Space for
16-17 September 2020 ESA Virtual Event


The ISD takes place at ESA’s 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.

Event Location

ESA ESTEC, European Space Research & Technology Centre, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

Event Times

Opening Hours – Registration

Wednesday, 16 September 07:30-17:00 – On-site registration desk open

Thursday, 17 September 07:30-16:30 – On-site registration desk open

In case of questions regarding your registration, please contact: Maxine Benacom (PROXIMUM Group) at tel.: +33 170 614 685 or e-mail:

B2B Meetings and Exhibition

Wednesday, 16 September 09:00-18:00

Thursday, 17 September 09:00-18:00

Exhibition build-up

Tuesday, 15 September 14:00 – 18:00

Access to ESA/ESTEC

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

When at ESTEC, ISD 2020 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. Please consult the Transport section for further details.


Arriving by car

Parking is not permitted at ESTEC or in its vicinity during the ISD. ISD 2020 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.


The Katwijk shuttle buses will stop at the following location:

  • Parkeergarage Boulevard Zeezijde, opposite Hotel “Noordzee” (please make use of the exit “Voorstraat”).


The Noordwijk shuttle buses will stop at these locations:

  • Hotel van Oranje (A)
  • Hotel Golden Tulip (B)
  • Hotel Alexander (C)

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 (at their own cost).


Participants interested in a taxi from Schiphol airport can reserve a taxi with Brouwer Tours at a special rate. Telephone: +31 71 36 11 000

Tickets can be booked online on this website.

Email: Download the app: Apple Store

or Google Play Store

Passengers will be met at the “Meeting Point” at Schiphol.

The fare is € 55,60 from Schiphol to ESTEC. There might be a 20-25 minute waiting time.

Journey to ESTEC approximately 30 minutes. Tell the driver you wish to go to ESTEC, located at Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk. Taxis can be reserved on-site.

Train from the airport

The airport local station is accessible from the terminal building where you can buy your ticket to Leiden Central station (15 minutes). From Leiden Central station, take bus 30 to Katwijk. See the following sites for more information:

Bus from Leiden Central Station

It takes about 25 minutes to go from Leiden Central Station to ESTEC by bus. The bus stops right in front of the entrance. There are four buses per hour for each bus service, (buses 30) throughout the day. Alternatively you could take bus 90 from The Hague Central, which takes you to bus stop ‘Schorpioen’. To get from this bus stop to ESTEC is only a five minute walk.

Further information about transport to ESTEC can be found on the main ESA website.



Wifi access will be available for all participants.

Livestreaming in conference hall

All presentations in the conference hall will be streamed live on the internet.

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 find more potential contacts. Instructions on how to use the tool will be provided at badge-pick up.

Coffee Breaks

During the ISD 2020 refreshments (coffee, tea and water) will be available free of charge to participants wearing name badges.

Cash dispenser

An in-house cash dispenser is available in the ESTEC main building, close to the restaurant.

Cloak room

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