e-shape side event at 19th European Week of Regions and Cities

Earth Observation solutions for smarter and greener regions and cities: hands-on e- shape pilots

10 November 2021 10:00-11h30 cet
Online webinar (zoom platform)



Despite the many successful examples of use of satellite-based services at the regional and local levels, they are still widely considered as “innovation” rather than “practice”.
This workshop will present and discuss solutions to use satellite data and signals, which can make a real difference for public managers and civil society willing to increase sustainability and resilience to climate change and critical events.
The workshop aims at bringing together representatives of regional/local administrations, SMEs, research centres to discuss about the opportunities and challenges to the operational uptake of mature satellite-based services.
The solutions to be presented have been recently developed to improve services that already existed or to respond to emerging city challenges, such as climate change and the COVID-19 sanitarian crisis.
In this context, the pilot projects developed within e-shape represent concrete examples to that effect, as they have been conceived with the vision of an “umbrella” of services helping authorities, but also enabling a commercial application in the green sector.


The workshop
The workshop is an e-shape labeled event, the European Commission’s Horizon2020 flagship project supporting the EuroGEO initiative demonstrating European EO capabilities applied to 7 showcases, including climate change, energy, ecosystems co developed with and for the users. The project’s ultimate goals id to foster entrepreneurship and develop research to business activities.

The first part of the workshop will set the stage by introducing the audience to operational satellite applications, their uses and their benefits for regions and cities, with a particular focus on the issue of green energies, climate change mitigation and sustainable development and growth.

The second part of the workshop is devoted to the presentation of the coordinated approach to support research communities bringing their satellite-based solutions to serve policy makers and boosting innovation in the field of Sustainable Development Goals and environmental policies
The format foresees a Q&A and the end of the first part of the workshop and a discussion/Q&A/breakout-rooms at the end of the dual presentations to boost interaction and live engagement between the audience and the pilots through feedback useful to inject in the co-design methodology of the service development.


Draft agenda

10.00 – 10.10 Annalisa Donati, Acting Secretary General EURISY- Welcome and Introductory remarks

10.10-10.15 Vasco Ilidio Alves Cordeiro, Member of a Regional Assembly: Regional Parliament of Azores, Committee of the Regions (TBC)

10.15 - 10.20 Vasco Ilidio Alves Cordeiro, Member of a Regional Assembly: Regional Parliament of Azores, Committee of the Regions (TBC)

10.20 -10.35 Pilot 2(15’) P2 Aida Campos, senior researcher at IPMA, the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere, “Monitoring Fishing Activity” + Q&A 

10.35-10.40 Karin Wanngård, City commissioner, member of a Local Assembly: Stockholm Municipality, Committee of the Regions (TBC)

10.40– 10.55 Pilot 1(10’) Jana Klanova, prof. RNDr. Jana Klánová, Ph.D. Head, Human Exposome Masaryc University, “EO-based surveillance of POPs pollution”+ Q&A 

11.00 -11.30 Round table speakers/breakout room

11.30 Wrap-up and closing remarks


The e-shape project

e-shape, is a 48-month project under the framework of Horizon 2020 and constituted by a pan-European team of academic, industrial, institutional and user communities. It is a unique initiative that brings together decades of public investment in Earth Observation and in cloud capabilities into services for the decision-makers, the citizens, the industry, and the researchers. It allows Europe to position itself as a global force in Earth observation through by leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities, and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets, opening new opportunities and expand its use, through the existing European capacities, as well as developing research to business activities.




Annalisa Donati is currently Acting as secretary general of Eurisy, the European association of space agencies striving to bridge the gap between space and society. As Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute she was responsible for the studies on space economy, finance and innovation’s domains. Before joining ESPI she was a Young Graduate Trainee within the Industrial Policy and SMEs Division of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Temporary Officer at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Annalisa holds a M.S. in Diplomatic Studies from the SIOI and in Multilateral Security from the University of Perugia.

Francesca Piatto is project officer at EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, which coordinates and promotes activities of European companies engaged in delivering EO geo-information services. She is currently the e-shape project WP coordinator, a European project that develops and promotes European Earth Observation capabilities with and for the users. Prior to this role, she collaborated with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Rosario (Argentina) assisting with EU projects, and Business Bridge Europe, where she worked for the annual EU Space Conference. Francesca holds a MA in EU external relations and international migration from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies.

Vasco Ilidio Alves Cordeiro (PES Group) Committee of the Regions. He recently served as President of the Regional Government of the Azores from 2012, following his party's victory on the 2012 Azores regional election, until 2020. He is members of the CIVEX Commission (Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External affairs) and ENVE Commission (Commission for Environment, Climate change and Energy

Karin Wanngård, Committee of the Regions. Swedish politician who was Municipal Commissioner for Finance of Stockholm from 2014 to 2018. She is a member of the Social Democrats, and has been city councillor of Stockholm Municipality since 1994. He is members of the ECON (Commission for Economic Policy) and ENVE (Commission for Environment, Climate change and Energy)

Aida Campos is a senior researcher at IPMA, the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere, and a member of CCMAR, the Centre of Marine Sciences of the University of Algarve.  She is a national representative to DG RTD Strategic Working Group SCAR-Fish, which she presently chairs. She has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of fisheries technology, gear selectivity and management of by-catch and discards, and she is now mainly involved in the analysis of fisheries dynamics and estimation of fleet-based fishing effort.

Jana Klanova, is Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Masaryk University and Director of RECETOX, the European Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health Sciences.She has vast research experience in the field of environmental and health the impacts of toxic substances on external and internal environments, products, and food. Through collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and World Health Organization, she supports development of global monitoring networks and information systems enhancing availability of data for environment and health policy and practice. She leads the GEO (Group of Earth Observations) Initiative GOS4POPs (Global Observation System for Persistent Organic Pollutants) and coordinates an effort to build a sustainable infrastructure for European exposome research. 


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