Gearing up for the next Living Planet Symposium

By on 1 June, 2021

Graphic courtesy ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Billed as the world’s biggest Earth observation conference, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Living Planet Symposium will take place on May 23–27, 2022 at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany.

“The upcoming symposium is set be the most all-encompassing event so far,” said ESA’s Acting Director of Earth Observation Programs, Toni Tolker-Nielsen.

“We will explore and demonstrate all manner of benefits and future potential that Earth observation can offer, from understanding Earth systems to forging new partnerships in order to expand user bases and increase access to capital, to empowering the green transition where Earth observation-based services can be integrated into policies and support decisions.”

The symposium aims to:

  • Prove how satellite data and open science contribute to our understanding of Earth systems, climate and their interactions.
  • Demonstrate new Earth observation instruments and technologies for existing and future missions.
  • Highlight the importance of existing and new partnerships, expand the Earth observation user base and increase access to capital and commercialisation.
  • Demonstrate how next generation technologies will create new opportunities for Earth observation including data collection, processing, distribution and analysis.
  • Confirm how Earth observation services can be integrated with local, national and global policies to drive sustainable development, security and resilience.

The event is held every three years, and in 2022 will be supported by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

“The symposium will be an excellent opportunity to have an international exchange of ideas and examine how Earth observation can further contribute to pressing global challenges such as climate-change, mitigation, food security and implementing sustainable new technologies,” said Walther Pelzer, Member of the DLR Executive Board and Director General of DLR.

The deadline for session proposals is September, followed by the abstract deadline in November. Registrations will open in January and the preliminary program will be available in March.

Given the COVID-19 situation, a final decision to proceed with the Symposium will be made in September.

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