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Travelling exhibition - 50 Years of Space Adventure

Travelling exhibition "50 Years of Space Adventure" at the Botanical Gardens, Cayenne

The Community of Ariane Cities (CVA) and the town of Kourou which holds the 2015 CVA Presidency will soon be jointly presenting a travelling exhibition entitled "50 Years of Space Adventure" starting at the Botanical Gardens, Cayenne. This exhibition is the outcome of cooperation between the French space agency CNES and the city of Liège.

Aimed at the public at large, the exhibition recalls in 80 photographs the highlights that have punctuated humanity's epic endeavours in space for half a century, ranging from portraits of the actors in this exceptional drama to superb satellite images of the Earth from space.  

After this first stop in Cayenne organised in association with the regional council of French Guiana, the exhibition will then move on to Kourou, before heading to the west and east of the Department.


2015-2016 Intercultural Seminars

Space times in Baden-Württemberg

The state of Baden-Württemberg, like Bavaria and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, is one of the key locations in Germany for space research and technology. From 21 to 29 March 2015, the town of Hardthausen/Lampoldshausen, home to the Institute of Space Propulsion of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is playing host to 30 young school students from the Ariane Cities of Hardthausen (Germany), Toulouse and Kourou (France) and Terrassa (Spain), for the first session of the 2015-2016 Intercultural Seminars organised by the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA).

The first session is currently ongoing, the second will take place in Toulouse, the third in Terrassa.

Accommodation is being provided for the young school students at the Heilbronn district Youth Hostel. Among the many space-related and intercultural activities being arranged, the students are collaborating on a group blog set up at the following address: https://interculturalseminarscva.wordpress.com/category/blog

The posts for this blog are in the three languages of the Ariane Cities hosting the three sessions of the 2015-2016 Seminars: German, French and Catalan.
The CVA Intercultural Seminars are arranged with the support of the French/German Youth Office  (OFAJ-DFJW). Birgitt Rambalski, Head of Protocol at Bremen City Hall, is CVA Project Manager for the Seminars. Activities are being coordinated by the education network Peuple et Culture, under the responsibility of Jean-Luc Menu, Consultant, and Nina Guillerme, International Affairs Officer.



Back to the images on the launch of the 2015 CVA Presidency

Inauguration présidence Kourou


Inauguration of the 2015 Presidency of the Community of CVA

Kourou town hall welcomed numerous guests on Monday 9 February from 18:00 (local time) onwards, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), which throughout 2015 will be held by the City of Kourou, in partnership with CNES, the French space agency.

Those present, including a number of figures not only from the space sector but also from political and economic spheres, were able to hear addresses by Nicolas Isnard, Mayor of Salon-de-Provence and 2014 CVA President (by video), François Ringuet, Mayor of Kourou and 2015 CVA President, Jean-Luc Bozet, CVA General Delegate, Joël Donadel, Head of the ESA Office at Kourou, Patrick Loire, Director of the Arianespace establishment in French Guiana, Bernard Chemoul, Director of CNES-CSG and President of the Union of Employers at the Space Base (UEBS) and Antoine Karam, Senator for French Guiana.

The ribbon was cut by the eminent figures present, marking the official launch of the new Presidency. This is off to a promising start, with a schedule already packed with events of an economic, educational, cultural or sporting nature and related to European space transportation and space applications. They will be targeted at a broad audience, not only in Kourou and its vicinity, but also beyond, in the whole
of French Guiana.

A word from Jean-Luc Bozet, CVA General Delegate


10th PERSEUS Seminar (29-30 January 2015)

Registration deadline extended to 18 January

The 2015 PERSEUS Seminar will take place on 29-30 January at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Parc de La Villette, Paris.

The PERSEUS Project (Projet Étudiant de Recherche Spatiale Européen Universitaire et Scientifique) is a technology development initiative of the French space agency's Directorate of Launchers. Forming part of CNES's overall research and innovation drive, the aim is to encourage the emergence of innovative technological solutions for space projects of the future, using teams of young people from the worlds of education and industry. The various projects are carried out by young students and researchers in higher education.


The two-day Seminar will be devoted to presentations of the latest work done under PERSEUS. This covers studies and also actual hardware including on-the-ground and inflight demonstrators. You will thus be able to see for yourselves the achievements of the various project participants: students,  teachers, researchers, members of space associations, industrial partners.

You are welcome to attend the oral presentations or poster sessions prepared by the students and young researchers.

The Seminar will be followed on Saturday 31 January by the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the various demonstrator projects ongoing under macro-project ARES (Advanced Rocket for Experimental Studies) in 2015.

The deadline for registering for this year's PERSEUS Seminar has been extended to 18 January.  If you would like to attend, please register in time. Click on the link below to access the registration form:


PERSEUS Team contact details:

Partners: CNES, Bertin Technologies, GAREF Aérospatial, Planètes Sciences, MI-GSO, ONERA, Roxel, Université Evry Val d'Esssone.

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