Sterrewacht Leiden, Leiden University, PO Box 9513, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
ELSA stands for the ambitious goal of “European Leadership in Space Astrometry”. In this closing contribution I will examine how the ELSA network has advanced this goal. I also look ahead to the time when the Gaia data will be published and consider what needs to be done to maintain European leadership.
(Online publication February 15 2011)