EO training for key decision-makers

ExpandEO - Expanding Earth Observation Awareness Among Key Decision-Makers 

Monitoring the environment to support its protection and sustainable use is the main “raison d’etre” of the Copernicus programme, one of the most ambitious Earth Observation (EO) systems in the world. Nevertheless, strong effort is still required to increase awareness amongst the civil servants, private sector intermediate and end users about the Copernicus programme, its data and information products, and the potential enhancements, economic advantages, and efficiency gains this can bring to their processes and work flows. Low awareness of EO and Remote Sensing (RS) potential among authorities and businesses slows down the development and commercialisation of new RS products and services. Therefore, knowledgeable and educated public policy leaders and company managers are an important and necessary element to increase the uptake of EO data.

Main objective

ExpandEO will increase the Baltic region’s high-ranking public and private decision-maker buy-in of EO opportunities through custom-made training that demonstrates EO’s political, operational, economic and environmental benefits.


To achieve the main objective of the ExpandEO project IES will implement following activities:
  1. To design and develop a training curriculum to demonstrate how EO and RS technologies can help understanding cross-sectoral interactions, increase efficiency and plan for sustainability;
  2. To develop and test the training material;
  3. To conduct two pilot training sessions with selected high-level decision-makers and evaluate the pilot results;
  4. To test closer engagement and co-creation of new EO application ideas with training participants;
  5. To train-the-trainers by engaging local staff/experts to provide sustainability of project results;
  6. To elaborate the Exploitation Strategy to ensure that the achieved results and lessons learned are mainstreamed and sustained beyond the proposed project.
Project duration: July 2018 – January 2020 Project manager: Inese Suija – Markova, inese.suija@videsinstituts.lv The project is financed by European Space Agency’s programme The Plan for European Co-operating States