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17 - 19 March 2018

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

Location: Madeira, Portugal

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

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

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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6th Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment

26 - 29 March 2018

Organisation: Cyprus Remote Sensing Society

Location: Paphos, Cyprus

Full paper submission deadline: 25 March 2018

Conference overview:

The Organising Committee invite you to join us in Cyprus on 26-29 March, 2018, to network with leading experts in the field of Remote Sensing and Geo-information. The conference will take place at the Aliathon Holiday Village in Paphos, Cyprus.

The Technical Program is open to all topics in Remote Sensing and Geo-information of Environment and related techniques and applications.

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2nd Mapping Water Bodies

27 - 28 March 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Registration deadline: 22 March 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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GeoSmart Asia - Locate 18

09 - 11 April 2018

Organisation: GeoSmart Asia

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Conference overview:

The Asia-Pacific's premier geospatial conferences, GeoSmart Asia and Locate are coming together in Adelaide, Australia, from 09-11 April, 2018.

Since their inception, both GeoSmart Asia and Locate have provided a platform for dialogue and discussion on the application of geospatial technologies across the region. This new, collaborative event will deliver a far-reaching, dynamic, and powerful experience for its attendees. Come and be part of three days of insightful workshops, plenaries and thematic sessions, participatory experiences, social events, and an exhibition displaying state-of-the-art technologies. GeoSmart Asia'18 and Locate'18 aims to deliver a dynamic and powerful experience in the Asia-Pacific region by bringing geospatial leaders and experts together with industry innovators and technology providers from across the region and globally.

With the theme "The Art, Science, and Business of Geospatial," GeoSmart Asia18 and Locate18 will present an informative, contemporary agenda that will highlight technology advancements, solution-centric applications, and the opportunities presented by business models. This confluence will pave the way for defining the future directions for geospatial industry and establish a geospatial culture across the region.

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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

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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EO & Copernicus Technologies

18 - 19 April 2018

Organisation: EARSel

Location: Bochum, Germany

Registration deadline: 16 April 2018

Event overview:

Earth Observation & Copernicus Technologies and Solutions for User Applications - This free event is planned as a marketplace that will enable knowledge transfer between technology experts, service providers and manufacturers as well as users from selected application fields. The goal is to stimulate the development and marketing of new "Copernicus"related products, services and solutions. The event will build on findings and experience from the German technology network "CopServ" and aims to transfer valuable technological know-how to European level in the framework of the EEN.

The event will offer thematic workshops to exchange ideas on technology trends, identify market demand and raise awareness among end users towards the importance of Earth observation and Copernicus technologies and their potential. A B2Match event for bilateral meetings is included.

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International Review Workshop on Satellite Altimetry Cal/Val Activities & Applications

23 - 26 April 2018

Organisation: ESA, EUMETSAT and the IAG/IUGG Commission 2

Location: Crete, Greece

Workshop overview:

The aim of this Review Workshop is to present the latest research results in the field of satellite altimetry calibration and altimetry applications for monitoring ocean changes and for improving Earth observation in an objective, continuous, homogeneous and reliable manner, free of errors and biases, and tied from one altimetry mission to the next. The intention is to support long-term monitoring of climate changes by understanding better environmental changes on world's oceans, terrestrial surface waters, but also on Arctic and Antarctic polar regions. The final outcome is to establish and promote a scientific roadmap with procedures, protocols, guidelines, and best practices in an open and transparent way to be followed by any international group working on satellite altimetry to attain SI traceability of their measurements, results and data products.

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SeaSAR 2018

07 - 10 May 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency

Location: Frascati, Italy

Registration deadline: End of April 2018

Workshop overview:

The European Space Agency is organising the fifth Advances in SAR Oceanography workshop, SeaSAR 2018, which will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN from 07 to 10 May 2018.

The workshop is part of the #EOScience4Society – Scientific Exploitation Programme element aimed at exploiting data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. Copernicus Sentinels) for science and application development.

The main objectives for the workshop are:

  • Report on progress/status of recommendations of SeaSAR 2012
  • Provide a forum for scientific exchange and to assess the state of art in SAR coastal and marine applications, virtual labs, tools, virtual platforms.
  • Initiate and encourage close collaboration between individual research groups.
  • Stimulating and supporting the exploitation of the ESA Earth Explorer and Copernicus Sentinel Missions. Formulate recommendations for algorithm and new products development.
  • Present exploitation results from spaceborne SAR missions and application projects.
  • Present SAR marine and ice services developed under the Copernicus Programme.
  • Group-work and discussion, to develop new skills in the application of complementary satellite for ocean remote sensing data sets and their application in synergy for science and applications serving society.

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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

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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International Conference of AOGEOSS

16 - 19 May 2018

Organisation: AOGEOSS

Location: Deqing, Zhejiang, China

Registration deadline: 06 May 2018

Event overview:

International conference of Asia-Oceania Global Earth Observation System of Systems (AOGEOSS) will provide a platform for participants to discuss the key issues to promote the implementation of Asia-Oceania regional GEOSS, exchange technical experiences, and share innovative solutions in their applicability in AO regions.

The training workshop will focus on knowledge spread and experience exchanging on certain domains in 2-day courses,in order to promote capacity building for access, analysis and application EO data in AO region, especially developing countries. The training course mainly consists of a series of lectures and practical exercises in some selected topics, not only introduce how to discover the EO data around the world, the key points involved in the idea, policy, methodology and new practices of data access, processing, and sharing; also include introduction of the show cases of regional concerns, discussion and practical exercises on data applications.

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2nd Italian Workshop on Radar and Remote Sensing 2018

28 - 29 May 2018

Organisation: GTTI

Location: Pavia, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 05 April 2018

2018 Acceptance notification: 30 April 2018

Workshop registration opening: 02 May 2018

Workshop overview:

The 2nd Italian Workshop on Radar and Remote Sensing, organized by GTTI, the Italian Information and Communication Technology group, will be held at the University of Pavia. The workshop is quite informal, and aims at providing a forum for scientific exchange among the Italian and international community in this area.

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4S Symposium 2018

28 May - 01 Jun 2018

Organisations: ESA and CNES

Location: Sorrento, Italy

Paper submission deadline: 23 April 2018

Registration deadline: 28 May 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 deadline: 29 April 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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EarthCARE Science and Validation Workshop

11 - 15 June 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency

Location: Bonn, Germany

Abstract submission deadline: 16 March 2018 (EarthCARE Science Workshop only)

Workshop overview:

The international science community is invited to participate in the EarthCARE Science and Validation Workshop, which is jointly organised by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German EarthCARE Project Office at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the European Space Agency (ESA), in cooperation with our partners, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT).

The workshop will provide the forum for the discussion of the preparation of the mission exploitation and its product validation. It combines the Seventh International EarthCARE Science Workshop – following the sixth workshop held in 2014 in Tokyo – and the First ESA EarthCARE Validation Workshop, following ESA's Announcement of Opportunity for submitting proposals for the calibration and validation of EarthCARE, to organise the activities of the Principal. The workshops will be arranged side-by-side in respective morning and evening sessions during the identified week.

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Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course 2018

11 - 16 June 2018

Organisation: ESA

Location: Svalbard, Norway

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.


  • 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

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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38th Annual EARSeL Symposium

09 - 12 July 2018

Organisation: European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Location: Chania, Greece

Early registration deadline: 30 April 2018

Symposium overview:

Climate change, over population, over exploitation of natural resources, all put pressure on the sustainability of most human activities. Many believe that we must drastically change our ways, in order to adapt to the new circumstances. In order to decide on what is required to change, we must investigate the possibilities and to do so, we require data and information. So how can remote sensing methods help fill this gap and lead us to sustainability?

The symposium offers the opportunity to EARSeL and non-EARSeL members to interact and present preliminary research between the dedicated Special Interest Groups (SIG) workshops that are organised every two years. It is a great opportunity for all interested parties to expose their research to an international scientific community. The topics addressed in each annual symposium are related to the EARSeL's Special Interest Groups, as well as contemporary topics of high interest. Submissions and presentations should be focusing on one or more of those topics, as sessions will be mostly organised according to those topics.

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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

Early registration deadline: 27 April 2018

Contact: COSPAR Secretariat -

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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23 - 27 July 2018

Organisation: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Location: Valencia, Spain

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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Urban Remote Sensing - Challenges & Solutions

24 - 26 September 2018

Organisation: EARSel

Location: Bochum, Germany

Abstract submission deadline: 31 March 2018

Workshop overview:

The Department of Geography, Ruhr-University of Bochum, are hosting a joint workshop of the Special Interest Groups:

  • Urban Remote Sensing
  • 3D Remote Sensing
  • Developing Countries
  • Radar Remote Sensing

Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Change detection techniques for urban areas
  • Multitemporal analysis of urban areas
  • Feature extraction strategies
  • Extraction of urban areas
  • Extraction of Buildings
  • Mapping of road networks
  • Urban heat island studies
  • Data fusion for urban applications
  • Modelling of urban growth
  • Analysis of geohazards in urban areas

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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

Registration opens: April 2018

Registration deadline: 31 July 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: 01 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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ESA Earth Observation Φ-week

22 - 26 October 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency (ESA)

Location: Frascati, Italy

Abstract submission deadline: 01 April 2018

Event overview:

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO to review the latest developments in Open Science trends and kick-start innovative activities of the recently created Φ-department. This department and its associated Φ-lab is looking at FutureEO and aims to identify, support and scale bold EO ideas. This event will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN.

Hear about the latest trends in EO - The Φ-week will include a variety of events (e.g. inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, start-up pitch, hackathons) to connect multi-disciplinary communities to:

  • explore together how EO Open Science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies and
  • help shape future EO missions and services.

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AARSE 2018 Conference

22 - 26 October 2018

Organisation: African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

Location: Alexandria, Egypt

Abstract submission deadline extended: 15 May 2018

Conference overview:

12th biennial conference of African Association of Remote Sensing and Environment AARSE will be held in Egypt, Alexandria, Arab Academy of Science and Technology.

AARSE is the largest gathering community in remote sensing and geospatial information in Africa. The conference title is Earth Observations and Geospatial Science in service of Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference will gather expert, scientists, professionals from all over the globe to deliberate and present the up-to-date outcomes from remote sensing and geospatial information to achieve the global agenda for sustainable development 2030, particularly for Africa and developing countries.

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