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Geoff Sawyer, EARSC SG, participated in the ISRSE symposium on 8th-12th May in Pretoria (South Africa) where he presented in 2 sessions. Thanks to the help of the local organisers, EARSC also organised a B2B session gathering 5 companies from Europe and 5 from Africa.

The 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE-37) took place in Tshwane, South Africa 8 to 12 May 2017. The theme was “Earth Observation for Development and Adaptation to a Changing World”.

The 2017 Symposium was the second time in this millennium that the African continent hosted ISRSE. It coincided with the implementation of the recently adopted African Space Policy and Strategy, as well as rapid development in African space science and technology programmes.

EARSC notably organised This was the second such event we have organised with the first one being during the AARSE conference last October in Kampala. In each case we are grateful for local support without which such an initiative would not be possible. We had 5 companies from Europe and 5 from Africa which participated. Very short introductory presentations from the European companies was followed by a “speed-dating” session providing each company to introduce itself to the others. Given the difficulty I had separating some of the company pairs the exchanges were quite productive. Participants agreed at the end that the formula was a good one and we shall seek to recreate similar opportunities in the future. There is strong support for further exchanges with African companies and we’ll seek opportunities to do so. At the end we managed to get Tidiane Ouattara to talk about GMES and Africa, the call for proposal is still open until August 21st.

Read Geoff’s blog on the conference.
Download his presentations on eoMALL and on Trends in Commercial EO.