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Science meets parliaments: Space solutions for sustainability on Earth

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Under the framework of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre’s (JRC) call "Science meets Parliaments / Science meets Regions", the Ministry of Economy, the Luxembourg Space Agency, the University of Luxembourg Faculty of Law, Economics, and Finance, and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) are co-organizing the one-day conference titled Space solutions for sustainability on Earth, which will take place on October 4, 2019 at the premises of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg. The aim of the program is to build closer links between policymakers, scientists, academia and the civil society focused on environmental issues to promote a culture of evidence-informed policy making.

The event will focus on domestic environmental topics and the use of space technologies (Earth observation and GNSS) to support policymakers in their decision-making through the use of space data mainly from the European space programs: Copernicus and Galileo. Most importantly, this conference has a special focus on the Luxembourg's United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Structure of the conference

The conference is structured in two sections.

The first section envisages the opening of the event with a group of keynote speakers who will address the environmental political needs of Luxembourg and discussion with the Luxembourg'smembers of the parliament.

The second section will present case studies on the use of space technologies for environmental applications under two sessions: 1. The use of Earth Observation for land management, weather, and disaster management (floods) & 2. The use of GNSS for mobility and transport

Morning session

09.00 Arrival and registration

09.30 Welcome and introductory remarks

Fernand Etgen, President of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies

Prof. Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg

Prof. Isabelle Riassetto, Vice-Dean of the FDEF, University of Luxembourg

Dr. Thomas Kallstenius, CEO LIST

Master of ceremonies: PJ Blount, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

10.15 “Science Meets Parliaments” Initiative

Maren Hunds, European Commission, JRC

'The land; where farming, environment, climate, society and money meet”

Alan Belward, European Commission, JRC

10.40 Luxembourg space activities

Marc Serres, Luxembourg Space Agency, Luxembourg

10.55 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the use of space technologies

Jorge Del Rio Vera, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

11.10 The combination of artificial intelligence and EO data: Regulatory challenges

Benjamin Hourte, Earthlab, Luxembourg

11.25 Luxembourg space legislation

Mahulena Hofmann, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

11.40 Discussion with the audience

Moderator: Niklas Hedmann, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

12.30 Lunch

Afternoon session

13.30 Panel I: EO for a sustainable Luxembourg

Moderator: Geoff Sawyer, EARSC

13.45 Introduction to EO and the European Union Copernicus programme

Prof. Lucien Hoffmann, LIST, Luxembourg

14.00 International case study:

Copernicus Sentinel data use for potato farming in Belgium

Steven Krekels, VITO, Belgium

14.15 The Luxembourg case studies: The use of Sentinel data in agriculture

Anne Peschon, Ministère de l'Agriculture, de la Viticulture et du Développement rural, Luxembourg

14.30 The use of Copernicus data in flood management and disaster assistance

Guy Schumann, RSS-Hydro, Luxembourg

14.45 Panel discussion: EO data addressing environmental challenges in Luxembourg: Gaps, challenges, and opportunities.

Panellists:

Isabelle Benezeth, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France

Martijn Houtepen, Skygeo, the Netherlands

Steven Krekels, VITO, Belgium

Lucien Hoffmann, LIST, Luxembourg

Guy Schumann, RSS-Hydro, Luxembourg

Anne Peschon, Ministère de l'Agriculture, de la Viticulture et du Développement rural, Luxembourg

15.15 Coffee/Tea break

15.30 Panel II: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for a sustainable Luxembourg

Moderator: (tbc)

15.30 Introduction to GNSS

F. Norman Teferle, University of Luxembourg

15.45 Introduction to the European Union GNSS Galileo & EGNOS programmes

Omar I.Valdés Solorzano, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

16.00 International case study: GALILEO 4 Mobility, shared mobility pilots with enhanced GNSS

Marti Jofre, Pildo Labs, Spain

16.15 The Luxembourg case: The use of GNSS in the Land Registry and Topography Administration

Bernard, Reisch, Administration du cadastre et de la topographie, Ministère des Finances, Luxembourg

16.30 Panel discussion: European GNSS data addressing Luxembourg’s needs

Panellists:

Bernard, Reisch, Administration du cadastre et de la topographie, Ministère des Finances, Luxembourg

F. Norman Teferle, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Omar Ignacio Valdes Solorzano, European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Marti Jofre, Pildo Labs, Spain

Juan Carlos Merlano Duncan, SnT, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

17.00 Conclusions: Building a roadmap

17.15 Discussion with the audience

18.00 Closing cocktail

*No need to have prior knowledge on space technologies

**Website sciencemeetsparliaments.uni.lu

Contact: sandra.cabrera@uni.lu

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