About EO industry and public private partnerships: let us hear your voice at LPS22

In nowadays rapidly changing global landscape, Earth observation is playing an ever more prominent role and new actors, new technologies, new business models and new downstream needs are entering the picture.

A number of sessions will focus on EO industry present and future at next year’s Living Planet Symposium, one of the largest events worldwide dedicated to Earth observation.

You are invited to submit an abstract (deadline 26 November 2021) to gain the opportunity to be a speaker in these dedicated sessions.

You may like to discuss current challenges and opportunities for the European EO industry sharing your experience with EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies; or contribute to shaping the selection of domains where ESA should design support structures in the near future; or talk and learn about new space missions that are being developed based on new business models, and public-private partnership co-funding schemes; or, being a stakeholder from the innovation, health, climate change, and resilient societies sectors, express your needs and discuss how space assets can become an integral part of your activity in the mid-term.

Any of the following sessions might be the most relevant for you:

E1.03 European EO industry in the global dynamic landscape
EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, is a membership-based, not for profit organisation which coordinates and promotes the activities of European companies engaged in delivering Earth observation-derived geo-information services. EARSC represents this sector in its broadest sense, creating a network between industry, decision makers and users and covering the full EO value chain from data acquisition through processing, fusion, analysis to final geo-information products & services. This session will be looking at challenges faced by the European Value Add industry, driven by recent changes and developments in the Global Earth Observation landscape. New and innovative satellite operators are entering the market especially in the US. But also new and relevant non-space geo-spatial data sources are emerging, including UAVs and crowd or citizen sources using mobile technologies. At the same time large IT companies such as Google and Amazon are seeking to establish themselves in the marketplace. What are the impacts of these changes, and which opportunities and challenges do they bring to the European industry?
Convenors: Ola Grabak (ESA), Emmanuel Pajot (EARSC)
E1.02 Strengthening Industrial Competitiveness Exploiting Novel Systems and Capabilities
While a wide range of EO application domains have supported the development of commercial applications and services, developments in platform ecosystems, new satellite systems, complementary non-space technologies (e.g. robotics and autonomous systems) and AI enabled enhancement, processing or fusion are opening up possibilities for a much more diverse range of information products, applications and services. While many of these are far from being close to market, European industry risks being left behind in these domains due to economic incentives supporting developments in these domains outside of Europe.
This session will consider a selection of priority domains exploiting EO derived information, identify issues constraining industrial innovation within these domains and elaborate technical approaches using a mix of support structures that ESA could implement post 2022. A panel will take questions from participants at the end of the session.
Convenors: Gordon Campbell (ESA)
E1.05 New Space missions in InCubed
InCubed stands for ‘Investing in Industrial Innovation’ and is a Public Private Partnership type co-funding programme run by the ESA φ-Lab. InCubed aims to develop and support the European commercial Earth Observation sector. The programme focuses on developing innovative and commercially viable products and services that exploit the value of Earth observation imagery and datasets. InCubed co-funds and helps to de-risk commercial developments. It has a very wide scope and can be used to co-fund anything from building satellites to ground applications and everything between including the development of new EO business models. In this session new space missions being developed within InCubed shall be presented and discussed.
Convenors: Amanda Regan (ESA)
E1.04 Space Capacity Building in the XXI Century
New innovation models are increasingly spreading across various sectors and disciplines, including space, which is becoming an integral part of many societal activities (e.g. telecoms, weather, climate change and environmental monitoring, civil protection, infrastructures, transportation and navigation, healthcare and education). The session will include high level speakers and key stakeholders such as new private actors, NGOs and civil society in the following domains : innovation, health, climate change and resilient societies. This invited session will analyze how space capacity building can empower the international community towards fully accessing all the economic and societal benefits that space assets and data can offer.
Convenors: Stefano Ferretti (ESA)



The Living Planet Symposia bring together scientists and researchers from all over the world to present and discuss the latest findings on Earth science and advances in Earth observation technologies. Moreover, these extraordinary events also offer unique forums for decision-makers to be better equipped with information, for partnerships to be forged and formalised, for space industries to join the conversation, for students to learn, and for all to explore the concepts of New Space such as the digital transformation and commercialisation.