EC Panel Discussion: Space and Security

09:00 - 10:15 hrs
World Forum Theater

Also a side event of the European Space Solutions Event

The panel will highlight the latest trends, the role of Stakeholders and the research opportunities. Satellite observation is growing rapidly as a sector and the use of satellite data for security is coming up strongly. There are great opportunities to connect space and security that will show what space can do for practitioners in the field of for example law enforcement, disaster management, border protection and search and rescue.

Session Chair : Jaime Silva (Adviser to Director General, DG GROW, EC)
Dirk Vande Ryse (Head of Unit, FRONTEX)
Mark Dumville (Director and General Manager, Nottingham Scientific Ltd, UK)
Jérémie Benoist (Project Manager SAR/GALILEO, CNES/COSPAS-SARSAT)
Daniel Zerbib (R&T Project Manager Airbus DS SAS and Galileo Services)
Renata Rinaldo (Head of the ESA Policies Department, ESA)

The panel discussion will be followed by a workshop. Those who are interested in the topic can discuss further with project coordinators and the panellists so that they can look through in-depth what security research can do for policy making in their are in the future.

Dirk Vande Ryse has 28 years of experience in the area of criminal intelligence and information management.

Dirk started out at the Belgian Judicial Police in 1988 where he specialized in serious and financial crime investigations.

In 1999 he joined the European Police Agency, Europol, where he contributed to the pioneering phase in the Serious Crime Department. Later he performed as a Deputy Head of Unit and supported the set up of a new business unit.

A similar challenge was found in 2007 in taking the lead of the creation of the Frontex Situation Centre. This well-established Unit monitors the situation at the external borders of the EU and deals with development and management of information exchange related to border security and Eurosur.

The recent additional responsibility to implement the Copernicus framework within Frontex’ business area fits with Dirks’ interest to steer innovation towards tangible and valuable results.

Keen on learning he has a bachelor as social worker and master in criminology. He followed master classes in business administration and information management and participated in international senior management courses. Dirk wrote several articles linked to these courses and his job.

Dirk has two kids keeping his weekends fully occupied with priority nr. 1: soccer. Dirk believes in fairy tales and imagines compensating this with an early retirement when starting as their manager.