Seville is the European capital of space in 2019, assuming the presidency of the Ariane Community.
The Community of Ariane Cities, founded in 1998, is a non-profit association that brings together European cities and associated industrial companies that work in European space transport to promote the space sector and scientific and technological culture among its members and citizens.
It currently has members from 20 cities among which are some such as Augsburg in Germany, Charleroi in Belgium, Bordeaux in France, Zurich in Switzerland as well as Madrid and Barcelona among others.
Seville assumes the presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities.
It was during the edition of the European Space Week held in Seville from October 3 to 9, 2017 when the general delegate of the Ariane Cities network, Eros Pitarelli, announced the Sevillian presidency.
The mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, explained that since the candidature was presented in Paris in 2015 he always wanted to assume the presidency which will also coincide with the 5th centenary in commemoration of the First Circumnavigation in 1519.
This commitment represents a great development opportunity for Seville, a benchmark in Europe, which has great references such as Airbus, the School of Engineers, the Hélice cluster or Aerópolis.
This presidency will allow the city of Seville to implement training programs, collaboration agreements with other cities, ideal occasions to attract investments or develop projects linked to the space sector.
Thus, the RENFE industrial units in San Jerónimo will host 'Sevilla Futura' turning this space into the headquarters of young entrepreneurs linked to this sector in collaboration with top-level companies.