Welcome to the GovSatCom conference for European defence and security

Please kindly be aware that only people who accepted the invitation by clicking the "yes" button in the invitation email will be considered registered for the event.

About the event.

The one day conference took place in the Château de Betzdorf, November 23rd, 2016 and will be followed by an evening reception at La Table du Belvedere in Luxembourg City.

* For security reasons, guests without identification will not have access to the event. Please make sure to bring a photo ID in order to enter the campus.

How to get there.


Château de Betzdorf

  • Rue Pierre Werner
  • 6815 Betzdorf
  • Luxembourg

The program.

  • 09 h 00

    Registration and morning coffee

  • 09 h 30

    Welcome speech and opening speech

    • Etienne Schneider

      Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg

    • Ferdinand Kayser

      Chief Commercial Officer, SES

  • 10 h 00

    EU GovSatCom developments - requirements, concept, technology. GovSat in today’s « dual use » applications - end user perpsective

    • Sabine Lecrenier

      Head of Unit responsible for the Space Strategy and GovSatCom, European Commission

    • Magali Vaissiere


    • François Rivasseau


    • Peter Round


    • Christine Leurquin


    In this Panel Discussion opening the GovSatCom 2016 conference, the role of GovSat solutions, including their key applications and service management architectures, will be explored, with particular focus on the recent trend towards dual-use of GovSatCom and evolving operational requirements. Panelists will also debate technical and operational challenges, including European trends and challenges and GovSat security applications. The session will aim to define the requirements to enable future capabilities, as well as set out a technology roadmap for satellite and network evolution.

  • 11 h 00

    Coffee break

  • 11 h 30

    Integrated applications and solutions (user needs and operational models)

    • Patrick Chatard Moulin

      Policy Officer

      Space Security and Defence, European Commission

    • Guy Bley

      Haut-Commisariat à la protection nationale (HCPN)

    • Raimund Kuecke

      Consultant at Airobotics GmbH

    • Dr. Thomas Beer

      Copernicus Policy Coordinator

      Copernicus Space Office

    • Lucien Hoffmann

      Director of Environmental Research and Innovation department, LIST

    • Gordon Black

      Space and Security Business Development Manager, QinetiQ


    Keeping citizens safe and healthy is a key concern for governments and a challenge which is constantly evolving. In this panel, the national GovSatCom perspective on areas such as crisis management, humanitarian aid and surveillance of civil protection, key infrastructures and borders will be outlined. The evolution of big data will also be looked at in relation to secure data aggregation and dissemination, and high-performance computing systems.

  • 12 h 30

    Lunch & SES facility visit

  • 13 h 30

    Security solutions from an end-to-end perspective + ground and space segment user perspective

    • Pascal Rogiest

      CEO LuxTrust

    • Jeremy Ward

      CTO QinetiQ

    • Radu State


    • Rupert Swinhoe-Standen

      Kelvin Hughes

    • Patrick Heuline


    This panel will address the needs and existing security solutions for defence and civilian applications. Panelists will discuss security from an end-to-end perspective including interference mitigation, unauthorized access to user traffic and avoidance of hijacking.

  • 14 h 45

    Coffee break

  • 15 h 00

    Pool and share : challenges and solutions for ground / GovSatCom

    • Jaime L. Sánchez Mayorga

      Spain MoD - Head of Space Programs Unit

    • Edmond Maldague

      General Manager, Redu Space Services S.A.

    • Holger Lueschow

      EDA (Chairman PT SatCom)

    • Koen Willems

      Market Director Government, Defense & Mobility Satcom, Newtec

    • Hermann Ludwig Moeller

      Head of Institutional and European Programmes Office Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications ESA Headquarters

    • Gaston Reinig

      General (ret.)

      Adviser to the CEO of LuxGovSat S.A.


    With missions often taking place in the air or over water, the need for reliable communications on-the-move is paramount. This panel will examine the ground solutions of the future, which have been designed to keep pace with a fast-changing, mobile world. Mission operations and network management will also be discussed, along with secure communications platforms and multi-band solutions for governments.

  • 16 h 30

    Closing comments by Conference Chairman (Gerard Donelan)

  • 18 h 30

    Evening reception - La Table du Belvedere

  • 18 h 30

    Keynote speaker : Professor Mariana Mazzucato - RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex and author of The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths, and co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth – followed by standing dinner reception.




Shuttles will be available to and from the event venue as the following :

  • To Betzdorf (event location):

  • 8:15 - Melia/Kirchberg

  • 8:00 - Airport - Legere (8:30) - Betzdorf

  • 8:30 - Legere

  • From Betzdorf (event location) to:

  • 17:00 Legere - Airport

  • 17:00 Melia/Kirchberg

  • Evening event

  • 18:00 - Legere - La Table du Belvedere

  • 21:00 - La table du Belvedere - Legere

Car parking

Please kindly be aware that car parking is limited and it is located outside SES Betzdorf Campus.

For the evening reception, we suggest the public parking "Place de l'Europe" (below the restaurant).


We have a special rates and conditions for our guests with
the following hotels :

Please book directly with the hotel of your preference. You can find above the booking forms as respective contacts.

Information about Luxembourg.

Discover the city of Luxembourg, where business meets culture.

More information on the websites of the National Tourist Board of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg City Tourist Office.

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