Topic 8

Satellites you use them every day 

 14 October 2020 16:30 - 19:00 CET

Satellites you use them every day 

Information coming from satellites touches each of our lives in many different ways. Whether as a farmer managing their crops or reducing their use of pesticides, as a driver finding your way to an unknown destination and driving along improved and safer roads, or simply as a householder benefiting from a more secure gas connection, everybody is benefiting in sometimes unexpected ways. These are just a few examples; there are many more.

In this topic we shall discuss how observing satellites are transforming the way we live in ways which are largely unknown. We’ll show how they are benefiting all of us from decision makers in government and industry, to engineers and farmers working with the land, to ship’s captains’ navigating through ice and storms, to you and me and the safety of our families. We shall discuss the multiple ways in which we are benefiting, and we shall look at ways to quantify this.

The wide range of applications of satellite data and hence the markets which are addressed brings exciting opportunities for businesses. There are over 650 companies in Europe offering to meet the needs of the market and the number is growing steadily. Overall, the sector is growing at a rate of 10% each year both in revenues and employment. Many new companies are being formed each year right across Europe. Finding employees with the right skills is becoming an issue and potentially a brake on the sector development. We shall discuss what particular skills are needed by the key players in the sector.



Geoff Sawyer

Strategic advisor to the board of EARSC

Geoff is a strategic advisor to the board of EARSC having been, until recently the Secretary General of EARSC since 2011. Geoff has driven the development of the Association into the widely-known and well-regarded organisation it is today. During his long and varied career, Geoff has held senior management positions in the space industry with Astrium / EADS / Airbus as well as numerous representative positions in the UK and Europe. In his early career, Geoff was the radar systems designer for ERS-1 and Envisat and later became vice-president for the space strategy for EADS (now Airbus). He was previously a director of EARSC for 12 years during which he was chairman for 6 years from 1991 to 1997.  He spent 3 years working for the European Commission where he was responsible for supporting space policy and, in particular, the creation of the GMES (now Copernicus) initiative. Geoff is very well known to many in the space and earth observation sectors and brings this deep wealth of experience and knowledge to support the ambitions of the geo-information industry that EARSC represents.

If the situation with COVID-19 in Belgium allows 30-40 students will be able attend the event personally. When registering for the event, please let us know if you are willing to attend the event personally.

Special Guest

The future of work in the space sector after Covid


Eric Morel

Director ESA 

Eric Morel de Westgaver graduated in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He joined ESA in 1987 as Industrial Policy Officer in the Directorate of Administration. In 2001, he became Head of the Industrial Policy and Cost Analysis Department in the Directorate of Industrial Matters and Technology Programmes.

Before his current appointment, he had been Director of Procurement, Financial Operations and Legal Affairs since April 2011 and before that, Head of the Procurement Department since October 2004 in the Directorate of Resources Management and Industrial Matters. In addition to this responsibility he was nominated Associate Director for Industrial Matters by the Director General in February 2010.

Eric Morel de Westgaver took up duty as Director of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services (D/IPL) on 1 November 2013. He was appointed Head of HQ Paris on 1 October 2016.

Special Guest

EU Space – Benefits down to earth


Pascal Claudel

Acting Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer (COO) at European GNSS Agency (GSA)

As the Acting Executive Director of the GSA, Pascal Claudel's mission is to ensure efficient and effective management of the Agency's Galileo service, EGNOS and lead the agency's operational corporate activities. Mr Claudel has over 30 years of experience dedicated to the Space sector in positions ranging from strategic to operational in Arianespace, Starsem, Thales Alenia Space.

The added value of the integration of different remote sensing data

Andre Jadot

CEO, Eurosense

André Jadot has a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering (University of Louvain) and a Master Degree in Business Administration (University of Ghent). He started his career at BP Belgium in 1987 and joined Belconsulting in 1989 reaching the role of Director. In the Eurosense Group, he exercised the role from 1991 till 2010 of Director in charge of Sales and Business Development. In 2011, he joined the start-up Gatewing, which was later on succesfully acquired by Trimble. Since 2017, André Jadot is CEO of Eurosense and CEO of Esri BeLux.

Public services: suppliers, customers and funders of spatial data and services

Eric Hallot

Head of Remote Sensing and Geodata unit at ISSep

Eric Hallot obtained a degree in Geography and a Master degree in Physical Geography from the University of Liège (ULg), Belgium. He had an experience in project management (EU and Environmental regional management). He obtained a PhD thesis on rivers courses typology and watershed management in the framework of the DCE. He did postdoctoral research at the Canadian Fluvial Dynamics Research Chair (University of Montreal) on integrated watershed management. He was lecturer at the Department of Geography of ULg during 7 years. He is currently manager of the ISSeP Remote Sensing and Geodata unit and works on models of environmental risks, dasymetric modeling, sediment management and cooperation with developing countries.

Using space technologies to locate emergency calls : Advanced Mobile Location

Benoît Vivier 

Public Affairs Manager

Transports, industry, defence, agriculture, urban planning, environment, public safety… all these sectors are becoming increasingly dependent on space programmes. Meeting this growing demand will require more and more experts who can “bring space to earth” and ensure the good use of space technologies. For this reason, it is essential to make space students aware of the many different use cases where space impact our daily lives.


Topic 8 

Satellites you use them every day

14 October 2020 16:30 - 19:00 CET

Online conference on Zoom with a possibility to participate in event in Solvay Library, ​1000 Brussels.

If the situation with COVID-19 in Belgium allows 30-40 students will be able to attend the event personally. When registering for the event, please let us know if you are willing to attend the event personally.

You will register only for this topic! To participate in other topics, you have to register for each topic separately!