This looks great--I wish I could go. If someone out there is attending, it would be great to have someone write up a 'Report' on it for me for Space Policy....?
From the website of the 8th ESPI Autumn Conference pdf:
11-12 September 2014 at ESPI in Vienna
"The Governance of Space"
The concept of governance has gained considerable attention over the last years. This is true for all parts of society, but very pronouncedly for space, where the increasing diversity of players is calling for ever better approaches to deal with the establishment and monitoring of policies.
In this process, reference is almost always made to the term governance. In many cases, it is administered in rather specific technical and legal contexts, but it is also used very broadly and sometimes quite indiscriminately. In order to shed light on many of its hidden underlying dynamics, it is necessary to take the high level perspective. To this effect the speakers of the ESPI autumn conference will address the topic of governance from a wide variety of angles.
First, the playing field of governance will be captured in a number of presentations dealing with the external influence of international relations, geopolitics and liberalisation. Thereafter the different trends that constitute governance change will be addressed. This includes the roles of many of the stakeholders involved in space governance: governments, the private sector, the public and the international community. Finally the hot topics of governance in the European setting will be explored.
See the full schedule on the 8th ESPI Autumn Conference pdf.