Didier Schmitt was a scientific adviser and foresight coordinator in the team of the Chief Scientist to the President of the European Commission. At the European Space Agency he managed human and robotic exploration preparation programs, including the use of the International Space Station. In his academic career, he was associate professor at the Toulouse medical school and the International Space University. His educational background is a doctorate degree in biosciences in addition to being a medical doctor. Dr Schmitt is a regular opinion writer in mainstream French newspapers on future issues in science, technology and policy. His reflections on the future are summarized in a book about science and technology foresight: Scion|ce – what you need to remember from the future, Authorhouse, 2018. It contains short “fiction-science” stories depicting what the future will look like in 30+ years. He also produced a comic booklet distributed by the European Union at one million copies in 25 languages: All you need is space. His newest project, together with a team of young designers, is an innovative graphic novel derived from his book.
His current posting is in the Space Task Force of the European External Action Service.