Join us for a week-long showcase on the impact of open Earth observations

When: 2-6 November 2020

Where: Online

Last year, at the Canberra Ministerial Summit the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) hosted Ministers from GEO’s 111 Members to endorse a bold and ambitious approach to open data sharing to ensure that Earth observations benefit societies and economies. GEO Week 2020 will showcase the efforts to implement the Canberra Declaration by highlighting initiatives from GEO Members, Participating Organizations and Associates in a series of live discussions and interactive content.

Week Overview (all times are in Central European Time)

 
 

 

Monday 2 November

Monday
2 November
Welcome Session
10:00-11:00

Welcome Session
10:00-11:00

Introduction

Opening remarks from GEO Co-Chairs and the GEO Secretariat Director for an overview of the event, progress over the past year, and how to get involved in the GEO Pledge Campaign, a way to contribute financially to the work of GEO.

GEO Highlights Report Launch: Interactive website and PDF showcasing the impact of the GEO Work Programme with highlights from 2020

Speakers

GEO Co-Chairs

  • Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy Director General, Department of Science and Technology (DST) (South Africa)
  • Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (United States)
  • Huang Wei, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology (China)
  • Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General, European Commission (European Commission)

and

  • Gilberto Camara, Director, GEO Secretariat
GEO Pledge Campaign
11:00-11:30

GEO Pledge Campaign
11:00-11:30

Show your support for GEO during the kick-off of an online fundraiser to raise contributions for the GEO Trust Fund. GEO Members, Participating Organizations and Associates are encouraged to get involved with pledges for voluntary contributions to support GEO’s Engagement Priorities and the realization of GEO’s mission.

Member Statements
11:30-12:30

Member Statements
11:30-12:30

Discover new initiatives, commitments and policies in GEO Member Statements. GEO Member Statements will be hosted here showing videos, photos and quotes from GEO’s Members.

 

Tuesday 3 November

Tuesday
3 November
09:00-13:00 Industry Track - Day 1

09:00-13:00 Industry Track - Day 1

12:00-16:00 53rd Executive Committee meeting - Day 1

12:00-16:00 53rd Executive Committee meeting - Day 1

Videoconference for Executive Committee Members and other GEO Member Principals to adopt decisions on selected topics.

 

Wednesday 4 November

Wednesday
4 November
53rd Executive Committee meeting - Day 2
12:00-16:00

53rd Executive Committee meeting - Day 2
12:00-16:00

Videoconference for Executive Committee Members only.

Industry Track - Day 2
14:00-18:00

Industry Track - Day 2
14:00-18:00

GEO Awards
16:00-17:00

GEO Awards
16:00-17:00

Meet the winners of the second annual GEO Individual Excellence Awards and the Earth Observations for the Sustainable Development Goals Awards (EO4SDG Awards). Learn about their projects and get inspired from their stories using Earth observations for impact.

 

Thursday 5 November

Thursday
5 November

“A conversation with GEO Principals: Deriving value from GEO.”

Learn how countries are addressing national priorities and building resilient societies and economies by leveraging Earth observations and their membership in GEO. This discussion will feature expectations from GEO Principals from countries not typically featured in Plenary sessions.

There will be 2 sessions to cover most of the geographical areas timewise

Virtual Panel 09:00-10:00

Virtual Panel 09:00-10:00

Moderator: Steven Ramage - GEO Secretariat

  • Vietnam: Dr. Vu Anh Tuan is currently the Vice Director General of Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)
  • Switzerland: Dr. Karine Siegwart, Vice Director of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
  • Ukraine: Prof. Oleg Fedorov is the Director of the Space Research Institute, National Academy of Sciences and State Space Agency, Ukraine
  • New Zealand: Rob Deakin is the Manager of the Resilience and Climate Change work programme at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)
Virtual Panel 15:00-16:00

Virtual Panel 15:00-16:00

Moderator: Steven Ramage - GEO Secretariat

  • Canada: David Harper, Director General of the Monitoring and Data Services (MDSD) within the Meteorological Services of Canada (MSC), Environmental and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  • Colombia: Yolanda Gonzalez Hernandez, Director of the Institute of Hydrology, Meterology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM)
  • Morocco: Driss Elhadani, Director of the Royal Centre for Remote sensing (CRTS), Morocco
  • Costa Rica: Rafael Monge, Director of National Center of GeoEnvironmental Information (CENIGA), a technical unit of the Ministry of Environment and Energy in Costa Rica

 

Friday 6 November

Friday
6 November

“Challenges and approaches to data sharing: The future of open data”

Panelists discuss approaches to open data, expanding access to ­in situ data and analysis ready data for continued integration in the digital economy and sustainable development, including experience from GEO Initiatives and Flagships.

There will be 2 sessions to cover most of the geographical areas timewise

Virtual Panel 09:00-11:00

Virtual Panel 09:00-11:00

Moderator: Data Working Group Co-Chair Anastasia Wahome - RCMRD

Benefits of data sharing

  • Speaker: Prof/Dr Xiang ZHOU - "Validation field network of remote sensing data product in China"

Best practices for data provision (successes and challenges)

  • Speaker: Adam Lewis (CEOS / Digital Earth Africa): "Global supply chains of ARD"

Digital economy and sustainable development (including experience from GEO Initiatives and Flagships)

  • Speaker: Mir Matin (ICIMOD, GEOGLOWS)

Regional perspectives

  • Speaker: Toshio Koike (ICHARM) : "Achievements in West Africa and plans in the framework of AWCI under the COVID-19 pandemic"
Virtual Panel 15:00-17:00

Virtual Panel 15:00-17:00

Moderator: Werner Kutsch - ICOS

Benefits of data sharing

  • Speaker: James Rattling Leaf Sr. - "GEO Indigenous Alliance"

Best practices for data provision (successes and challenges)

  • Speaker: Kate Larkin (EMODnet - The European Marine Observation and Data Network)

Digital economy and sustainable development (including experience from GEO Initiatives and Flagships)

  • Speaker: Fabio Andres Bernal (Colombia, GEOGLOWS)

Regional perspectives

  • Speaker: Henrik Steen (EEA)
 

 


 

 

Focused on the key priorities of boosting the digital economy, promoting sustainable development, supporting national Earth observation initiatives and highlighting approaches to open data, this week-long series of online events will engage leaders from across the GEO community to share insights, lessons and advance policies and programmes that impact our planet.

GEO Week will feature the 53rd Executive Committee with an invitation extended to all GEO Member Principals to attend on 4 November. Designed to ensure the continuation of GEO Business in absence of a Plenary in 2020, these sessions will seek Member wide consultation and engagement with GEO leadership on important topics for the forthcoming year.

The Industry Track will exhibit Earth observation solutions and services from across the world. A dedicated Networking Platform will bring together development practitioners, governments and the private sector with a special focus on supporting Small and Medium Micro- sized Enterprises (SMMEs) to advance their access to knowledge, markets and partners. With planned virtual talks, match making between business to business and business to government (B2B and B2G) in virtual rooms, the Space Tech Challenge competition announcement and giveaways organized in collaboration with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA),  ZA Space and the South African Department of Science and Innovation, this online event aims to build momentum for an in-person Industry Track in Port Elizabeth, South Africa next year. 

 This week will also feature: 

  • The GEO Awards Ceremony 
  • A global fundraising campaign kick-off 
  • An opportunity to discover GEO Member initiatives
  • Live panel discussions 
  • And more…

Sessions will take place across multiple time zones to promote live participation from around the globe. Several sessions will be pre-recorded and will be made available online through a variety of streaming platforms and available on the GEO website.

Please mark your calendars for this virtual event, and be sure to:

 

Group on Earth Observations
7 bis, avenue de la Paix
Case postale 2300
CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland

 
Tel. +41 22 730 8505
Fax +41 22 730 8520
secretariat@geosec.org

 

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