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02 November

03 November

04 November

05 November

06 November

07 November

08 November

09 November

02 November

03 November

04 November

05 November

06 November

07 November

08 November

09 November

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Sasha Alexander

Policy Officer
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Sasha is a Policy Officer with the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) where he focuses on the role of sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration in helping countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specifically the target on Land Degradation Neutrality. He coordinates the publication of the Global Land Outlook and facilitates the UNCCD’s role in numerous global partnerships, high level meetings and expert workshops. He also leads the team on the monitoring of land-based indicators for reporting on SDG indicator 15.3.1 and building capacity at the national level to utilize Earth observations datasets. Sasha is a member of the steering committee that is coordinating the work of the new GEO Land Degradation Neutrality Initiative.
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Tiziana Bonapace

Director of Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
Director of Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). Prior to this, Ms. Bonapace was Head of the Subregional Office for North and Central Asia, UN ESCAP.
Ms. Bonapace is an international development economist, who joined the UN in 1990 as a UNIDO associate expert. In 1992 she joined ESCAP’s trade and investment programme, where she specialized in the developmental impact of WTO and regional trade agreements, as well as the implications of WTO accession for countries with special needs.
From 2008-2010, Ms. Bonapace led the preparation of ESCAP’s flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, on regional macroeconomic performance.
Since 2011, Ms. Bonapace has worked on regional connectivity issues, and the opportunities that seamless infrastructure and market integration offer for economic diversification and competitiveness. Since 2016, Ms. Bonapace has led ESCAP’s ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction programme which seeks to build resilience to disasters through improved connectivity and technological innovation.
Throughout her UN career, Ms. Bonapace has led the preparation of studies, research and analytical papers and has participated as a panelist and resource person in many meetings of senior government officials and business leaders.
Ms. Bonapace has lived in Italy, Kazakhstan, Thailand and South Africa, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Economics and Commerce, and worked as University lecturer.
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Patrick Child

Deputy Director General in DG Research and Innovation
European Commission
Patrick Child is Deputy Director General in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. He leads the policy for implementation, impact & sustainable investment strategies. As a member of the Board of DG Research and Innovation, he follows in particular research and innovation into climate action and clean energy technologies, and is the Commission representative of Mission Innovation (a coalition of 23 countries and the European Union, committed to doubling research in clean energy by 2020) and in the International Group of Earth Observations (GEO).
Until April 2016, Patrick Child was Managing Director of the European External Service with responsibility for administration and finance, covering human resources policy, security and the budget. Before he took up this post in 2011, he was director in the External Relations Directorate General in the European Commission responsible for the management of the network of Commission delegations. He has previously served as head of cabinet for External Relations Commissioners Benita Ferrero-Waldner and before that Chris Patten from 1999-2004.
With a background in the UK Finance Ministry, he joined the European Commission in 1994, where he started in the Economic and Monetary affairs Directorate General before becoming Commission press spokesman for economic and monetary union from 1995-2004. Mr Child studied mathematics at Cambridge University. He is married with two children.

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Valrie Grant

Managing Director
GeoTechVision
Valrie Grant is the Founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision, an ICT and Spatial Technologies company headquartered in Kingston Jamaica with offices in Georgetown Guyana and Miami Florida.
With over 18 years of experience in the Geospatial Sciences with engagements spanning several territories across the Caribbean, North America, the Pacific and Europe, Valrie is helping government and corporate entities develop data driven solutions to address organizational challenges and meet corporate goals.
Valrie has been affirmed by several technology and business awards. She sits on the board of the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC), serves as Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Americas Private Sector Network, a Technical Advisor of the UN-GGIM Americas, Caribbean Project.. She serves on several other national, regional and international Boards and Committees.

This award-winning entrepreneur believes in simply living a great story and prioritizes family, spirituality and a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about Technology and Entrepreneurship and enjoys mentoring women entrepreneurs and working with youths.

Her academic background includes: a BSc. in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and post graduate studies in Entrepreneurship.
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Claire Melamed

CEO
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Dr. Claire Melamed is the CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. This growing network brings together several hundred members -- governments, private sector, and civil society -- to harness and leverage data and data technology towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, “A World That Counts”. "We say that every life counts, but we still don't count every life", she says in her advocacy to use the knowledge provided by data to improve lives and protect the planet. Claire is based in London and heads up a global team based in five countries. Claire serves on a number of Boards and advisory groups for institutions including the UK Office of National Statistics Data Science Campus, Government of UAE Task Force on Global Data Commons, Overseas Development Institute Human Mobility Initiative, and Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Index.
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Paloma Merodio Gómez

Vice President
National Institute of Statistics and Geography INEGI
Paloma holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico ITAM and Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In April 2017, she was appointed Vice President of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography INEGI, coordinating the work of the National Subsystem of Geographic Information, Environment, and Urban Planning. In December 2017 she assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Regional Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management for the Americas (UN-GGIM). Previously, she worked at the Ministry of Social Development as General Director of Evaluation and Monitoring of Social Programs. Also, she worked at the Mexican Institute of Social Security as Coordinator of Strategic Research.

She has also been a consultant for international organizations such as the World Bank working on water projects in Indonesia, and for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on evaluation issues. She has volunteered at BRAC, Bangladesh, the Children's Fund of Mexico, Grameen Bank and the IMSS Volunteer Program. Her interests lie in generating high quality accessible information for decision making.
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Lisa Robinson

Senior Advisor on Resilience and Humanitarian Response at
BBC Media Action
Lisa Robinson is the Head of Advisory at BBC Media Action, the international development arm of the BBC. She leads a team that advises on how media and communication can improve people’s lives, supporting staff and partners to deliver effective initiatives globally, reaching over 200 million people a year.Much of Lisa’s work over the past 15 years has focused on resilience and humanitarian response.She is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.
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Gilberto Camara

Secretariat Director
Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
Prof. Dr. Gilberto Camara joined GEO as Secretariat Director in July 2018. He is well-known in the GEO community as a leading researcher in Geoinformatics, Geographical Information Science, and Land Use Change, and he has been recognised internationally for promoting free access and open source software for Earth observation data.
Under his guidance, as Director for Earth observation (2001-2005) and Director General (2006-2012), Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) made significant advances in land change monitoring using remote sensing, which contributed to Brazil achieving 80% decrease in deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, supporting Brazil’s commitment made at the UNFCCC COP15. This achievement was hailed as “the biggest environmental success story in a decade” by the scientific journal Nature. In support of Brazil's pledge to the 2015 Paris Agreement, Gilberto lead a team that projected Brazil’s future emissions from land use and agriculture.
Gilberto has advised 25 PhD dissertations and 31 Master thesis and published more than 250 scholarly papers that have been cited more than 10000 times (Google Scholar, June 2018). He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of Global Land Project from 2006 to 2011. From June 2013 to May 2015, he was the Brazil Chair at the University of Münster (Germany). From December 2016 to June 2018, he served as be one of the two co-chairs of the Belmont Forum, an international group of funding agencies for global change research.
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Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Government of Australia
Matthew Canavan was sworn in as the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia on 29 May 2019.

Matthew grew up in Logan just south of Brisbane. After achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at the University of Queensland, Matthew worked at the Productivity Commission where he eventually rose to the level of Director.

During that time Matthew worked on projects ranging from competition laws, housing affordability to counting the number of policies that Australian governments have introduced to tackle climate change (the answer was 244).

Becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of coherent economic policy by the Rudd Government, Matthew went to work for Barnaby Joyce as his Chief-of-Staff ahead of the 2010 election. In that role, Matthew helped develop policies to provide tax concessions for vital infrastructure and to encourage people to move to the regions, worked on a Senate inquiry that recommended stricter environmental controls on coal seam gas developments and developed a Coalition report on the potential to invest in new dams throughout Australia.

At the 2013 election Matthew was elected to the Senate. He took up his position as a Senator in the Nationals party room in July 2014 as a Senator based in Rockhampton, the first Senator to be based in Rockhampton for more than 20 years.

Matthew is a former Lions Youth of the Year and worked as a Leader with the Christian Brothers on Edmund Rice Camps, where he met his wife. They now live in Yeppoon near Rockhampton, with their four sons and baby daughter.

While Matthew’s family is very proud of him being preselected by the LNP to run for the Senate, his Father remains slightly disappointed that he gave up cricket at 16 and therefore never fulfilled his true calling to play test cricket for Australia.

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Mmboneni Muofhe

Deputy Director-General
Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Mmboneni Muofhe is Deputy Director-General: Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology.

Mmboneni was previously DDG for International Cooperation and Resources and has held several positions at the Department of Science and Technology, including being Chief Director: International Resources, Director: Strategic Partnerships and Director: Global Projects. During this period he oversaw South Africa’s growing participation in EU Research Funding programmes, lead the mobilization of Official Development Assistance funds to support South Africa science system and the Department’s partnership with Multinational Companies.
Mmboneni’s earlier working and post-graduate years were mainly on agronomy research, especially agricultural biotechnology. He was a UNESCO Biotechnology Fellow at the Agricultural Research Council in 1997.
Mmboneni has extensive experience in management of science, technology and innovation programmes which includes years of coordination, implementation and management of Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), the South African public-private partnership programme in research and development aimed at improving competitiveness of industry and while at DST, oversaw the implementation of the SA-Finland innovation partnership programmes.
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Stuart Minchin

Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division
Geoscience Australia
Dr. Stuart Minchin is currently the Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia. The Environmental Geoscience Division (~200 staff) includes the National Earth and Marine Observations, National Geospatial Information, and Groundwater Branches. The Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia is the centre of expertise in the Australian Government for environmental earth science issues and the custodian of national environmental geoscience data, information and knowledge.
He has an extensive background in the management and modelling of environmental data and the online delivery of data, modelling and reporting tools for improved natural resource management. Stuart represents Australia in key international forums and is Australia’s Principal Delegate to both the UN Global Geospatial Information Management Group of Experts (UNGGIM) and the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He also currently serves on the Editorial Board of the international Journal “Ecological Indicators”.

08 November

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Sameh Wahba

Global Director
World Bank, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice
Sameh Wahba, an Egyptian national, is the Global Director for the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, based in Washington, D.C. The Global Practice, which also covers territorial development, geospatial and results-based-financing issues, has a portfolio of close to $30bn in commitments in investment project, program-for-results and development policy lending and about 450 staff.
Prior to this, Mr. Wahba served as the Director for Urban and Territorial Development, Disaster Risk Management and Resilience at the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban Rural, and Resilience Global Practice, where he oversaw the formulation of the World Bank’s strategy, design, and delivery of all lending, technical assistance, policy advisory activities, and partnerships at the global level. He also served as Practice Manager for the Urban and Disaster Risk Management unit in Africa and the Global Urban and Resilience Unit, and as Acting Director of Operations and Strategy for the Global Practice. He worked as Sustainable Development Sector Leader for Brazil, based in Brasilia, and as an urban specialist focused on housing, land, local economic development, and municipal management and service delivery in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the Middle East and North Africa Regions. Prior to joining the Bank in 2004, he worked at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam and at the Harvard Center for Urban Development Studies.
Mr. Wahba holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University, and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University. He speaks Arabic, French, English, and Portuguese. He co-authored the World Bank’s flagship publication on “Regenerating Urban Land: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leveraging Private Investment” and the “Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery” Position Paper jointly with UNESCO.
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Albert Van Dijk

Professor
Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University
Albert Van Dijk established and leads the Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamicsat the Fenner School of Environment and Society.
Professor Van Dijk received his undergraduate, Master's degree (1996) and PhD (2002) in Environmental Sciences from VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
He was with CSIRO Land and Water from 2003 to 2012, where he won awards for his leadership role in the Murray-Darling Sustainable Yields project, possibly the most ambitious water resources study ever undertaken, and subsequently, for leading development of the Australian Water Resources Assessment system, a model-data integration system now operational in the Bureau of Meteorology.
Professor Van Dijk has authored more than 130 publications. His research often addresses the interaction between vegetation and the hydrological cycle and related processes, such as soil erosion, nutrient cycling, salinity, the surface energy balance, the carbon cycle, fire risk, biodiversity, ecological resilience, and crop growth.
He has a passion for practical research applications, including the observation and forecasting of natural hazards, water resources, environmental condition and agricultural production. The theory and technology involved are drawn from environmental science and management, satellite remote sensing, IT, statistics and simulation modelling.
Professor Van Dijk was inaugural chair and is currently co-chair of the Australian Energy and Water Exchange Initiative (OzEWEX).
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Pauline Okeyo

Pauline Okeyo is a GIS Professional with over 10 years’ experience, currently working as the Manager of Projects in Esri Eastern Africa where she oversees the development and implementation of the Professional Service portfolio in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. She supports government, non-profit, private sector and academic institutions through location enablement services such as spatial enterprise architecting, design and automation of data and activity workflows and capacity development strategy for organizations at various levels of GIS maturity. Prior to joining Esri Eastern Africa, she worked for the Kenya Wildlife Service as an Area GIS Assistant supporting conservation activities in the Western Conservation Area. Pauline holds an MSc. in Geospatial Information Science, a bachelor’s degree in Geography, and is a certified ArcGIS Desktop Associate and Enterprise Geodata Management Associate.
Pauline is passionate about supporting career growth activities for young professionals through advising academic institutions on learnership and internship programmes, participating in mentorship programmes and speaking in technical meetups.
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Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez

Portfolio and Strategy Manager
FrontierSI
Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez has over 10 years’ experience in coordinating and leading the creation of collaborative end-user driven innovations utilising earth observation, and other space-derived data and technologies, both in Australia and Europe. Eva currently holds the position of Portfolio and Strategy Manager at FrontierSI, where she leads the design, creation and implementation of long-term strategic work in the space and spatial sectors. Furthermore, Eva concurrently holds the position of Program Research Manager at the newly-created Australian Cooperative Research Centre, SmartSatCRC, in a leadership capacity while managing the Next Generation Earth Observation Data Services program. Previously, Eva held the position of Satellite and Systems Specialist with the Satellite Operations team at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Before moving to Australia in 2014, Eva was Technical Officer at the European Space Agency’s Business Applications department, focusing on space downstream applications and bridging the gap between the development of space technologies and their application to solve real end-user problems. Eva’s project experience spans fields including telemedicine, disaster monitoring and emergency response, ocean weather forecasting, air and water quality, and forestry monitoring. Eva holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering and Management, and a Bachelor in Telematics from BarcelonaTech (UPC), and is currently undertaking Stanford University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.
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Pheobe Oduor

egional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development
Thematic Lead- LULC and GHG Inventories Servir Eastern and Southern Africa
Phoebe Oduor works at the RCMRD (Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development) as the thematic lead for Land Use Land Cover and Greenhouses Gases inventory services within the SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa project and she’s the institution’s POC for AfriGEO. She previously worked a the project manager for System Land Based Emissions Estimation in Kenya-Land Cover Change where they are developing Land Cover maps for Kenya (1990-2014) for use in land based emissions estimation and project manager for the Land Cover for GHG inventories project where they developed Land Cover maps for nine countries: Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and Lesotho for use in GHG Inventories. She has expertise in Remote Sensing, GIS, Cartography, Surveying, R, Google Earth Engine, GHG Inventories compilation and in Project Management. She’s a member of the REDD+ Kenya working group and The Technical Advisory Group for Land Cover through AfriGEO and Kenya. She has a Master of Science in Climate Change Adaptation and Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Engineering both from the University of Nairobi.
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Xingfa Gu

Professor for the Aerospace Information Research Institute
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Gu Xingfa received his master's and PhD degrees from Paris 7 University in 1988 and 1991, respectively, in the field of Physical Remote Sensing. He is professor for the Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the chief designer of the application system of the GaoFen(High Resolution in Chinese) Earth Observation System (hereinafter referred to as the GF Project). He is an academician of the International Academy of Astronautics and SPIE fellow. He is a member of the Global Earth Observation (GEO) Program Board. He is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), especially for the national policies and strategies for education, science, public health, and sport.
He has been engaged in the research of the application, information extraction and engineering of quantitative remote sensing. He is one of the leading persons in quantification and engineering application of global satellite, and has made important achievements in the radiometric calibration of land observation satellites, remote sensing monitoring of atmospheric particulate matter, engineering processing of high-resolution remote sensing information, and promoting Chinese satellite applications at global scale. These achievements have made contributions to quantitative remote sensing technology and engineering applications of Chinese GF series satellites. He won 3 second-class prizes for national scientific and technological progress, 6 first-class prizes at provincial and ministerial levels and 2 second-class prizes; published 427 papers; published 6 monographs and 10 albums; authorized 15 invention patents; and registered 45 software copyrights.
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Robert S. Chen

Director
Center for International Earth Science Information Network
Robert S. Chen is one of three co-chairs of the Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He is director of CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, a research unit of the Earth Institute at Columbia University based in New York. Dr. Chen also manages the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), part of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). Within GEO, he has served as a co-chair of the Data Sharing Working Group and co-leads GEO’s Human Planet Initiative.
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Yoshiyuki Chihara

Deputy Director-General, Research and Development Bureau,
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Yoshiyuki Chihara is the Deputy Director-General, Research and Development Bureau, MEXT. 
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Karine Siegwart

Vice Director
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
Karine Siegwart grew up in Freiburg, Switzerland and Germany. She studied law at the University of Freiburg and in 1996 obtained her PhD on "The cantons and federal European policy". She also has a Master in European Law from the European Institute of the University of Saarland (Germany). Following a spell as Senior Research Associate at the University of Zurich, periods of research in the U.S. and Brazil, and training as a mediator at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, in 2003 Karine Siegwart joined the federal administration at the integration office responsible for European policy issues (now the Directorate for European Affairs, DEA). In 2007 she moved to the Federal Office for the Environment as head of the Europe, Trade and Development on Cooperation Section. Since 2007 she has also been a lecturer at the ETH, where she is responsible for a course on mediation processes and environmental planning. Karine Siegwart has been Vice Director of the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN since 1 January 2013. She heads the Hydrology Division, the Waste and Resources Division, the Economics and Innovation Division and the Environmental Monitoring Section.
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Kitutu Kimono Mary Goretti

Hon. Minister of State for Environment
Uganda
Hon. Kitutu Kimono Mary Goretti is the Minister of State for Environment, Uganda and the Woman Member of Parliament of Manafwa District, Uganda. She is a professional holding a PhD in science and an Msc in Environment Systems Analysis and Monitoring. Her first degree was in Geology and Chemistry and she also has a Post graduate Diploma in Education. Her work experience spans in the areas of Environment information systems and management to carry out environmental assessments, geotechnical assessments, disaster and vulnerability assessments and environmental monitoring.
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Ngatokotoru Puna

Director
Cook Islands National Environment Service
Mr Ngatokotoru Puna has been in his current position of Director of the Cook Islands National Environment Service for seven months on a 3 year Contract. His qualifications include Bachelor's Degree in Employment Relations and Human Resources Management and a Masters in Business Administration.
Previous roles include: CEO for Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Environment, Policy and Governance Consultant, a School Principal and Senior Maths Teacher for 15 years.
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David Oehmen

Associate Programme Officer.
UNFCCC
David Oehmen leads the work on digital strategies for climate change adaptation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. As such, he oversees the substantive and technical development of new tools and services and advises colleagues in the establishment of new digital solutions in relation to climate resilience. He is also working on fostering private sector engagement in climate resilience. David has studied International Relations and Communications and has subsequently specialized on how digital solutions can help manage climate change impacts.

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Fang Chen

Professor
Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth,Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Fang Chen is a professor at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth,Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Chen is the co-author of the CAS report on Big Earth Data in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals, which was submitted to the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2019 and is one of the key documents representing China's growing efforts to pursue the goals. He is the chief scientist of Digital Belt and Road Platform of CAS Big Earth Data Program (CASEarth), which provides the cloud service in support of data sharing and SDGs policy making. He has extensive experience in Big Earth Data for sustainable development, and his work spans the public, private and non-profit sectors.
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Microsoft Australia

Silver Sponsor
Established in 1985, Microsoft Australia is the Australian subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. A worldwide provider of Cloud, software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. Under the mission to Empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft provides world leading technology in AI, Machine Learning, IOT and Data solutions in the cloud and at the intelligent edge.
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Amazon Web Services

Barista Sponsor
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 165 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customers —including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs.
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Thales Australia

Industry Track Name Badge and Lanyard
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Australian Government

Meet the host of GEO Week 2019! Speak with Earth observation experts from the public sector and discover more about initiatives championed by the Australian Government. The Australian Government stand includes Geoscience Australia, the Australian Space Agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Bureau of Metrology, Questacon and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy projects.
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ENVRI community

ENVRI community - The European hub to environmental and Earth system in situ data
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Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)

CEOS ensures international coordination of civil space-based Earth observation programs and promotes exchange of data to optimize societal benefit and inform decision making for securing a prosperous and sustainable future for humankind.
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FrontierSI

FrontierSI is a not-for-profit company delivering major benefits to government, industry and the community in Australia and New Zealand using deep expertise in spatial mapping, infrastructures, positioning, geodesy, analytics and standards through collaboration.
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Emapper Pty Ltd

Emapper is a cloud-based analytics platform developed specifically to host spatially enabled environmental monitoring and reporting data, allowing organisations to take a modular approach to monitoring using drones, satellites, digital field data and IoT sensors to build their own customised monitoring programs.
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European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)

EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies is a membership-based non profit organisation which coordinates and promotes activities of European companies engaged in delivering Earth Observation geo-information services. 
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MAXAR

Maxar is a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure. We deliver disruptive value to government and commercial customers to help them monitor, understand and navigate our changing planet; deliver global broadband communications; and explore and advance the use of space. Headquartered in Westminster, CO, Maxar spans 30 locations worldwide.
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AfriGEO (secretariat hosted by RCMRD)

AfriGEO is an initiative that coordinates current GEO activities with existing capabilities and initiatives in Africa and provides a framework for countries to leverage on-going bilateral and multilateral EO-based initiatives across Africa.
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Japan GEO

The Japanese Government stand includes JapanGEO, Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI), AP BON (Asia Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network), Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS,  RESTEC), JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology),  JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), NIES (National Institute for Environmental Studies) and NIPR (National Institute of Polar Research).
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Canada

Canada offers innovative technology in various space sub-sectors including Earth observations. Come meet the companies who will highlight Canadian capabilities at GEOWeek2019
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HyVista Corporation Pty Ltd

HyVista Corporation, an Australian company,  undertakes aerial hyperspectral surveys using the high performance HyMap sensors and has delivered data and mapping products to clients in more than 40 countries. 
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Google Earth and EO Data Science

EO Data Science, in collaboration with Google Earth Engine, transform pixels into insights for organisations that are looking to operationalise earth observations methods and data science to address specific outcomes. 
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COSPAR 2020

The Australian space research community enthusiastically extends the invitation to you, to meet with us for COSPAR 2020. August 2020 is the opportunity for space researchers, engineers and thinkers from across the world to gather alongside Sydney Harbour for COSPAR 2020. The 2020 Assembly will combine the latest in space research findings with activities designed to enrich the global space research community - including helping equip our future leaders and workshopping with space industry - and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. If it’s about Space, it will be at COSPAR 2020. Join us from 15th – 22nd August 2020, in Sydney, Australia – we promise you it will be worth it.
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National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC)

NRSCC was established in 1981, and become a real body of Ministry of Science and Technology since 2004. The business fields of NRSCC include remote sensing, geographic information system, satellite navigation and space exploration. Also, NRSCC is responsible for hosting China GEO Secretariat.
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Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

KARI is a National Space Development Organization in Korea having four major functions: research and develop aircraft, satellites and launch vehicle systems, supporting national aerospace policies and certifying the aerospace technology, and dissemination of its R&D results.
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Helzel Messtechnik GmbH

The WERA Remote Ocean Sensing System is a land-based radar to measure coastal ocean currents, waves and winds. Due to the reliable high-quality data, WERA is globally the leading system.
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BLUECHARM SAS, Quintesens Pty Ltd

Innovative companies in Geospatial [QHUB] & Geospatial Intelligent Analysis. The way to better territories development strategies, risks management and protection of biodiversity.
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Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Cape Peninsula University of Technology is a South African institution at the heart of technology education and innovation in and for Africa. It is home to the Africa Space Innovation Centre.
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INVAP SE

INVAP in Aerospace field supplies Telecom GEO & Earth Observation LEO satellites, Electro-optical / SAR (Sintetic Aperture Radar) payloads, Data analytics and Geo-information services & applications. Also dedicated to  development of complex technological systems in different fields of industry, science and applied research
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European Commission

The European Commission promotes the general interest of the European Union through legislation, policies, and execution of the EU budget. It designs and implement the research and innovation policies and programmes to enable the EU to compete globally, solve some of the biggest societal challenges, and to improve the daily lives of millions of people in Europe and around the world.
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ESRI

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US GEO

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Hackathon

Hackathon - Day 1

09:00 AM 06:00 PM NCI


Agenda - Day 1 - 2 November 2019

0830 – 0900: Registration 

0900 – 0930: Initial Briefing 

0930 – 1000: Drone workshop

1000 – 1015: Morning tea and presentation of challenges

1015 – 1030: Formation of teams

1030 – 1230: Hacking time

1230 – 1330: Lunch

1330 – 1530: Hacking time

1530 – 1545Afternoon tea

1545 – 1800: Hacking time

 

Agenda - Day 2 - 3 November 2019

0830 – 1000: Hacking time 

1000 – 1015: Morning tea

1015 – 1230: Hacking time

1230 – 1330: Lunch

1330 – 1530: Hacking time

1530 – 1545: Afternoon tea

1545 – 1900: Hacking time

1900 – 2000: Wrap up

2000 – 2030: Final Presentations

For more detailed information, visit the Hackathon website here

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AOGEO

12th AOGEO Symposium - Day 1

09:30 AM 08:00 PM University House

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Hackathon

Hackathon - Day 2

08:30 AM 06:00 PM NCI

 

Agenda - day 2

0830 – 1000: Hacking time

1000 – 1015Morning tea

1015 – 1230: Hacking time

1230 – 1330Lunch

1330 – 1530: Hacking time

1530 – 1545Afternoon tea

1545 – 1700: Hacking time

1700 – 1800: Wrap up

For more detailed information, visit the Hackathon website here

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AOGEO

12th AOGEO Symposium - Day 2

09:00 AM 06:30 PM University House

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AOGEO

12th AOGEO Symposium - Day 3

09:00 AM 12:30 PM University House

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Targeted Side Event

Ensuring FAIR and standard access to precise positioning data

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Torrens

Abstract

To support the wide use of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) data of cm or higher accuracy requires that these data are FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). This will enable existing industries to improve productivity, efficiency, safety and understanding of the Earth to assist in making important decisions across wide range of sectors (e.g. precision agriculture for improving sustainable production, intelligent transport systems for efficiency in cities). In this session, participants will share their experience with current geodetic standards and discuss the best practice towards improved global geodetic standards.

This event will address the challenge of improving existing geodetic standards to ensure the easier discovery, access, sharing and combination of geodetic data with other data to maximize their potential for decision making. The discussions will include gaps in identification of user needs for geodetic data, obstacles in access to geodetic data, and opportunities for standards’ improvement for increasing interoperability of geodetic data.

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Targeted Side Event

The role of Learned Academies in strategic and long-term planning: Decadal Plans for Science as a mechanism for advocating, engaging and delivering the GEO Strategic Plan

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Swan

Abstract

As the interface between science and policy, Learned Academies (LAs) are important conduits for translating GEO’s vision into action, through direct input into national policymaking and guidance to decision-makers, especially in shaping long-term priorities.
Through consultation with broad stakeholders, including academia, government, private sector and other decision-makers, the Australian Academy of Science produces discipline-based Decadal Plans that evaluate, identify and set strategic priorities, providing a roadmap for success.
This session will discuss the Academy’s Decadal Planning process as a mechanism for coordinating and engaging national/international stakeholders to achieve tangible policy outcomes and how this model may be adopted for GEO.

The LAs and Decadal Planning process presents a tremendous opportunity to leverage GEO’s monitoring capabilities and membership network to support implementation of GEO’s Strategic Plan with scientifically informed national policy and enhanced cross-sector engagement. As members of global science organisations, LAs provide a mechanism for coordination across national borders and pathways to engaging with UN bodies, to support the Sustainable Development Goals and other SBAs.

Harnessing this potential requires national frameworks that clarify the role of stakeholders, identify opportunities and synergies, and develop coherent national strategies. The Decadal Planning process is a proven effective mechanism to achieve these goals.

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Targeted Side Event

Knowledge management for Agriculture

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Derwent

Abstract

Agriculture communities around the globe produce massive amounts of information and knowledge based on/related to Earth observations. The Earth observation data, IoT data, derived data products and aggregated information and knowledge come in a variety of forms, on different formats and are often the product of projects of limited duration. These projects are generally the engine that drives innovation and the development of operational solutions for agricultural monitoring. In order to maximize the impact of our collective investments in research to operations the results and outcomes of these efforts need to be stored, harmonized and sustained and made openly accessible for the future. At present we see that when project, programmes and initiatives stop, their results, data and tools are difficult or even impossible to retrieve and re-use. As well much of this information is in the form of peer-reviewed (P-R) papers. A knowledge management system is required in order to ensure the communities intellectual productivity is curated, managed and made accessible for the long term. We also note the knowledge management is core to the concept of a results oriented GEOSS being deliberated during the GEO Plenary. So the time is right for the agricultural community to make progress in this area, and in response we are proposing a Targeted session during GEO Week to move it forward.

Fortunately, the agricultural community is well aware of the need for a more systematic approach to knowledge management and there are a number of initiatives working to address the need (eg. GEO, EO4Agri, GEOGLAM, GODAN, Plan4all). To date these efforts are to some extent happening in an ad hoc and uncoordinated fashion. In this side event we will discuss how knowledge management is being addressed by a number of key actors, and look at ways the community can work together to leverage efforts towards the development of a common approach. It is intended that the session will develop consensus-based actions to move towards a common knowledge management solution.

A knowledge management system will need to address topics ranging across the research to operations continuum, including data interoperability issues, to documentation of algorithms, code, processes, scientific papers (doi) to visualization and story telling. We will also discuss how the knowledge can be transferred for practical use through capacity development measures like hackathons, datathons, ideathons, and innovation hubs.

The session will be threefold: i) presentations of existing efforts and ii) discussion of how these efforts can be synced to create a more comprehensive knowledge system for agriculture supporting result oriented use of Earth observations. iii) Development of consensus around tangible actions to move the collaboration forward.

A white paper outlining possible avenues to create such a knowledge system will be issued before the session (look here a later date for the link)

Expected outcome: a consolidated draft embryo knowledge management system for agriculture and a strategy for capacity building activities for knowledge transfer

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Targeted Side Event

Data for our planet: Increasing the use and value of global information infrastructures to support resilient cities, disaster risk reduction and infectious diseases

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Fitzroy

Abstract

Accessing and integrating data from heterogeneous sources is a significant barrier facing evidence-based responses to global grand challenges. To address this ISC-CODATA is preparing an international, coordinating research program; ESIP has developed a community of practice around earth science data standards; and ENVRI aims to align and share FAIR compliant in-situ data and services. This workshop will 1) invite the GEO community to engage with these initiatives; 2) examine specific challenges relating to data accessibility, interoperability and reusability (FAIR); and 3) examine these issues around a set of pilot case studies, including infectious diseases, resilient cities and disaster risk reduction.

Grand challenges need to access and integrate data from many different sources. Discovery and interoperability mechanisms are frequently suboptimal.  Time and space is usually a key to integration, and remote sensing and in-situ Earth observation data play a crucial role.  The session will allow detailed exploration of the issues in relation to case studies of significance to the GEO community.  The workshop will explore the applicability and potential of the FAIR principles, ‘fitness for use’ criteria, Operational Readiness Levels, alignment of metadata specifications, and data cubes to contribute towards the solutions needed to assist data integration.

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Targeted Side Event

Showcasing European applications for policy support

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Nicholls

Abstract

The session aims to present 8 mature showcases, developed in the EuroGEO framework, to serve policies and contribute to the SDG agenda implementation. The showcases will cover different domains giving a full overview of the EuroGEO landscape.

In addition, the new e-Shape project will introduce itself setting the long-term directions for EuroGEO.

A final interactive discussion (about 45 minutes) will cover the lessons learned from the Regional GEO, particularly, on dealing with the following principles: (a) contribute to a European/International policy; (b) be co-designed and co-developed; (c) connect and scale up the existing European initiatives and projects.

Invitation

  • Invitation flyer
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Targeted Side Event

With a Little Help From Our Friends: The Value and Use of Citizen Science for GEO

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Murray

Abstract

Citizen science provides a powerful means for augmenting and enhancing Earth observation, providing in situ data, data analysis and collective action. In this interactive session, participants can ‘vote with their feet’, choosing from several stations to explore how the global citizen science community can help GEO achieve impact related to sustainable development, disaster reduction, climate change and governance. This will be followed by a panel discussion on how citizen science may help to address the needs of the GEO community, as well as strategies for overcoming the socio-technical challenges of initiating and sustaining Citizen Science initiatives with Earth Observations.

While interest and understanding of citizen science within GEO is on the rise, there is a lack of information on the added value of citizen science to address the needs associated with GEO’s engagement priorities. This side event will demonstrate the value of citizen science for GEO in tackling critical data gaps that impede progress on pressing global challenges, particularly in the fields of biodiversity, water, disaster resilience, and health as GEO Societal Benefit Areas. It will move the discussion from mere demonstration to implementation by working towards GEO principles for collaborating with citizen scientists.

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Targeted Side Event

Earth observation framework in Australia will target critical minerals for a sustainable future: Infrastructure, strategies and a roadmap for Australia

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Menzies

Abstract


Developments in Earth observation capabilities will enable acquisition and interpretation of large datasets to make deep regions of Earth visible and apply an Earth Systems approach to understanding its resources. The overarching challenge for geoscience towards 2030 is development of predictive power to address how our planet will behave, will respond to our actions, and where to explore for critical resources. Solving this overarching challenge will give geoscience enormous capability to manage key societal challenges of food and water sustainability, mineral resources, energy, and mitigation of geohazards. It will facilitate maintenance of the safety, security, wealth, and well-being of society. 

A series of videos created by the Australian Academy of Science will address the imperative for Australia (and other countries) to find world-class mineral deposits required to implement a sustainable energy future (e.g. copper, cobalt, rare-earths, nickel and platinum group elements) with electric cars, solar and wind hardware, IT devices and hydrogen as an energy source. A downward-looking telescope, consisting of a distributed network of geophysical and remote sensing deployments, together with a national geochemical sampling program will create an integrated virtual Earth Observation dataset making deep Australia visible and providing a predictive framework for locating mineral deposit hidden undercover.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Detection of illegal mining in Ghana using both Landsat and Sentinel-1 data in the Africa Regional Data Cube (live streamed)

09:15 AM 09:30 AM Sutherland

See live stream here

Illegal mining is a serious environmental issue in Ghana. With the release of the Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC), users in Ghana are taking advantage of interoperable Landsat (optical) and Sentinel-1 (radar) data to detect new water bodies and new devegetation as the result of mining activity. New algorithms will allow the identification of mining sites at high temporal frequency to target government investigation and to monitor the extent of vegetation loss and post-mining recovery.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Australian activities in Earth observation of Antarctic sea ice, and its importance (live streamed)

09:30 AM 09:45 AM Sutherland

See live stream here

Each year, a vast expanse of the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica (and ranging seasonally from ~3 to 19 million km2 ) is transformed by sea ice. Not only stunningly beautiful, this ice cover substantially affects ocean-atmosphere interaction, regional weather, global climate, marine ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, shipping, and ice-sheet processes. It follows that sea-ice change/variability has wide-ranging ramifications. This talk provides a brief overview of the challenges in determining how, where and why Antarctic sea ice is changing and/or varying, and the crucially-important role of satellite and other remote sensing combined with in-situ observations. The talk also introduces Australia’s new icebreaker Nuyina.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Assessing Food Security Monitoring and Policy Implementation using Earth observations in China, Kenya, & Mexico (live streamed)

09:45 AM 10:00 AM Sutherland

See live stream here

This project focuses on explaining the question: how can EO be effectively used as an observation-based policy tool for monitoring food security and production in a world increasingly affected by climate change? This research is based on the analysis of three countries – Kenya, Mexico, and China - that have varying degrees of federal interaction with EO. Understanding how EO can aid food production policy is central for national governments in preparing for the harmful effects of climate change.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Land cover of Australia using Digital Earth Australia (live streamed)

10:00 AM 10:15 AM Sutherland

See live stream here

Identifying the state and condition of environmental landscapes through continuous monitoring is paramount to a sustainable approach for managing our natural resources. Land cover of Australia aims to routinely generate land cover and change classification maps based on the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) utilising Digital Earth Australia (DEA). This novel approach is underpinned by routine retrieval of environmental variables from earth observation, a significant challenge that must be addressed to ensure reliable, standardised, continental-scale mapping of land cover for Australia and other nations utilising the Open Data Cube (ODC) framework.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Satellite imagery access powered by open source (live streamed)

10:15 AM 10:30 AM Sutherland

See live stream here

Presentation on facilitating end user access to satellite imagery through accessible TerriaJS web-based applications. This technology enables custodians of satellite imagery to set up their environments and services, with open source libraries and tools. The session will include a demonstration of the Digital Earth Australia data services in 4 terria based applications: NationalMap, DE Africa, DE Australia, TerriaCube.

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Pacific Island Programme

High Level Pacific Plenary Panel Discussions

10:30 AM 12:30 PM Bradman

Abstract

Small Island Developing States, with their close connection to land and sea have a strong dependency on the natural environment. As some of the world’s original Earth Observers, the Pacific Islands know the value and importance of Earth Observing, and are hopeful that current and emerging earth observing will enable them to increase their capabilities to manage their natural estates in a changing world. To achieve this a number of key challenges remain to be overcome in order for the Pacific Islands region to take full advantage of the services, information and knowledge available via the GEO community.

As the Opening Event for the Pacific Island Program at GEO Week, these panels, with their expert speakers, will explore governance, sustainability and technical issues faced by the region at a high level and in doing so, inform, engage, inspire discussions throughout the throughout the Pacific Island Program at GEO Week.

Format: Each panel speaker will provide around 5 minutes of remarks, which will be followed by facilitated discussion using set questions together with live polling and moderated audience questions via Sli.Do.

Download full programme & speakers

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Key Side Event

Land for the Future: The need for actionable information (live streamed)

10:30 AM 12:30 PM Nicholls

See live stream here

Abstract

This side event will address the need for strengthened cooperation and coordination among global observing systems and research programmes to provide integrated global observations for improving the health and productivity of land resources -- a prerequisite for reducing poverty, ensuring food and water security, providing jobs and real climate action. The crosscutting nature of the GEO LDN Initiative is part of the GEO global effort to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and address the existential threats of income inequality, climate change and the accelerating degradation and loss of natural resources.

The side event aims to raise awareness of the GEO LDN Initiative and its linkages with other GEO activities, especially on opportunities for EO datasets to provide timely, continuous, high resolution data products and actionable geospatial information for national policymakers as well as local stakeholders to better manage and restore their vital natural capital.

 

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Key Side Event

Valuing our ecosystems (live streamed)

10:30 AM 12:30 PM Menzies

See live stream here

Abstract:

The purpose of this side event is to highlight the importance of Ecosystem Accounting toward achieving sustainable development and the critical role that earth observation plays in supporting accounts. The session will also explore the contribution of System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) to sustainable development. The session will focus on earth observation as an enabling factor for ecosystem accounting and will showcase examples of ecosystem accounts from both developed and developing nations. The session will highlight the latest developments from the UN SEEA’s revision of the ecosystem accounts and how the earth observation community via EO4EA can better support via a results-oriented GEOSS.  

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Key Side Event

GEO and the Pacific (live streamed)

10:30 AM 12:30 PM Bradman

See live stream here

Abstract

Highly vulnerable Small Island Developing States, such as the Pacific Islands (PIs), stand to gain substantially from products and services derived from Earth observation systems. While many of the PIs lack capabilities to fully benefit from available EO products and services, the international EO community is willing and able to support PIs through a variety of mechanisms.

However, coordination between international aid appears ad-hoc, reducing effective support to the Pacific. This situation is exacerbated by small PI governments with broad remit.

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Key Side Event

Public-private partnerships in EO (live streamed)

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Menzies

See live stream here

Abstract 

How do I start and develop a public-private partnership? What can I do to make it successful? When should I consider making use of a public-private partnership?

If you’ve asked any of these questions, this interactive session will help you by highlighting and documenting the successful practices of Earth observations and geospatial technology-focused partnerships between public and private organizations. The session will showcase successful partnerships, then will shift to an interactive session to gather working examples from the audience. The lessons and practices gathered will be documented in a handbook for GEO to help broaden engagement and also to support commercial sector engagement.

This side event will also be part of a global study led by Geospatial Media to highlight workable business models for public-private partnerships within different national agencies producing geospatial and Earth observation information and the private sector. The study is being conducted with the intention to promote an integrated data platform that can enable informed decision making to reach SDGs at the national-level.

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Pacific Island Programme

Deep Dive – Pacific Island Earth Observing Stories

01:30 PM 03:00 PM Executive Room

Abstract

This event is a deep dive based on local case studies from the Pacific that will provide understanding of application, challenges, and opportunities for Pacific Island organizations and communities to bring EO capabilities and knowledge to bear on sustainable development and economic advancement, disaster risk reduction, or climate change.

The selection of speakers and topics will inform the GEO community of local application or programs that rely on EO products at a variety of spatial and temporal scales, inspire a sense of the user-driven perspectives of the Pacific Islands, and motivate thinking about the most effective ways for the GEO community to work with Pacific Island leaders to advance application of EO in the region.

Format: The session will host a panel of 6 speakers. Each panel speaker will provide around 7-10 minutes of remarks, which will be followed by facilitated discussion, live polling and moderated audience questions via Sli.Do.

Programme

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Key Side Event

EO for Energy (live streamed)

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Nicholls

See live stream here

Abstract

In many countries the proportion of energy generation by renewable energy is increasing rapidly, meaning that that the electricity supply is becoming increasingly dependent upon weather and climate. Weather and climate data and forecasts are critical for the effective integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid and to support the transformation of the energy industry.

The session aims to progress the use of Earth observation data and services in support of decision making for safe, reliable, resilient and productive operation of the major electricity operators. The session aims to enhance the links between the energy industry and the three main priorities of GEO (UN SDGs, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework).

The session will be led by a gender diverse panel of expert speakers. Presentations will cover GEO-VENER, industry requirements for Earth observations, challenges, plans and future opportunities.

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Key Side Event

Valuing Earth observation (live streamed)

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Bradman

See live stream here

Abstract

The workshop will provide participants with an overall perspective of current work on measuring the value of EO and allow participants to exchange ideas on methods and provide concrete examples for measuring the value of EO data.

A direct link will be made with the recent Value of EO workshop in Frascati and speakers will be invited to make short (2 to 3 minute up to 5 minute depending on overall duration) presentations about the measurement of economic, environmental, regulatory, industry development (and innovation) and scientific advancement.

Ideas will be collected for taking this activity further under the GeoValue umbrella within the GEO work programme.

Documents

 

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Key Side Event

Delivering on climate change: Driving action at all scales (live streamed)

02:30 PM 04:00 PM Nicholls

See live stream here

Abstract

Regional GEO takes great responsibility in coordinating different stakeholders and activities that focus on regional needs and promote GEO Engagement Priorities at regional levels. The Paris Climate Agreement, as one of the GEO Engagement Priorities, focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation. As regions from Asia and Oceania to Europe show different responses to climate change as well as varied capabilities in Earth Observation, this side event will focus on how cooperation within and among Regional GEO can enhance global observation systems, network stakeholders, promote capacities in order to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards.

Invitation

 

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Key Side Event

Big EO: Big Data (live streamed)

02:30 PM 04:00 PM Bradman

See live stream here

Abstract

The provision of analysis ready data (ARD) and decision - ready products is a grand challenge for the GEO community. To realise its transformative potential, Earth observation must have faster, broader, deeper and sustained impacts, calling for operational, decision ready products and ready-to-use data. Digital Earth Africa Program, which will provide a routine, reliable and operational service enabling African countries to track changes across the continent, will rely on ARD to ensure efficient time-series analyses and data interoperability. DE Africa products will help to address many of the challenges facing the African continent and other parts of the world. This Event will showcase major advances in the production and provision of ARD and the associated benefits, recently recognised in Nature . Participants from industry, research, government and the user community will discuss progress and emerging challenges and will focus on the role of the international community to address those challenges; - A Call to Action for the GEO community.

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Key Side Event

EO for Disaster Risk Reduction (live streamed)

02:30 PM 04:00 PM Menzies

See live stream here

Abstract

How well communities prepare for and recover from disasters can have extensive impacts on lives and local economies. Earth observations and remote sensing provide innovative approaches for visualizing and managing systemic disaster risk and can directly enhance decision making from national to local levels. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction identifies explicitly the need for Earth observation data, and the role it can play in building productive and resilient communities. This side event will showcase opportunities for reporting towards Sendai global targets, and share GEO programmes and initiatives efforts to ensure a thriving society driven by Earth observations.

Please see the Summary Slide here.

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Pacific Island Programme

Pacific Islands Ideas Stage

03:30 PM 06:00 PM Sutherland

"EO end use products supporting sustainable development"

Abstract

This special edition of the GEO Week Ideas Stage will showcase EO products and services in the Pacific Island region that are, or have the potential to, make a crucial difference to the region in terms of promoting resilience and improving sustainability.

Through this special session, the GEO community will be provided the opportunity to showcase their EO tech platforms, products, and services that have been designed (or have the potential) for use in the Pacific in alignment with GEO’s three global priority engagement areas: the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Format: 10 minute TedEX style presentations focussing on the technology, the data, the method and delivery and the end users. There will be options for with breaks for facilitated discussion using Sli.Do.

Programme - download flyer here

3.30: Paul Allen Coral Reef Mapping Initiative, Mr Andrew Zolli, Planet Labs

3.40: The Copernicus Australasia Regional Data Hub, Ms Alla Metlenko

3.50: ART GeoDEV NC animation network, Mr Jean Massenet, CIPAC/ INSIGHT

4.00: Audience Questions

4.10: Geospatial [QHUB] – Operational use cases in the Pacific islands region, Mr Rémi Andreoli, Space Applications, BLUECHAM

4.20: Coastal Risk Vanuatu, Mr Nathan Eaton, NGIS

4.30: The WaveFoRCE project, Dr William Skirving, NOAA

4.40: Audience Questions

4.50: Using Open Data Cube to monitor environmental change, Belle Tissott, Assistant Director, Product Development, Digital Earth Australia, Geoscience Australia

5.00: The Samoa Data Cube – a test case for the open Data Cube Program, Dr Neil Sims, CSIRO

5.10: Common Sensing – building climate resilience in small island nations, Terri Freemantle

5.20: Audience Questions

5.30: The Inform Project, Mr Paul Anderson, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

5.40: Consideration for IoT Applications in the Pacific, Richard Volk and Kai Wanner, Coffey International Development

5.50: Developing methodology for climate change adaptation applying satellite-based remote sensing technology, Mr. Tsugito Nagano, RESTEC

6.00: Audience Questions, and close

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Targeted Side Event

Streamflow and Flood Activities in GEO

04:30 PM 06:00 PM Torrens

This event provides an opportunity for a discussion among the various Initiatives and Community Activities in the GEO Work Programme that address streamflow and flood risks and forecasting. The aim is to develop a shared understanding of the strengths and roles of each of the activities as well as areas of possible overlap and/or synergy. The aim is to be able to clearly communicate to GEO users and other stakeholders the unique value provided by each activity and to align efforts where appropriate.

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Targeted Side Event

Use of earth observations in greenhouse gas inventory reporting for the land sector – What’s new?

04:30 PM 05:30 PM Fitzroy

Abstract

Nearly 100 countries are considering land use and forestry as part of their mitigation strategy to meet climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement.

In order to effectively report against these ambitions, all countries are seeking increased support from the remote sensing community.

This session will begin by summarizing the recent changes to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. 

Presenters will then provide case studies of operational methods and tools that use satellite data for carbon accounting, facilitate a group discussion on the limitations and opportunities, then glimpse at what could be next.

 

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Targeted Side Event

Connecting the global and the local: The SDGs and the regional GEOs

04:30 PM 05:30 PM Menzies

Abstract

Supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change are engagement priorities of GEO, with its Flagships and initiatives making already key contributions. This side event will showcase how the four regional GEOs (AfriGEO, AmeriGEO, AOGEO, and EuroGEO) act as transmission and value-adding mechanisms to make these GEO efforts at the global level relevant to their regional, national and local communities whilst harnessing the richness and diversity of these communities to contribute to these global endeavors. 

The SDGs and DRR focus the global community on the key challenges still facing humanity at the beginning of the 21st century. GEO has mapped the contribution of its flagships and initiatives to those SDGs and DRR in which coordinated and improved Earth Observation makes a difference. Regional GEOs have also mapped these efforts to their regional, national and local activities, involving local communities, and making the global GEO efforts more relevant to them. This key side event will showcase how shared local data and knowledge contributes to the global endeavor whilst responding to local priorities, challenges and needs.

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Targeted Side Event

The Global Drought Information System (GDIS) Global Initiative: A Global Information System for Assessing and Forecasting Drought

04:30 PM 05:30 PM Derwent

Abstract

The Global Drought Information System’s components (monitoring, forecasting, management tools, research, education) comprise a comprehensive system for assessing and forecasting drought globally.  The web interface provides a portal to these components.  The Global Drought Monitor currently integrates operational drought monitoring map products for four continents, and collaborative efforts are developing the forecasting, research, education, and drought management tools components.  Drought-tailored early warning maps, of critical importance for agricultural and famine early warning, are a crucial GDIS task.  The current status, collaborative efforts, and challenges to bring the completed system online, while offering global coverage, will be reviewed.

 

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Targeted Side Event

Land Access for EO & First Nations People Engagement

04:30 PM 05:30 PM Murray

Abstract

Negotiating land access is critical, but complex.  As well as legal issues, the cultural dimension is critical.  Before entering land, successfully engaging with the owners of the land to secure their buy-in and support is key.  The importance of cultural issues can be even greater where the land is governed by traditional owners, such as indigenous peoples.

The Australian context will provide an anchor point for discussion, with the workshop facilitating discussion on approaches to land access and potential international experiences.

The event will consider modern approaches to the sourcing and treatment of data via such undertakings as Citizen Science and Observatories and how these approaches can function in harmony with land access.

 

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Targeted Side Event

GEO/AWS Earth Observation Cloud Credits Programme

04:30 PM 05:30 PM Bradman

Opportunity to bring together awardees from the Program to help identify current challenges, share early results, promote lessons learned and create a supporting community of practice for those working with EO and cloud technology for sustainability. Potentially provide some on-site AWS technical support office hours.

Brazilian Earth Observation Data Cube using AWS for Land Use and Cover Change

Karine Reis Ferreira, INPE, Brazil

The team of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) from Brazil will present four
results of the project “Brazil Data Cube (BDC) using AWS for Land Use and Cover Change”:

  1. The classification of MODIS satellite image time series to produce land use and cover maps using AWS EC2;
  2. The services Sentinel TMS, Landsat TMS and CBERS TMS using AWS Lambda to access the satellite images from Sentinel, Landsat and CBERS AWS buckets;
  3. The application “BDC - Forest Monitor”;  and
  4. The creation of data cubes from Sentinel images for the Brazilian territory using AWS Lambda;

A Global Modeling Tool for Nature’s Contributions to People in Sustainable Development

Rafael Monge Vargas, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Science frontiers for ecosystem services: think locally, model globally

The magnitude and pace of global change demands rapid assessment of nature and its benefits to people.  As governments, business, and lending institutions are increasingly considering investments in natural capital as one strategy to meet their operational goals and society’s demands for sustainable development, the importance of actionable information on ecosystem services has never been greater. Rapid improvements in spatial data, computation and visualization present new opportunities for ecosystem service modeling—especially in terms of its integration with Earth observations (EO) from satellite remote-sensing. EO can provide near real-time information of the current states of ecosystems at global extents but cannot necessarily predict benefits provided to people or how these may change under different management or other drivers. Ecosystem services models are designed to do exactly that, but are often hindered by lack of data at the appropriate spatial or temporal resolution or extent or that can resolve differences in management or condition within land cover types, and EO can help fill these gaps. In this talk, I’ll share recent advances in ecosystem service modeling, including the scaling up of local processes in global assessment and the characterization of ecosystem quality in service provision, highlighting water quality regulation, carbon sequestration, rangeland production, crop pollination, coastal risk reduction, and nature-based tourism. Scaling up and integrating EO in ecosystem service modeling can provide more relevant, accurate, and readily available information for decisions, and I’ll touch on a few of the growing number of opportunities for such science to inform investments in nature to support human well-being around the world.

Earth Observations for Sustainable Development

Paloma Merodio Gómez, INEGI, Mexico

Mexico and Colombia are planning on developing jointly a series of applications based on Earth Observations. Overall, the Data Cube project seeks to increase the impact of EO satellite data; and in order to grow the reach of Data Cubes for societal benefit, these two countries have resolved to implement specific applications, which aim to:

  1. Make delivering a message based on EO time-series products easy (React-2-EO Web App)
  2. Observe and analyze land cover using the MAD-Mex system
  3. Study Biodiversity by using deep learning for bioacoustics data processing

Methodology for SDGs Indicators Monitoring in Ukraine

Nataliia Kussul, Space Research Institute NAS Ukraine

The overarching goal of our GEO-AWS project is to elaborate the informational technology for SDGs indicators 15.3.1, 15.1.1, 2.4.1 and 11.3.1 calculations using AWS cloud environment.

The general approach is based on fusion of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data from official S3 buckets (Sentinel-1 data were obtained from Alaska Space Facilities portal that also stores data on S3). At the moment classification technology of land cover has been implemented for the territory of the whole Ukraine. First results of land cover mapping for 2019 vegetation season on the base of AWS resources will be demonstrated and discussed. Namely, during the presentation we will demonstrate main workflow for data processing and data fusion.

Another direction is creation of national Data Cube (Open Data Cube). At the moment deployment within cloud was performed. At the meeting we plan to demonstrate sample workflow for SDG indicators estimation implemented with use of ODC.

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Exhibition

Exhibition

04:30 PM 06:00 PM Ballroom + Foyer

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Social

Exhibition Preview and Welcome Reception Hosted by the ACT Government

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Exhibition area

Sponsored by the ACT Government, the Welcome Reception will take place in the GEO Week 2019 Exhibition which will be host to a wide range of Earth observation innovators from around the world showcasing the latest in Earth observation data and technology.  Alongside Members and Participating Organizations, companies from the space, spatial and tech industries will come together with innovators working on new technologies ripe for commercialisation.

The Welcome Reception will be a great opportunity to engage with other Industry Track participants while sampling local food and wine.

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Caucus

Europe Caucus Meeting (closed event)

05:45 PM 07:15 PM Industry House Room 1

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Caucus

Asia-Oceania Caucus Meeting (closed event)

06:00 PM 07:15 PM Industry House Room 2

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Targeted Side Event

The Role of the Group on Earth Observations in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 – 2030)

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Menzies

Abstract

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UNDOS, 2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health. The UNDOS will gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development.  

Priorities for the UNDOS align with many GEO priorities including open access to data and information, integrated multi-hazard warning systems, ecosystem mapping and pollution monitoring. In this session, panelists will present relevant GEO activities and participants will discuss how GEO can support the UNDOS.

There is an urgent need to take action to understand and address the multiple environmental stressors facing the ocean while pioneering ways to derive new benefits from the ocean. The UNDOS will provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of the ocean.

The session will occur shortly after the once a decade OceanObs conference, scheduled for September 2019, and will provide a unique opportunity for the GEO community to identify actions to support observations and decision making for the sake of our ocean, our planet and ourselves.

 

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Targeted Side Event

Earth Observation and Modeling: Dialogue for Added Value and Knowledge

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Swan

Abstract

The session will convene the GEO community with experts in several different types of models: 1) Earth systems models that estimate the state of the natural environment; 2)  machine learning models that categorize geospatial data; and 3) complex systems models that simulate interactions between human engineered systems and the environment. The event will identify opportunities to enhance collaboration and reduce barriers between these communities, drawing on experience from both academia and government and considering examples from developing and developed countries. Better integration of EO data with diverse models is critical to the improved diagnostics and prediction needed to realize significant societal benefits.

The Earth Observation community is often not aware of major differences in modeling approaches and their potentially varied data needs. Similarly, the different modeling communities often lack understanding of how best to access and assimilate EO data, and how they can influence future acquisition and processing of EO data to address their specific needs. This event will initiate dialogue between the relevant communities, aimed at identifying key barriers to EO data use in different modeling approaches, exploring ways to facilitate data use in model development, validation, and application, and demonstrating the value of appropriate integration of observational and model data.

 

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Targeted Side Event

Satellite Remote Sensing of Greenhouse Gases and 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Murray

Abstract

In May 2019, 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories was adapted at IPCC 49th General Assembly. In this side events, the current status of satellite remote sensing of greenhouse gases will be reviewed and and necessary future actions related to the refinement will be discussed.\

This session aims to:

• Identify future necessary actions necessary related to 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories refinement.

• Foster discussions on the long-term operation of ground-based GHG observation network which is critical for QA of GHG data from satellites.

• Foster discussions on the role sharing in GHG remote sensing between public and commercial sectors.

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Targeted Side Event

Biodiversity data infrastructures for supporting global biodiversity monitoring and assessment programs

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Torrens

Abstract

National and global biodiversity data infrastructures have reached a point of both data and system maturity where their operational role in supporting global assessment and reporting frameworks is now feasible. This event will explore the potential of leveraging those infrastructures to support both the GEO 2020-2022 work program and related international drivers such as Aichi targets. The session will be framed around three main sub topics including (a) infrastructure readiness (b) international partnership and governance arrangements, and (c) future drivers.

This session will explore the role of biodiversity data infrastructures and evaluate current data gaps for supporting major global biodiversity management and reporting frameworks including specifically the work program of GEO (2020-22), the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and strategic goals under the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (in particular, Target 19 with regard to knowledge management and applications such as those related to the  Biodiversity Indicators Partnership work). Future data requirements under the IPBES Global Assessment program will also be a key theme for the event. Biodiversity Data Infrastructures have reached a point of technical and data maturity where there is significant scope to pivot capability to better deliver to these global programs. The event will explore the technical, data and governance requirements required to deliver effectively to global frameworks which will help inform how these data infrastructure priorities their data programs, and system design elements. 

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Targeted Side Event

GEO activities supporting vulnerable ecosystems

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Nicholls

Abstract

Ecosystems face multiple stresses from human activities and climate change, Evidence-informed conservation, management, and restoration policies are urgently needed in order to address these stressors and sustain ecosystem benefits. Effective monitoring, understanding, and modelling of the state and trends in ecosystem conditions, functions and services under future stresses, are essential. Combined use of Earth observations from satellite and in-situ station networks, and Earth System modelling to address the spatial-temporal scales of ecosystem processes, gather information and monitor long-term trends, and produce knowledge about terrestrial and marine ecosystem status, enables improved decision-making processes with relevant input information.

This workshop aims to present the contributions from recent activities of the organizing GEO initiatives to the methods and conceptual approaches for assessing ecosystem changes and vulnerability in the face of climate change. Showcasing outcomes spanning from time series analysis to various approaches of climate and ecosystem modelling and its combination, aimed at monitoring the evolution of ecosystems and their functions under climate change, will be presented. Ample time will be devoted to a discussion that aims at producing synthesis of the several GEO initiatives and Flagships collecting inputs relevant to GEO Societal Benefit Areas (SBA) and the wider community.

 

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Targeted Side Event

Inaugural “Geodesy4Sendai” Session

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Derwent

Abstract 

This session will address the first project of Geodesy4Sendai – a GNSS-enhanced Tsunami Early Warning “Shield Consortium” whose components are aligned to specific Sendai and SDG targets/indicators

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Targeted Side Event

GEO Value Workshop

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Fitzroy

Abstract

The workshop will provide participants with an overall perspective of current work on measuring the value of EO and allow participants to exchange ideas on methods and provide concrete examples for measuring the value of EO data.

A direct link will be made with the recent Value of EO workshop in Frascati and speakers will be invited to make short (2 to 3 minute up to 5 minute depending on overall duration) presentations about the measurement of economic, environmental, regulatory, industry development (and innovation) and scientific advancement.

Ideas will be collected for taking this activity further under the GeoValue umbrella within the GEO work programme.

Demonstrating the societal value being generated by the use of EO is always a challenge! The GeoValue approach is to use a Value of Information, or Value-chain approach, to analyse the benefits being generated for society. Recent discussions identified other parameters to be addressed including industrial and scientific advances. Methods, practices and case examples shall be introduced progressively to tackle these sources of value.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Co-design methods for the design of services based on GEO data - the E-shape case (live streamed)

09:00 AM 09:15 AM Sutherland

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Co-design methods are regularly described as a means to  design services based on EO-data – still, co-design methods are varied and were not necessary developed (and hence are not necessary adapted) to fit with EO-data context, that is characterized by high level expertise and very complex organizational situations.

In this session we show why co-design methods have to be adapted to meet EO-specific situations, we explain how to develop new co-design methods (based on the most advanced design theory), and we illustrate these new methods on the E-Shape co-design experiments.

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Exhibition

Exhibition [ 14:45-15:45 Official Opening of Exhibition ]

09:00 AM 06:00 PM Ballroom + Foyer

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ExCom

49th GEO Executive Committee Meeting (closed event)

09:00 AM 05:00 PM Room ExCom

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Africapolis.org: Visualise Urbanisation in Africa (live streamed)

09:15 AM 09:30 AM Sutherland

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Combining demographic sources, satellite and aerial imagery and other cartographic sources, Africapolis is designed to enable comparative and long-term analyses of urban dynamics in Africa – covering 7 600 urban areas in 50 countries. Africa is projected to have the fastest urban growth in the world – by 2050, its cities will be home to an additional 950 million people – placing urban planning and management at the core of development, environmental and economic challenges. The session will show how Africapolis data improves our understanding of Africa’s urban transition and dispels common misconceptions of this complex and diverse process.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Federating world-leading research, data and technical capabilities to create Australia’s National Environmental Prediction System (NEPS) (live streamed)

09:30 AM 09:45 AM Sutherland

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Abstract

Aimed at interested scientists, managers and policy makers who want a full range of tools, data and systems necessary for investigating, modelling, forecasting and predicting the complexities of our future environment. NEPS aims to become a robust, quality-controlled national resource open for use to all sectors of Australia with results accepted by society - like weather forecasts. Catch up on progress being made in the Scoping Study’s consultations. Learn how to get involved. Help the Expert Panel formulate inspired options for the system design, governance structure and business model to be submitted to the Australian Government in 2020.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Exploring the internal migration trends using mobile phone data in Rwanda (live streamed)

09:45 AM 10:00 AM Sutherland

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It has been difficult to estimate the real population movement within the country especially from rural to urban using census data. However this movement effect much the urban planning programs for hosting places.
The research on exploring internal migration trends in Rwanda using mobile cell detail records to provide estimates on current population movements. The research intend to provide good estimates on small geographic areas vis a vis to the urbanisation projects wich aimed to build more than 415,000 new houses by 2032 in Kigali city and also contribute to the broader literature of population movement in developing countries.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Hyperspectral Remote Sensing for the classification of arable land and exploration of mineral natural resources (live streamed)

10:00 AM 10:15 AM Sutherland

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The contribution will summarize applications in multi scale hyperspectral data analysis for mineral resource exploration and soil characterization.

Applications e.g. on mineral and lithology mapping, mineralization vectoring, derivation of soil parameters, and further engineering measures will be shown.

Multi scale hyperspectral data analysis characterizes the composition of rocks, drill cores and, geological formations. This way terrestrial exploration can be supported and optimized in a way that mineral and raw materials are detected, extracted and processed efficiently with a low environmental impact.

Furthermore, large areas of arable land can be classified. Thus, optimized selection of crops and fertilizers is possible.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Opportunities of Radarinterferometric Ground Motion Services (live streamed)

10:15 AM 10:30 AM Sutherland

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For the implementation of the consistent German Ground Motion Service based on space borne radar interferometry huge challenges had to be overcome. Some of them are the consistency with terrestrial GNSS stations and the large area covered (356.000 km²).

The presentation summarizes the concept and the implementation of the German Ground Motion Service. It will highlight specific peculiarities of the dissemination process and shed a light on the chances and limits of PSI-techniques.

Applications e.g. on groundwater management, energy storage, mining facilities and further engineering measures will be shown. The European Ground Motion Service will be addressed.

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Pacific Island Programme

Pacific Island Earth Observation Coordination Talanoa

10:30 AM 05:00 PM Executive Room

Abstract

Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. Talanoa fosters stability and inclusiveness in dialogue, by creating a safe space that embraces mutual respect for a platform for decision making for a greater good.

This event, led by SPC and SPREP together with other partners, will examine how the GEO community can best support the region with its EO needs.  Outcomes of this critical session will inform the GEO Plenary and Ministerial Summit.

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Key Side Event

Downscaling GEO: Delivering impact at national and local levels (live streamed)

10:30 AM 12:30 PM Nicholls

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Abstract:

Through the efforts of GEO’s Members and Participating Organisations, availability of EO data has increased, and there are now examples of how EO can be put to work across almost every domain.  However, the delivery of GEO’s vision will depend on “downscaling” of this work to national, sub-national and community levels.

This event will provide a forum to discuss the key policy and governance challenges that currently hold back this “downscaling” and inhibit full adoption of EO-enabled products and services into national and local decision making and program delivery.

The panel session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn from a diverse range of countries and organizations on the:

  • Key role of locally owned analysis capabilities for successful integration of EO data into national policies that drive economic growth and sustainable development;
  • Coordinated approaches to skill development in key areas, such as analysis and stewardship of data;
  • Role of regional GEOs and platforms such as Digital Earth Africa in supporting countries to put EO data to work in a way that meets their specific needs; and
  • Role for the commercial sector in bridging the gap from global datasets and proof of concept methodologies to products and services that are tailored to local needs with accompanying support.
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Key Side Event

Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (live streamed)

10:30 AM 12:30 PM Bradman

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Abstract

This session illustrates how EO experts are working with national and international actors across regions to deepen the relevance of EO in support of global policy across water, land use, food security, and sustainable urbanization. The event showcases advances in EO to help countries address relevant SDG, with emphasis on interlinkages and tradeoffs. It also explores how the EV framework can provide a relevant approach for closing current gaps in relation to the Global Indicator Framework.

GEO Members and the commercial sector will share examples of using EO to transform their economies; complement traditional statistical methods; and innovate with EO solutions.

This event focuses on promoting the value of EO toward achieving progress in sustainable development. This includes showcasing how countries can and currently use EO in their SDG monitoring and reporting, as well as in facilitating EO inclusion in national frameworks to increase social, environmental, and economic benefits.

The session will be divided in three parts and will aim to: a. present success stories from countries integrating EO data with SDG, and GEO’s role in supporting countries in their use of EO to inform decision making, b. explore how mainstreaming workflows from data sources to SDG Indicators with essential variables  can assist in closing current gaps in relation to the SDG Global Indicator Framework; and c. discuss how public-private partnerships can expand our impact in supporting vulnerable countries.

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Key Side Event

Food security and early warning (live streamed)

10:30 AM 12:30 PM Menzies

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Abstract

The session will explore how the GEOGLAM community uses Earth observations to support a more food secure world from national to global scales. It will be an interactive session for the policy community to enhance understanding and broaden involvement.

A food secure world is essential for human health and prosperity. Informed policies and decisions are a cornerstone to a sustainable and resilient food system. This requires timely, consistent and accurate information on agricultural production, rangeland condition and land use state and change.

We will hear how the public and private sectors in all regions benefit from GEOGLAM’s timely, accurate, authoritative information for decision makers. Then we will look at how Earth observations support early warning by focusing on some of the co-development activities in Africa. Then through a panel discussion we will try to glean some insights into best practices and how these efforts can be scaled up to help additional nations.

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Key Side Event

Water for Life (live streamed)

01:15 PM 02:45 PM Menzies

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Abstract

How to achieve sustainable water management to support human and ecosystem health in the face of climate change, population growth, rural-urban migration, and ecosystem degradation?

This session showcases GEO organizations involved in water-related areas - from the catchment to the sea and addresses topical water issues such as harmful algal blooms, water-borne illness, flooding, habitat loss and the roles of green and gray infrastructure. The session will focus on the GEO policy mandates of The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (particularly SDGs 6, 11, 14, and 15), the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

This side event will showcase water-related information available through Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and GEOSS in a synchronized effort. It will be an opportunity for networking, collaboration; allow end users to gather available information for water resources planning and management; and make crucial contacts to formulate approaches to their water challenges including degraded water quality (eutrophication, sedimentation), flooding, water-borne illness, and their economic relevance. Discussions will also include innovative strategies on rural and agricultural ecosystems (“green infrastructure”) as opposed to gray infrastructure (dams, treatment plants, distribution systems) as potential solutions to achieve water-related development goals (& other sustainability objectives).

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Key Side Event

EO and the World's Indigenous Peoples (live streamed)

01:15 PM 02:45 PM Bradman

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Abstract

Traditional indigenous groups represent 370 million people globally and indigenous territories cover almost 30% of Earth’s terrestrial surface and overlap with 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity. Indigenous peoples are often the most effective sustainable land managers, yet indigenous communities often lack access to resources and technologies that can help secure their land rights and monitor threats to their territories from outside interests. In this session, indigenous peoples’ representatives from 5 continents will discuss how they leverage Earth Observation data and tools to promote their rights and sustainably manage their lands. We anticipate the GEO community will benefit from the insight and knowledge of First Nations /Indigenous Peoples and gain valuable perspective on how we might collectively achieve our sustainable development goals.

Indigenous peoples are key stakeholders in achieving global sustainability and, therefore, should equally benefit from using geospatial data and tools to inform land management decisions. While GEO’s principles state that all individuals from public authorities to citizens should have equal rights to information that concern environmental decisions, to date, the larger earth observation community has recognized that coordinated strategies and further work is needed to further democratize geospatial data with indigenous communities. This event is intended to open a dialogue with the GEO community and discuss options for a larger EO4IM community to help achieve enhanced technical capacities of Indigenous Peoples via the GEO umbrella.  

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Key Side Event

EO for Official Statistics (live streamed)

01:15 PM 02:45 PM Nicholls

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Abstract 

Emerging technologies and data sources provide opportunities for national official statistics organisations to improve and produce new official statistics. Earth Observations data present opportunities for official statistics including agricultural conditions and output, land use monitoring, urban development and environmental sustainability.

This side event will showcase innovative work from the international official statistics community utilising Earth Observations data.

This side event will also discuss developments of interest to the Earth Observation community in statistical-geospatial standards, frameworks and approaches to improve the management, sharing, and integration of geospatial and other information (such as the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework).

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Industry Track

Industry Track: AU-EU Industry Showcase and Melbourne Cup

01:30 PM 05:15 PM Royal Theatre

Led by FrontierSI and the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC), this session will present some of the most exciting developments by European and Australian industry in remote sensing. It will be an opportunity for business-to-business interaction and to learn more about companies, capabilities and activities occurring in these regions.

This event is:

  • Open to Industry Track and GEO Delegates
  • Free tickets available at FrontierSI booth (#7), EARSC booth (#30) and at the Royal Theatre door on Tuesday 05 Nov 2019 before the start time
  • Has limited places

Opening Address

  • Kamil Kiljanski – Head of Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth, European Commission
  • Geoff Sawyer – Secretary General, EARSC
  • Graeme Kernich – CEO, FrontierSI

Presenters

  • Nuno Catarino - Divison Head and Senior Project Manager, Deimos
  • Fabio Volpe - Product Management and Innovation, e-GEOS
  • Tom Farrow – Senior Sales Executive, Planet
  • Sven Gilliams – Agricultural Applications Team Leader, VITO
  • Peter Hauskencht – Chief Scientist, Earth-i
  • Jasmine Muir – Geospatial Team Manager, Astron
  • Ciaran O’Gorman – Board Director, DataFarming
  • Abraham Robertson – Director and Co-Founder, Birdi
  • Anthony Willmott – CEO, Digital Agriculture Services
  • Anastasia Volkova – CEO, FluroSat

The format of the workshop will involve discussion, rapid-fire pitches and networking. The focus will be on uncovering complimentary applications and activities in the European and Australian regions, opening the room for collaboration, deepening the understanding of the markets where companies are active, and having an update of the most novel developments.

Do not miss the AU-EU Melbourne Cup GEO Competition!

While focusing on Australia and Europe, this session is open to all GEO participants and will include a free networking event with drinks and nibbles to watch Australia’s biggest horse race, the Melbourne Cup, including prizes for the participants!

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Side Event

Data Sharing and Data Management Principles working group meeting

03:15 PM 05:15 PM Derwent

Agenda

15.15-15.30: Organizational issues of the new group: Introduction, new co-chairs  identification of new candidates (Bob Chen - All)

15.30-15.40: Objectives and Priorities for the 2020 (Bob Chen, Robert Downs)

15.40-15.50: Concrete milestones and events for the new group: e.g. 4th DPW in 2020, GEO Symposium (Co - Chairs , Paola De Salvo)

15.50-16.00: FAIR principles and CODATA activities (Alena Rybkina)

16.00-16.10: Analysis of FAIR and DMPs (Bob Chen)

16.10-16.20: Implementing the Data Sharing and Data Management Principles (Robert Downs)

16.20-16.30: How adoption of DMP will enable CitSci to contribute to GEOSS? (Joan Maso)

16.30-16.40: Data Sharing and Data Management principles for In situ and for Satellites data, National capacity, Survey on Data sharing (Steve Browdy – ppt – presented by tbc)

16.40-17.15: Discussion

 

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Targeted Side Event

New approaches in structuring GEO in-situ related strategies and activities [POSTPONED to 2020]

03:15 PM 05:15 PM ---

Abstract

A dedicated side event of the GEO 2018 Plenary in Kyoto resulted in the well perceived proposal to structure in-situ related GEO strategies and activities according to  major categories of in-situ observation, namely (1) regular national or regional in-situ environmental monitoring, (2) networks and projects of limited duration with a high risk of data legacies to be lost, and (3) permanent and better formalized organizations, frequently with specific observation targets and increasingly organized as Research Infrastructures (RIs).

The side event will explore, how the (1) purpose of interactions, (2) the possibly required coordinating activities by GEO and (3) the support needed from GEO vary across the identified functional and organizational categories of in-situ data producers.

Aspects like the further development of a in-situ site registry, the governance of in-situ related activities, GEO requirements and contributions, and the closely related reference framework for observation variables will be addressed.

 

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Targeted Side Event

Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI): Where supply meets demand

03:15 PM 05:15 PM Menzies

Abstract

The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) is a GEO Flagship and global partnership for coordinating the delivery of international support in forest monitoring to developing countries. Through collaborative action, GFOI aims to facilitate a larger and more targeted package support to developing countries than any one international partner could provide alone.

During this session, the second phase of GFOI will be presented including efforts to identify developing country needs and target international support at addressing these. The session will also include an open discussion on how GFOI can further leverage the expertise of the GEO community and vice versa.

While the land sector is a significant source of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, forests offer a significant opportunity for reducing emissions and removing carbon from the atmosphere. However, forests have traditionally been a sector that is difficult to monitor.

Emphasized by the important role that forests play in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, many developing countries are establishing National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) and associated emissions Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) procedures. Furthermore, this increased demand for improved information from forests has been coupled with a boom in the supply of data, tools and other forms of international support available to developing countries to help them improve their forest monitoring capabilities.

Without global coordination and a targeted effort to align the boom in both the demand for forest information and the supply of new technology, developing countries would likely be inundated with different approaches and subsequently the development of their NFMS would be at risk of paralysis.

GFOI aims to make it easier for partners to participate in and extract net benefits from international cooperation on forest monitoring and associated MRV issues.

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Targeted Side Event

The European Network for Observing Our Changing Planet (ERA-PLANET) contributions to GEO and EuroGEO

03:15 PM 05:15 PM Nicholls

ERA-PLANET, the ‘European Network for Observing our Changing Planet’ (www.era-planet.eu), is an ERANET Co-fund action under the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme, comprised of 36 partner organisations from 14 European countries, aiming at strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) in the domain of EO, in coherence with the European participation in the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Copernicus programme of the European Union.

Its goal is to bring together and strengthen the European, national and regional R&I programmes in the domain of EO, and develop a Transnational Environmental Observation System in support of European & international policies, through the integration of real- time monitoring data from various platforms, modelling tools and advanced global cyber-infrastructure for data sharing and interoperability.

In this session, the major achievements of ERA-PLANET’s four transnational projects, SMURBS (smurbs.eu), GEO-Essential (geoessential.eu), IGOSP (igosp.eu) and iCUPE (www.atm.helsinki.fi/icupe) will be presented, to trigger a lively discussion on the following topics:

  • the importance of “co-design” approaches during the conception and development of policy tools – how requirements change from the UN to the local/city scales?
  • state-of-the-art applications and products in support of policy processes and evidence-based decisions in facing environmental issues – where do we currently stand?
  • further expectations in contributing to GEO’s main policy frameworks (UN 2030 SDGs, Sendai, Paris Agreement, Urban Agenda) – how should EuroGEO handle its support to the GEO WP (2020-2022) also considering the national agendas of its state members?

The round table will also try to identify future elements of ERA-PLANET’s roadmap towards maximization of its contribution to the European Research Agenda on EO, the necessary capacity development and/or transformation to achieve this, the optimization of Copernicus user uptake and future skills development in the geoinformatics and EO domains, orchestrated by Peter Zeil (Spatial Services Ltd, Austria).  

Preliminary agenda:

  • Welcome by Nicola Pirrone, ERA-PLANET Coordinator and Jean Dusart, PO, EC
  • ‘Copernicus User Uptake and future trends for skills development in the GI/EO sector’, Peter Zeil, Spatial Services Ltd, Austria
  • -Highlight of major achievements by ERA-PLANET projects
  • Round Table on the contribution of ERA-PLANET to European Research Agenda on EO. Chair: Peter Zeil, Panelists: NP, EG, PM, JD
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Targeted Side Event

[CANCELLED] Tackling climate change impacts at scale: The Space Climate Observatory

03:15 PM 05:15 PM Bradman

Abstract

During the Paris Air Show in June, more than 20 countries have decided to engage themselves within the Space Climate Observatory initiative. Their common objective is to tackle climate change impacts, from national to local scale. As an international alliance, the signatories will provide access to reliable data, tools and models necessary to understand, evaluate and put in action the necessary policies.

During this event we will illustrate how the SCO will facilitate access to climate change impacts reliable information to stakeholders. This session will focus on some countries’ priorities, and how they will use adequate data and local information in order to provide such service.

This session will address the objectives of SCO. This side event will show how the international coordination will enable the emergence of local key challenges which will mobilize heterogeneous data sets end/or models. Some project demonstrators will presented as Proofs of Concepts (POC) of typical user case which can be tackled by SCO

The SCO intend to share with its founding partners and the GEO possible specs  of anexchange platform solutions based on these POC on climate change impacts in a context of growing concern on environment security.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: GEOGloWS - Empowering Local Decision-Makers with Global Water Information Services (live streamed)

03:15 PM 03:30 PM Sutherland

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The GEO Global Water Sustainability Initiative (GEOGLOWS) is working to provide relevant, actionable information about water that promotes the use of earth observations while strengthening observational networks in local operational frameworks. We invite you to come learn how your organization can take advantage of the data services that provide essential water variables, both historical and forecasted from earth observations on every river and watershed in the world. Information that is easily visualized, accessed, and customized through application programming interfaces (APIs) and simple web map applications.

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Targeted Side Event

Earth Observations: Preparing the global resource industry for a sustainable future

03:15 PM 05:15 PM Swan

Abstract

Strong, resilient and sustainable communities have jobs, homes, clean water, feel safe and are well connected locally, nationally and internationally. Government, business, industry and community decision makers can progress economic, social and cultural development using new, free digital information and mapping tools. Smart, fast and trusted decisions made using digital information and digital mapping can be used for any sized community, remote, rural, city, national. Sustainable development, responsible growth through a reform and transform approach can unlock new resource opportunities and respond to the economic and social challenges faced by many countries. Presented is a new digital mapping decision making tool that integrates resources: minerals, energy and water, within a social, economic and environment frame.

Addressing social licence and environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important to ensuring the future economic development of Earth resources. The challenge for geoscientists is to create tools using data integrated from multiple disciplines to deliver insight into the complex interactions between diverse Earth systems and human society. These tools will enable specialists and non-specialists in communities, government and industry to make informed decisions for a sustainable future.

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Targeted Side Event

Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa)

03:15 PM 05:15 PM Murray

Abstract

DE Africa will provide a routine, reliable and operational service that will enable Africans and others to track changes across countries and the continent in unprecedented detail. Leveraging technology and services developed in Australia, and the groundbreaking work of the Africa Regional Data Cube, DE Africa will deliver a continental-scale platform to process and analyse satellite data. This Key Side Event will showcase the DE Africa Program and its first continental-scale product. It will cover the background, progress, and next steps for this exciting Program. The Event format will include a high profile convener and panel, with audience interaction through sli.do, discussing the
pathways to impact for DE Africa. 

 

 

 

 

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Targeted Side Event

Boosting the GEO Work program with new capacities establishing a community of practice

03:15 PM 05:15 PM Torrens

Abstract

NextGEOSS is a H2020 project planned to end mid of 2020. The partners of the project have submitted a proposal of GEO Community of practice to the GEO Secretariat. The goal of this targeted side event is to work on this transition with the future potential partners.

The project is delivering :

  • 14 valuable Pilot applications producing value added information of knowledge targeted for decision makers and contributing to the SDGs,
  • a valuable suite of services optimized to support the development cycle of Earth Observation from the data access to the operations,
  • valuable onboarding process and capacity building materials to make these services accessible to all,
  • a rich data hub providing a centralized standard point of access to a decentralized data
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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Big geodata for sustainable development; challenges from an education, research and capacity development perspective (live streamed)

03:30 PM 03:45 PM Sutherland

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Contribution to the Capacity Development interventions of the GEO Flagships, Initiatives and Regional GEO’s: enhancing the skills and competencies of the GEO community (end-users) in collecting, applying and sharing large volumes of (geo)data by dedicated research, (post)graduate education and organizational strengthening.

Presenter: Prof. Dr. Ir. A. Veldkamp (Dean of ITC)

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Developing an Earth Observation Application for Coastal Ecosystems Mapping, Monitoring and Assessment of the Northern African Coastal Zone (live streamed)

03:45 PM 04:00 PM Sutherland

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The coastal line of the Mediterranean Sea is rich with diverse ecosystems and flora species, which is estimated at over 25,000 species. Unfortunately, there is a growing need to maximize the value and benefit of these ecosystems for social and economic development. This could be through by accurate mapping and efficient quantification of these ecosystems as well as assessing the vulnerability status of these ecosystems. There are various transboundary issues facing most countries of the Mediterranean Sea basin.

Challenge or Opportunity the event will present: The Key for success in addressing transboundary problems is the joint political commitment of all countries in the basin. This requires building synergies between the national stakeholders in the Mediterranean basin countries to develop strategic action plan for preserving the environment.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Introduction to AWS GroundStation (live streamed)

04:00 PM 04:15 PM Sutherland

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Ground stations at the core of global satellite networks, are facilities that provide communications between the ground and satellites using antennas to receive data and control systems to command satellites. Today, you must either build your own ground stations, or obtain long-term leases with providers, often in multiple countries to provide enough opportunities to contact the satellites as they orbit. Once this data is downloaded, you need servers, storage, and networking in close proximity to the antennas to process, store, and transport the data. AWS Ground Station eliminates these problems by delivering a global Ground Station as a Service.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Running Geospatial Workloads on AWS (live streamed)

04:15 PM 04:30 PM Sutherland

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Geospatial shares the opportunities and the challenges of both high performance computing and big data. With applications from visualising IoT data through to ingesting drone footage, it brings with it increasingly large data sizes, complicated data pipelines, HPC-level transformation demands, and often massive traffic from public users. From Smart Cities through to location-based marketing, rapid analysis of large volumes of geospatial data is becoming increasingly important. In this session you will hear how AWS customers build powerful, flexible, secure, and future-proof geospatial platforms. These systems deliver more business value from location-based data while minimising both compute costs and management overhead.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Earth Science Information Partners: globally connecting networks of practitioners make Earth Science data matter (live streamed)

04:30 PM 04:45 PM Sutherland

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Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a brains-trust for the Earth science data and informatics community. For over 20 years ESIP has coordinated the co-development of conventions, practices, and guidelines as well as peer-led education and training, to make Earth science data more FAIR. ESIP node initiatives are now appearing: for example, the Earth and Environment Science Information Partners (E2SIP) coordinates users and providers of earth science data in the Australian research and statutory sectors. Globally connected networks of Earth, Space and Environmental Science data practitioners such as that organized through ESIP, E2SIP, and other international partners make earth science data matter.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Measuring Mount Everest, Top of the World (live streamed)

04:45 PM 05:00 PM Sutherland

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Being the tallest peak of the world, height of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) is a matter of global interest. There were concerns from different corners regarding its height after the Gorkha earthquake 2015. Several organizations have made efforts to measures its height earlier with different methods and with different results. It has been important for the Nepal government to re-establish a scientifically determined height using the latest available technologies. 

This is for the first time a team of Geo-Surveyors reached on the top of the world with technical equipment and devices to measure its height. All data processing and precise geoid computation is ongoing, waiting for final result. Looking forward for the scientifically measured, commonly accepted and authentic height of the 3rd pole.

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Caucus

Africa Caucus Meeting (closed event)

05:00 PM 06:15 PM Industry House Room 2

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Mapping ground deformation in Australia: opportunities presented by Earth Observation radar satellites (live streamed)

05:00 PM 05:15 PM Sutherland

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Abstract:

Earth Observation data acquired by radar satellites enables the mapping of ground deformation over large areas. With the advent of ESA’s Sentinel-1 mission, satellite radar data is acquired routinely and open access for the entire Australian continent. This new operational radar dataset presents the opportunity to develop a national scale ground deformation reconnaissance tool, that can be used to mitigate risk related to natural and anthropogenic hazards. This presentation will discuss how satellite radar data can be used to detect and monitor ground deformation related to natural and anthropogenic phenomena, and the value of a consistently processed national-scale ground deformation database. We will showcase examples where satellite radar data have been used to detect ground deformation in Australia, including:

  • Precursory movements prior to the Cadia Tailings Dam failure of March 2018,
  • sub-surface resource extraction in the Sydney Basin,
  • shallow earthquakes in Australia (Petermann Ranges 2016, Lake Muir 2018),
  • urban monitoring in the Melbourne CBD.
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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: State Surveillance Versus Unique Identification of Citizen Data (live streamed)

05:15 PM 05:30 PM Sutherland

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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) collected and managing the data of 1.3 Billion people approx. in a country like India. For last over a decade the data has been shared and utilized multipurpose by both private and government.

There are many issues related to privacy and rights of citizens as the bigdata base contains biometric data such as Iris and Finger Print. Of late the data has been misused for various purposes.

I can contribute related to Analysis of Surveillance. How is surveillance affecting civil society? I can propose a session on digital surveillance on civil society and citizens as an example of India. 


Mass digital based surveillance on citizens and civil society in the name of unique identification in India has become a dangerous precedence in democratic setting. Collecting bio-metric and iris data from citizens and storing and disclosing is a big privacy issue.

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Social

Open Cash Bar

05:30 PM 07:30 PM NCC

Open to all

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: China's urbanization trajectory and sustainable strategies in 1949-2049 (live streamed)

05:30 PM 05:45 PM Sutherland

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Using satellite remote sensing data, historical city maps, population and economy data, we have developed data sets on urban expansion and urban land use/coverage change for multiple periods from 1949 to 2018. Here we characterized the change of urban build-up area over past 70 years and simulated the urban expansion in different scenarios in the next 30 years. Furthermore, the uneven distribution of urban space in China was revealed and problems in urban greening and ecological construction were identified. Ultimately, we proposed paradigm for the future realization of the “Beautiful China” city livability and strategies for sustainable development goals.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas stage: Global Ecosystem and Environment Observation Analysis Research for SDGs (live streamed)

05:45 PM 06:00 PM Sutherland

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Following the launch of the Global Ecosystem and Environment Observation and Analysis Annual Reports by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China in 2012, GEOARC has been accepted as a Community Activity in the GEO Work Programme from 2018. Firstly, this session will give a brief introduction to the GEOARC. Then, the significant progresses will be summarized for the series of reports released from 2012 to 2018. Thirdly, we will present the research results of this year, including 4 topics: the global forestry monitoring, global desertification monitoring, the supply situation of grain and oil crops, and the global disaster monitoring. Expectation for the future, GEOARC will focus on the global or regional ecological environmental monitoring, to provide information and knowledge services to support the three GEO priorities: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Agreement, and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. We will promote the international cooperation to improve the product validation, data sharing, information communication and policy decision-making support.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: EO in support of the agri-food sector and to contribute towards SDG 2: the agriculture showcase of the H2020 e-shape project (live streamed)

06:00 PM 06:15 PM Sutherland

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Abstract

e-shape is a multi-national initiative bringing together decades of public investment in Earth Observation and in cloud capabilities into services for decision-makers, citizens, industry and researchers. It allows Europe to position itself as global force in EO through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets.

The showcase on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture contributes to SDG 2. It consists of four pilots, leveraging existing technologies (developed in previous research work like the GEO-CRADLE project) demonstrating that Copernicus data sets combined with the necessary in-situ data (collected based on existing networks and through citizen sourced streams), weather and soil data can deliver improved information at global, national and local scale, exploiting the processing infrastructures offered by Copernicus DIAS.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Analysis of burnt scar using optical and radar satellite data (live streamed)

06:15 PM 06:30 PM Sutherland

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This study explores the use of Sentinel 1 and 2 images in mapping of burnt scars occurring after a high severity wild forest fire. We utilized the backscatter intensity, GLCM texture and polarimetric H-alpha decomposition of S1 data as well as the atmospherically corrected S2 reflectance values and the difference normalized burnt ratio (dNBR). We used supervised contextual Support Vector Machine - Markov Random Field classifier (SVM-MRF) to integrate the spectral and spatial context information. The main study areas: 3 recent bushfires in Victoria, Australia, and 2 recent forest fires in Spain. A strong relation of spectral, textural and polarimetric data and burnt/unburnt classes.

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Social

ExCom Reception (closed event)

06:30 PM 10:00 PM Yacht Club

Buses depart the NCC at 18:15 – Invite Only

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Increased atmospheric vapor pressure deficit reduces global vegetation growth (live streamed)

06:30 PM 06:45 PM Sutherland

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Atmospheric vapor pressure deficit (VPD) is a critical variable in determining plant photosynthesis. Synthesis of four global climate datasets reveals a sharp increase of VPD after late 1990s. In response, the vegetation greening trend indicated by a satellite-derived vegetation index (GIMMS3g), which was evident before the late 1990s, subsequently stalled or reversed. Terrestrial gross primary production derived from two satellite-based models (revised EC-LUE and MODIS) exhibits persistent and widespread decreases after the late 1990s due to increased VPD, which offset the positive CO2 fertilization effect. Six Earth System Models have consistently projected continuous increases of VPD throughout the current century. Our results highlight that the impacts of VPD on vegetation growth should be adequately considered in order to assess ecosystem responses to future climate conditions.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Multi-source data Synergized Quantitative remote sensing production system (live streamed)

06:45 PM 07:00 PM Sutherland

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GEOMUSYQ is to develop the technology and standards to support the Multi-source Synergized Remote Sensing Data Processing, Common Product Generation, Global Product Evaluation and Validation, especially to promote the Chinese Satellite data sharing and application. At first, this session will give an introduction of MUSYQ system. Secondly, several new concepts, such as common RS product, multi-source RS data normalization, synergized quantitative RS inversion will be proposed and explained. Then, the newest research advances will be presented, which include the multi-source RS data normalization, quantitative RS production, data publication and sharing. More than 10 kinds of global biophysical or hydrological parameter products from 2010-2015 will be presented and analyzed, which are retrieved by synergizing multi-sensor datasets include MODIS-Terra/Aqua, MERSI-FY3, and VIRR- FY3.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: Forest biodiversity mapping based on hyperspectral and LiDAR data (live streamed)

07:00 PM 07:15 PM Sutherland

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Monitoring biodiversity is essential for the conservation and management of forest resources. We use a method called “spectranomics” in combination with airborne hyperspectral and LiDAR data to detect the relationship among the spectral, biochemical and taxonomic diversity of tree species, and then map the species richness and Shannon–Wiener index in one forest nature reserve of China. The results show that forest species diversity can be directly predicted using clustering method based on crown-by-crown variations in biochemical and structural properties without the need to distinguish the individual tree species.

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Ideas Stage

Ideas Stage: TanSat First Official Lever 2 products (live streamed)

07:15 PM 07:30 PM Sutherland

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Abstract

After launching 3 years, the TanSat science team will provide the first version of official Level 2 products, which derived by IAPCAS retrieval algorithm. The products are consist of 3 kinds of products: Column mixing ratio of carbon dioxide (XCO2), Solar-Induced Chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) and Cloud detection products. The XCO2 has been validated with TCCON data with 1.5 ppm precision, which can be applied in the CO2 flux inversion research. These achievements demonstrate TanSat mission has achieved its scientific objective under the strong support of Chinese government.

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Pacific Island Programme

Mangrove Ecosystems in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Executive Room

Abstract

Mangrove forests on the island of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), are at risk from climate change, and the lack of areas for the mangroves to migrate to in response to sea level rise.

This event highlights ongoing work by a number of partners to produce scientific evidence (including an island wide vulnerability assessment and a climate model) paired with local knowledge of the vulnerability and resilience of the mangrove forests to support the identification and implementation of viable management options for increasing mangrove resilience for the people and communities that rely on them.

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Industry Track

Industry Track: Welcome and Keynote Address

09:00 AM 09:30 AM Bradman

Industry Track participants will be welcomed to GEO Week 2019 and then keynote speakers will set the scene for discussions by drawing out the issues and opportunities in the global Earth observation industry, providing insight for greater cooperation and industry growth in a rapidly evolving sector.

Opening address

  • Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency
  • James Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Geoscience Australia
  • Rebecca Moore, Director of Earth Outreach, Google Earth Engine
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GEO-XVI Plenary

GEO-XVI - Session 1: Opening Session (closed event) (live streamed)

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Plenary Hall

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1.1 Welcome from Australia

1.2 Opening Remarks

  • China Co-Chair (Plenary Chair)

            Vice Minister Huang Wei

           Pengde Li

  • European Commission Co-Chair

           Patrick Child

  • South Africa Co-Chair

           Mmboneni Muofhe

  • United States Co-Chair

           Neil Jacobs

  • Director, GEO Secretariat

           Gilberto Camara

1.3 Welcoming of new Members, Participating Organizations and Associates

1.4 Approval of Agenda

1.5 Approval of Draft Report of GEO-XV

1.6 Opening Keynote Presentation

      Sameh Wahba, Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank

1.7 Introduction of the Canberra Ministerial Declaration

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Exhibition

Exhibition

09:00 AM 06:00 PM Ballroom + Foyer

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Industry Track

Industry Track: Leadership Dialogue – Industry and GEO

09:30 AM 12:00 PM Bradman

9h30-10h30

Led by the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) and Earth Observation Australia (EOA), this session will be a forum for leaders within the global EO community to exchange views and opinions on the future demands and potential solutions facing this ever changing industry. Crucial to the success of this session will be input from the GEO user community identifying the obstacles, challenges and future demands of EO and the potential solutions envisioned by academia and potentially delivered by industry.

MC: Rod Drury – Lockheed Martin & Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia

Discussion Panel #1

‘Are new Earth observation technologies going to help industry address GEO objectives?’

Presenters

  • Alexis McIntyre - Department of Environment and Energy (Moderator)
  • Marya Andrepont - Director, Space Security & Communications, Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Space
  • Argie Kavvada - Director, EO4SDG
  • Bart De Lathouwer – President, Open Data Consortium
  • Mark Ramsey – General Manager, Sitael Australia
  • Geoff Sawyer – Secretary General, EARSC
  • Thomas Pfister - Airbus Australia
  • Andrew Zolli – Vice President International Impacts, Planet

1100-1200:

Discussion Panel #2  
‘Towards a global digital ecosystem for the environment: addressing GEO objectives while building Earth observation industry capabilities and revenue. What are the roles for citizens, governments, the private sector and intergovernmental organizations in collecting, sharing and processing data to create analytical insights and information?’

Presenters –

  • Stuart Phinn – Earth Observation Australia (Moderator)
  • Fabio Volpe – Head of Optical and Hyperspectral Applications, e-GEOS
  • Angelica Gutierrez – International Hydrology Lead, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Andiswa Milsa – Managing Director Earth Observation, South African Space Agency
  • Rebecca Moore – Director, Google Earth Engine
  • Albert Momo – Institutional Business Development Director, Trimble
  • Jasmine Muir – Geospatial Team Manager, Astron
  • Ben Thurgood – Senior Manager Solution Architecture, AWS
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GEO-XVI - Session 2: Action on Climate Change (closed event) (live streamed)

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Plenary Hall

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2.1 Session Objectives: Principals provide guidance on the actions that GEO needs to take to accelerate efforts that support climate action, including relevant objectives under the Paris Agreement.

Session Facilitator

Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

External Speaker

Nga Puna, Director, Tu’anga Taporoporo, National Environment Service, Cook Islands

Delegations

Member or PO

David Oehmen, Programme Officer for Digital Strategy and Innovation, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

2.2 Session outcomes and recommendations

Documents:

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Industry Track

Industry Track: Town Hall Discussion

12:00 PM 01:00 PM Bradman

Facilitator

  • Laura Kostanski – Studio Lead, ThinkPlace

The Town Hall discussion is an opportunity for the broader EO community to be heard on a variety of issues important to them, including observations and data, GEO’s approach to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), transparency and governance, and other topics of interest. A professional facilitator will ensure all participants have an opportunity to be heard and the outcomes of this discussion will be reported to the GEO Plenary the following day.

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Pacific Island Programme

Lunchbox Information Session: Copernicus in the Pacific

12:30 PM 02:00 PM Executive Room

Abstract

Learn about Europe’s Copernicus Programme in the Pacific and about the already available services, data and projects. The information session will provide an overview of Europe’s ambitious Earth Observation Copernicus Programme, looking at our planet and its environment.

With focus on:

  • Current Copernicus services and data used in response to emergencies, understanding our land and marine environments, impacts of climate change, our atmosphere, and security.
  • Copernicus Australasia Regional Data Hub that provides free and open access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellite missions over South Pacific, Australasia, and South-East-Asia Region.
  • Sharing examples of developmental projects in the Pacific and how to engage with Copernicus, the Data Hub and exploring new opportunities for collaboration.

The outcomes of this session are to better understand Europe’s Earth Observation Copernicus Programme and its available global products and services; how to engage with the Copernicus Programme, the Copernicus Australasia Regional Data Hub, and who to contact to explore new opportunities for collaboration.

Format: Lunch will be provided 15 minutes before commencement of the information session. Short presentations will be made by the speakers followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

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Youth Involvement

STEM and Earth Observations

01:30 PM 05:00 PM Sutherland

 

The future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is invited to explore the exciting career opportunities offered by Earth observations.
 
Senior secondary students, university and TAFE students, and early career researchers will have the chance to meet Earth observation leaders and innovators from around world on Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at an international event called GEO Week being held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, Australia.
 
Earth observations are data and information collected about our planet, whether atmospheric, oceanic or terrestrial. This includes space-based or remotely-sensed data, as well as ground-based or in situ data. Coordinated and open Earth observations enable decision makers around the world to better understand the issues they face, in order to shape more effective policies.
 
A special program has been put together for STEM students, which includes a tour of the GEO Week Exhibition, a showcase of the latest in Earth observation data and technology, and an hour-long discussion about the different and fulfilling directions a career in Earth observations can take you.

Registration

Spots for this free opportunity are limited. Please email at GEOMinisterial@ga.gov.au by Friday, 18 October 2019 to register.

Background

In November 2019, Ministers from the Group on Earth Observations’ (GEO) 105 Member governments, business leaders, heads of international non-profits and passionate experts will meet in Canberra, Australia for GEO Week 2019 and the GEO Ministerial Summit.
 
GEO is an intergovernmental organisation working to improve the availability, access and use of Earth observations for the benefit of society. GEO works to actively improve and coordinate global Earth observation systems and promote broad, open data sharing.

Program

1:30 – 3:00pm: Tour of GEO Week Exhibition 3:00 – 4:00pm: Who does what in Earth observations

  • Earth observations and major government decisions on our environment, economy and society – Stuart Minchin, Geoscience Australia
  • How earth observations can position you for a lucrative private sector career and/or to start and grow your own business – Pauline Okeyo, ESRI Eastern Africa
  • Use Earth Observations to make a difference to the sustainable development of communities and the environment – Claire Melamed, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
  • A pathway to cutting-edge research and innovation – Albert Van Dijk, Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU

4:00 – 5:00pm: Tour of GEO Week Exhibition

5:00pm: Close

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Industry Track

Industry Track: EO Industry Platform

02:00 PM 05:50 PM Lightning Stage - Exhibition

Programme

1400-1420: WatchITgrow: online platform to support agriculture industry’, Sven Gilliams, Vito
1420-1440: Australian WaterTools: using remote sensing to predict drought and low water availability, Trudy Green & David Hehir, eWater
1440-1500: An initiative of application solutions hub for EO industry’, Tau Guo, Piesat
1500-1520: The business of integrated EO based information & insights’, Peter Hausknecht, Earth-i
1600-1620: ‘Esri Engagement and Opportunities for the GEO Community’, Pat Cummens, Esri
1620-1640: ‘Polar TEP: A Central Hub within the Polar Data Ecosystem’, David Arthurs, Polar View
1640-1700: Accelerating EO Services adoption and scientific data preservation: a European endeavour, Marion Devouassoux, CERN
Copernicus DIAS Presentations
1700-1710: ‘Introduction to Copernicus Data and Information Services (DIAS)’, Rory Donnelly, EARSC
1710-1720: ‘Sobloo: the all-in-one geospatial ecosystem where your project can take shape, scale-up quickly and succeed!’, Seyed Miri, Airbus
1720-1730: ‘WEkEO DIAS: Get real time access to the entire Copernicus portfolio and process it in the cloud’, Alain Arnaud, Mercator
1730-1740: ‘ONDA DIAS: A driver for user uptake’, Franck Ranera, Serco
1740-1750: ’Mundi DIAS’, Fabio Volpe, e-GEOS

Any queries regarding the EO Industry Track can be sent to GEOIndustryTrack@ga.gov.au

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Industry Track

Industry Track: End User Forum – Panel Session

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Bradman

Facilitated by FrontierSI, this session of the Industry Track will be centred on the end users and customers for EO. What are their needs? How do I better design my solution to make it truly useful?

In this panel session, end-users will take the stage as we hear directly from key representatives of the Agriculture, Mining, Aquaculture, International Development Aid and Banking sectors. We will uncover their pressing problems and needs, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions live.

Panel speakers

  • Steven Gill – General Manager, Maxima Pearling
  • Charles Vuillier - Technology Manager, Mine Sustainability, Mincore
  • Ciaran O’Gorman – Group Manager, Innovation, Ruralco Holdings Limited
  • Garry Gale – Former Head of Agribusiness Development, NAB
  • Ed Haverkamp, Location Engineering Manager, Insurance Australia Group (IAG)

The session recognises that the growth of the EO industry globally will be driven by focusing on solving real end user problems; and it will consider current and potential markets for EO products and services from the end user perspective.

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GEO-XVI Plenary

GEO-XVI - Session 3: Action on Disaster Risk Reduction (closed event) (live streamed)

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Plenary Hall

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3.1 Session Objectives: Principals provide guidance on the actions that GEO needs to take to accelerate its efforts to support implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Session Facilitator

Yoshiyuki Chihara, GEO Principal of Japan

External Speaker

Lisa Robinson, BBC Media Action

Delegations

Member or PO

Tiziana Bonapace, Director Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, UNESCAP

3.2 Session outcomes and recommendations

Documents: 

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Side Event

Informal kick-off session Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group

03:30 PM 04:00 PM Torrents

Abstract

The Engagement Priorities Coordination Foundational Task within the 2020-2022 GEO Work Programme will enable the setup of a Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group (DRR-WG). The DRR-WG will be convened to develop and implement a coherent and cross-cutting approach within GEO to advance the use of Earth observations in support of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

By setting up the Working Group, we hope that it will enable us as an expert community to connect our activities together better, promote the value of Earth observations and information provided by GEO, and act as a focal point for the engagement with external stakeholders and international organizations relevant to the Sendai Framework. 

This informal session will provide an overview of the reasons for setting up the DRR-WG as well as providing an opportunity to ask questions and express an interest in joining the Working Group. 

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Industry Track

Industry Track: Understanding EO End Users: Design Thinking 101

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Fitzroy

This session will be an expert-delivered training session on Design Thinking, aimed at helping companies better connect with their users, to understand their problems and to create better products and services as a result.

Coordinated by FrontierSI, the session will build on the discussions from the “End User Forum”. Participants will have the opportunity to use some of the previously uncovered real end-user problems as examples to test new discovery research capabilities, tools and methods for collaboration and problem solving. A focus will be uncovering how the market for EO products and services can be widened by understanding and deploying new skills and frameworks, better defining user problems and tailoring product offerings.

Facilitator

  • Laura Kostanski – Studio Lead, ThinkPlace

This session will be delivered as a collaborative workshop and has limited places available.

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GEO-XVI Plenary

GEO-XVI - Session 4: Action on Sustainable Development (closed event) (live streamed)

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Plenary Hall

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4.1 Session Objectives: Principals provide guidance on the actions that GEO needs to take to accelerate its efforts to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Session Facilitator

Sasha Alexander, Policy Officer, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

External Speaker

Claire Melamed, CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)

Delegations

Member or PO

Fan Chen, Deputy Director, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, (RADI)

4.2 Session outcomes and recommendations

Documents:

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Social

Open Cash Bar

05:30 PM 07:00 PM NCC

Open to all

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Social

Gala Dinner (closed event)

07:00 PM 10:00 PM National Arboretum

The GEO Gala Dinner will be held at the National Arboretum with spectacular views across Canberra and will be the social highlight of GEO Week 2019! Part of the official program for the evening will be an awards ceremony recognising the significant contributions of individuals and groups to the furthering of GEO objectives.

The Gala Dinner is open to:

  • Delegates – with a number of tickets to be allocated to heads of delegation to distribute within the delegations
  • Award winners
  • Other attendees (e.g. industry track) – by invitation

For more information, please visit the following page.

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Social

GEO Week Ministerial Breakfast – invitation only (closed event)

07:30 AM 09:00 AM Hyatt Hotel

Hosted by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, this breakfast will be an opportunity for Ministers attending the Summit to hear about Australia’s emerging space industry, find out more about CSIRO’s Earth observation activities, and consider opportunities for cooperation on global challenges where the EO public and private sectors can play a key role.  

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Industry Track

Industry Track: EO Industry Platform

09:00 AM 12:30 PM Lightning Stage - Exhibition

Programme

0900-0920: ‘An integrated approach to environmental monitoring with Earth observation technologies’, Julian Kruger, Astron
0920-0940: ‘Hyperspectral Earth Observation in the Space 2.0 Era’, Terry Cocks, HyVista Corporation
0940-1000: ‘Applications of SuperView-1’, Lily Xu, Space Will
1000-1020: ‘Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, putting cloud and AI tools in the hands of those working to solve global environmental challenges’, Lee Hickin, Microsoft Australia
1020-1040: ‘Smart Eyes in the Sky: Quantify the Dynamic Planet’, Mehdi Ravanbakhsh, Mapizy
1040-1100: ‘From Data to Actionable Insight: Monitoring Methane Emissions at Industrial Facilities Using Satellites’, Jean-Francois Gauthier, GHGSat
1130-1150: UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Program (IPP) – applying Earth observation to sustainable development’, Caroline Harper , UK Space Agency,
1150-1210: NASA Partnership with Commercial and Non-Governmental Organisations’, Jamie Favors, NASA
1210-1230: ‘EARSC – the Gateway to the European Earth Observation Industry’, Geoff Sawyer & Rory Donnelly, EARSC

Any queries regarding the EO Industry Track can be sent to GEOIndustryTrack@ga.gov.au

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Industry Track

Industry Track: Earth Observation 2.0

09:00 AM 12:30 PM Torrens-Swan

09:00 - 11:00 
As part of the Industry Track, CSIRO will host an EO Innovation workshop for the Startup and SMME community to engage with those in government and industry that seek novel Earth observation-enabled digital products. The workshop will also facilitate networking with leading industry leaders from the tech, space and geospatial ecosystems and the EO Community.
Presenters
  • Ian Burke – Director Strategic International Programs, Maxar
  • Steven Kopp – Program Manager, ESRI
  • Grega Milcinski – CEO, Sinergise
  • Rebecca Moore – Director of Earth Outreach, Google Earth Engine
  • Daniel Wicks – Head of Earth Observations, UK Catapult
  • Rob Woodcock– Senior Prinicipal Research Consultant, CSIRO
Key topics to be covered include:
  • Harmonised, multi-sensor satellite observational platforms
  • Integration of in situ datasets and satellite observations
  • Novel approaches to processing petabyte-scale datasets and deriving information products and services (including Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence)
  • Unique combinations of existing and new technologies to deliver bespoke down-stream, location-based user services with a focus on support to GEO objectives and activities
The first session will feature quick fire ‘elevator pitches’ from several EO Big Data platform providers showcasing their technology and how it helps to addresses the challenges facing GEO and society globally. Presenters include: CSIRO (EASI), ESRI, Google Earth Engine, Maxar, Satellite Applications Catapult and Sinergise.
11:00 - 11:30: Morning Break (tea and coffee provided in the Exhibition area)
11:30 - 12:30 
Time to experience the platforms! Interactive live demonstrations with Q&A by EO Big Data players in a small group format with a rotation every 15 minutes. Platforms and presenters:
  • Google Earth Engine (Rebecca Moore, Google Earth Engine)
  • Earth Analytics Science and Innovation (EASI) Hub (Robert Woodcock, CSIRO)
  • ArcGIS (Steve Kopp, Esri)
  • GBDX Platform (Ian Burke, Maxar)
  • CEMS (Dan Wicks, Satellite Applications Catapult)
  • Sinergise/Sentinel Hub (Grega Milcinski, Sinergise) (remotely)
This session aims to stimulate discussion and interaction between some existing platform leaders and the larger GEO audience (Industry Track participants, GEO members, SMMEs EO data players, etc.). A final wrapping session will conclude the workshop, and should facilitate further networking opportunities.
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Pacific Island Programme

Pacific Island focus sessions

09:00 AM 04:00 PM Executive Room

Abstract

An opportunity for flexible and informal side bar meetings with representatives from the Pacific to progress new projects, proposals or partnerships that will strengthen EO capability in the region.

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GEO-XVI Plenary

GEO-XVI - Session 5: Broadening the Impact of Earth Observation and GEO (closed event) (live streamed)

09:00 AM 11:00 AM Plenary Hall

See live stream here

5.0 Review of Day One

5.1 Introduction to Session

Session Objective: Plenary determines how GEO will accelerate its impact through enhancement of key relationships and implementation of targeted strategies.

5.2 Economic Impact

Topic Objective: Agree on how GEO should approach formalizing and structuring its engagement with key multilateral economic cooperation fora (G20, G7/8, ASEAN, APEC, etc).

Nicholas Davis, Director, SWIFT Partners, World Economic Forum

5.3 Regional Impact

Topic Objective: Agree on actions GEO should take to better exploit the downscaling role of Regional GEOs, and their ability to connect GEO to additional countries and communities.

Phoebe Odour – Afri GEO

Angelica Gutierrez - Ameri GEO

Xingfa Gu - AO GEO

Gilles Ollier - Euro GEO

 

5.4 Local Impact

Topic Objective: Agree on actions GEO should take to better enable delivery of impact at a local scale, in particular actions that draw on expert advice and feedback from the development experts and commercial sector actors most skilled at deploying solutions at this scale.

Valrie Grant, Managing Director, GeoTechVision (Jamaica)

5.5 Engaging and Enabling Communities

Topic Objective: Agree on actions GEO should take to better leverage the power of key ‘enabling communities’, those communities who can bridge the EO community with end-user communities who typically need products and services of which EO data is only one part.

Rolando Ocampo, Director, ECLAC Statistics Division, ECLAC

 

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Exhibition

Exhibition

09:00 AM 06:00 PM Ballroom + Foyer

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GEO-XVI Plenary

GEO-XVI - Session 6: Implementing a Results-Oriented GEOSS (closed event) (live streamed)

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Plenary Hall

See live stream here

6.1 Introduction of proposed strategy to implement Results-Oriented GEOSS

Session Objective: Plenary determines the scale and nature of GEO’s future efforts to implement a Results-Oriented Global Earth Observation System of Systems.

6.2 Interventions from Delegations

6.3 Next Steps

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Industry Track

Industry Track: Google Earth Engine Showcase

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Nicholls

Abstract

An introduction to the what, why and how of the Google Earth Engine platform, including the philosophy and motivation behind its development. We'll survey Earth Engine's important use-cases, discuss datasets and the Data Catalog, and present a high-level overview of the computing infrastructure.

Presenter | Matt Hancher

  • Matt leads several engineering teams at Google, including Google Earth as well as Earth Engine, which he co-founded in 2009 to bring Google’s datacenter computing expertise to bear on global challenges in Earth data science and related fields. These days in addition to managing these engineering teams Matt also work directly on applications ranging from deforestation monitoring to public health.
  • Prior to joining Google Matt worked in the Intelligent Systems Division at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he was the lead developer of the NASA Vision Workbench, an open-source image processing library in C , and I led the Planetary Content Team, working with partners in the private sector to make NASA’s planetary data more accessible and useful to the world.
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Industry Track

Industry Track: Development Finance / Co-investment

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Menzies

This session seeks an open and casual dialogue around the realities of seeking development finance to support your projects. Topics discussed will include how development bank funding is accessed, how programs are being structured to support private sector, and what works (and what doesn’t) when approaching organisations for development finance.

Presenters

  • Zaffar Sadiq Mohammed-Ghouse – Executive Director, Spatial Vision (Chair)
  • Abhineet Jain – Global Business Development, Maxar
  • Greg Scott – Inter-Regional Adviser GGIM, UN Statistics Division
  • Shereen Zorba – Head of the Secretariat, UN Science Policy Business Forum on the Environment

Participants will have the opportunity to consider different attitudes towards technology and technology development and can expect to gain an increased understanding of how the commercial sector can engage with development bank funded activities.

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Industry Track

Industry Track: Asia-Oceania Industry @ GEO

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Bradman

Facilitated by FrontierSI, this lively session is an opportunity to better understand the rich earth observation capabilities across the Asia-Oceania (A-O) region, get familiar with companies and expertise, current and potential markets, experiences, challenges, opportunities, and approaches to doing business.

Opening address:

  • Julianne Merriman – Competitiveness and Business Engagement Branch Head, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Presenters:

  • Sebastian Chaoui – CEO, Arlula
  • Nathan Eaton – Director of Services, NGIS
  • Hiro Mori – Business Development, Nomura Research Institute
  • Brian Nicholls – Executive Director, AAM Group
  • Kate Rickersey – Managing Director, Land Equity International
  • Yasu Yamazaki – CEO, AxelSpace

The session will include an overview of the Earth observation industry in the A-O region, followed by a lively panel debate highlighting the pros and cons of industry involvement on EO activities in different parts of the A-O region. Participants can expect to gain an increased awareness of the market and detailed insights around business opportunities in the A-O region.

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GEO-XVI Plenary

GEO-XVI - Session 7: Delivering on the Strategic Plan – The GEO Work Programme (closed event) (live streamed)

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Plenary Hall

See live stream here
7.1 The role of the commercial sector in the delivery of GEO’s vision
  • Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez, Frontier SI
  • Yuxiang Wang, Beijing, Piesat
7.2 The Impact of the first GEO Work Programme
7.3 Presentation of the 2020-2022 Work Programme
7.4 Interventions from Delegations
7.5 Formal Endorsement of the 2020-2022 Work Programme
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Industry Track

Industry Track: Closing Session

04:00 PM 04:45 PM Lightning Stage

Incorporating observations from both industry and the GEO community, this closing session will summarise the key points from the discussions during the week and highlight a positive way forward for further deepening the links between the commercial EO sector and GEO.
The Industry Track will be closed with a presentation on GEO Week 2020 and the opportunities for industry to be involved.
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GEO-XVI Plenary

GEO-XVI - Session 8: GEO Business (closed event) (live streamed)

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Plenary Hall

See live stream here

8.1 Report of the Secretariat Director

8.2 Review of the Ministerial Summit Agenda

8.3 2018 Financial Statements and Audit Report

8.4 Proposed 2020 GEO Trust Fund Budget, including Pledges and Approval

8.5 Update of the GEO Rules of Procedure

8.6 Announcement of 2020 Lead Co-Chair and Slate of 2020 Executive Committee Members

8.7 Slate of the 2020 Programme Board

8.8 GEO-XVII Announcements

8.9 Any Other Business

8.10 Summary of Plenary Outcomes

8.11 Closing Remarks

  • Australian GEO Principal
  • GEO Secretariat Director
  • European Commission Co-Chair
  • South Africa Co-Chair
  • United States of America Co-Chair
  • China Co-Chair
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Social

Ministerial - Industry Reception (closed event)

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Swan Room

Invite Only

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Social

Open Cash Bar

06:00 PM 07:00 PM NCC

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Ministerial

Ministerial Roundtable (closed event)

06:00 PM 07:00 PM TBC

Agenda

Session details will be available here shortly.

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Ministerial

Ministerial Dinner (closed event)

07:00 PM 09:00 PM TBC

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Ministerial

Ministerial Summit - Session 1: Opening Session (closed event)

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Plenary hall

Speakers

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Exhibition

Exhibition

09:00 AM 02:00 PM Ballroom + Foyer

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Ministerial

Ministerial Summit - Session 2: Strategy (closed event)

11:00 AM 01:00 PM Plenary hall

Agenda

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Ministerial

Ministerial Summit - Session 3: Action (closed event)

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Plenary hall

Agenda

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Ministerial

Ministerial Summit - Session 4: Closing Business (closed event)

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Plenary hall

Agenda

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Social

Technical Tour (Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex & Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve)

08:00 AM 01:00 PM Front NCC Bus

Register at CSIRO booth on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 November!

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ExCom

50th GEO Executive Committee Meeting (closed event)

09:00 AM 05:00 PM National Portrait Gallery