Didier Schmitt is primarily a scientist, but also a physician. His academic career focused on spaceflight and space analogues research. At the European Space Agency he managed life sciences and exploration preparation programs. At the European Commission his first focus was on space policy. He then coordinated scientific and technological foresight with the chief scientific adviser; as a member of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to the President. He is a regular contributor to mainstream French newspapers on future issues in science, technology and policy.