Debates Videoconferences
Ifri Paris
from 09:15 to 17:30
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Échange de données par réseau et satellite
Échange de données par réseau et satellite

Space and Quantum Technologies: What Strategies and Industrial Models for Europe?  Hybrid conference

Following the German September elections and on the eve of the French Presidency of the European Union, Ifri organized a day of debates on the future of technological sectors of strategic importance in Europe.

The first three panels have focused on space and quantum technologies, around actors involved in the industry and in national and European institutions, to explore current strategies and possible industrial models as Europe seeks to strengthen its technological autonomy. The last panel has addressed the EU’s technological diplomacy, particularly towards the US, the UK and China.  

The conference will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and online), in French and English with simultaneous translation.




9:15 - 9:30 (CET)

Introductory remarks

  • Dr. Laurence Nardon, Head of the North America Program
  • Dr. Alice Pannier, Head of the Geopolitics of Technology program.


9:30 - 11:00 (CET)

Panel 1 : Low earth orbit constellation projects  

Chair :  Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director, ESPI

  • The business case of mega-constellations: Pierre Lionnet, Research and Managing Director, ASD Eurospace
  • The EU-led project: Christoph KautzHead of Unit for Secure Connectivity, Space Surveillance and Applications in DG Defis, European Commission
  • The OneWeb project: Chris McLaughlin, Chief of Government, Regulatory and Engagement, OneWeb
  • The Chinese SatNet project: Norbert Paluch, Space Attaché, French Embassy in Beijing
  • The view from an antenna manufacturer: Dr. Nicolas Capet, Director, Anywaves


11:15 - 12:45 (CET)

Panel 2 : Space security issues 

Chair: Dr. Laurence Nardon, Head of the North America Program, Ifri 

  • The geopolitical context: Dr. Xavier Pasco, Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
  • Arianegroup’s space tracking network GEOTracker: François Raffenne, Manager, Strategic Planning and Analysis, ArianeGroup 
  • The ESA SSA report: Dr. Tim Flohrer, Head of the Space debris Office, Space Safety Programme Office, Directorate of Operations, ESA-ESOC
  • The EU-SST consortium: Dr. Pascal Faucher, Director, EU-SST, CNES
  • The view from a satcom operator: David Bertolotti, Director of Institutional and International Affairs, Eutelsat


14:00 - 15:30  (CET)

Panel 3 : Quantum technologies

Chair:  Benjamin Pajot, Policy Planning, French ministry of European and Foreign Affairs 

  • Quantum and cybersecurity, opportunities and risks: Julian Van Velzen, Lead Quantum Technologist, Capgemini
  • China’s achievements in quantum technologies: Dr. Marc Julienne, Head of China Research, Center for Asian studies, Ifri 
  • Europe and the geopolitics of quantum computers: Dr. Alice Pannier, Head of the Geopolitics of Technology program, Ifri 
  • The investment challenge: Dr. Christophe Jurczak, Managing Partner, Quantonation


15:45 - 17:15 (CET)

Panel 4 : Europe's technological diplomacy

Chair Dr. Raluca Csernatoni, Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Europe

  • Opportunities for transatlantic cooperation in emerging technologies: Dr. Allison Schwier, Acting Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State
  • Technological cooperation with the UK after Brexit: Sabina Ciofu, Head EU policy, TechUK
  • Europe’s technological diplomacy: A view from Germany: Kaan Sahin, Former adviser for technology and international policy, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Science diplomacy in EU-China relations: Dr. Stéphanie Balme, Professor and Dean of the Undergraduate College, Sciences Po


17:15 - 17:30 (CET)

Closing session

  • Ambassador Claude-France Arnould, Special Advisor to the President of Ifri for European affairs



Panel 1 : Low earth orbit constellation projects  


Panel 2 : Space security issues 


Panel 3 : Quantum technologies


Panel 4 : Europe's technological diplomacy




Contact the organizers: 

For more information or to register, please contact Catherine Naiker, naiker.cerfa@ifri.org

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