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N ° 3–2021: Invitation to the media: ESA is looking for new astronauts - applications from March 31, 2021 possible

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8 February 2021

The European Space Agency ESA is looking for new astronauts - for the first time in eleven years. You will work side by side with the previous ESA astronauts. A new era of space exploration is dawning for Europe.

We cordially invite media representatives to a digital press conference on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The announcement of new positions for astronauts marks the beginning of a generation change.

The application period starts on March 31, 2021. ESA strongly encourages women to apply. Diversity is of the utmost importance to the space agency.

ESA Director General Jan Wörner says: “Thanks to the strong mandate that the ESA member states gave us at our last Ministerial Council meeting in 2019, Europe is taking its place in space research. In order to be able to go even further than ever before, we also need to broaden our own horizons as never before. This selection process is the first step for that. I'm really looking forward to seeing how ESA will develop over the next few years with our international partners in all areas of space research and innovation. "

"Representing all groups in our society is an endeavor that we take very seriously," says David Parker, ESA Director for Astronautical and Robotic Exploration. “The diversity at ESA should not only target the origin, age, background or gender of our astronauts, but possibly also people with physical disabilities. In order to make this dream come true, parallel to the recruitment of new astronauts, I am also starting the so-called Parastronaut Feasibility Project - it is now time for this innovative undertaking. "

The positions are open from March 31 to May 28, 2021. ESA will only consider applications that are submitted via the ESA careers website during these eight weeks. This will be followed by a six-stage selection process that is scheduled to end in October 2022.

The press event on February 16 is also the start of the communication campaign for the application phase.

Conference program in different languages

English press conference (Tuesday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CET)

Attendees

  • Jan Wörner, ESA Director General
  • Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA astronaut
  • Tim Peake, ESA astronaut
  • David Parker, ESA Director for Astronautical and Robotic Exploration
  • Frank De Winne, Research Group Leader for Low Earth Orbit at ESA, Head of the European Astronaut Center
  • Jennifer Ngo-Anh, Program Coordinator Research and Payloads at ESA, Program for Astronautical and Robotic Exploration
  • Lucy van der Tas, Head of Talent Acquisition at ESA

The English press conference will be moderated by Ninja Menning from the communications department.
French press conference (Tuesday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CET)

Attendees

  • Claudie Haigneré, ESA astronaut
  • Luca Parmitano, ESA astronaut
  • Ersilia Vaudo-Scarpetta, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Guillaume Weerts, Team Leader Space Medicine & Management Support at the European Astronaut Center
  • Didier Schmitt, Group Leader Strategy & Coordination, Program for Astronautical and Robotic Exploration
  • Zineb Elomri, Human Resources Officer

The French press conference will be moderated by Jules Grandsire from the communications department.

German press conference (Tuesday, February 16, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. CET)

Attendees

  • Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA astronaut
  • Alexander Gerst, ESA astronaut
  • Josef Aschbacher, future ESA Director General
  • Chiara Manfletti, Head of Policy and Program Coordination
  • Rüdiger Seine, team leader space training
  • Dagmar Boos, Head of the Center for Personnel Competence & Policy

The German press conference will be moderated by Jules Grandsire from the communications department.

Dutch press conference (Tuesday, February 16, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. CET)

Attendees

  • André Kuipers, ESA astronaut
  • Frank De Winne, Research Group Leader for Low Earth Orbit at ESA, Head of the European Astronaut Center
  • Angelique Van Ombergen, Scientific Coordinator for Human Research, Astronautical and Robotic Exploration Program
  • Lucy van der Tas, Head of Talent Acquisition

The Dutch press conference will be moderated by Ninja Menning from the communications department.

Italian press conference (Tuesday, February 16, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CET)

Attendees

  • Luca Parmitano, ESA astronaut
  • Ersilia Vaudo-Scarpetta, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Josef Aschbacher, future ESA Director General
  • Sara Pastor, team leader I-HAB
  • Antonella Costa, Business Partner Human Resource Management

The Italian press conference will be moderated by Fabrizio L’Abbate from the communications department.

Spanish press conference (Tuesday, February 16, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. CET)

Attendees

  • Matthias Maurer, ESA astronaut
  • Fabio Favata, Head of the Strategy, Planning & Coordination Office
  • Sergi Vaquer Araujo, Senior Aviation Doctor
  • Rosario Martin-Sanchez, Head of Social Security & Related Policies

The Spanish press conference will be moderated by Emmet Fletcher from the communications department.

 

Registration for media representatives

The press conference takes place virtually.

Please register by February 15, 2021 using this link: https://www.esa.int/Contact/mediaregistration

The press conference will also be streamed on esawebtv.esa.int, but only registered media representatives can ask questions.

Upcoming events are published in the start calendar and in the event calendar at www.esa.int/newsroom.

Contact

If you have any further questions, please contact: [email protected]

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About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space.

It is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1975 whose mission is to develop European space capabilities and ensure that investments in space benefit citizens in Europe and around the world.

The ESA has 22 member states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia and Latvia are associate members

The ESA is formally working with seven other EU Member States. Canada also participates in certain ESA programs under a cooperation agreement.

You can find out more about ESA at www.esa.int

For further information:

ESA Newsroom and Media Relations Office - Ninja Menning

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +31 71 565 6409