Governments and industry join together to drive sustainable economic growth using Earth observations at GEO Week 2019
Press release / 3 November 2019 / Group on Earth Observations
A week-long event to bolster investment and support for Earth observations is kicking-off in Canberra, Australia at GEO Week 2019.
More than 1400 people are already registered for the annual gathering of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community. GEO Week is one of the world’s largest gatherings of Earth observation practitioners and policy makers. From 4-9 November, delegations from almost 50 countries including the GEO co-chairs - United States, China, South Africa and from the European Union - will join with leaders from the geospatial, space and technology industry. The purpose is to discuss future investments in the Earth observations sector that will drive productivity and sustainable economic growth. This is the first-ever GEO Week meeting to be held in Australia.
"Earth observations provide critical data for decision makers to take informed actions for our planet. We look forward to discussions with EO community at GEO Week to ensure that Earth observations are used effectively by policy makers, the commercial sector and communities to drive global impact," said GEO Secretariat Director, Gilberto Câmara.
GEO Week 2019 features a full programme of events hosted at the National Convention Centre Canberra, which includes: GEO-XVI Plenary, Side Events, a world-class Exhibition featuring live demonstrations and innovations, Ideas Stage pitches, a brand new initiative for commercial sector engagement at the Industry Track, and much more. The event showcases successful applications of Earth observations and new technologies in global, regional and local contexts. Tailored sessions will focus on how EO can aid decision makers to address key issues related to disaster risk reduction, climate action, food security, and other key topics impacting our lives on a daily basis.
The centerpiece of GEO Week 2019 will be the Ministerial Summit, which is held once every four years. The theme of this year’s Ministerial Summit is ‘Earth observations: Investments in the digital economy.’ Investments in technologies around big data, cloud computing and machine learning offer new and exciting opportunities to access and benefit from Earth observation data and knowledge. Ministers will discuss the integration of Earth observation data into the broader digital economy, which is critical for sustained and inclusive economic growth.
“We know international cooperation and coordination are essential for delivering the benefits of Earth observations to Australians and people around the world. Australia has been a Member government of
GEO since it started more than 15 years ago. For the first time in its history, we are proud to welcome the global GEO community to Australia,” said Australia’s GEO Principal Stuart Minchin from Geoscience Australia.
GEO Week 2019 features events for youth, indigenous communities and Pacific Island countries
High-level meetings happening at GEO Week
Specific sessions will be live streamed on GEO’s YouTube channel.
Information for media
Online registration for GEO Week 2019 media accreditation is now open. Accredited media will have access to a range of events and opportunities throughout GEO Week 2019, including the Industry Track. Accredited media will automatically be subscribed to GEO Week 2019 media releases and updates.
GEO Secretariat Contact:
Theadora Mills, Communications Officer
+41 76 7446773
Geoscience Australia Contact:
Aliesha Lavers, Senior Communications Officer
+61 2 6249 9652
About the Group on Earth Observations:
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is an intergovernmental partnership of 108 member governments and over 130+ global collaborators committed to sharing and using open Earth observation data and information to save our planet. Working with thousands of dedicated individuals, GEO envisions a future where decisions and actions are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations.
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