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2nd Symposium on Earth Observation Business – 9 & 10 September 2010: The Westin, Paris

New customers and suppliers have appeared in the Earth observation industry over the past several years including new commercial operators, end-user entities and emerging government actors. With data sales expected to reach nearly $4 billion by 2018, growth will impact every level of the EO value chain. Data specifications will change; new business models for data and service provision will emerge; service offerings will expand; new distribution channels and customer markets will develop and manufacturing requirements will evolve. Increased data sources, including low-cost/free government solutions and supporting frameworks such as GMES, will also contribute to the changing dynamic of the EO sector in the coming years.

The 2nd Symposium on Earth Observation Business is a unique forum for the EO community to present and discuss these game-changing trends, challenges and opportunities with actors from every level of the value chain. Top executives at EO satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch providers, civil and military government agencies, and end-user entities will participate in lively panel discussions and give keynote presentations to a highly qualified audience. This year the 2nd Symposium on Earth Observation Business has been extended to nearly two days (from one day in 2009) to cover the many areas of discussion. A small sample of the program and of the excellent line-up of industry representatives invited as speakers:

“Leading EO Satellite Operators Development Strategies” with Jill Smith, CEO, DigitalGlobe; Matt O’Connell, CEO, GeoEye; Eric Beranger, CEO, Astrium Services; John Hornsby, President, MDA GSI; Marcello Maranesi, CEO, e-GEOS; CEO, ImageSat International; Wolfgang Biedermann, CEO, RapidEye

“Prospects for Civil Usage of EO Data & Services” with Charles S. Baker, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite & Info. Services, NOAA; Ernst Koenemann, Director of Program Development, Eumetsat; José Achache, Director of the GEO Secretariat

“Growth & Challenges of EO Usage in the Enterprise Market” with Dave Fox, CEO, Infoterra Ltd; Charles Randell, President & CEO, C-Core; Dave Morton, Managing Director, Fugro NPA

For the complete program and for regular updates for the 2nd Symposium on Earth Observation Business, check the event website (choose Program/Symposium on EO Business).
For more detailed information please contact Julia Carré at or + 33 1_49_23_75_28

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