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Wednesday, March 6 • 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Role of EU-flagships (ENGOS/Galileo and GMES) to respond to societal challenges of Horizon2020-program FULL

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The session wishes to highlight with practical examples by FP-7 funded projects and other initiatives the significance of Europe’s space systems for EU-science, research and innovation dynamics. Representatives of the European Network NEREUS1 and representatives of relevant European institutions are going to debate how European space systems can contribute as a vital tool to advance in the different societal challenges of Horizon2020 and thus serve European society. The emphasis of the NEREUS-network is on the use of space technologies and provides its members with a dynamic platform to mobilize projects, share experience and knowledge and raise awareness for the regional dimension of space applications. Several EU-projects have been mobilized on the NEREUS-platform and speak for themselves.

In numerous ways satellite data and services bring an added value to all six societal challenges2
and pave the way to more knowledge and a wider insight. To quote just a few examples, Galileo
is fundamental to develop innovative transport solutions, Earth Observation/Copernicus-data brings an immense treasure of information to research activities in areas such as climate change, health, agriculture, marine and maritime, raw materials, energy. A recent study on the economic benefits of Copernicus showed that 1 Euro invested in the system brings up to 10 Euros back to the European society in terms of economic benefits, in addition to strategic advantages which cannot be accounted for. The science community is a key beneficiary of space-based information. The session wishes to call for a close linkage between the different columns of the Horizon2020, in particular of bringing the dimension of space into the topics of the societal challenges. In particular with both space systems growing increasingly mature, establishing synergies to societal challenges are crucial to ensure an optimal exploitation and capitalization of these systems for Europe’s research endeavors.


Speakers
avatar for Josef Aschbacher

Josef Aschbacher

Head of ESA GMES Space Office
Josef will share his views how Copernicus can impulse and contribute to research activities across the topics of the societal challenges of Horizon2020. While referring to the joint NEREUS/ESA-initiative "The growing use of GMES across Europe’s Regions" he will explain the potential of the system on different sectors that are addressed by the third column. He will also demonstrate how accurate global observations from GMES satellites... Read More →
avatar for Pierpaolo Campostrini

Pierpaolo Campostrini

Chair of NEREUS-GNSS-WG, Director CORILA
Pierpaolo has profound expertise with international research activities within the EU-framework programs and is member of the FP7-Environment committee. Referring to his experience as a participant of EU-funded research activities, in particular with research activities in the Venetian lagoon, he is going to explain where he sees the potential of Europe’s space systems to support research activities within the societal challenges of... Read More →
avatar for Paola Carrara

Paola Carrara

Coordinator of the DORIS_NET, CNR
Paola coordinates the NEREUSflagship project DORIS_NET, an FP-7 funded CA (full title: Downstream Observatory organised by Regions active In Space – Network). The objective of this project is to pave the way for anchoring Copernicus downstream sector in regional and local economies and a stronger involvement of regional actors. Establishing a network of “Regional Contact Offices” (RCOs) that links European regional and local... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Frans von der Dunk

Prof. Frans von der Dunk

European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC)
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Mauro Facchini

EC, DG Enterprise and Industry, Head of Unit Space Research - G2
Mauro will explain the ideas of the EC to establish synergies between the space program and the other columns of the Horizon2020.
avatar for Prof. Alan Wells

Prof. Alan Wells

NEREUS-vice-president, University of Leicester
Alan is Science Coordinator of THE ISSUE3 consortium (full title: Traffic- Health-Environment Intelligent Solutions Sustaining Urban Economies), a project funded in the FP7-Regions of Knowledge program, | bringing together research clusters from 5 NEREUS member regions (East Midlands, Molise, Midi-Pyrénées, Aquitaine and Mazovia). Common themes of expertise within the consortium apply to the fields of Traffic, Health and Environment... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Representation of Lazio Region (Conference room/8th floor) Rond Point Schuman 14, B-1040 Bruxelles