1-3 September 2020
Online event via WebEx
Key Information and Documents
Deadline to propose abstracts for presentations: 19 June 2020 [CLOSED]
Deadline to register for the event: 16 August 2020 [CLOSED]
Please note that participation will be limited to the maximum number of selected applicants as per capacity of the online platform.
The 2020 UN/Austria Symposium "Space Applications for Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action" takes place from 1-3 September. It discusses how space technologies support climate action.
Climate action is one of the most pressing priorities for action within the Sustainable Development Goals framework. The last 5 years were the hottest on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years have occurred since 2000. Average sea levels have risen by 23 cm since 1880 and by 9 cm in the last 25 years. Earth observation is an essential tool to monitor these changes: out of the 50 essential climate change variables, 26 can only be measured from space. Space technologies can contribute significantly to global efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This becomes evident when mapping contributions of space-based technologies to the SDGs: out of the 169 SDG targets, 65 are reliant on geolocation or Earth observation.
The event aims to showcase concrete climate action cases through demonstrations of applications using space solutions. Users of space applications present lessons learnt and experts discuss the role of space applications in climate-related policies.
Specific policy discussions enable exchange of experiences and know-how on how to incorporate space applications and tools for climate action in environmental policy. The overarching objective of the Symposium is to offer users, with particular focus on developing countries, an opportunity to explore tools, policies, and approaches that could be adopted in their respective regional, national or local context.
The UN/Austria Symposium has taken place under the Programme of Space Applications of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Graz, Austria, since 1994. Since the first Symposium entitled "Enhancing Social, Economic and Environmental Security through Space Technology", more than 2500 participants have attended the events. They addressed a variety of themes, ranging from security to youth, as well as the use of space for sustainable development, space accessibility, and international cooperation.
The Symposia series has provided a forum for discussion between the different stakeholder groups of the wider space community, including the diplomatic community, statisticians, the private sector and academia, as well as UN entities. The main purpose of the Symposia remains to enable discussions on the use of space tools and applications, on capacity-building and to support policymaking.
The main objectives of the Symposium are:
The event is structured with three types of interventions:
Presentation of case studies, pilot projects and lessons learnt in respective countries are welcome.
1 September 2020
2 September 2020
3 September 2020
Session 1: Climate Action
Session 2: Energy and natural resources
Panel 2: International cooperation and best practices for Climate Action
Break (60 min)
Break (50 min)
Panel 1: General principles of international environmental law and space activities
Session 3: Agriculture and forestry
Session 4: Urban planning and disaster management
|Day 1 - Tuesday, 1 September 2020 (All time Central European Summer Time)|
|9:50||WebEx connection opens|
|Introduction Welcome and housekeeping|
|Moderators: Otto Koudelka (Technical University Graz) and Irmgard Marboe (University of Vienna)|
|Gabriella Sellner||Federal Ministry European and International Affairs, Austria|
|Margit Mischkulnig||Federal Ministry Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), Austria|
|Heinz Mayer||Joanneum Research, Austria|
|Stephan Mayer||Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)|
|Siegfried Nagl||Mayor of the City of Graz|
|Luc St Pierre||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|Three decades of Earth observation for climate monitoring - what has been achieved, what challenges are next?||Josef Aschbacher||European Space Agency|
|11:15||Break (15 minutes)|
|11:30||Session 1: Climate Action|
|Chair||Nathalie Ricard||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|Chat moderator||Luc St-Pierre||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|Space-based observation support for the Paris Agreement||Joanna Post||United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change|
|User-centric satellite solutions for effective climate actions||Annalisa Donati||EURISY|
|Free data policy and environmental regulations: urgency for climate change action||Marcia Alvarenga dos Santos||National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil|
|Climate change in Indonesia's new developmentalism||Yunita Permatasari||National Institute of Aeronautics and Space LAPAN, Indonesia|
|12:50||Break (70 minutes)|
|Developing a dengue outbreak prediction model in a smart city platform||Ana Cristina Galhego Rosa||Dipteron, Germany|
|14:05||Panel 1: General principles of international environmental law and space activities|
|Chair||Yvonne Karimi-Schmidt||University of Graz, Austria|
|Chat moderators||Irmgard Marboe and Cordula Steinkogler||University of Vienna, Austria|
|Panelists||Niklas Hedman||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|Sergio Marchisio||Sapienza University of Rome, Italy and ECSL|
|Eva Schulev-Steindl||Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria|
|Jonathan Lim||Jus Ad Astra, Australiat|
|Space technologies closing the loop for food systems on Earth||Lee Recht||Aleph Farms, Israel|
|16:00||Wrap-up & adjourn|
|Day 2 - Wednesday, 2 September 2020 (All time Central European Summer Time)|
|9:50||WebEx connnection opens|
|10:05||Session 2: Energy and natural resources|
|Chair||Nina Kickinger||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - Space4Water Portal|
|Chat moderator||Nathalie Ricard||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|The role of microsatellites in reducing industrial methane emissions||Adina Gillespie||GHGSat, Canada|
|Space assets for mapping of mineral resources on the seabed||João Carvalho||ISQ, Portugal|
|Using satellite data to empower communities in low-infrastructure regions||Celia Davies||Omanos Analytics, UK|
|Using space technology to combat the role of microplastics in climate change||Funmilola Adebisi Oluwafemi||National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigeria|
|11:20||Break (15 minutes)|
|Assessing geo-hazard vulnerability of urban areas using satellite data||Pablo Ezquerro Martín||Spanish Geological Survey|
|She-Space international: facilitating access to academic space education and state of the art technologies||Shimrit Maman||EPIF, Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel|
|12:10||Break (50 minutes)|
|13:00||Session 3: Agriculture and forestry|
|Chair||Shrish Ravan||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|Chat moderator||Otto Koudelka||Technical University of Graz, Austria|
|Earth Observation for agriculture||Clement Atzberger||University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria|
|Converging space technology and local community to combat desertification||Kavya Kamepalli||International Institute of Aerospace Engineering and Management, Jain University, India|
|Farm sustainability tool for nutrients||
|Monitoring of forest health||Matthias Schardt||Joanneum Research, Austria|
|Space-based assessment of climate change impacts: increasing urban resilience in African cities||Elisabeth Bergler||Regional Academy of the United Nations / Alpen Adria University|
|14:25||Break (15 minutes)|
|14:40||Session 4: Urban planning and disaster management|
|Chair||Coen Bussink||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster management and Emergency Response|
|Chat moderator||Luc St-Pierre||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|Disaster risk management 2.0: why linking new data sources makes a difference (Prezi) (PDF)||Markus Enenkel||Perigee, Austria / Harvard Humanitarian Initiative|
|Assessment of coastal erosion vulnerability using integrated remote sensing and GIS methods||Komali Kantamaneni||Solent University, UK|
|Sentinel-1 for fully-automatic monitoring of floods||Bernhard Bauer-Marschallinger||Technical University of Vienna, Austria|
|Satellite data for flood prevention in São Paulo||Francisco Campos da Costa||Catholic University of Santos, Brazil|
|16:15||Wrap-up & adjourn|
|Day 3 - Thursday, 3 September 2020 (All time Central European Summer Time)|
|9:50||WebEx connection opens|
Space & International cooperation as critical tools for a better future
Full remarks available here.
|Simonetta Di Pippo||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|10:35||Panel 2: International cooperation and best practices for Climate Action|
|Chair||Markus Woltran||United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs|
|Chat moderators||Irmgard Marboe and Codula Steinkogler||University of Vienna, Austria|
|Panelists||Christoph Aubrecht||European Space Agency / World Bank|
|Frederic Bretar||French Space Agency (CNES)|
|Emmanuel Pajot||European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)|
|Lori Garver||Earthrise, USA|
|Eri Nakajima||Ministry of the Environment, Japan|
|Nathalie Ricard and Luc St Pierre (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs);
Otto Koudelka (Technical University Graz) and Irmgard Marboe (University of Vienna)
The working language of the Workshop will be English. All participants are required to have good English language skills.
Speakers at the Symposium are requested to deliver via WebEx an oral presentation or a demonstration of a tool on the topic of "Space Applications for Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action".
On Monday, 31 August 2020, the presenters will have the opportunity to conduct a test run of their presentations online.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Austria are responsible for organising the Symposium. It is supported by the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria European and International Affairs, Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, European Space Agency, AUSTROSPACE, the City of Graz, Joanneum Research, University of Vienna and Graz University of Technology.
The Symposium is limited to a total of 250 participants. It addresses members of the diplomatic community, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, research and development institutions, policy-and-decision makers, senior experts, scientists, engineers and university educators, in particular from developing countries. Representatives from the different permanent missions of United Nations Member States in Vienna will be invited to the Symposium, together with representatives of various United Nations entities and other international organisations, with the objective of fostering dialogue not only between policy-makers, but also with the private sector and end users. Representatives from the space application industry are also welcome to attend and present their solutions.
The Office of Outer Space Affairs strives to support gender mainstreaming in its programmes and is also committed to ensure a balanced representation from different perspectives. Applications from female applicants are particularly encouraged.
For additional information on the Symposium programme, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org