June 23, 2015

Innovation at CNES takes centre stage at the Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC 2015)

CNES President and IAF Vice-President Jean-Yves Le Gall opened proceedings at the Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC 2015) in Munich, which this year is focused on innovation and technology transfer. The event is being organized by the IAF from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 June at the Munich Residence Palace in the Bavarian capital.

Co-organized by the International Astronautics Federation (IAF), the German aerospace centre DLR, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, GLIC 2015 is a high-level forum that gives governments, space agencies, industries and entrepreneurs the opportunity to exchange experiences in innovation management and technology transfer.

The conference is the latest in IAF’s “Global Series”, which began with the Global Lunar Conference (GLUC) in 2010 (Beijing, China), followed by the Global Exploration Conference (GLEX) in 2012 (Washington, USA), and the Global Space Applications Conference (GLAC) in 2014 (Paris, France). GLIC 2015 is an exclusive networking event bringing together prominent individuals from the international space field to highlight, investigate and discuss the key factors that enable successful space industry innovation and technology transfer to entrepreneurs. To this end, this year several panel discussions will shed light on subjects such as ‘The view from entrepreneurs’, ‘The socio-economic environment for entrepreneurs’ and ‘Financial support for venture creation’.

Invited to speak in his capacity as IAF Vice-President for Industry Relations, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented that “IAF’s conferences are proving increasingly popular. After addressing the topics of exploration and applications in previous years, it is vital that IAF now focus attention on innovation for the future of space activities, an area that is central to everything CNES does. Today’s highly competitive environment challenges us to keep innovating to stimulate economic development, growth and jobs, which are one of IAF’s raisons d’être.”

Pascale Bresson    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Alain Delrieu    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 74 04    alain.delrieu@cnes.fr
Didier Jau    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 76 77    didier.jau@cnes.fr
Julien Watelet    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 37    julien.watelet@cnes.fr