Session 7.2

Earth observation to protect the planet and the people

In partnership with the JRC

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Copernicus Global Land, FAO, DG Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme join forces in an interactive discussion on Earth Observation to protect biodiversity. Scientists and policy makers will deliver short presentations on trailblazing research and then host an engaging “fishbowl” discussion. Audiences can jump into the conversation with an expert panel as they exchange viewpoints on the future of science to support biodiversity.
This discussion will contain critical research findings by the European Commission and look into the future of satellite and in-situ data for policymaking. Join this session for an insider’s perspective on how our efforts directly enable and inform SDGs, Commission priorities, and the Habitat Directive. Gain insight on how our services are building a knowledge base for biodiversity that integrates Earth Observation data. And explore how our free, open, and analysis-ready data can help you and others to safeguard our planet and people.


Greet Maenhout, Deputy Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre & Copernicus Global Land, European Commission

Bruno Combal, Policy Officer, Nature Protection Unit, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

Mike Harfoot, Senior ecosystem modelling scientist

Gilles Ollier, Head of Sector Environmental Observation, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission

Alan Belward, Head of Unit on Food Security, Joint Research Centre & Copernicus Global Land, European Commission

Samantha Burgess, Deputy Director, Copernicus Climate Change Service, ECMWF


Aaron McKinnon, Communication Officer, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission

Our principal priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our speakers, moderators, exhibitors and participants, and so we have been monitoring the situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak constantly. Due to the current situation and restrictions, it has been decided that EU Green Week 2020 will be available exclusively online.

You will have the opportunity to join the EU Green Week in a new immersive virtual experience. Not only will you be able to watch all the sessions live and interact with the speakers, but you will also have the possibility to explore the exhibitions and network with the other attendants just as if you were there !
The virtual event platform will be soon open - all you have to do is to register and you will gain access to the event from your home or office.
If you are interested in attending the virtual event, you can leave your e-mail address here and we will contact you as soon as the registration platform is available.