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Sentinel-3 Validation Team Meeting

13 - 15 March 2018

Organisation: ESA and EUMETSAT

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Registration deadline: 01 March 2018

Meeting overview:

The fourth S3VT meeting will take place at EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, in the week of 13-15 March 2018.

The meeting will feature in-depth discussion around the results from the scientific validation of the operational products after 2 years of the Sentinel-3 A mission, and plans and prospects for the calibration and validation for the upcoming Sentinel-3B.

Participation in the S3VT is open under the rolling S3VT Announcement of Opportunity throughout the operational phase of the mission.

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Satellite International Conference

06 - 08 March 2018

Organisation: Copernicus

Location: Toulouse, France

Conference overview:

In the era of digitalisation, an increasing number of companies are turning to affordable ways to access data quickly from across the globe. This conference will cover all aspects of innovative technologies being made available at lower costs: New applications of satellite radar remote sensing. Discover how these technologies are being applied via case studies from Microsoft Digital, T-Systems , and Munich RE. Showcase of companies buying satellite imagery, what kind of imagery they are using, and for what purposes. Interactive presentations covering the major challenges facing the satellite sensing industry – with Q&A sessions to ask the experts. Spur debate over who has access to this data. As private satellites proliferate and the big data revolution advances, critics argue there needs to be a debate about public and private roles in space.

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Space4Ghent: Satellite data improving life in cities

06 March 2018

Organisation: Eurisy

Location: Ghent, Belgium

Conference overview:

How can satellites help cities become more sustainable, efficient and inclusive? Which satellite data is available, and how can it be accessed and used? What can we expect from the new sets of Earth observation data made available through the Copernicus Services?

This conference will aim at answering such questions. The event will present experiences of use of Earth Observation data in cities and will generate debate among experts, citizens and local administrations on the opportunities and challenges related to the use of satellite-based services to enhance quality of life in cities. Emphasis will be placed on the Copernicus datasets and services which are most relevant for cities.

City administrations, private companies, NGOs, educational institutions, international organisations, and individuals will be invited to showcase and discuss their experiences of use of Earth Observation data to improve quality of life in cities, with the following specific objectives:

  • To raise awareness on existing uses of Earth Observation data to increase quality of life in cities.
  • To inform participants of existing datasets based on Earth Observation, and in particular of the Copernicus datasets, on how to access them and use them operationally, and on the possible applications of such datasets at the city level.
  • To identify the obstacles encountered to access and use EO data at the city level.
  • To stimulate discussion among city authorities, private companies, NGOs and individual citizens on the possible uses of EO data (and of the Copernicus datasets in particular) to develop apps and digital services enhancing quality of life in cities.
  • To support the development of mobile applications to enhance sustainability, inclusion or quality of life embedding EO data.

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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

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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Introduction to Using the VIC Hydrologic Model with NASA Earth Observations

15 February - 01 March 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Course Overview: Hydrologic modelling is useful for flood, drought, and water resources management. The Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) Model uses inputs to better understand hydrological processes in near real-time. Many of the inputs are available from NASA remote sensing and Earth system models, allowing the model to provide soil moisture, evapotranspiration and runoff as outputs. Together with precipitation data, these outputs provide quantitative assessment of a regional water budget. This introductory training will include an overview of the model, sources of satellite-derived input data, and implementation of the model. By the end of this training, attendees will be able to download, install, and use the VIC model, setup VIC for a watershed or river basin using remote sensing data inputs, and analyse output water resources components.

The course will consist of three, 1 hour sessions. Sessions will be held on Thursdays, between 15 February and 1 March from 09:00 – 10:00 and 18:00 – 19:00 EST (UTC -5). The session is broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation.

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Advanced Webinar: Accuracy Assessment of a Land Cover Classification

13 & 20 February 2018

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Course Overview: In last year's ARSET Advanced Webinar: Land Cover Classification with Satellite Imagery, attendees learned the basic steps to create a supervised land cover classification. The next step to using land cover classifications is being able to evaluate the performance of a land cover map using accuracy assessments. This training will equip attendees to conduct an accuracy assessment on a land cover map and identify which classes might be misrepresented. By the end of this training, attendees will be able to conduct an accuracy assessment on a land cover map, understand how to create and use reference data, become familiar with sample designs for accuracy assessment, and develop and interpret an error matrix and a Kappa statistic.

The course will consist of two, 2 hour sessions. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, on 13 and 20 February 2018, at 11:00-13:00 or 23:00-01:00 EST (UTC-5). The session is broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation.

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CSCA Canadian SmallSat Symposium 2018

13 - 15 February 2018

Organisation: Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA)

Location: Toronto, Canada

Symposium overview:

A convergence of leading and emerging corporates, policy makers and regulators, entrepreneurs, investors, and academia the CSCA Canadian SmallSat Symposium 2018 will be another milestone event for Canadian space.

The symposium will cover:

  • Business and finance
  • Competitions, prizes and challenges
  • Data and technical
  • Education and public outreach
  • Government role
  • Ground systems and communications
  • Launch opportunities and challenges
  • Missions: Earth observation
  • Mission:Science and mission payloads
  • Mission: Technologies
  • Space policy and law

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Copernicus for Agriculture Workshop

05 February 2018

Organisation: Copernicus

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Registration deadline: 31 January 2018

Workshop overview:

The Agriculture sector can vastly benefit from Copernicus full free and open data and information. The Copernicus programme already interacts with different stakeholders from the agricultural sector and the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service has a number of information products which can be relevant for the Agriculture domain. However, the full potential of the Copernicus programme in support of agriculture can be further developed and exploited.

The aim of the workshop is to address the possible role of the private (downstream) sector for possible solutions, integrating Copernicus data and Copernicus services' information, in support of the agricultural end-users at the different levels: international, European and Member States' level.

The event is open and free to registered participants. Please go to "Register now" to sign up as a participant. The registration will close on 31 January 2018.

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European Space Week 2017

03 - 09 November 2017

Organisers: European Commission under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and co-organised by the European Space Agency, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and Garage48.

Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Event Overview:

The European Space Week will foster interactions between the space and digital community and will provide visibility to the rapidly changing space sector, its applications and the European Union's Space Programmes Copernicus and Galileo. Central aim is to bring together the most important European space stakeholders, companies, partners and visionaries pushing the topic of space in Europe and beyond.

The European Space Week 2017 is conceived to be a constellation of events ranging from a hackathon, accelerator boot camps, a festive Awards Ceremony, conferences, a Horizon 2020 Space Info Day, a ministerial meeting, to the opening of ESA BIC to an exhibition. The week will address different space-related topics that will interest different audiences from policy makers to start-ups, the public and authorities to industry players. The knowledge exchange will take place through debates, award ceremonies, workshops, symposia and exhibitions in nine different locations.

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IEOS2017 and Copernicus Training and Information Session

02 - 03 November 2017

Organisation: Copernicus and Maynooth University

Location: Co. Kildare, Ireland


These two events aim at strengthening the linkages between Researchers, Technologists, Service-Providers & End-Users for more effective exploitation of EO data & information services across Ireland. Support is being provided by the Geomatics Surveying Professional Group of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and the Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (IRLOGI).


The Irish Earth Observation Symposium (IEOS) 2017 provides an opportunity for all those involved in the remote sensing sector to network and present their work to the EO community in either oral or poster format. This event, the 11th in the series, is a full day of talks and demonstrations, hosted by the National Centre for Geocomputation, Maynooth University on the 02 November 2017.

Call for presentations - deadline for submissions is 13 October 2017.

Copernicus Training and Information Session

This event will be held on 03 November 2017 at Maynooth University, is the 10th in a series of national Copernicus events. The European Commission is organising the Sessions at the request of, and in collaboration with Member States.

The event aims to promote awareness of the many uses of Copernicus data and information, while providing the opportunity for hands on demonstrations and basic training. The Copernicus Training and Information Session targets both Copernicus 'intermediate' end users (technical) and end user communities (non-technical).

These events are open and free to registered participants. Registration closes on 31 October 2017.

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12 October 2017

Organisations: Copernicus, European Commission

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Registration closes: 08 October 2017

Workshop Overview:

The Copernicus4Energy workshop intends to bring together stakeholders of the Earth Observation (EO) and the Energy sectors, in view of highlighting the potential of Copernicus to contribute to current and emerging needs of the energy industries, and especially the energy transition.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To identify intermediate and end-users' needs and requirements in the Energy sector;
  • To present the current Copernicus offer in terms of data and service information for the energy sector;
  • To assess and characterise EO-based applications supporting energy industries and policies at EU and global level, including key complementary data either in situ or socio-economic or private which would need to be combined with EO for validation or further added-value processing;
  • To discuss the way forward in terms of new Copernicus products and evolution of the programme's Space Component, with a focus on the necessary data analytics, computing science or modelling required to develop new energy services/products/solutions for the end users (processing, modelling, in situ data or socio-economic data).

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Satellite Applications for the Alps

10 October 2017

Organisations: Eurisy

Location: Brixen, Italy

Workshop Overview:

Eurisy, together with IDM Südtirol and Berchtesgaden Satellite Navigation Cluster are happy to invite you to a conference dedicated to satellite applications for search and rescue in the Alps! This conference will be held in the framework of the week-long International Mountain Summit, a prestigious annual event gathering the mountaineering community.

The objective of the event is to gather stakeholders of search and rescue in the Alps, and representatives of the space community (decision-makers, research organisations, service providers). Together, they will discuss the premise that satellite services serve the interests of the search and rescue community better when shared and used as common solutions, across the borders, rather than when used individually.

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09 - 10 October 2017

Organisations: ESA

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands

The objective of the workshop is to identify potential synergies between High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) and satellites in the domains of Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation.Contributions to the following topics are invited:

  • Platforms: State-of-the-Art and future HAPS.
  • Synergies of HAPS Payloads
  • Ground segment solutions for HAPS
  • Demonstration activities and prototyping campaigns
  • Operations solutions for HAPS
  • Regulatory topics: airspace regulation for HAPS with a focus on Europe, airworthiness, spectrum.

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Geomatics & Geospatial Technology 2017

04 - 05 October 2017

Organisation: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Symposium Overview:

The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia will present "Geospatial and Disaster Management" as the theme for the GGT 2017. Many agencies and private entities have engaged with geospatial information systems, applications and services. However, more efforts and works have to be workout and envisioned for better information and decisions within the agencies and many users. Today, users demand more and more relevant data, services and information.

In order to materialise all those demands both from data providers and users, all geospatial information communities and related professionals are invited together in one big event – GGT 2017. Many issues and solutions could be shared and discussed for the benefits of all. Participants are invited to submit their abstracts and papers to be presented at the conference but not limited to: 

  • Surveying and Geomatics
  • GPS and GNSS, Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Photogrammetry
  • LiDAR and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • GIS (2D and 3D)
  • Open Geo
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • 3D City Modelling
  • 3D Modelling

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EO Open Science 2017

25 - 28 September 2017

Organisations: ESA

Location: Frascati, Italy

Workshop Overview:

This conference will explore the emerging challenges and opportunities faced by the EO scientific community to respond to the new paradigm of EO Open Science. The conference will also present how ESA is facilitating the exploitation of EO data in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and open way, to make the most of the large volume of complex and diverse data delivered by the new generation of EO missions and in particular the Sentinels. EO Open Science offers an enormous potential for researchers to share knowledge, access and make use of EO data in a global network of communities.

The main objectives of the conference are to:

  • Gather and foster the emerging EO Open Science scientific community,
  • Provide a forum for scientists and value-adding players to present activities relevant to the EO Open Science themes,
  • Provide a forum for international exchange on EO Open Science and for scientists to formulate community recommendations,
  • Present large-scale international initiatives in the domain of EO Open Science,
  • Consult scientists to prepare future ESA scientific Exploitation Elements activities supporting EO Open Science.

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