Copernicus’ years of successful operations have brought about numerous innovations, an ever-growing network of Copernicus enthusiasts and users as well as stimulated bold ambitions for the programme’s future. In 2016, the Copernicus stakeholders had come together for the "Value Chain Workshop", a first of its kind conference. This year, the broad array of Copernicus actors will assemble for the “Copernicus Ecosystem Workshop”.

The event will showcase the diversity and vitality of the Copernicus ecosystem, in the presence of representatives of the IT and Big Data industries and end-users from across industries. It will feature presentations and discussions about the evolution of Copernicus, practical and informative sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities.

The agenda is subject to regular updates. Therefore, make sure to check it regularly!  



Register now 



Date:               Tue 09/10/2018 - Wed 10/10/2018

Language:      English

Cost:               free of charge


Venue:            Docks Dome

Address:        Boulevard Lambermont 1, 1000 Brussels





09:00 - 09:30
Welcome coffee and registration
09:30 - 10:00
Opening speeches


Philippe Brunet, Director, DG GROW: Copernicus – A service from Europe for a sustainable future on Earth


Matthias Petschke, Director, DG GROW: Galileo & EGNOS  European time and location services for global applications

10:00 - 11:30
Plenary Session 1


Challenges and opportunities ahead


  • Pierre Bascou, Director, DG AGRI: CAP monitoring & Nutrient management application


  • Chetan Pradhan, EARSC: Reflecting on the space strategy, and moving forward with the cooperation between Copernicus and industry


  • Simon Jutz, ESA: ESA’s contribution to the future of the Copernicus Space Component


  • Cristina Martinez, Deputy Head of Unit, DG CNECT: Integration of Copernicus into EOSC


  • Giuseppe D’Amico, Deputy Director, EU Satellite Centre: Responding to Europe’s defence geo-intelligence needs


11:30 - 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00
Plenary Session 2


Operational users of Copernicus data and information


  • Angela Corbari, StudioMAPP, Italy


  • Beril Sirmacek, farmAR, the Netherlands


  • Pedro Caridade, SpaceLayerTech, Portugal


  • Erick Khamala, LocateIT, Kenya


13:00 - 13:45
Networking lunch
13:45 - 14:15
Inspirational speech by Herve Pillaud
14:15 - 14:30
Introduction to Parallel Sessions 1 & 2
14:30 - 16:00
Parallel Session 1


Land & Agricultural Applications moderated by Mauro Facchini (Head of Unit "Copernicus", DG GROW, European Commission)


  • The Sentinel4CAP project – Benjamin Koetz, ESA


  • The Farm Sustainability Tool for Nutrients – Nicola Virgilio, European Commission, DG AGRI


  • CLC+ Chris Steenmans, European Environment Agency


  • The ReCAP project – Simeonidou Machi, DRAXIS Environmental SA


  • Discussion


14:30 - 16:00
Parallel Session 2


Start-ups & Skills moderated by Thibaud Delourme ("Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth" Unit, DG GROW, European Commission) 


  • Introduction – E. Barreca, DG GROW 


  • The EO4GEO Erasmus+ project – Ilaria d’Auria, NEREUS


  • The RUS service – Eric Guzzonato, CS


  • Challenging talk – Massimo Zotti, EARSC, Planetek Italia


  • Challenging talk  Grega Milčinski, Sinergise: skills gaps, barriers to and open education in the geo-spatial field


  • Discussion


16:00 - 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
Networking session and cocktail with TED-style elevator pitches

Hosted and moderated by EARSC & partners


  • Introduction by Andreas Veispak  (European Commission) and Geoff Sawyer (EARSC)


  • Andrew Lavender, Pixalytics


  • Peter Baumann, Rasdaman


  • Balint Csendes, Indie-GEO Ltd


  • Marc Tondriaux, TerraNIS


  • Lucy Kennedy, Spottitt Ltd


  • Alkiviadis Poulis, Cotheta


  • Machi Simeonidou, AgroApps PC


  • Gagan Reddy, CITTAMAP BV


  • Ben Calton, PML Applications Ltd


  • Concluding remarks from Chetan Pradhan (EARSC), Roya Ayazi (Nereus) and Rob Postma (Airbus/sobloo DIAS)


09:00 - 09:30
Welcome coffee
09:30 - 09:45
Introduction to Parallel Sessions 3 & 4
09:45 - 11:00
Parallel Session 3


Industry and industrial policy – moderated by Geoff Sawyer, EARSC


  • Copernicus: leveraging Europe’s industrial leadership in EO Lucas Buthion, Eurospace


  • Celestino Gomez, EARSC


  • Rudy Aernoudt, European Commission


  • Discussion


09:45 - 11:30
Parallel Session 4


Emergency, Safety & Security moderated by Nathalie Le Cam (Copernicus Unit, DG GROW, European Commission)


  • EMS Risk and Recovery Mapping in the context of the IRMA hurricane – Helene de Boissezon, CNES


  • Law enforcement and satellite imagery – Peter de Scheemaeker, EUROPOL – HOS Special Tactics


  • Contribution to law enforcement topics – Stelios Bollanos, Planetek Hellas


  • EU Military/defence needs for Earth Observation – LtCol Florent Lavigne, EEAS-EUMS


  • Evolution of the Copernicus Security Service for external Action and evolution of the SatCen – Denis Bruckert, SatCen


  • Options for local/regional cooperation in the Copernicus Security Service – Tim McCarthy, Maynooth University
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:10
Conclusions of Parallel Sessions


  • Start-ups & Skills – Thibaud Delourme


  • Land & Agricultural Applications – Mauro Facchini


  • Industry & Industrial Policy – Geoff Sawyer


  • Emergency, Safety & Security – Nathalie Le Cam
12:10 - 12:30
Closing speech


Andreas Veispak, Head of Unit, "Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth" Unit, DG GROW, European Commission - The Ecosystem of Copernicus

12:30 - 13:30
Light lunch





The Docks Dome event venue is located on the roof of the Docks Bruxsel shopping district. It is easily accessible by car as well as by public transport.


     > For drivers: 1700 parking spaces are available in the basement of the building. Docks Dome is 10 minutes away from downtown Brussels. It is easily accessible with the Ring 21.

     > Public transport:

Trams 3 and 7. 

The tram 3 stops at ‘Docks Bruxsel’ (at the entrance ‘Quai des Usines/Werkhuizenkaai’).

The tram 7 stops at ‘Docks Bruxsel’ (the main entrance).


Buses 47, 57 and 58.

Bus 47 stops at ‘Van Praet’ (at 100 meters from the main entrance).

Bus 57 stops at ‘Van Praet’ (at 100 meters from the main entrance).

Bus 58 stops at ‘Docks Bruxsel’ (the main entrance). 


The stib - provides real-time information and updates about public transport and has a supporting smartphone


Due to the registration process, queues might occur. Please take this into consideration and plan your arrival 30 min before the workshop starts!




Julia Ioannou, Copernicus Support Office

Email: ioannou[at]

Telephone: +32 2 318 09 22