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“The space industry will need a highly qualified labor force in the near future”

Thursday July 13, 2023 | Space

  • The International Space University (ISU) will speak at SUTUS 23 by Les Roches about the opportunities for young people and professionals to work in the space industry
  • The president of the ISU, Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund, confirmed her participation in the fourth edition of this pioneering event worldwide, which will celebrate its fourth edition in Marbella from September 26 to 28
  • Ehrenfreund considers that “the space industry will need a highly qualified and multidisciplinary workforce by 2030”.

There are more and more young people who want to dedicate themselves to the space world and they will have ample opportunities. “The space industry will need a highly-skilled workforce in the near future,” says the President of the International Space University (ISU), the Austrian astrobiologist Pascale Ehrenfreund, one of the world’s leading space experts.

“Space is part of our daily life. There are more than 8,000 satellites that help us in many activities of our day to day lives: Navigation, Telecommunications, Disaster Management, Climate, Logistics, Agriculture and many more”, highlights Ehrenfreund, who will participate in the fourth edition of SUTUS by Les Roches, on 26 to September 28 in Marbella.

SUTUS (Space & Underwater Tourism Universal Summit) is a pioneering event that since 2019 jointly addresses Space and the Underwater World as the two frontiers that human beings and Luxury Tourism currently have worldwide.

Pascale Ehrenfreund believes that interdisciplinary space education will be essential for the world to move forward: “The space industry is experiencing rapid growth in all sectors and has an impact on many economies. Therefore, we need a highly qualified workforce in the space sector.”

“In Europe, some 300,000 experts will be needed in the space sector in the coming years and another 600,000 employees will need upskilling and reskilling. The profiles will be multidisciplinary, not just aeronautical engineering. ISU has therefore developed a new and accredited Master’s degree program which integrates global space economy trends to provide cutting-edge knowledge covering all aspects of the space domain., states the president of the International Space University (ISU), based in Strasbourg (France) that spans a network of more than 5,500 students from 112 countries.

Ehrenfreund will speak at SUTUS about the dynamic evolution of the space sector: shaping the workforce of the future. In the current era of the space industry, where progress moves at an exponential rate, “shaping the future workforce requires a deep exploration of the rapid advances and transformations taking place in the space industry.”

With a focus on the impending changes in the sector’s workforce, her presentation at SUTUS 23 will address the strategies, skills and preparations required to navigate this exciting frontier.


An asteroid called Ehrenfreund


SUTUS brings together internationally renowned speakers to address the most ambitious challenges in the tourism, space and water sectors. Ehrenfreund is considered one of the world’s leading astrobiologists, she is also Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Institute for Space Policy, and has contributed over the past three decades as principal investigator, co-investigator, and team leader, in astronomical and planetary missions of ESA and NASA. As a curious fact, the asteroid “9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3” bears her name. As Pascale Ehrenfreund stated in the last edition of SUTUS by Les Roches, “space education for young professionals is crucial so that they can become experienced future leaders in the space sector”.

ISU is dedicated since three decades to the training of space experts 

The ISU (International Space University) was founded in 1987 with the fundamental purpose of promoting the advancement and exploration of outer space with a peaceful approach. ISU focuses on research, discovery and development of space projects through an international and multidisciplinary educational approach, as well as research and development programs.

The foundation of the ISU was based on three fundamental principles: interdisciplinarity, interculturality and the creation of an international environment. These principles have as their main objective to educate and train professionals in space studies.

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