On September 7th, the TU Delft Space Institute gave a presentation on behalf of CESAER to ESA Director General Jan Woerner. CESAER (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research) is a non-profit international association of leading European universities of technology. The occasion was ESA’s request for input from CESAER with respect to ESA’s preparation of the EU ministerial conference on 1–2 December 2016 as well as a strategic relation between ESA and the academia. TU Delft is currently leading CESAER. To respond to ESA’s request, a questionnaire had been sent to selected CESAER universities. All data received were analysed by the Space Institute. The input provided was very much appreciated by ESA for use in the near and longer-term future.