All BARSC members are cordially invited to attend the joint NCEO/CEOI conference to be held at the University of Warwick from 5-8 September, inclusive. This year’s conference is open to everyone with an interest in Earth Observation in academia, government, and the private sector.

Of particular interest for BARSC members, the conference will see the launch a Memorandum of Understanding between BARSC and NCEO, to develop a close working relationship with each other, to address common interests and help each other exploit opportunities to the overall benefit of the UK industrial and research communities. The MoU will be launched with a signing ceremony at the drinks reception on Wednesday 7th September, followed by the NCEO annual dinner which this year is in conjunction with CEOI.

Following the dinner, a joint NCEO-CEOI-BARSC meeting is planned for Thursday 8th September, 9-11am looking at opportunities for development of commercial EO services and applications. The meeting will include short presentations from high profile speakers from outside the remote sensing community, followed by a discussion on innovation and growth in our sector and how to make it work.

Following this, the session 11:30-13:00 on Thursday 8th September will be on the subject of ‘Future directions for EO’ with presentations from UKSA, TSB and others, and a chance to consider the case for EO within the proposed TIC and other programmes such as the National Space Technology Programme, again likely to be of key interest to BARSC members.

These sessions will make for a very interesting day of discussion and we hope you will be able to attend.

The draft timetable of the conference is here: NCEO Conference Timetable and to register for the conference: Registration