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2016 Living Planet Symposium

The world's largest Conference on Earth Observation Date

(PresseBox) (Köln, ) The European Space Agency (ESA) will be hosting the next Living Planet Symposium on 9–13 May in Prague, Czech Republic.

The event brings together scientists and users to present their latest findings on Earth’s environment and climate derived from satellite data. It also provides an opportunity to introduce missions in development from ESA – such as Earth Explorers, the Sentinels and meteorological missions – as well as from national space agencies.

With over 3200 participants expected to attend, it will be the world’s biggest conference on Earth observation to date.

Scientific themes to be covered include oceanography, cryosphere, atmosphere, climate and meteorology, solid Earth and geodesy, hazards, methodologies and products, near-Earth environment, Open Science 2.0, and land applications. Special sessions will be dedicated to ESA programmes and initiatives, including the Climate Change Initiative and other international cooperation initiatives, as well as the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

The objectives of the Living Planet Symposium are to:


Present the progress and plans for the implementation of ESA Earth Observation strategy and the relevance of ESA' Earth Observation Programme to societal challenges, science and economy.
Provide an international forum to scientists, researchers and users to present and share state of the art results based on ESA's Earth Observation, Sentinel and third party mission data.
Review the development of Earth Observation applications
Present the Copernicus Space component and operational services
Report on ESA's Exploitation Programmes
Report on ESA's international cooperation in the field of Earth Observation
Report on current and future planned Earth Observation missions
Provide dedicated thematic tutorials and demonstrations


The Programme includes beside the nominal oral and poster sessions a school laboratory for Czech high schools, a public exhibition called ‘Our Planet from Space’, and an exhibition hosted by space industries and research centres.. 

The symposium is being organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, the Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, and with local support from Charles University in Prague.

It follows the previous symposia held in Edinburgh (2013), Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004), and is open to anyone interested in remote sensing or involved in the development and exploitation of Earth observation missions.

BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES

 

SATELLITE MEDIA TOUR

 

On the day of the Open Plenary, Monday 9th May 2016, free of charge satellite interviews with ESA’s spokespeople and scientists will be available. The interviews will be conducted from the Congress Centre in Prague between 1130-1330 GMT (1330 – 1530 CEST). The following spokespeople are available for interview:

 


Volker Liebig: LPS, EO programmes, where the science will go, the future of EO in Europe - German, English
Josef Aschbacher: LPS, EO programme, Copernicus - German, English,
Simonetta Cheli: LPS, EO overview, International collaboration - Italian, French, English, Spanish
Maurice Borgeaud: Scientific aspects of EO in Europe - French, English, German
Mark Doherty: Space for our climate - English, French
Mark Drinkwater: Ice - English, German