A general policy debate on future environmental policies promises to turn into a clash between 'competitiveness-first' commissioners and Environment Commissioner Dimas. (Source info Euractiv
Today the European Commission is announcing the names of the 22 eminent men and women who will be the founding members of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC), a funding organisation for frontier research proposed by the European Commission under the Seventh Research Framework Programme (2007-2013). The Scientific Council will be an independent body whose role is to determine the ERC??s scientific strategy and ensure that its operations are conducted according to the requirements of scientific excellence. The 22 scientists were chosen by an independent panel of high-level scientists, chaired by Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Universities. (Credits at Europa Rapid Press)
Dr. Volker Liebig, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes and Dr. Michel Verbauwhede, ESA – GMES programme Office (Brussels)
2005 is a critical year for the development of space activities in Europe and the UK. In Europe, it is currently expected that the European Space Programme (ESP), defining European priorities for the European Union (EU), the European Space Agency (ESA) and their Member States, will be concluded at a EU / ESA Ministerial Space Council in December. The following month will see commitments to programmes at the ESA Ministerial Council. And negotiations continue to establish the role of space in the EU??s Framework Programme of research activities. Info credits at BNSC
Jena-Optronik GmbH announces the new affordable Jena Airborne Scanner JAS 150, a second generation digital sensor with enhanced flexibility and reliability. Developed for photogrammetry, mapping and remote sensing of medium and large areas, the device represents a new generation of digital aerial cameras. Offering the highest resolution on the market - up to 5cm from 1000m flight altitude - the JAS 150 satisfies high resolution imaging requirements. Info extracted from www.spatialnews.com
Kongsberg Spacetec has signed a contract with the Danish Meteorological Institute for delivery of two ground stations capable of receiving and processing data from NOAA and METOP satellites. Info extracted from Spacetec
Infoterra Ltd., a world leader in the provision of geographic information products and services, has posted record growth of 33 per cent in 2004. It is the company??s second consecutive year of record growth. Information extracted from Infoterra
Munich, Germany, July 1, 2005 – Definiens AG today announced an agreement with Sinclair Knight Merz, an Australia-based professional services firm, to serve as a reseller of eCognition products for Australia and New Zealand.
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. Definiens AG announced an agreement with Sinclair Knight Merz, an Australia-based professional services firm, to serve as a reseller of eCognition products for Australia and New Zealand.
Darmstadt, 7 July 2005
?± The executive body of EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, has approved a three-year trial of data dissemination in South America in order to make data available to more regions within the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) footprint and to further expand EUMETSAT??s user base. (Source Eumetsat
EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) has just signed a contract worth 19.3 million euros with the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment for the turnkey provision of a complete environmental and natural resources monitoring system, to be operated by the national Centre for Remote Sensing in Vietnam. Info extracted from EADS
Info from EU Research
. At an important juncture for EU research policy, this month saw the inauguration of the UK Presidency??s R&D and innovation portal. Top billing on the Union??s research agenda during Britain??s six-month stint at the helm goes to the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).
Toulouse - July 1, 2005 - At the meeting of its Board of Directors 22 June, Spot Image named Herv?‡ Buchwalter as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, as of 1 July. He succeeds Jean-Marc Nasr who lead the company since 2001 and who is moving to a new position within the EADS group. Info at SPOT
THEOS will provide Thailand with worldwide geo-referenced image products and image processing capabilities for applications in cartography, land use, agricultural monitoring, forestry management, coastal zone monitoring and flood risk management - providing access to any part of Thailand in less than 2 days. Info extracted from Space Daily.
(Source IHT- The Asahi Shimbun) At this week's Group of Eight summit, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will propose easing conditions on Kyoto Protocol projects to make emissions credits easier for Japan and other nations to get, government sources said. Preventing global warming is one of the top issues on the agenda for the G-8 summit from Wednesday to Friday in Gleneagles, Scotland, along with addressing poverty, especially in Africa.