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ROSA President participated at the 2nd International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2) in Tokyo, Japan

on 09 March 2018

On 3 March 2018, the President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, participated at the 2nd International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2), in Tokyo, Japan — an international ministerial event sponsored by Japan’s Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).

ISEF2 gathered high-level governmental representatives from 40 countries to discuss the importance of building global cooperation in an appropriate framework for international space exploration, including its sustainable development. The event aimed to look at how space exploration expands the horizons of humanity and how it challenges us to gain and share the knowledge, experiences and benefits as common assets for all humankind.

Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso gave a presentation during the first session of the event. The session focused on the significance and benefit of space exploration, approaching subjects such as reasons for national investments in space exploration and outcomes such as scientific discoveries, commercial activities, economic development, as well as inspiring future generations.

The other sessions of the event focused on promoting international space exploration and on implementing human and robotic space exploration programmes and projects through national and international cooperation.

During the closing ceremony, a Joint Statement of ISEF2 was presented.

The International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) is a meeting for dialogue among ministers and other high-level government representatives targeted at promoting international collaboration in space exploration. Between 2009 and 2011, ministers and other high-level government representatives gathered on three occasions for primarily European-sponsored dialogues. In 2014, these dialogues evolved into the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF). The inaugural meeting of ISEF took place in January, 2014, in Washington D.C., U.S.A.

More information about this event can be found here.

Image credit: ROSA