ESA Hosts the Largest Earth Observation Conference to Date

ESA’s Living Planet Symposium is being held in Milan, Italy. Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)

This week the European Space Agency (ESA) is holding what they say is the largest Earth observation conference to date, with over 4,000 participants attending.

To conference is being held in Milan and is called the Living Planet Symposium. The week long conference “will not only see scientists present their latest findings on Earth’s environment and climate based on satellite data, but will also focus on the importance of Earth observation in building a sustainable future and a resilient society” according to ESA.

Canadians will make over 20 presentations and two Canadian companies are sponsors, C-Core and Macfab.

Yesterday to open the Symposium, a 2 hour opening session was broadcast live that included talks on a variety of topics and a moderated discussion. That video is available below. Here is the speaker order of the opening session.

  • Welcome by Italian Officials;
  • Welcome by ESA Director General, Johann-Dietrich Wörner;
  • Italy and Earth observation, Italian Space Agency President, Giorgio Saccoccia;
  • EO Europe 2040, ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher;
  • Copernicus programme, DG Grow Deputy Director-General, Pierre Delsaux;
  • Stimulating research and innovation, DG RTD Deputy Director-General, Patrick Child;
  • Satellite meteorology, Eumetsat Director General, Alain Ratier;
  • Young generation and climate change, Fridays for Future, Jakob Blasel;
  • Interval: Music from the Milan Conservatory;
  • A moderated discussion.


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