Final Transversal Workshops 2024

To present and discuss the latest findings of the Sentinel Benefits Study, and in particular reflect on:

  • the benefits of using Copernicus Sentinel data for public authorities in charge of roads infrastructure management, forest management, and lake water quality management in Europe and beyond
  • the challenges and the opportunities for the uptake of Copernicus-based solutions from the public authorities.

The workshop will be held in 3 parts:

  • Session 1: the European users’ perspective (virtual, June 6th 9:30-12:30 CEST): a virtual workshop gathering experts from user organisations and especially from each of the 3 key domains analysed. The results of the SeBS Transversal Analysis will be presented as a starting point for a discussion and sharing of views. Perspectives will be invited from users, including those concerned in the core SeBS benchmark cases, on the benefits and adoption of the services.
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  • Session 2: the Public Authority uptake perspective (hybrid, Brussels, June 13th 11:00-13:00 CEST): A hybrid workshop looking deeper at the issues around the adoption of EO-derived services. Views will be sought from regional and local authorities within the NEREUS network which will be complemented with views from the private sector as suppliers. The OECD Observatory of Innovation in Public Bodies will be invited to bring a general perspective on the challenges related to uptake of innovation in the public sector at large.
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  • Session 3: the international perspective (hybrid, Brussels, June 13th 14:15-17:30 CEST): A hybrid workshop to draw together all the findings from the study and the 2 earlier workshops. The results of the SeBS Transversal Analysis will be summarised along with the outcomes from the user-focused workshops. An international perspective on benefits in the three sectors will be sought, by leveraging on the GeoValue community.
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A final summary will draw overall conclusions and a report will be produced.

Who should attend:
Anyone with an interest in the use of EO services and how they may deliver benefits for public bodies, including:

  • Public bodies with responsibilities in any of the 3 thematic topics.
  • EO value-adding companies supplying products or services addressing any of the three focus topics.
  • Practitioners / economists interested in value assessment.
  • Agencies and public bodies with an interest in the EO sector.

Please find the agenda here.

Place and Timing:
Session 1 will be held on the 6th of June from 9:30-12:30 CEST. Sessions 2 and 3 are planned for June 13th, 2024, in Brussels, as part of the annual EARSC EXPANDEO conference. This will be during the Belgian presidency of the EU.

SeBS (Sentinel Benefits Study) is a study funded by the EU and managed by the ESA. Since 2017, over 25 use cases have been analysed through a bottom-up methodology developed by the SeBS team. According to this methodology, the use of a product or service based on data from one or more Copernicus Sentinel satellites has been evaluated for a wide variety of diverse applications. The result is a portfolio of case studies showcasing the benefits arising to stakeholders, and society at large, through the use of Sentinel data.

The analyses have exposed a number of unexpected benefits many of which are not economic – or more accurately are difficult to monetise. These may be environmental in nature, make for improved regulation, lead to innovation and new businesses, contribute to better research or are societal in nature. All these “dimensions of value” are analysed for the unique product or service.

The portfolio contains many different types of services in many countries which leads to some interesting comparisons as to how and why a service has been adopted by a public agency in one country but not in others. To examine this in more detail, a transversal analysis has been made based on three domains, each of which has been studies in more than one country, offering different perspectives; highways management, forestry and water quality.

As a result, we have a growing body of evidence on the benefits driven by these services and how these differ between countries as well as some understanding of why the stakeholders in different European countries are using the services or are not. What has been their experience for adoption of the new services into their operations? What difficulties have they faced and how have these been overcome? These questions are at the heart of what we call the SeBS Transversal Analysis which was focused around the three application areas of roads infrastructure management, forests management and lake water quality management. It is on the results of the SeBS Transversal Analysis that we wish to focus in this workshop. As a result, the workshop will provide:

  • An understanding of the particularities of the three domains and what benefits can be found by users in each of them.
  • An opportunity to contribute your own findings in respect of the use of satellite EO data.
  • An opportunity to discuss the process of adopting new services in public organisations.
  • A networking platform to meet experts in these three domains as well as in EO services.
  • an opportunity to understand the latest developments behind the SeBS methodology.
  • An international perspective on the benefits to users in the three domains.

The workshop(s) will leverage the GEOValue network to gather international views on findings and to compare with similar international activities.

The Workshop findings will be used by ESA to gather recommendations for further activities as part of the Sentinels Benefits Observatory.