A side event meeting entitled Towards Future Copernicus Services Components for Agriculture was held on May 11, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic during the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2016 aiming to initiate a Copernicus Expert Group coordinated by European Commission JRC and working in this direction, with an initial focus on European Context.

For this purpose, the event agenda foresaw a first informative part, followed by a discussion session, based on short introduction by experts. The meeting was thus restricted to a limited audience and brought together a number of European and national institutions, with technical experts and final users from both public and private sector.


Opening and Welcome addresses ​ ​
​14:00 ​Opening by the Deputy Minister of the Czech Ministry of Agriculture ​Z. Adamec – Czech Republic
​Welcome address by the European Space Agency ​J. Aschbacher – ESA
​Welcome address by the European Commission ​M. Facchini – EC/DG Grow
​14:30 ​Feedback from the Czech User Forum – LPS 2016 ​L. Šavelkova – SZIF
Part 1 – Context and foundations​ ​ ​
​​14:50 ​​Introduction of the Concept Note “Towards Copernicus Services components
for Agriculture”
​​G. Lemoine – EC/JRC
​​15:10 ​​The Czech-Agri Pilot project – an Agriculture National Demonstrator ​​L. Kucera – GISAT
​15:30​ ​​Sentinel2-Agri – National crop monitoring ​​P. Defourny – UCL
Part 2 – Challenges & opportunities for new European applications – Open discussions on 3 topics ​ ​
​16:30 ​Can we improve access to Land Parcel Identification Systems in Europe? ​H. Steen Andersen – EEA
​16:55 ​What are the new and potential applications for public sector? ​O. Leo – EC/JRC
​17:20 ​What are the private sector opportunities? ​A. Zloty – Consultant Geomatics
​17:45 ​Panel conclusions & way forward All