Representing the members
The core pillar of our activities is to support and promote our members. We achieve this in part through the fees which members pay but mainly through projects which we undertake (see projects). All the projects which we undertake have the goal to support members.
Members are kept informed though a monthly report and through a dedicated portal which carries important news and information – including announced bid opportunities – and dedicated e-mails for key items.
Members views are gathered through a series of ad-hoc working groups dedicated to important topics. These meet on a “needs” basis ie when there is a need to promote or develop positions. The key working groups are listed below. They are open to all full members. If a member wishes to join any of these groups please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the named secretariat person who is responsible.
|MAEOS||This group oversees the development and implementation of the Marketplace for EO Services presented through eoMALL.||Emmanuel Pajot|
|Copernicus Evolution w/g||This group meets to gather views linked to the EU Copernicus programme. As this evolves the group meets to prepare position papers setting out the EO services industry views on aspects of the programme.||Celestino Gomez||Delphine Miramont|
|ESA Ministerial||This group meets in the period leading up to the ESA Ministerial and between times if necessary, to reflect on ESA strategy and policy towards the EO services sector.||Chetan Pradhan|
|Internationalisation||The internationalisation w/g oversees and guides the EARSC strategy to help companies develop business in markets outside Europe.||Celestino Gomez||Rory Donnelly|
|Market Development||This group oversees and guides the strategy towards linking with other commercial market sectors and developing stronger links with each one with the goal to create new opportunities for EARSC companies.||Andre Jadot||Natassa Antoniou|
|Small Company Forum||The SCF is open to companies with less than 20 employees and provides the opportunity to meet peers and to exchange on experiences and challenges. It normally meets twice per year – once during ExpandEO – and guest speakers are invited to provide views and information on relevant subjects.||Marc Tondriaux||Marion Bouvet|
|Open Source Initiative||This group meets to develop view on the use and access to open software. It links to several policy topics||Codrina Ilie||Monica Miguel-Lago|
|Local & Regional||This group meets to exchange on practices and markets for local and regional authorities.||Marc Tondriaux||Chris Oligschlaeger|
|Quality & Best Practices||The group meets to help develop and promote best technical practices amongst the industry and especially linked to quality of services.||Dormant||Dormant|
|Sector Skills||This group meets to offer views on employment and training in the sector including links to the academic community at large.||Christian Hoffmann||Monica Miguel-Lago|
|GEO||The group helps determine EARSC position towards the informal international group on Earth Observations.||Vacant||Geoff Sawyer|