The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) through Spatial Information Systems Research Ltd (SISR), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Representatives from the EARSC member companies AIRBUS, e-geos, Earth-i, Geospatial Enabling Technologies, GMV, Planet, and Sinergise attended the ceremony.

This MoU aims to establish a formal cooperation initiative between EARSC, responsible for promoting the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology and supporting companies in Europe which offer EO-related products and services, and SISR which is the management company for CRCSI, a collaborative R&D organisation which conducts user-driven interdisciplinary research in spatial sciences to accelerate industry growth, improve social wellbeing and build a more sustainable environment.

The CRCSI has delivered measurable benefits across the health, defence and security, energy and utilities, urban development, agriculture, natural resources, and climate change sectors.

The main beneficiaries of this MoU should be organisations and firms located in Europe and Australia willing to develop partnerships and joint projects, and that are interested in benefiting from the sharing of best practices and exchange of experience, information, people and technologies related to EO which are not available in their home locations. This exchange should be supported by EARSC and SISR.

We are really pleased to be able to work with CRCSI and Geoscience Australia to organise the first trade mission between European and Australian Earth Observation companies. Copernicus is an exceptional program offering fantastic opportunities to work together. We are looking forward to some successful partnerships emerging.” Stated Geoff Sawyer – Secretary General of EARSC.

Missions such as these provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and build genuine collaborations, enhanced by mechanisms such as H2020 and facilitated by partnerships such as have been established via this MOU.” Stated Graeme Kernich – CEO of the CRCSI