2016 Copernicus Workshop

Date and Location:

08:30AM to 2:30PM, 4 November
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


Geoscience Australia, the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and the Delegation of the European Union to Australia.

Keynote presentation

Philippe Brunet
Director for Copernicus, Space Policy and Defence, European Commission


  • Inform about Copernicus and Australian-European cooperation
  • Identify opportunities for projects that support the goals of Copernicus
  • Provide feedback that may inform future evolution of Copernicus


Representatives from industry, the research community, state governments, non-governmental organisations, and those experienced in the South-East Asia/South Pacific region, are invited to attend.

Programme for 2016 Copernicus Workshop

08:00 Registration and coffee
08:30 Welcome by local host Adam Lewis
Geoscience Australia
08:40 Keynote presentation
Copernicus Now And In The Future
Phillipe Brunet
Director, Copernicus, Space Policy and Defence, European Commission
The Copernicus Programme
09:00 The Copernicus Sentinel Satellites Bianca Hoersch
European Space Agency
09:20 The Copernicus Services and their relevance to Australia and region Mauro Facchini
European Commission
The Australia-EU Partnership
09:30 Working Together for Copernicus Jonathon Ross and Astrid Koch
Geoscience Australia and European Commission
Accessing and exploiting data from the Sentinels
Supporting cutting-edge research, innovation and cooperation for industrial and sustainable development outcomes
09:45 European data access mechanisms Paul Counet and Bianca Hoersch
10:05 Australia's Regional Copernicus Data Access/Analysis Hub Fang Yuan
Data Hub Manager
10:20 Australia's Geoscience Data Cube Trevor Dhu
Programme Director, Geoscience Australia
10:30 Coffee break
Parallel interactive sessions
How can Australia and Europe work together to...
10:45 ...ensure our research communities maximise value from Copernicus? Facilitator: Stuart Phinn
University of Queensland
...connect industries to develop products and services for local and global markets? Facilitator: Chris Penning
Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
...put Copernicus to work in the region, particularly in support of sustainable development? Facilitator: Alex Held and Alla Metlenko
CSIRO and Geoscience Australia
Future opportunities to enhance data access
11:35 Interactive Session
What data infrastructure do we need to make best use of this 'big space data'?
Facilitator: Alex Held
12:10 Lunch
Moving forward
13:10 Recommendations from interactive sessions Facilitators
13:30 Group discussion
Opportunities and challenges, Project opportunities
Session Chair: Adam Lewis
Geoscience Australia
14:20 Closing remarks Mauro Facchini and Adam Lewis
European Commission & Geoscience Australia