BELSPO Space Talks — Earth Observation edition

BELSPO Space Talks is an initiative meant to explore various aspects of the space sector via short presentations from experts in their field. The Belgian Science Policy Office will frequently organize sessions around a theme related to space (may range from Space Science, Space Exploration, Earth Observation, Downstream applications, Space Law and Space Policy…). After each session the recorded talks will be added to the database on this webpage.

Each edition focuses on one particular aspect of the space sector, bringing together experts in the field. This edition is all about Earth observation (EO) and downstream applications and offers EO experts and end users of EO data (applications) an opportunity to connect with other experts in the field and to gain valuable insights into earth observation and downstream applications. We hope you can join us for this exciting event since we have some amazing speakers that will share their expertise (see programme below).

The event will take place at the Residence Palace (Wetstraat 155 – 1040 Brussels) on 17 April 2023.

To confirm your attendance, please register via this link. The event is open to anyone interested, but registration is mandatory due to a limited room capacity. 



13:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:05



Thomas Dermine (State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments, in charge of Science Policy)

14:05 – 15:30

EO: Obtaining data from space

  • Simonetta Cheli (ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes)
    ESA EO Programmes
  • Pierre-Philippe Mathieu (head of ESA philab explore office)
    Accelerating the future of Earth Observation: AI and Deep Learning
  • Michael François (ESA Project Manager Altius)
    The Altius mission and the link with climate and atmospheric monitoring
  • Pieter Van den Braembussche (ESA Meteosat Third Generation System & Ops manager)
    European weather satellites

16:00 – 16:30


16:30 – 17:30

Earth Observation: using space data for downstream applications

  • Elisabeth Hamdouch (EU Deputy Head of Copernicus unit)
    Copernicus and its future evolution
  • Fiammetta Diani (EUSPA Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation)
    The EU Space Programme as an enabler in the downstream space application market
  • Donatella Ponziani (ESA Head of Commercialisation Gateway and Market intelligence)
    Fostering downstream applications at ESA

17:30 – 19:00