The Space Group aims at improving and extending communication about space by helping specialized science centres and space professionals to work together with non-specialists and develop collaborative projects and events.
Joining Ecsite’s Space Group means getting closer to space professionals and science centres willing to communicate about space. It also allows to be better informed about space news, programs, and discoveries. The Space Group offers opportunities to share experience, expertise, knowledge, and tools.
For Europe’s main space actors like the European Space Agency (ESA), national space agencies, industries, research institutions, and academia, the Space Group offers the possibility to build close collaborations with science communication professionals. The group benefits from the already established European networks of Ecsite and the European Space network of ESA and its member states.
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Previous issues of the Space Group newsletter are available here.
Hook-up with Rosetta campaign - UPDATED
The Ecsite Space group, with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA), offers you to join the European campaign about the exciting ESA’s Rosetta mission! The campaign invites all museums and science centres to organize activities and events to share the knowledge and main steps of the mission. This kit is ready to use and available to everyone for free. Learn more about the campaign and available resources.
How it all started…
Communicating space science may not be an easy task for a non-specialist. Before the 2012 Ecsite Conference in Toulouse, France, which topic was “Space and Time, unlimited”, a workshop entitled, “Communicating European achievements in Space” was organized by Ecsite, Cité de l’Espace and ESA. Representatives from science centres, space agencies, and private companies debated on how to communicate space topics to the general public. This group gained momentum during the conference and a task force was created which proposed an Ecsite Space Thematic Group which would include one representative from ESA, one from a science centre specializing in space, and a representative from a non-space oriented science centre (see Co-Chairs). A second meeting was held in October 2012, in Naples, with the participation of representatives from science centres, industries and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), during the International Astronautical Congress. The proposal of the thematic group was formally approved in November 2012, during the Ecsite Board Meeting, in Luleä, Sweden.
Space Group members
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The exciting Rosetta mission gave many science centres and museums the opportunity to get involved in synchronized international events, to show live science, and to feel the excitement and tension of live operations!
In 2016 the Ecsite Space Group prepared an update with the latest achievements of the mission and provided ready to use tools such as general scripts for each event with suggestions of activities.
The Space Group Annual Meeting 2015 took place in Milan, Italy on 3-4 November 2015 and was hosted by the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci. Read the report of the meeting, which summarised discussions during the two days workshop and presents next steps in the collaboration between ESA and Ecsite.
After a successful cooperation of the Ecsite Space Group and ESA in development of the Rosetta Kit about the Rosetta mission in 2013-2015, the collaboration will continue and new projects will be developed on three themes. Ecsite conducted the feasibility study in August-September 2015 with the goal to assess the relevance of each theme and readiness to implement and use the outcomes of the projects among the Ecsite members.
What are comets? Where do they come from? Why should we care about them? The exhibition “Comets & ESA’s Rosetta” invites the audience to take part in the incredible journey of Rosetta and to better understand its mission. Through simple and modular displays, visitors discover what we already know about comets and how a deeper knowledge of them could lead to major discoveries about the origins of the solar system and our origins.
In this report we would like to share the results of the Pre-Conference Workshop "Space for Life", that took place during the Ecsite Annual Conference 2015 hosted in MUSE (Trento, Italy) organised by the Ecsite Space Group and the European Space Agency (ESA).