18–19 September 2024 ESA Event

Venue & Logistics

The ISD will take place at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. ESTEC is the European Space Agency’s largest establishment, and the technical and organisational hub of Europe’s space sector.

Closer to the time of the event, a Practical Guide with detailed information about access, shuttle services and other logistics details will be published here.

Event Location

ESA ESTEC, European Space Research & Technology Centre, Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

Event Times

Opening Hours – Registration

Wednesday, 18 September 2024 08:00-17:00 – On-site registration desk open

Thursday, 19 September 2024 08:00-16:30 – On-site registration desk open

B2B Meetings and Exhibition

Wednesday, 18 September 2024 09:30-18:00

Thursday, 19 September 2024 09:00-17:00

Exhibition build-up

Tuesday, 17 September 2024 14:00 – 18:00 (for exhibitors only)

Access to ESA/ESTEC

For access to ESTEC and the ISD venue a valid photo ID/passport (for EU Member States) or passport (others) is mandatory. Only registered participants can gain access.

When at ESTEC, ISD event badges have to be worn visibly at all times.

Parking at ESTEC or in the ESTEC vicinity will NOT be possible during the event. Shuttles buses will run from and to Noordwijk and Katwijk.


Arriving by car

Parking is not permitted at ESTEC or in its vicinity during the ISD. ISD visitors travelling by car are advised to park their vehicles in public parking spaces in Noordwijk & Katwijk. Free shuttle buses from various stops will be available (see section “Shuttle Service”).

Some general information about public parking possibilities in Noordwijk and Katwijk is available here:

In addition various hotels have dedicated car parks. Please check with your hotel for fees and availability.

Exhibitors will be able to access ESTEC for a period of 2 hours with their vehicles to drop off and pick up materials. Further details will be provided.

Shuttle Service

During the ISD, a free shuttle service will be offered from and to Katwijk and Noordwijk. Shuttle bus times will be published in the coming months. Buses will run in the morning and in the evening.

Please check the ISD Practical Guide for all details, including the shuttle bus times (to be published closer to the time of the event).

For Shuttle Noordwijk, the pick-up and drop-off points will be:

  • Heeren van Noortwyck (beginning of boulevard, also for guests who park on the general parking)
  • Two Brothers Noordwijk (Boulevard)
  • Alexander Hotel

For Shuttle Katwijk, the pick-up and drop-off point will be:

  • Hotel Noordzee (middle of the boulevard)

ESTEC-Schiphol airport

On the last day of the ISD, a shuttle bus service will be available from ESTEC to the airport. Participants can book a seat during the event.


There are various accomodation options available in the Noordwijk, Katwijk and Leiden area. Please check online. An early reservation is recommended. ESA does not take any responsibility for the suggestions below.



Wifi access will be available to all participants.

Livestreaming in conference hall

All presentations in the conference hall will be streamed live.

B2B Meetings on site

The B2B online platform used is accessible via the internet and your smartphone, and is available during the event. The application allows attendees to schedule additional meetings on-site and to find more potential contacts. Instructions on how to use the tool will be provided at badge-pick up.

Coffee Breaks

During the ISD refreshments (coffee, tea and water) will be available free of charge to participants wearing name badges.


Lunch on both days is included in the ISD entrance fee.

Cloak room

A cloak room will be available. Coats as well as small suitcases can be dropped off.