PPEU to boost Africa-Europe cooperation
in Earth Observation

High-Level Forum will bring together key African and European decision-makers in the space domain of both continents for two days of discussions.

On the 10th-11th June 2021, the Portuguese Presidency, in close collaboration with the African Union Commission, the European Commission, the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, the Portuguese Space Agency and the AIR Centre is organising the Africa-Europe Space Earth Observation High-Level Forum.

Already in 2007, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU organised the 2nd EU-Africa Summit (Lisbon, December 2007), during which the GMES & Africa process was launched. Since this landmark event in African-European cooperation in the field of earth observation (EO), substantial progress has been achieved in the use of EO data, as well as in the development of related applications and services.

Now, fourteen years later, Portugal once again holds the Presidency and cooperation with Africa in earth observation is once again a priority.

This high-level event will bring together key African and European decision-makers in the space domain: national ministers, European and African Commissioners, the Director-General of the European Space Agency as well as members of the research and innovation communities of both continents for two days of discussions.

Debates on the first day will cover various technical issues, from earth system science and challenges, EO for evidence-based decision-making, digitalisation and knowledge platforms, to future EO and cutting-edge technology, as well as capacity-building. The second day of the event will involve ministers and high-level policy-makers, and will not only focus on the more policy-related aspects of African-European cooperation in earth observation, but will also include debates with young entrepreneurs.

Confirmed speakers will include Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor, African Union Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Sarah Anyang Agbor, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Josefa Sacko, European Space Agency Director-General Josef Aschbacher, European Union Agency for the Space Programme Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa, and many more.

For more information, visit: https://africaeurope-eoforum.eu/

Author
Portugal Space
Date
9 of June, 2021