About the GEO Data and Knowledge Week 2020

The international Earth observation data community is invited to join the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Beijing, China for GEO Data and Knowledge Week 2020.

The GEO Data and Knowledge Week will take place in the Beijing Friendship Hotel [1 South Avenue (Nan Dajie), Zhongguancun(1), Tel: +86-10-68498888 Fax:+86-10-68498866]

For the first time ever, the GEO Data Providers Workshop and GEO Data Technology Workshop will take place together in a new format as a single event: GEO Data and Knowledge Week 2020.

Hosted by the ChinaGEO Secretariat, the event will focus on open data and ways to ensure that available Earth observation data and knowledge can support international policy frameworks including the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement. It will include a full programme of workshops, training sessions, EO site tours, and more.

Accommodation and Room Booking

The venue of 2020 GEO Data and Knowledge Week is Beijing Friendship Hotel, and it also provides accommodation for participants. Please visit Beijing Friendship Hotel’s website to make your reservation. To get the discount rate, please use reservation code ‘2020geo’ while the room booking.


17 - 21 February 2020: Exhibition

Following several requests from partners, the local committee plans to set up a limited exhibition area close to the coffee corner. Please contact Bonan Wu at wubn@aircas.ac.cn if you are interested in setting up a space at the exhibition.

17 February 2020: ChinaGEO Day Side Events

The ChinaGEO Day Side Events brings an opportunity to learn about the activities of the China GEO communities. There are 8 slots of 1.5 hours each. Four side events will be based on the GEO Work Programme coordinated by Chinese researchers. The remainder of the side events will focus on resources, ecosystems, challenges and innovations by the Chinese private sector. However, side event slots are open to all.

Identified side events are:

  • Session 1:Win-Win cooperation between GEO & commercial enterprises
  • Session 2:Toward Collaborative Innovation in GEO Industry: From Vision to Chance Creation
  • Session 3:Trustworthy service and interoperability requirement for EOS
  • Session 4:EO data supporting SDG monitoring and knowledge service
  • Session 5:Earth Observation Data for reporting Targets of Sendai Framework regional and national efforts
  • Session 6:Climate Change Data and Knowledge: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Session 7:Collaboration on Integrated Observations and Digital Service for High Asia and Polar Cold Regions
  • Session 8:Supporting climate change adaption, AOGEO and EuroGEO collaboration on EO shared data and derived knowledge

Side event slots are still open. To apply for organizing a session please contact Prof. Li Guoqing <ligq@radi.ac.cn>

18 - 21 February 2020: GEO Data and Knowledge Workshop

Objectives of the workshop: 

  • Foster interaction within the GEO Community to facilitate collaborative approaches to address challenges and opportunities.
  • Align through better interaction of GEO Work Programme activities the support of Policy (Decision Making) needs with a focus on the GEO engagement priorities: Disaster, Climate, SDGs with respect to data, applications, knowledge and existing technological tools and related gaps
  • Showcase missing elements in the GEO Work Programme activities in terms of Data, Technology, Usability (Modelling - Policy) in addressing policy goals
  • Demonstrate to GEO Users successful uptake by GEO users from the public and private sectors (how to boost awareness, facilitate use, etc.)
  • Promote the Open Science approaches supporting end-to-end reproducible solutions and best practices in data sharing and data management
  • Explore technological advancements towards open and reproducible knowledge (e.g. Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning).
  • Demonstrate the value of the GEOSS Infrastructure including GEO Knowledge Hub

Throughout the entire workshop there will be an exhibition with sponsor booths, poster sessions and training sessions.

Workshop programme: 

Tuesday 18 February 2020

9h00-9h30 Opening Session

 Opening and Welcome

 Objectives of the workshop

9h30-10h30: Science, Data and Knowledge

 Open science and reproducible science in GEO
 Benefit of open data and open knowledge
 Discussion: What does it mean to set up an open data policy at country level and what are the benefits?

Coffee Break

11h00-12h30: GEOSS Infrastructure Current Status

 GEOSS Platform
 GEO Knowledge Hub - focus on Sen2Agri

Lunch: 12h30 - 14h00

Presentation and discussion on GEO Flagships

14h00-14h45: GEOGLAM

 Successes and challenges
 What open science means for them and how the GEOSS Infrastructure can scale up their activities?
 Impact stories, Data and Knowledge Needs and Gaps

14h45-15h30: GEOBON

 Successes and challenges
 What open science means for them and how the GEOSS Infrastructure can scale up their activities?
 Impact stories, Data and Knowledge Needs and Gaps

Coffee Break

16h00-16h45: GFOI

 Successes and challenges
 What open science means for them and how the GEOSS Infrastructure can scale up their activities?
 Impact stories, Data and Knowledge Needs and Gaps

16h45-17h30: GOS4M

 Successes and challenges
 What open science means for them and how the GEOSS Infrastructure can scale up their activities?
 Impact stories, Data and Knowledge Needs and Gaps

Wednesday 19 February 2020

9h00-12h30 GEO Initiatives: Successes and challenges

 Applications & Knowledge developed by the Initiative
 Data used and needs
 What are ideal functionalities expected in the GEOSS Infrastructure towards reproducible knowledge
 What is needed to advance the Initiative towards Reproducible knowledge?
 Capacity Development Needs

09h00-10h00: 3 GEO Initiatives (20 min each)

10h00-10h30: Discussion(30 min)

Coffee Break

11h00-12h00: 3 GEO Initiatives (20 min each)

12h00-12h30: Discussion(30 min)

Lunch: 12h30 - 14h00

14h00-15h30: Engagement Priorities

What are the specific EO Needs and how GEO Infrastructure can effectively support to best respond


Coffee Break

16h00-17h30: Regional/Subregional GEO

What have been their accomplishments in terms of Applications & Knowledge , and what they are needs and gaps.

How the Regional GEO are/will be integrated in the GEOSS Infrastructure


Thursday 20 February 2020

9h00-10h30 Capacity Development and Reproducible Knowledge

Why Reproducible Knowledge?

What is needed to advance the community towards Reproducible knowledge?

Discussion to move the GEO Community to adopt open science and reproducible knowledge

Coffee Break

11h00-12h30: (G)EO and Emerging Technologies

How can GEO benefit from technological advancements and emerging technologies towards open and reproducible knowledge?

How can the emerging technologies be integrated in the GEOSS Infrastructure?

 Analysis Ready Data
 Datacubes: Principles, Standards, and Practice
 Australia Data Cube and Swiss Data Cube
 Digital Earth Africa (DEA)

Lunch: 12h30 - 14h00

14h00-15h30: Cloud Computing and GEOSS Infrastructure


Coffee Break

16h00-17h30: (G)EO and Emerging Technologies continued

 Big Data
 Artificial Intelligence
 Machine Learning

Friday 21 February 2020


EO Data/Knowledge Gaps and Quality, Ethics

What to do to improve the quality of actual EO data?

What are the minimum requirements for quality and reliability.

How GEO is handling Open High Resolution/in situ EO data/Knowledge sharing in sensitive situations


Collaboration with diverse communities including Indigenous peoples

In situ - Biodiversity

Food security

Refugee and IDP settlements

High Res Data

Coffee Break

11h00-11h30: GEO & UNGGIM

 GEO & Associates

11h30-12h30 Closing session and workshop outcomes report

22 February 2020: EO Site tours

China GEO secretariat will invite the representatives to have a closed visit to Chinese space agencies and Earth observation facilities. The local committee offers following tours, including facilities tours, technical seminars, as well as free lunches and transportation:

  • Route 1:Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Center, MNR (morning)
  • Route 2:China National Space Administration: Dongfanghong Co. Ltd + CRESDA  (morning + afternoon)
  • Route 3:Aerospace information Research Institute, CAS (morning + afternoon)
  • Route 4:National Satellite Ocean Application Service (afternoon)
  • Route 5:National Satellite Meteorological Centre  (afternoon)


Registration is open / Register Here


Please note that it can take up to 3 months for the successful completion of your VISA application, so please register here as soon as possible to obtain a letter for your VISA application. Registration closes on December 31, 2019. Late registrations will NOT be accepted.