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Launch of the Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation

April 20 11:30 am 5:00 pm SAST

Copernicus’ Sentinel satellites operate continuously and collect terabytes of data each day for six broad-based services. While beneficial to almost every policy sector, this vast amount of data can overwhelm users unable to quickly identify the most relevant information for their needs.

The Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation (KCEO) will address this problem by serving as a focal point directing policy users to the most useful and current products for their individual needs. It will also assess the fitness-for-purpose of existing products with respect to these needs, and thus identify gaps to be considered in the evolution of the programme.

The KCEO aims to act as an efficient internal coordination mechanism inside the European Commission to maximise the use of products and information from Copernicus, and Earth observation more broadly, in EU Policy making and implementation.

The launch event will feature speakers from multiple levels of government and research, all of whom will contribute to the impact and permanence of the KCEO. They include:

  • Frans Timmermans – Executive vice-president for the European Green Deal
  • Mariya Gabriel – Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Thierry Breton – Commissioner for Internal Market
  • Manuel Heitor – Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education (Portugal)

More info here.


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