Attendees heard from experts from the Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space and the Directorate-General for International Partnerships on opportunities and challenges for international Space collaboration and the use of the wealth of data that is collected by programmes such as Copernicus.
After an initial introduction, attendees split into groups where they discussed opportunities for reinforcing international dialogue and partnership on Space and how to enhance the update of EO products and services. They talked about the need to conduct a thorough analysis of the current context before moving forward, the need for international dialogue, the opportunities offered by the creation of new space agencies and how to increase the uptake of earth observation data.
Hugo Zunker from the Earth Observation Unit, DG for Defence Industry and Space, and Miguel-Angel Exposito-Verde, DG for International Partnerships, framed the group’s discussions by posing the following two questions:
What are the opportunities for reinforcing the international dialogue and partnership on space?
How can we further enhance the update of EO products and services?
Attendees discussed the opportunities offered by new regional space agencies in Africa and Latin America, the need for an analysis of the context and how to increase the uptake of Earth observation data.