Conference Agenda

Morning sessions
8.30 – 9.00 Welcome & registration
9.00 – 9.15 Opening remarks by Project Officer Erwin Goor, EC/REA and Project Coordinator Marc Pattinson, G.A.C. Group
9.15 – 10.00


Why do public authorities need to define climate adaptation strategies? Moderated by the EIT Climate KIC, Thanh-Tân Lê

This session will bring together different perspectives as to why it is crucial and pressing that public authorities make a step change in adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change. Experiences, lessons learnt and good practices from representatives of the MISSION ADAPTATION, ICLEI, DG HOME and the VALORADA project will be shared. In addition, the academic perspective will also be considered through the work of the SAPIENS network in collecting 49 pieces of sectoral legislation that require or will soon require public authorities to act in regard to climate change.

Format: roundtable discussion.

10.15 – 11.00



How innovation procurement can boost the development of new and innovative solutions? Moderated by Jorge Garzon from the French Ministry of the Interior or Jozef Kubinec, Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic

This session will dive into the Innovation Procurement as an instrument to foster the development of R&D and innovative solutions. The PCP and PPI approaches and their respective benefits will be explained through concrete examples of past or ongoing projects conducted in various sectors (health, security, etc.). This session will further present the new Strategic Innovation Procurement Programme of the EIC and the opportunities it offers for European public buyers and EIC beneficiaries.

Format: Roundtable discussion, no slides

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee and tea break
11.30 – 12:15


How Earth Observation (EO) can contribute to new and innovative climate adaptation solutions? Moderated by Remco Timmermans

This session will gather key stakeholders and networks in the field of Earth Observation (space agencies, funding agencies and programmes, networks of EO providers, networks of EO regions, academia, etc.) to discuss the potential and benefits EO data can bring in developing new and innovation solutions, and specifically climate services that can help adapt or mitigate the effects of climate change.

Format: roundtable discussion

12.15 – 13.45 Lunch break
Afternoon sessions
13.45 – 14.30


Presentation of PROTECT’s Key Exploitable Results, presented by Melissa Campagno, Laura Varisco and Marc Pattinson, G.A.C. Group

This session will present the 4 Key Exploitable Results developed by the PROTECT CSA project, their added value and how external stakeholders intend to reuse and build on these results. The session will further explain how each of these result will be further reused in the upcoming PCP project.   

Format: presentation.

14.30 – 15.30


From PROTECT CSA to PCP WISE, moderated by Stephan Corvers, Corvers Procurement Services

This session will gather selected public buyers from the PROTECT Community and part of the buyers group of the PCP WISE Consortium who have prepared an application in response to the PCP call for projects. The lead buyers of the group will first present the challenge proposed in the PCP application to be overcome by the development a prototype/ end user solution based on EO data. Each buyer will further explain their respective use case, and the proposed functional requirements of the end-user solution.  

Format: roundtable discussion.

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee and tea break
16.00 – 17.15


Meet, greet and network!  

This session will take the form of a networking area where the conference set up of the room will be changed to four table areas, each representing a stakeholder group, namely PROTECT project partners, PCP WISE buyers, EO providers and selected representatives of other running EU projects. Participants can navigate between the table areas as they wish and stop by to ask specific questions or simply to get to know stakeholders better.  

Format: 4 tables, participants can visit the table of their choice and ask questions/ engage with stakeholders of their interest.

17.15 – 17.30 Wrap-up & concluding remarks

9:00 – 9:30



Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:00

The role of Earth Observation for the future of Europe – keynote speech

Keynote speech

10:00 – 11:00

Earth Observation for the future of Europe

Opening high-level panel

This high-level opening panel will gather key stakeholders to discuss and explore the evolution of the European space domain and the pivotal role that Earth Observation is playing across a variety of sectors. Looking towards the future, we will gather their high-level insights on the evolution of this trend and new opportunities to come for the Earth Observation industry.

11:00  – 11:30

Coffee Break & Networking

Sponsored by: European Space Imaging 


11:30  – 13:00

Commercial Opportunities from Policy Implementation: the Carbon Removals Certification Framework (CRCF) and the Deforestation-Free Products Regulation (EUDR)

2 panel discussions

The Green Deal has driven significant growth for the Earth Observation sector in Europe, as satellite-derived data and services have become a key enabler in meeting the EU’s climate neutrality goals, in the context of many different policies. In recent years, policy implementation has relied heavily on Earth Observation and satellite-derived data and services. This is expected to continue as new policies create new commercial opportunities for the EO industry in Europe. The session will feature two high-level panels, which aim to delve into two timely legislative initiatives – the upcoming Carbon Removals Certification Framework (CRCF), and the Deforestation-Free Products Regulation (EUDR). Panelists will discuss the role of Earth Observation in supporting the implementation of these policies at the EU (and national/international) levels and future opportunities for the pivotal role that new technologies such as Earth Observation will play.

Panel 1: EUDR
Panel 2: Carbon removals

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break


Afternoon opening

14:45 – 16:15

Navigating market dynamics and international partnerships for the growth of the EO industry

2 panel discussions

Space has always been an area where international collaboration and partnerships have driven technological evolution and commercial opportunities. As the world’s geopolitical landscape becomes increasingly volatile and complicated, the European space sector is also having to adapt to a new reality. Understanding how global and regional market dynamics and trends affect the need for technological solutions, such as Earth Observation, as well as the specificities and challenges of accessing those markets is paramount. This session will feature two panels which will delve into these topics with the aim of helping European EO companies understand where market opporuntities lie and how to best access those markets.

16:45 – 17:45

Startup Showcase: The Pitch-Off

To finalise the first day of EXPANDEO 2024, we will host, for the first time ever, a live pitching session for the Start-up of the year Award. The five finalists will take turns in pitching their solution and the EXPANDEO in person audience will then cast their vote to determine the winner who will be announced at the Award ceremony shortly after.

17:45 – 18:00

Closing of EXPANDEO 2024 – Day 1 

18:00 – onwards


9:00 – 9:30 

Registration & Welcome Coffee 

9:30 – 10:30 

AGM (only for EARSC Members)

10:30 – 11:00 

 Coffe break & Networking

11:00 – 13:00

This session will delve into a transversal view of the benefits derived from the use of Copernicus Sentinel data for roads infrastructure management, forests management and lake water quality monitoring as seen through the perspective of public authorities.

13:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 15:45

Charting the future of the Earth Observation industry in Europe

Panel discussion

Policy, international partnerships, innovation and public procurement are some of the drivers of growth and commercial opportunities for the European EO industry. This panel will bring together high-level representatives to reflect on all these different elements discussed throughout the previous sessions and what comes next for the European EO industry, particularly different
aspects and dynamics impacting growth and commercialisation.

15:45 – 16:00

Closing remarks main track EXPANDEO

15:45 – 16:15

coffe Break & networking (SebS)

14:30 – 17:30

Sentinel Benefits Study: the international perspective

Parallel session

In parallel of the main EXPANDEO session, the Sentinel Benefits Study (SeBS) workshop will continue to explore the benefits derived from the use of Copernicus Sentinel data for roads infrastructure management, forests management and lake water quality, this time from the international perspective, bringing together experiences from around the world.

17:30 – onward

Closing remarks