As part of its mission to lead space science research in France, CNES organizes this seminar every five years, bringing together the scientific community to chart the future course of the national space science effort. It is the culmination of a year-long planning effort involving some 200 people from the scientific community and CNES. This survey task is vital to map out a vision beyond the horizon of projects currently underway.
The Science Survey Seminar serves to identify science priorities and inform future programme decisions for projects to be developed over the next decade, and exploitation of their science data well beyond. CNES and its partners are tasked with analysing parameters required to match science priorities to the human and financial resources dictated by technical, industrial, cooperation and sustainability policies.
Jean-Yves Le Gall took the opportunity to thank Jean-Loup Puget and his CPS team for their excellent work since the last seminar in La Rochelle, and to welcome Gilles Bergametti as Chair of the new CPS. CNES’s President recalled the major scientific results achieved since 2014, both through the European Space Agency (ESA) and international partnerships. He underlined how the close partnership between CNES and the scientific community since the agency’s inception nearly 60 years ago has proved its effectiveness, and wished participants every success for the seminar.