Sustainability and diplomacy in the spotlight at the 6th edition of the New Space Atlantic Summit

Annual summit of the Portuguese Space Agency gathers, again, the national and international space ecosystem, this time in Lisbon, in May.

The New Space Atlantic Summit, the annual conference organised by the Portuguese Space Agency, is back. In its sixth edition, the event maintains the focus on sustainability but looks at cooperation between nations as a tool for peace and articulation in what concerns Space. Under the theme “A Global Effort for Space Sustainability”, the 2023 edition of the New Space Atlantic Summit is scheduled for 10 May, at the premises of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), in Lisbon.

Ricardo Conde, President of the Portuguese Space Agency, notes that “the theme of sustainability is present since day zero in all activities developed” by the agency. “Last year, we adopted the motto A Sustainable Space for a Sustainable Earth and this was, also, the theme of the 2022 edition of the New Space Atlantic Summit, which we took to Aveiro. This year, we continue to prioritise this search for sustainable solutions, but we look at it through diplomacy,” he contextualises.

The conference, of free access, but registration is mandatory, will have a handful of sessions, “which will broaden the spectrum about the notion of Space as a diplomatic tool”, explains Hugo Costa, Executive Director of the Portuguese Space Agency. “We will count on the presence of several national and international specialists”, he adds, mentioning that this year’s conference will be the moment to unveil some novelties that “will contribute significantly to Portugal’s affirmation in the international space sector” and “will potential new opportunities”.

Confirmed are the sessions on “Management and Sustainability of Space Activities”, “How can Earth Observation contribute to a joint management of resources?”, “Space as a tool for socio-economic development in the CPLP”, “Sustainability Policies and Investment in Space” and also “Space as an Educational Tool”. As usual, the sessions will be interspersed with presentations by special guests from the Portuguese Space Agency.

Consult the agenda here.

Portugal Space
23 of March, 2023