United Nations/Austria Symposium: "Space: a Tool for Accessibility, Diplomacy and Cooperation"

2 - 5 September 2019
Technical University of Graz, Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications, Inffeldgasse 12, Graz, AT

The symposium will foster dialogue between the diplomatic community and those communities using space and aims at stimulating access to space related services that are available and accessible by different countries.


With the support of

  • European Space Agency - ESA
  • German Aerospace Center - DLR
  • City of Graz
  • Province of Styria
  • University of Vienna
  • Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
  • Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Content Description

The UN/Austria Symposium is one of the long-standing activities that are performed under the Programme of Space Applications of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. It has been organized in Graz since 1994, marking this year the 25th anniversary of the first Symposium.

The topic of this year's symposium is "Space: A tool for Accessibility, Diplomacy and Cooperation". On Space Diplomacy the aim is at providing a view of how space is a tool for cooperation and diplomacy.

The diplomatic community will provide examples of how space is used in their respective countries and showcase this use for development and cooperation, and how cooperation with other countries or international organizations has contributed to the development of space activities.

The topic Space Accessibility relates to the use by all communities of space data and technology. Space Accessibility requires the availability of systems. It is quite common that users are not aware of the availability or the capabilities of space-based services. Space Accessibility requires also understanding the needs and capabilities of those, who will be using space-based services.


Target Audience

Around 100 participants are expected from national, regional, and international public and private organizations and institutions. The dipolomatic community should play a key role in the symposium.

Participant Information

Online Registration

Deadline, Sunday, 23 June 2019 (Registration for self-funded participants extended until 15 July 2019).

Contact Address

Organizing Team

United Nations Office at Vienna
Vienna International Centre
Wagramerstrasse 5
A-1220 Vienna
E-mail: oosa@un.org