Space | 05. April 2012 | posted by Marco Trovatello

DLR, NASA and ESA at re:publica Berlin

I have great pleasure in announcing that members of DLR, NASA and ESA will be participating in a session at re:publica Berlin from 2 to 4 May 2012. According to the organisers, re:publica is “Germany’s largest and most prominent conference on the future of society and all things digital.”

This panel, titled 'Tweeting from space for the digital public' and initiated by DLR, will feature ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Paolo Nespoli, as well as Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin, Head of ESA-ESOC Communication Office, Bob Jacobs, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator of Communications, and myself.

During this 60 Minute session, our astronauts and us, the communications persons of the various space agencies, will discuss why we blog and tweet (sometimes even from Space), why the intense use of social media has become an important part of the communication strategy of the three space agencies and, of course, how it all works (from Space).

What started off as a 'class reunion' of bloggers, researchers and internet activists, now regularly attracts over 3000 participants. As a result of last year's full house at 'Friedrichstadtpalast', this year’s re:publica will bring participants together at Station Berlin. Even so, the conference has preserved an open and familiar atmosphere. "A quality conference with a festival feel", in the words of the organisers.

This year, as well as in 2011, re:publica features a great variety of interesting speakers, such as Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Competition and responsible for the European Union’s digital agenda, Steffen Seibert, the German government’s spokesperson, our DLR/ESA podcaster Tim Pritlove, blogger, author and consultant Sascha Lobo, Mercedes Bunz, Mario Sixtus and many, many more.

Further information on panel and speakers can be found at

Update/P.S.: I forget to mention that our session will take place in the evening of 2 May 2012, 19.00 to 20.00 CEST and that, according to re:publica, these late events can be accessed by the general public for a small fee. The re:publica team is currently checking the options for making this late events accessable for the general public for a small fee (update 10 April 2012). Full conference tickets (3 days, over 200 hours of programme) are available here.



About the author

As Head of the Cross-Media Section of DLR's Corporate Communications Department, Marco Trovatello was responsible for Communication across all media distribution channels. As of 1 May 2014, he serves as Cross-Media Coordinator and Strategy Advisor in the Corporate Communications Department of the European Space Agency ESA. to authorpage