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Below you can find upcoming Earth Observation events from around the world. These events examine and discuss the many different aspects and applications of the Earth Observation field.

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Big Data from Space (BiDS'17)

28 - 30 November 2017

Organisations: ESA, SatCen, JRC and hosted by CNES

Location: Toulouse, France

Registration deadline: 15 November 2017

Workshop Overview:

The BiDS'17 Conference is co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen).  This is the third edition of the BiDS conference series. It will be hosted by the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) in Toulouse, one of the key European cities with activities focused on space and aerospace developments and applications.

The objective of this conference is to stimulate interactions and bring together researchers, engineers, users, infrastructure and service providers, interested in exploiting Big Data from Space.  Detailed objectives include:

  • Present and discuss results, progresses and emerging challenges, including open data access and open science;
  • Involve users and service providers in the definition of a roadmap for future developments;
  • Identify priorities for research, technology development and innovation;
  • Widen competences and expertise of universities, research institutes, labs, SMEs and other industrial actors;
  • Foster networking of experts and users towards better access and sharing of data, tools, infrastructures, resources and incubation of services;
  • Leverage innovation, spin-in and spin-off of technologies, and business development arising from research and industry progress;
  • Increase and promote the value stemming from the huge quantity of data made available at an ever increasing rate.

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Using Low Frequency Passive Microwave Measurements in Research and Operational Applications

04 - 06 December 2017

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) and ECMWF


Location: Reading, UK


Conference overview:

This workshop on Using Low Frequency Passive Microwave Measurements in Research and Operational Applications, will look at applications that can benefit from the synergistic exploitation of low frequency passive microwave measurements but also on the combined usage of active and passive observations. Four topical areas will be addressed: Sea ice and predictability in Polar Regions, sea surface salinity and ocean circulation, soil moisture and flood forecasting, weather forecasting and climate monitoring.


Attendance: This workshop is by invitation only due to the limited number of participants. If you wish to participate please send a request to the organising committee.

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AGU 2017 Fall Meeting

11 - 15 December 2017

Organisation: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Location: New Orleans, USA

Overview:

Fall Meeting is the largest and pre-eminent Earth and space science meeting in the world. It will offer a unique mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations, a broad range of keynote lectures, various types of formal and informal networking and career advancement opportunities, scientific field trips around New Orleans, and an exhibit hall packed with hundreds of exhibitors.

Fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science community from across the globe for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research. The technical program includes presentations on new and cutting-edge science you can't get anywhere else. Fall Meeting offers something for everyone, from every scientific discipline, including the opportunity to:

  • Hear about a variety of relevant scientific topics
  • Listen to top-notch speakers
  • Build relationships with peers
  • Gain research inspiration from a new location
  • Stay up to date on the latest innovations in the field
  • Gain visibility and recognition of your work

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10th Conference on European Space Policy

23 - 24 January 2018

Organisation: Business Bridge Europe

Location: Belgium, Brussels

Registration: Open

Conference overview:

At the heart of the debates: the potential developments of a European Space Strategy which, with an appropriate financing through the post-2020 EU Financial Framework and the 2019 ESA roadmap, could lead to a strengthened and more diversified contribution to the EU main priorities serving the citizens, the society and the economy.

 

Join us for this special 10th anniversary edition, in the prestigious surroundings of the Egmont Palace, in Brussels, in order to:

  • participate in high level constructive debates between European institutional decision-makers, CEOs as well as representatives of the scientific world and of the civil society
  • take advantage of the numerous networking opportunities
  • benefit from a large visibility by becoming a partner of the event.

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2nd Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting

29 - 31 January 2018

Organisation: ESA

Location: Frascati, Italy

Registration deadline: 21 January 2018

Overview:

Following the launch of Sentinel-2B in March 2017, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 constellation has been finally completed and deployed. Calibration and validation activities are carried out operationally by ESA's Mission Performance Centre (MPC).

These activities can be complemented with the expertise from independent teams such as the experts involved in relevant Cal/Val international groups, or by individual principal investigators, users, laboratories, and institutions.

These experts are invited to be part of the so-called Sentinel-2 Validation Team (S2VT). The work performed by the S2VT will complement on a best-effort and with no supply of funds basis, the baseline validation activities.

The objective of the S2VT is to collect independent validation evidence and experimental data to support the Sentinel-2 Mission. The S2VT aims at providing valuable feedback on the mission core products through the experience gained by S2VT members while exploiting Sentinel-2 data. Such recommendations will be taken into consideration by ESA.

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LPVE2018 - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution

27 February - 01 March 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract deadline: 17 November 2017

Conference overview:

Following the successful LPVE 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting scientists and Cal/Val experts to present the latest results from their on-going research, including the evolution of products, the latest development in validation, the inter-comparison methodologies and the evolution of algorithms, at the 2018 Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution (LPVE 2018).


The workshop intends to address the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview on current land product Cal/Val approaches and protocols and their evolution
  • Revisit existing calibration and validation protocols and standards in the light of newly available satellite data, including Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3
  • Present land product inter-comparison methodologies (in situ, satellite-satellite)
  • Identify key recommendations for ESA land product algorithm evolution
  • Formulate recommendations for future land products and future Cal/Val activities
  • Encourage close collaboration between Cal/Val and research groups

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GISTAM 2018

17 - 19 March 2018

Organisation: Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC)

Location: Madeira, Portugal

Papers submission deadline: 22 November 2017

Conference overview:

The International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management (GISTAM) aims at creating a meeting point of researchers and practitioners that address new challenges in geo-spatial data sensing, observation, representation, processing, visualisation, sharing and managing, in all aspects concerning both information communication and technologies (ICT) as well as management information systems and knowledge-based systems.

The conference welcomes original papers of either practical or theoretical nature, presenting research or applications, of specialised or interdisciplinary nature, addressing any aspect of geographic information systems and technologies.

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GeoInformation for Disaster Management 2018

18 - 21 March 2018

Organisations: Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, ISPRS and URSI

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Abstract submission deadline: 15 December 2017

Full paper submission deadline: 15 February 2018

Conference overview:

The world has experienced several devastating disasters in this century, first an earthquake of a very high magnitude and then tsunami afterwards or heavy rain flows, followed by floods and landslides are common occurrences. These are conditions where even the most advanced EWS cannot make a significant difference. So, most of the potential to mitigate such a disaster in the future would have to be in the field of vulnerability reduction by adaptation, e.g. in urban planning and construction, based on risk and vulnerability maps.

Another question is the quality and coordination of disaster mapping activities to support response measures. Here we should coordinate all efforts globally as most of the disasters nowadays affect Trans boundaries. So the geo-information technologies will and better expressed should help in all facets of Disaster Management. An international effort in this direction is the (GeoInformation for Disaster Management) Gi4DM series of Conferences, which was held for the first time in 2005 after the Indian Ocean Tsunami and repeated every year. The upcoming conference in March 2018 will demonstrate the latest international advances in geo-information regarding the Disaster Management.

We invite all scientists, practitioners and decision makers to join the conference by sharing their experiences by presenting papers and participating in the discussions afterwards.

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2nd International Electronic Conference on Remote Sensing

22 March - 05 April

Organisation: MDPI

Location: Online

Abstract submission deadline: 01 December 2017

e-Conference overview:

The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Remote Sensing (ECRS-2) will be held from 22 March to 5 April 2018. ECRS-2 aims to promote and advance the exciting and rapidly changing field of remote sensing and contribute towards outlining the role of earth observation in monitoring the environment for a sustainable future. All proceedings will be held online.

The continuous technological advent in the broader field of remote sensing opens new opportunities and challenges, emanating from the current and future deployment of new sensors and products, the enormous volume of data becoming readily and openly available, and the ever increasing need for environmental sustainability, among others. Contributions from both theoretical and applied perspectives of remote sensing will be covered. Some of the main topics of interest are listed below:

  • New Platforms and Sensors
  • Big Data Handling
  • New Image Analysis Approaches
  • Applications
  • Product Validation
  • Operational Applications and Services
  • Recent Trends in UAV Remote Sensing
  • Posters: In this section, posters can be presented without an accompanying proceedings paper. Posters will be available online during and after the e-conference. However, will not be added to the proceedings of the conference.

The conference will be completely free of charge both to attend, and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform.

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2nd Mapping Water Bodies

27 - 28 March 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract deadline: 10 January 2018

Conference overview:

The purpose of this conference is to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current Satellites. The conference is open to:

  • ESA Principal Investigators
  • Co-investigators
  • Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 users
  • Scientists
  • Students
  • Representatives from national, European and international space agencies, research labs and value adding industries

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MicroRad 2018

27 - 30 March 2018

Organisation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Massachusetts, USA

Conference overview:

The 15th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2018), is an international forum for presenting recent achievements in instrumentation and engineering as well as scientific applications of microwave radiometry. MicroRad 2018 is sponsored by the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Microwave Remote Sensing Center (MRSC-CeTeM) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Proceedings from the MicroRad conference will be archived by IEEE in IEEE Xplore. A special issue/section of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS) is planned for the publication of original and peer-reviewed papers presented at the meeting.

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7th Digital Earth Summit

17 - 19 April 2018

Organisations: International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) and the Chouaib Douakkali University (UCD)

Location: El Jadida, Morocco

Papers submission deadline: 31 December 2017

Summit overview:

You are cordially invited to the 7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018) which will be convened in El Jadida, Morocco from 17 to 19 April 2018 under the overarching theme 'The Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa'. DES-2018 will be organised by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) and the Chouaib Douakkali University (UCD) in partnership with the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) and the Moroccan Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (MARSE).

The main objective of DES-2018 is to bring together scientists and professionals from the African and international community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges and share experiences. The conference program will feature keynote speeches delivered by leading scholars, technical sessions with reports of the latest research outcomes, discussion sessions on operational topics such as capacity building, Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), big data, space policy, programmes and projects, as well as commercial exhibitions showing latest products and services in Digital Earth and geo-spatial information technologies.

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Developments, Technologies and applications in Remote Sensing

07 - 10 May 2018

Organisation: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission III on Remote Sensing

Location: Beijing, China

Abstract submission deadline: 12 January 2018

Registration opens: 01 January 2018

Symposium overview:

It is our pleasure to announce that International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission III Symposium on "Developments, Technologies and applications in Remote Sensing". The symposium will include plenary sessions, technical sessions, tutorials, social activities, exhibitions, etc.

The symposium will provide a inter-disciplinary platform for experts, scholars and practitioners to present the latest developments and applications, discuss cutting-edge technologies, exchange research ideas, and promote international collaboration in the field of remote sensing. Over 500 participants from around the world are expected to join in this international academic event, and you are welcome to meet old friends and create new contacts.

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4S Symposium 2018

28 May - 01 Jun 2018

Organisations: ESA and CNES

Location: Sorrento, Italy

Abstract deadline: 08 January 2018

Registration opens: January 2018

Symposium overview:

The history of the 4S goes back to 1992 and has had an ever increasing international participation over the years. The maturity of the event is marked by the close cooperation with two other prominent Small Satellite conferences: The Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation (IAA and DLR) and The Small Satellites Conference (AIAA and USU). The information synergies and idea exchange originating from these close links ensure high standard of contributions and a very wide attendance.

Small satellites beyond boundaries is the special topic of 2018. Any contribution on small satellites for space exploration is warmly welcome. The selected papers will be discussed in a dedicated session on the first day of the event. The programme will also cover technical sessions as: mission and system analysis; applications such as Earth observation, science, telecommunication and navigation; new technologies at system, sub-system and component level. A special session will be dedicated to access to space of Small Satellites, as launchers, platform cross-compatibility.

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Proba-V Symposium 2018

29 - 31 May 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) and Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)

Location: Ostend, Belgium

Registration opens: February 2018

Symposium overview:

The second Proba-V symposium will promote the scientific and operational exploitation of Proba-V data and is open to Proba-V users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European and international agencies, operational end-users and value adding industries. It will cover the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview on current mission status, data quality and Cal/Val results
  • Gather and foster the Proba-V scientific and user community
  • Encourage international collaborations on land, water and cryosphere applications
  • Reinforce Proba-V's role as complement to Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 missions
  • Discuss data harmonization and synergy across sensors
  • Provide a forum to report results of on-going science activities using Proba-V data
  • Promote the use of Proba-V data for downstream operational services
  • Consult scientists to formulate recommendations for products improvements

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Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course 2018

11 - 16 June 2018

Organisation: ESA

Location: Svalbard, Norway

Application deadline: 15 December 2017

Course overview:

As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 program, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere, devoted to train the next generation of scientists and specialists to exploit EO data for science and applications.

Postgraduate-level, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from Europe and Canada interested in applications of remote sensing of the Cryosphere are welcome to apply to the 6-day course, held at University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, from 11 to 16 June 2018. Participants from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of places.

No participation fees will be charged for the training. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses. The official language of the course is English.

Objectives:

  • To train the next generation of scientists on Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere;
  • To provide an advanced understanding of theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in applications;
  • To give hands-on practice with tools and methods for satellite data exploitation as well as fieldwork experience for in-situ cryosphere-related data collection;
  • To provide insights of EO challenges/opportunities within the polar context for further studies.

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International Radar Symposium 2018

20 - 22 June 2018

Organisations: German Institute of Navigation (DGON) and the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR)

Location: Bonn, Germany

Abstract submission deadline: 22 December 2017

Registration opens: 01 May 2018

Symposium overview:

Due to the rapid development of technologies, radar technique is still an expanding technical and economical segment with practical applications both in civil and military areas. The worldwide community of radar researchers and experts is lively and everyone from the radar family is cordially invited to attend the International Radar Symposium 2018 in Bonn, Germany.

The International Radar Symposium aims to provide a forum for both academic and industrial professionals in radar from all over the world and to bring together academicians, researchers, engineers, system analysts, graduate and undergraduate students with government and non-government organisations to share and discuss both theoretical and practical knowledge. We invite everybody to submit outstanding and valuable original research papers and participate in the technical exhibition during the conference.

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42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

14 - 22 July 2018

Host Organisation: Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Location: Pasadena, California, United States of America

Abstract submission deadline: 09 February 2018

Contact: COSPAR Secretariat - cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr

Event Overview:

COSPAR 2018 takes place on COSPAR's 60th anniversary, and the symposium consists of approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels, some of which include:

  • SC A: The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
  • SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
  • Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
  • Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
  • Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
  • Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
  • Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
  • Panel on Education (PE)
  • Special events: interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

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IGARSS 2018

23 - 27 July 2018

Organisation: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Location: Valencia, Spain

Abstract submission deadline: 08 January 2018

Symposium overview:

On behalf of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and the Organizing Committee we cordially invite you to participate, next July 2018 in Valencia, Spain, to the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2018, the 38th annual symposium of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS).

The theme for IGARSS 2018 highlights the pressing demands for "Observing, Understanding And Forecasting The Dynamics Of Our Planet". We are looking forward to welcoming you to Valencia, the city of Light and Fire, during IGARSS 2018.

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25 years of progress in radar altimetry symposium

24 - 29 September 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA) and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Abstract submission opens: 15 January 2018

Registration opens: 25 May 2018

Symposium Overview:

This special symposium has been organised to mark the 25th anniversary of the first supply of ERS-1 and TOPEX/Poseidon data. The event will be sponsored by other partner agencies and organisations supporting the development of altimetry. Along with this symposium, related events will take place in the same week which includes the annual meeting of the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team (OSTST) and the International DORIS Service (IDS) Workshop, as well as other thematic workshops still to be organised; potential topics are Sea Level Budget Closure for Climate, Coastal Zone, Space for Hydrology, Argo, GODAE OceanView, Operational Oceanography, etc.

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ICSO 2018

09 - 12 October 2018

Organisations: ESA and CNES

Location: Chania, Greece

Abstract submission deadline: May 2018

Conference overview:

International Conference on Space Optics (ICSO) 2018 is the 12th edition of the largest meeting worldwide of experts working in all disciplines of Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Technologies for Space Applications.

The purpose of ICSO is to bring together the Space Optics Community and exchange information and ideas on the research, development, qualification and flight experience of using optical technologies for space missions. Technology experts meet Mission experts to address the lessons learnt from past developments and identify the next significant developments in employing light-wave technologies and techniques used in all types of Space Missions.

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AARSE 2018 Conference

22 - 26 October 2018

Organisation: African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

Location: Alexandria, Egypt

Abstract deadline: To be confirmed in 2018

Conference overview:

The 12th AARSE Conference will be held from 22 to 26 October 2018 in Alexandria, Egypt with the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST) and National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) as joint local hosts.

More information for application and submission dates will become available in 2018.

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