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EuroGEO workshop 2021

Environmental Observation-based solutions to support the EU Green Deal

This edition focused on the EO-based solutions to support the European Green Deal while bringing the European community actively contributing to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

The aim was to:

  • look for synergies across projects and initiatives;
  • offer networking opportunities to the participants; and,
  • discuss how Europe can contribute to the international effort.

The annual EuroGEO workshop brings together European players interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). Overall, the event helps shaping further the development of the EuroGEO initiative.

Read this CORDIS Results Pack to learn about the EU-funded projects related to the EuroGEO initiative.

  • Green economy
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This year the workshop was organised by the European Commission (EC) and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation with the support of MINES ParisTech.

The event was fully online.


Monday 20 September 2021

10:00 -12:00 CEST: Welcome session

  • Welcome by France (Claire Giry, French General Directorate of Research and Innovation)
  • Welcome by European Commission (Patrick Child,  Directorate General for Research and Innovation)
  • Welcome by Group on Earth Observations (Yana Gevorgyan, GEO Secretariat)
  • Overview of the EuroGEO workshop (Isabelle Benezeth, French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation)

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  • “The sky is NOT our limit anymore” (Nancy Vermeulen, Founder Space Training Academy)
  • A fast-evolving space environment

               o  Jolanda van Eijndthoven, EC DG Defence Industry and Space

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               o  Juliette Lambin, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales

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               o  Simonetta Cheli, European Space Agency

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  • Examples of France support to Earth observation: Space Climate Observatory, Data Policy and Open Science, French Global EO policy

               o  Laurence Monnoyer-Smith, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales

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               o  Marin Dacos, MESRI

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               o  Selma Cherchali, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales

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  • Session closing and wrap-up (Jan Ramboer, EC DG Research and Innovation)

Tuesday 21 September 2021

09:00 – 12:30 CEST: Advances made in EuroGEO to deliver user-oriented solutions

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Recently completed or about to be completed projects were showcased in four parallel sessions the solutions they have developed. Here below you can download the presentations of each session:

The report from this demo session on the lessons learnt in each session can be downloaded here.

14:00 – 16:00 CEST: Invited event “Technology transfer in the EO sector in Europe”

The goal of this webinar was to introduce participants to key elements and concepts in the domains of knowledge and technology transfer.

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  • Technology Transfer (Christian Hackl, European IP Helpdesk)
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  • Intellectual property and innovation in the Earth Observation sector – the case of e-shape’s IP and innovation office (Lefteris Mamais, e-shape project - Evenflow)
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Wednesday 22 September 2021

10:00 – 12:30 CEST: Implementing EuroGEO, new opportunities

The session focused on the implementation of EuroGEO via the Horizon 2020 R&I Programme and the upcoming opportunities Horizon Europe will offer. Since the last EuroGEO Workshop that took place in June 2019, new players have engaged in recently granted projects addressing GEO engagement priorities such as the SDGs, the Paris Agreement, the Sendaï Framework and the new fourth priority on urban resilience. Special attention was given to efforts for liaising better with new communities or initiatives like the national statistical institutes or the UN Decade for the Oceans, in line with the GEO Lead co-chair goals and objectives.

  • Welcome and introduction to the session (Jean Dusart, EC DG Research and Innovation)
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  • From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe: new opportunities

               o  Marjan Van Meerloo, EC DG Research & Innovation
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               o  Doris Marquardt, EC DG Agriculture & Rural Development
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               o  Cristina Ananasso, EC DG Defence Industry and Space
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  • H2020 last call initiatives addressing GEO engagement priorities - Integrated GEOSS climate applications to support adaptation and mitigation measures of the Paris Agreement 

         o  Julia Nerantzia Tzortzi, Politecnico di Milano - HARMONIA project;
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         o  Kostas Naskou, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems - EIFFEL)
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  • Pitch Session: introducing new players

               o  Ground Space (Martijn Seijger)

               o  Space Cooperative Europe SCE (Emmanuel Mondon)

               o  FPCUP project overview (Julia Röhrig, DLR)

               o  Selected actions on FPCUP France (Frédéric Adragna, CNES)

               o  World Energy Meteorological Council (Alberto Troccoli, University of East Anglia; Laurent Dubus, RTE-France)

               o  WMO and GEO (Christophe Jacob, WMO)

  • Bringing new opportunities and actors to EuroGEO

               o  UNGGIM: Europe and EuroGEO (Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu, BKG Germany)
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               o  UN Decade on Ocean and Blue Planet (Audrey Hasson, GEO Blue Planet EU Office)
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               o  Arctic PASSION - Arctic Observing System of Systems, Implementing Observations for Societal Needs (Michael Karcher, Alfred Wegener Institute on behalf of Arctic PASSION)
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               o  EO Solutions for regional and local communities (Roya Ayazi, NEREUS)
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  • Open discussion “Identifying new opportunities and areas to explore” (Jean Dusart, EC DG Research and Innovation and Thierry Ranchin, MINES ParisTech)

Thursday 23 September 2021

13:30 – 15:45 CEST: EuroGEO Evolution

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Regional GEOs play an increasing role in GEO bringing the GEO assets to the local communities and taking regional needs, savoir-faire and experiences to the attention of the entire community. The European Green Deal, the digital transformation of our societies and the COVID-19 have radically changed our environments, calling always for more evidence-based decisions, and offering therefore unexpected perspectives to the EO community. Time has come to look how to adapt our current settings to this new environment.

  • Welcome and introduction to the session (Massimo Craglia, EC DG Joint Research Centre)
  • EuroGEO State of play and planned evolution – discussion (Jean Dusart, EC DG Research and Innovation and Thierry Ranchin, MINES ParisTech)
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  • EuroGEO and the EC Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation (Mark Dowell, EC DG Joint Research Centre)
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  • Panel Discussion: Linking EuroGEO to other Regional Initiatives (Marjan Van Meerloo, EC DG Research and Innovation; 
    AfriGEO (Phoebe Oduor - RCMRD); 
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    AOGEO (Xingfa Gu – CASI);
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    AmeriGEO (Angelica Gutierrez – NOAA); 
    EuroGEO (Jose Rubio - EEA);
    Wenbo Chu - GEO Secretariat)
  • Discussion: Anchoring EuroGEO to the GEO Work Programme and the GEOSS infrastructure

               o  Resilient Cities and Human Settlements: a new engagement priority for GEO Evangelos Gerasopoulos, National Observatory of Athens)
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               o  EO supported biodiversity and EBV operationalisation (Nestor Fernández, Ulf Mallast, Michael Mirtl)
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               o  Development of commercial EO products and services in the InCubed programme (Amanda Regan, ESA)
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               o  EuroGEO in a revised GEOSS infrastructure setting (Massimo Craglia, EC DG Joint Research Centre)
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  • Conclusions of the workshop (Isabelle Benezeth, French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; Philippe Tulkens DG Research and Innovation)