ASE Planetary Congress 2024 – Generation Space – Shaping the Future Together

Mark your calendars with bold ink from 30 September to 4 October 2024! During this week, the XXXV Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers will take place in the Netherlands! To celebrate this occasion, more than 100 international astronauts will visit our country. The congress will be hosted in Noordwijk and Amsterdam, with André Kuipers as the gracious host.


As the American astronaut Jim Lovell once said, “We do not realise what we have on Earth until we leave it.” With this insight in mind, we are dedicated to securing a healthy future for planet Earth and its inhabitants. We are committed to shaping the future together, in collaboration with astronauts, the space industry, ESA-ESTEC, the government, business partners, and the youth.


Alongside its partners, the ASE aims to make this historic event in the Netherlands a resounding success by highlighting the indispensable role of space exploration in ensuring a safe and sustainable future across numerous sectors. This will be achieved through various activities throughout the congress week. Each day will feature presentations and panel sessions with astronauts and experts, all taking place at ESA-ESTEC in Noordwijk, the heart of the Dutch space industry.


On Wednesday, during the “Community Day,” astronauts will visit universities, schools, companies, and institutions across the country. Additionally, there will be a diverse range of cultural activities.


The younger generation will play an integral role in these proceedings. They are the future technicians, engineers, and skilled professionals. All “Vakkanjers” aged between approximately 10 and 16 will take on a Space Challenge presented by the astronauts in the 2024-2025 school year.

Students aged approximately 16 to 26 are encouraged to come up with incredible ideas in various fields through NL MOONSHOTS ’24. The goal is to inspire the younger generation toward science, technology, innovation, and sustainability.


The full programme, including cultural events, will be announced at the beginning of 2024.


If you wish to become our business partner or are interested in unique communication and relationship marketing opportunities during this special week, we invite you to contact Debbie Schouten at

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