GEO Week 2017 - GEO-XIV Plenary Session

Annual meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Note: ENVRIplus is planning a side event and an exhibition booth
When 23 Oct, 2017 07:00 AM to
27 Oct, 2017 04:30 PM
Where Washington DC, USA
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GEO’s Fourteenth Plenary Meeting, will be held in Washington, D.C., Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th October, 2017, during GEO Week 2017.

The GEO Plenary is the annual meeting of GEO’s 104 Member governments and 109 Participating Organizations, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), JAXA, NOAA, NASA, USGS,, United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and Observers such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Secretariat on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM).

The Plenary is preceded by side events organized through the GEO community and featuring global initiatives and activities to improve use of satellite, atmospheric and in situ Earth observations for better decision making.

Expect to see events focused on national and regional best practices to implement and measure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as Disaster Relief and measuring and mitigating the impacts of Climate Change.

GEO-Week XIV also features the GEO Exhibition, which is open to the public.


ENVRIplus side event: The European Environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) community as sustainable in-situ contribution to EuroGEOSS

Monday 23 Oct, 11 - 12:30
Organised by ENVRIplus


The European environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) community wishes to send a strong signal to the Earth Observation community that it is committed to contributing to the challenges as were laid down in the most recent GEO workplan. There are already established considerable contributions from ENVRI to many GEO Flagships, Initiatives and Community Activities, and it's important to acknowledge and build on that.

Specific aims

The aim is to create a clear awareness of this 'supply' of data, information and knowledge from Europe to the in-situ component of GEOSS through ENVRI, that fulfill the 'demand' of knowledge by GEO and its Flagships, Initiatives and Community Activities. The ENVRI community wants to acknowledge and underline the importance for Europe, to play its role in supplying the necessary data and information, and for GEO to satisfy the demand for these products in search of achieving its mission as stated in the Mexico City Ministerial Summit Declaration during the twelfth GEO plenary in 2015 and the most recent work programme.

Proposed set-up and program

Representing the ENVRI community, we propose a side event where the European Commission will present the current contributions of it's Research Infrastructure programme to GEO. How it contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's), the GEO focus area's and the implementation of the GEO workplan. Future perspectives and outlook should be part of that presentation, to illustrate the way ahead of us.

We invite GEO to address the need for well developed, independent and objective scientific information to achieve its goals, and how Research Infrastructures play their role, also beyond the European borders, on a global scale. An illustration of this will be presented through inviting a GEO Flagship or Initiative discussing the connection between these SDG's and the specific focus area of this Flagship.

Finally, a major European Research Infrastructure will present how the ENVRI community currently operates jointly towards an holistic view of earth observation, keeping track of the planet in different environmental domains through a multidisciplinary approach.


ICOS-ERIC (ENVRIplus project)


Mari Keski-Nisula, Communications Assistant (

Call for presentations

ENVRI invite representatives of European environmental research infrastructures to give a 10-minute-presentation at the side event. Please contact Mari Keski-Nisula by September 10, 2017.


Important: Visas

Please check carefully the USA visa requirements and apply for your visa as soon as possible



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