Conference & Matchmaking | Environment Topic: Earth Observation & Copernicus

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Date(s) - 18/04/2018 - 19/04/2018
All Day

Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences (THGA)


Earth observation and Copernicus – the European Copernicus Programme entered its
operational phase with the launch of the first Sentinel satellite in 2014. Data from space or – to be
more precise – Earth observation data from different missions and in the future primarily that
generated by the European Copernicus system – offers an enormous range of potential uses.
Combined with and complemented by in-situ data from local and regional sensors or sensor data
networks and other geo information, completely new applications can be developed. Through
cross-section IT technologies such as big data, cloud computing, digitalization and geoIT together
with suitable communication technologies, an enormous amount of data becomes increasingly
accessible for commercial products, processes and services. Earth observation/Copernicus,
digitalization/in-situ data, communication technologies and satellite positioning/Galileo thus
become a tremendous challenge and opportunity for the development of user-oriented solutions.
ZENIT and its partners organize an event as a marketplace that will enable knowledge transfer
between technology experts, service providers and manufacturers as well as users from selected
application fields. The goal is to stimulate the development and marketing of new “Copernicus”-
related products, services and solutions. The event will build on findings and experience from the
German technology network “CopServ” and aims to transfer valuable technological know-how to
European level in the framework of the EEN.


Application fields at the focus of the event will be renewable energies/energy economy, maritime
technologies, mining/post-mining, agriculture/forestry and urban monitoring/smart cities. The
national German network “CopServ”, which is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for
Economic Affairs and Energy, has a profound expertise in most of the targeted fields and aims to
develop successful R&D projects from Sentinel, in-situ and other data, using new and innovative
technologies, intelligent applications and specialized services.

Concept and target group

The conference is planned as a one-day event and an optional get-together (“Space Night
Event”) on the evening before. All participants are invited to join the “Space Night Event“ at Zeiss
Planetarium Bochum which includes a spectacular multimedia Space Night Show in the
stardome, a reception and a networking dinner. The conference itself will offer thematic
workshops to exchange ideas on technology trends, identify market demand and raise
awareness among end users towards the importance of Earth observation and Copernicus
technologies and their potential. A B2Match event for bilateral meetings is included. The event
addresses specialists and executives as well as development engineers from the application
fields and defined technology branches along the entire value chain.

Further information and the possibility to register for the conference: