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The 23rd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research is organised and sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB).

The symposium programme will be defined by the Programme Committee, which is composed of experts from ESA and member states of the Esrange and Andøya Special Project (EASP) Agreement, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden.


Purpose of the symposium

This symposium will be the 23rd in a series of conferences started in 1973 by the Member states of EASP, in order to provide a discussion forum for scientists and engineers using sounding rockets and balloons for basic and technical research, education as well as other applications. The programme of the Symposium also includes related research by means of ground-based, aircraft and satellite instruments as well as new technical developments within rocket and balloon systems and instrumentation and ranges facilities.

The symposium participants will be given the opportunity for reporting both on their latest achievements and on plans for the future in the various scientificand technical fields. These symposia are also widely recognised meetings for efficient communication amongst scientists, representatives of various space agencies, engineers, project managers, range personnel and administrators, and thereby have become the starting point for intensified collaboration.

New trends and latest developments in the use of soundings rockets and balloons for scientific research will be highlighted in this symposium. This will facilitate the establishment of a strategic and lasting roadmap towards the future progress of these activities.

In recent years, the symposium has also covered Space Education, which have attracted an ever increasing and young audience and space players involved in education activities.

A number of invited speakers will present the state of scientific and technical knowledge in fields of specific interests. Submitted papers will be selected either for oral or poster presentations, based on preference of the authors and programme constraints.

All poster presenters will be given a possibility of a short oral introduction to the poster during a dedicated “speed session”. During the Symposium, there will be opportunities for special project meetings and working group discussions.

The Proceedings of the Symposium will be published by ESA’s Publication Office and distributed to all participants approximately three months after the Symposium.


General topics

  • National Reports (EASP member states and invited reports)
  • (New) Techniques and Instrumentation for Rocket and Balloon (incl. Range Facilities)
  • Space-related Education
  • New Trends and latest Developments in the use of Sounding Rockets and Balloons for Scientific Research
  • Combined in-situ, Ground-based and Satellite Projects related to Sounding Rockets and Balloons Activities.


Scientific topics

  • Astrophysics, Astronomy and Cosmology
  • Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
  • Ionosphere and Magnetosphere
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Application in Space
  • Space Weather Impacts on the Earth Atmosphere



  • Ranges
  • Agencies
  • Companies


During the Symposium, there will be an exhibition area available to display and demonstrate hardware and software, service systems for Balloons and Sounding Rockets, experiment hardware, new technologies, diagnostic tools, measurement systems etc.


Symposium keynote speakers

More information on invited speakers and keynote lectures will be available at a later stage.



Facilities for holding small meetings and working group discussions will be available. Please contact the ESA/PAC secretariat to make the necessary reservations.

Location & logistics


The Symposium will be held at the Visby Strand Congress and Event (link to website) in Visby, located in Gotland, which is largest island in Sweden.




A former Viking site on the island of Gotland, Visby was the main centre of the Hanseatic League in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. Many traders sailed to Visby port during this period and the impressive St Mary’s Cathedral was originally built by German traders. Visby with its 13th-century ramparts and more than 200 warehouses and wealthy merchants’ dwellings from the same period along with its narrow cobbled streets make it the best-preserved fortified commercial city in northern Europe. Today, Visby, the City of Roses and Ruins, is a living world heritage site with active city life, especially in summer, with many of its inhabitants still living and working in the beautiful, old buildings. The Gotland island has also a rich tradition of arts and crafts, especially ceramics, wool, sheepskin and leather goods. Visby is also known as the most restaurant-intensive city in Sweden.



Visby can be reached from Stockholm Arlanda and Bromma airports in 40 minutes by plane or in about 3 hours by ferry from the mainland of Sweden.

Further details about transportation will be provided in the Second Announcement.



Hotels in different price ranges, all in walking distance of the Conference Center, have been pre-booked by the Local Organising Committee

More information regarding hotels and negotiated rates will be provided later on.


For students

More information specific to students regarding accommodation and sponsorship will provided on this page at a later stage.



Social Events (covered by registration fee)

A Welcome aperitif will be offered on Sunday 11 June, during registration.

There will be a “Ranges Night” offered by DLR-MORABA, ASC and SSC during the Symposium, where participants will have the possibility to share life experiences of Andøya Space Center and Esrange, and their operating companies.

A Closing dinner will be offered on Thursday 15 June, at the end of the Symposium.


Optional Excursions

Different excursions will be organised on Wednesday 14 June in the afternoon.

Participants will make their selection, subject to availability, during registration through the ESA’s website.


More information regarding social events and excursions will be published on the website at a later stage.



16 Sep Deadline for Notification of Interest



27 Jan Abstracts submission deadline
15 Mar Notification of Acceptance to authors
Issue of preliminary programme
1 Apr Last day “early bird’ registration
1 Apr Hotel reservation deadline
11-15 Jun 23rd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research
15 Aug Paper submission deadline
Oct Publication of Symposium Proceedings
Notification of Interest


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Symposium Programme Committee


K. Dannenberg – SNSB (Sweden)


K. Boen – ASC (Norway)
V. Dubourg – CNES (France)
M. Egli – HSLU (Switzerland)
F.J. Lübken – IAP Kühlungsborn (Germany)
J. Moen – University of Oslo (Norway)
M. Pearce – KTH (Sweden)
M. Viertotak – SSC (Sweden)
A. Verga – ESA (The Netherlands)


Local Organising Committee


S. Kemi – SSC (Sweden)


U. Emmot – SSC (Sweden)
A-K. Grenevall – SSC (Sweden)
M-P. Havinga – ESA (The Netherlands)
L. Poromaa – SSC (Sweden)





Ms Marie-Pierre Havinga

ESA/ESTEC – Postbus 299 – 2200 AG Noordwijk – The Netherlands

T: +31.71.5653365   M: +31.6.55873079   F: +31.71.5653042



Symposium email: pac@esa.int


Any question regarding the local organisation shall be addressed to Mr Stig Kemi.



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