Business Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in the Netherlands, along with ESA Business Incubation Centre Sweden, the Swedish National Space Board, Arctic Business Incubator, Uppsala Innovation Centre, Innovatum and the ESA. The visit was preceded by a number of information activities in Sweden about the ESA and the opportunities available to Swedish businesses in the space industry. The initiative is also intended to link up the Swedish space industry with key European actors in the space sector to discuss future cooperation, business and innovation funding opportunities.


Jens Petersen
Press Secretary to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00