About the Ambassador Platform AP-Swiss

As with all IAP Ambassador Platforms, the role of the IAP Swiss Platform is to:

AP-Swiss helps companies to target new services, identify Swiss, European and international partners and obtain funding from ESA for awareness, feasibility and demonstration activities, up to market validation.

Such a partnership brokering is critical to develop truly integrated applications, combining multiple space and non-space systems to deliver complete solutions and reach wider markets – the key objective of the IAP programme.

AP-Swiss will have a definite Swiss focus. Its remit includes the many multinational companies and organisations that are based in the country and whose activities are global. Its focus will be on food security, water management, transport logistics and safety, renewable energy, banking and insurance, aid and health for developing countries and regional development.

The IAP Ambassador Platform for Switzerland is managed by José Achache, previously Executive Director of the Group on Earth Observations in Geneva, Deputy Director General for Research and Technology at CNES, and a former Director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA. In addition to numerous scientific publications, Professor Achache is the author of ‘Les Sentinelles de la Terre’, an essay on space policy, space technologies and their applications.

AP-Swiss is located in the Innovation Square of the EPFL Science Park in Lausanne. This hands-on incubator was established to support innovative technology companies and projects in their early years, taking science to market. With approximately 100 start-up companies, the ‘innovation cells’ of many large corporations and the proximity to the Swiss Space Center, the Science Park  provides the perfect eco-system for AP-Swiss to mature new and innovative applications of space-based infrastructures, in close cooperation with all stakeholders in Switzerland.

About Applications Programmes of ESA

Space-based solutions and services

IAP and SATCOM-APPS programmes are dedicated to develop and promote applications and services that use space systems, with the objectives to establish sustainable operational solutions. The specific objectives of the two programmes are slightly different:

A single gateway for ARTES Applications and User-Driven Missions

The page funding opportunities provides a single gateway for ARTES applications promoted by the Integrated Applications Programme (IAP - ARTES element 20) and the Satellite Telecommunications Applications (SATCOM-APPS - part of ARTES element 3-4). It also provides information on the user-driven mission targeting a Satellite Automatic Identification System (SAT-AIS - ARTES element 21).

More information (link to ESA website)


ESA-IAP Ambassador Platform
Science Park - EPFL
Innovation Square - Building I
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

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