The 2nd International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2)

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Japan’s Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) will sponsor an international ministerial event — The 2nd International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2). The event will be a gathering of high-level governmental representatives who will examine how space exploration expands the horizons of humanity and how it challenges us to gain and share the knowledge, experiences and benefits as common assets for all humankind. Discussion will stress the importance of building global cooperation in an appropriate framework for international space exploration including its sustainable development.

1.Background and Chronology

  • Between 2009 and 2011, ministers and other high-level government representatives gathered on three occasions for primarily European-sponsored dialogues targeted at promoting international collaboration in space exploration.
  • In 2014, these dialogues evolved into the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF), held in the USA.
  • During ISEF, Hakubun Shimomura, Japan’s MEXT Minister at the time, announced that Japan would sponsor the 2nd International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2).

Reference: Overview of International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF)
Venue: Washington, D.C. (USA)
Date: January 9, 2014 (main forum), January 10, 2014 (related events)
Participants: 35 countries, regions, and institutions

2.Overview of ISEF2

Ministerial-level forum (main forum)

Saturday, March 3, 2018: The Westin Tokyo
Governmental ministers and high-level representatives from the world’s countries and regions with interest in space exploration, as well as directors of space agencies. (A maximum of 60 countries and about 500 participants; by invitation only: invitees and their delegations.)
Expected outputs:
  • Principles for international space exploration
  • ISEF Terms of Reference
  • Joint Statement
  • Forum summary

Side Events

Side events planned in conjunction with this ministerial-level forum will target both young professionals and industry to support advancement of space exploration-related public awareness, expansion of space industry frontiers, and cultivation of human resources in the next generation.

① Events for Young Professionals (Y-ISEF, ISEF for Young Professionals)

Y-ISEF events provide occasions for students and young professionals from Japan and overseas to exchange broad-minded ideas about space exploration, network and identify career opportunities as the next generation of the industry, further awakening their interest in space itself.

Wednesday, February 28: Tsukuba Space Center (tentative)
Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3: within the Tokyo metropolitan area
About 80 students and young professionals from Japan and overseas aged approximately 18-35.
Note: Applications are accepted till Friday 10 November

② Events for Industry(I-ISEF, ISEF for Industry)

I-ISEF events will aim to advance space-related business opportunities and promote space exploration. Toward this end, discussions will focus on areas such as the expectations and issues borne by each country, the respective roles of industry, academia, and the government, the prospects for expansion of space exploration and the potential for shared future business opportunities and economic activity related to space exploration.

Friday, March 2, 2018: The Westin Tokyo
  • Industries interested in entering the field of space exploration; Japanese and overseas businesses and investors, including start-up companies, targeting new initiatives in space exploration.
  • Public audience
    A dedicated website will be launched around November with event details and application information.

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