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Working Internationally in EO

1 July 2019
Workshop day in London hosted by the UK GEO/CEOS Office with focus on international Earth observation.
Full day with parallel breakouts in afternoon

The UK works globally in Earth Observation in major policy-inspired fora such as the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS). Significant foci are the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the Paris Agreement; the Sendai Framework; EO data policy and access; and applications of EO in services. The meeting is expected to draw in GEO and CEOS participants and beneficiaries, key Government stakeholders, academia and industry working in international projects relevant to GEO, CEOS and UK policy priorities.

It represents an important opportunity to showcase the UK’s work through an international lens, to articulate the benefits that international engagement brings to the UK and its international partners, and to engage and collate best-practice examples ahead of major meetings, particularly the GEO Ministerial in November 2019.

The objectives are:

  • to share knowledge and increase the join-up between UK EO-related activities and the international convening activities of GEO and CEOS;
  • to explore and showcase UK world-leading EO for societal benefit, government policy and international development;
  • to identify and promote UK public, research and commercial EO capabilities and their value in the digital, environmental and non-space economy.

The workshop will consist of plenary sessions, “open space” parallel breakout sessions, rapid-fire participant presentations with panels for audience questions, and networking. Keynote speakers will identify key areas of international UK EO activity including the use of EO for policy, major coordinated EO activities, international focal issues and connections/common interests for attendees.

The “open space” parallel breakout sessions will be group-based conversations across designated important themes. Each session will identify the reasons for topic significance, discuss specific proposed measures from the UK and invite participant inputs on maximizing benefit for the UK.

Currently suggested themes for the parallel breakout open spaces:

  • Oceans including (but not restricted to) plastics and biodiversity
  • Disasters including natural hazard prediction, risk and early warning; relief and mitigation.
  • Climate and carbon including Paris agreement, global stock-take, REDD+.
  • Land services including biodiversity, agriculture, and urban planning.
  • EO Data infrastructures, data forms including Analysis Ready Data and Datacubes, and data access.

Full agenda to be confirmed. To register please select a ticket option. GENERAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE is 12th June 2019.

For rapid-fire presentations: please select a rapid-fire ticket and email the organiser with title and a short description, for selection. DEADLINE for rapid-fire submissions:12th June 2019. 

A buffet lunch will be provided that will include a range of vegetarian options. Please indicate your dietary requests during registration.

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