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06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation?

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The global space community is at a crossroads in terms of defining the future of the exploration of the universe. Everybody’s attention is focused on Mars, but how will it be possible to go there, within which time scale and with which partners? Intuitively we all look to the United States for leadership in space. However, as the US currently provide little leadership, much thought is going into whether China is a more auspicious partner. There are various groups trying to see whether it is possible to establish a ‘global roadmap’ which will allow an overall cooperative approach to exploration, but progress is very limited in this connection. This means that by default the global community might slide into a competition scenario, “a new space race”.
The seminar will look at the lessons to be learned from exploration’s past and will try to apply them to the future. It will examine Europe’s possible role as an active participant in exploration, but also as a possible match-maker and bridge-builder between two juggernauts, the United States and China. Finally, the roles of Russia, India, Brazil, South Korea, etc. will be taken into consideration.

Headlines of the seminar:
1) The Players of the Past – The Players of Today – The Players of the Future
2) Where Can We Go, and What Are the Steps on the Way?
3) Technical Challenges, Societal Benefits, Efforts Required and Time Scale
4) The Lessons of History
5) Europe as an Actor – Europe as a Bridge Builder
6) What are the Cultural Benefits and Risks of Cooperation and of Competition?
7) Can we all Compete and Cooperate at the Same Time?
8) Is there a Likely Way Forward?

Director, European Space Policy Institute, Vienna
Professor and Director, Center for Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing


Director, European Space Policy Institute, Vienna

Advokat (attorney), the law firm Bech-Bruun, Copenhagen Contracts Officer, the European Space Agency, ESTEC, Noordwijk Contracts Officer, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt Head of the Contracts & Legal Affairs Division, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt Legal Adviser, Preparatory Commission, The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Vienna Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations, ESA, Paris

Dr. Shuang Nan ZHANG

Professor and Director, Center for Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennesylvania Senior Scientist, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville Distinguished Professor, Tsinghua University

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15:00 - 15:15 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013 Plenary
15:15 - 15:30 Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of “The Light of Experience” Plenary
15:30 - 16:30 Opening Speeches Plenary
17:00 - 17:30 Opening Concert Part II Plenary
17:30 - 19:00 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary


Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect? Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism – Values and the Variety of Spiritual Experiences Seminar
Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security – Cooperation, Concentration and Integration Seminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in Art Seminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation? Seminar
Seminar 05: Values in Science Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation – A Biological and Social Base Seminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society? Seminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy – Value-Based or Realpolitik? Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical Aspects Seminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open Society Seminar
Seminar 10: Power and Cyberspace Seminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural Approach Seminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European Values Seminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic Policy Seminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical Implications Seminar


18:00 - 20:00 International Evening Culture


BarCamp: Transformations Seminar


16:00 - 17:30 Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its Values Culture