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Invitation to the British Debate on 10th November 2023 at 17.30 at the British Embassy Berlin

Politics in all space(s): outer space as geopolitical place

Space is a highly political place. The "race to space" between the United States and the Soviet Union demonstrated this - and it still holds true. Today, private companies are pushing into space alongside states. Experts speak of a "Space Race 2.0. Last but not least, space travel is also of great importance for security policy. Satellites are used for espionage, reconnaissance and communication.

But there is also the other side: Projects like the International Space Station show that peaceful cooperation across national and ideological borders is possible. In view of current political developments, however, the future of such projects is unclear. For example, in view of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Space Agency stopped the "ExoMars" cooperation project with Russia. What developments can be expected in space policy in the coming years? Can international research projects survive despite diplomatic crises? And what role can Germany and the United Kingdom play in space? 

Discuss with us and celebrate the last day of the Berlin Science Week at the British Embassy.

Participation is free of charge. Please register by 7 November. There will be an entrance control at the event, please make sure you bring your ID. 

The event is part of Wissenschaft kontrovers, an interactive discussion series organized by Wissenschaft im Dialog within the Science Year 2023 – Our Universe. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


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