Happy BEarthday 2015: Belgium celebrates 30 years of Remote sensing research

17 September 2015

17 September 2015

Sentier de l'Embarcadère 1
1000 Bruxelles

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Happy BEarthday is organized by the STEREO team, Belgian Science Policy office, Direction Space Research and Applications.

STEREO stands for Support to the Exploitation and Research in Earth Observation.

30 years ago: the Belgian government launched the TELSAT programme, the first Belgian programme for remote sensing research. Its prime focus: tentatively exploring the possibilities offered by the French SPOT satellite for research.

Today, TELSAT has become STEREO and its now in its third phase. Remote sensing is firmly entrenched as a tool in research and resource management and Belgium has a vibrant remote sensing community.

30 years of continuous dedicated financing of remote sensing research is quite unique in Europe. So we thought it was time to step back and take stock. Time to reminisce and to look forward to the future. But above all, time to celebrate!

If you want to know more about STEREO programmes, please visit our website Belgian Earth Observation Platform and/or have a look at our STEREO II final publication on the EOEdu website.


Academic morning session: Talks in the cabin
Coffee & mingling
Welcome speech

Jacques Nijskens - Head of the space department in BELSPO

Remote Sensing... in the beginning and later

Professor Rudi Goossens - Department of Geography - University of Ghent

Socializing the pixel: a short history

Professor Eric Lambin - Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research - Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and School of Earth Sciences - Stanford University

Join the Open EO Science (R)evolution ?

Dr. Pierre Philippe Mathieu -EO Science, Applications & Future Technologies Department - European Space Agency

Unleashing the Power of Earth Observations

Mrs Barbara Ryan - GEO Secretariat Director

The Future of Remote Sensing

Dr. Michael Berger - European Commission - DG Research & Innovation -Climate Action and Earth Observation

Reception and lunch: Walks on the island
Walking lunch & Outdoor activities


Sentier de l'Embarcadère 1 - 1000 Bruxelles - Belgium

How to get here?

by tram/bus:

  • 8 min walk from T-bus stop Marie-José (94)
  • 13 min walk from bus stop Vert Chasseur/Groene Jager (41)
  • by train: 15 min walk from Boondael station

If you come by car, you can park along the avenue du Panoramalaan or along the avenue de la Sapinière-Denneboslaan.