European Space Agency (ESA).

    ESA Ministerial Council 2016 at the KKL.

Client. European Space Agency (ESA)

Date. 1-2 December 2016


Overall organisation of the meeting, incl. social events

KKL transformed into a ministerial conference hall.

The European Space Agency (ESA) commissioned standing ovation to handle the overall organisation of its Ministerial Council meeting attended by some 500 people. This meant converting the KKL into a conference hall, marking a premiere for the world-renowned concert hall.

Background ESA.

The European Space Agency has 22 member states and two associate members, together making up the ESA Council, the ESA’s governing body. Ministerial Council meetings such as the one held at the KKL take place every two to three years. The ESA Council discusses central questions of European space policy, including the future of the international space station (ISS).

Challenging specs for the ESA Ministerial Council 2016.

To be able to host the ESA Ministerial Council meeting at the KKL, substantial modifications were necessary: A specially installed floor transformed the world-famous concert hall into a plenary assembly hall for the space agency’s members. When it came to the minutely prepared floor installations, standing ovation were able to rely on many years of KKL experience and the special trust the company enjoys among the KKL’s operators.

Maximum security for conference and services.

The ESA mandate for standing ovation covered the overall on-site organisation and logistics of the meeting, arranging extensive hospitality services, staging side and social events, as well as liaising and interfacing with the local authorities and service providers. The widescale security operation in place for the high-ranking conference participants demanded particular attention. standing ovation’s specialised security know-how built up over many years working with government and non-government organisations proved extremely useful here.

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