European Space Week in Helsinki on 3–5 December 2019

EU2019FIMinistry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentMinistry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 18.11.2019 10.58
Press release

The European Space Week, held in Helsinki on 3–5 December, is the largest event for European space programmes in 2019. It brings together companies, research organisations, policy-makers, international experts and the space application user community from across Europe.

The event will present the latest achievements of the European Union’s space programmes Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo and the new opportunities created by the transformation of the space sector (the New Space Economy). The main topics, panel discussions, networking events, business presentations and exhibitions will show how space solutions can contribute to sustainable growth and a sustainable future.

The main themes of this year’s European Space Week are:

  1. how space solutions can support climate action
  2. a new space economy for sustainable growth
  3. a sustainable space economy
  4. space solutions for a sustainable Arctic.

Organised by the European Commission, the European Space Week is a side event of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The event takes place at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3–5 December 2019. It is organised in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), the European GNSS Agency (GSA), AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Traficom Finnish Transport- and Communications  Agency, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space. See the full list of the event partners here.

The European Space Week plenary session will be opened by President Tarja Halonen. The first panel session brings together Directors-General from the European Commission, ESA, the French government space agency CNES, GSA, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute to discuss how space solutions can help combat climate change.

Other keynote speakers include CEO Hasan Malik from Cloud Asset Oy, CSO and Co-Founder Pekka Laurila from Iceye, Professor Minna Palmroth from the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space, Vice President Regulatory Affairs Ruth Pritchard-Kelly from OneWeb and Director Jouni Pulliainen from the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The concluding address will be given by Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni. The panellists are leading experts from the business and research sectors. See all of the event’s speakers here.

Register for the European Space Week event before 1 December.

Anyone interested in the European space programmes is welcome to follow the event. If you wish to attend the event, please register before 1 December 2019 at Journalists must also register for the event via the registration link.

Follow and comment on the event on social media

You can also follow the European Space Week on social media. The Twitter hashtag is #EUSW2019. The event will also be featured on the website as well as on the social media channels of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: @TEM_uutiset on Twitter and @tyojaelinkeinoministerio on Instagram.


Maija Lönnqvist, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 50 331 3791
Tuija Ypyä, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 50 431 6510
Janne Mänttäri, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Transport and Communication, tel. +358 40 069 3544
Johanna Keskitalo, Communications Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 50 438 3692