Application window for the UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference 2019 in Bonn, Germany is already open. The conference is organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, and the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn, in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The conference will take up the issues raised and continue identifying challenges, highlight solutions and encourage partnerships for using space technologies for disaster management in Africa. Please check the official link for more details.
Objectives and expected outcomes:
The International Conference aims to contribute to increased use of big space data approaches and satellite-based application in African countries to respond to challenges posed by natural hazards. More specifically, the event aims to:
- Showcase recent advances and identify challenges to the use of space-based information, big data approaches and artificial intelligence techniques such as machine learning in disaster management in Africa.
- Present and provide a hands-on experience of space-based applications through tutorials on technical solutions ranging from standalone desktop packages to cloud computing environments that facilitate the access to and use of space-based data and information products for disaster management.
- Build on the outcomes of UNOOSA international conferences and symposia to identify capacity-building needs and opportunities regarding full use of the increasing amount of space-based information and new techniques to access, combine, process, analyze and present the data.
- Provide a forum to discuss partnerships to facilitate access to data and applications tailored to the needs of disaster management stakeholders in Africa.
During the duration of the event, the support from the organizers will defray the cost of:
- Travel (round-trip ticket – most economic fare – between the airport of international departure in their country of residence and Bonn, Germany)
- Room and board expenses
*Due to funding constraints, the organizers will be able to offer support to only a limited number of participants from Member States. Please visit the official link for more details.
The International Conference is expected to bring together around 80 participants from national, regional, and international public and private organizations and institutions including:
- Decision-makers from government agencies (space agencies, remote sensing centres, civil protection/civil defence agencies, ministries of environment, etc.)
- High-ranking officers from regional and international organizations involved
- Experts from the space and remote sensing community who focus their efforts on environmental monitoring, disaster risk management or emergency response activities, particularly in the context of climate-related extreme events
- UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER National Focal Points
- Experts from the UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER Network of Regional Support Officers
- Experts from the UN-affiliated Regional Centres for Space Science and Technology Education, and other national, regional, and international Centres of Excellence
- Researchers involved in the use of Earth observation in areas related to climate change, environmental management, sustainable development, disaster-risk reduction and emergency response efforts
- Representatives of the private sector (space and Earth observation, disaster management, environment, etc.)
- Apply online through the given link.
- The deadline to apply for applicants seeking funding is August 30, 2019 and for applicants not seeking funding is October 18, 2019.
Application Deadline: August 30, 2019Application ClosedOfficial link