From 12 of 15 of March of 2018 Deputy director of Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU Prof. Nataliia Kussul participated in Regional workshop on UNCCD training for the countries on NMED/CEE and Central Asia that was held in Antalya and funded by UNEP/GEF Global Support Programme.

Within the workshop Prof. Nataliia represented Ukrainian contribution to GEO related activities and GEOEssential/ERA-PLANET H2020 project, as well as the results of global land cover products validation via cross-comparison with national high-resolution land cover maps for the territory of Ukraine with presentation “SDG Monitoring and Global Products Validation within GEO related projects“.

Workflows for SGD indicators monitoring that are under development with GEOEssential project will be operationally used for assessment of land degradation with UNCCD activities.



SMURBS was invited to participate in the “21st European Forum on Eco-Innovation”, that was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 5-6 February 2018.

The goal of this Forum was to examine eco-innovative solutions and practices for improving air quality in Europe. For this purpose, public authorities were brought together with companies, research institutes and universities that have already succeeded in developing and deploying effective new technologies, or innovative business and governance models. You can find the detailed agendahere.


SMURBS participated in “Sentinel-2 Validation Team Meeting (S2VT) – ESA – ESRIN”, that was held in  Frascati, Italy, on 29-31 January 2018. S2VT aimed at involving world-class expertise and activities, through shared benefit collaboration, that support the implementation of the Sentinel-2 validation activities and ensure the best possible outcomes for the Sentinel-2 mission.

SMURBS partner CNR-IIA, presented radiative closure studies as complementary methods for calibration and validation of Sentinel-2 data, especially those referred to ecosystem studies, serving SMURBS’ objective of supporting the Copernicus programme.




SMURBS participated in the “Workshop of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS)”, that was held in Madrid, Spain, on 28 of November 2017. The CAMS user workshops are an opportunity to learn from the experience of existing users of the Atmosphere Monitoring Service and hear how they apply these data to their work, to meet in person members of the CAMS team and to interact directly with advanced and new users of CAMS products.

The Copernicus workshop brought to SMURBS (via its partner CREAF)  a unique opportunity to interact with private and public sector focusing on Green Growth and Smart City development, and identify CAMS services that fit to the urban perspective of SMURBS.




SMURBS participated in the “Workshop on CORINE Land Cover+”, that was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 16  November 2017.  The workshop was considered as a technical one, providing ample space to a constructive dialogue, on the next generation core product for land monitoring in Europe. The target audience was mainly composed by Copernicus stakeholders community on land monitoring, NRC land cover, NRC land use and SMEs interested in the call.

The workshop was of technical nature, providing ample space for a constructive dialogue concerning the next generation core product for land monitoring in Europe, where SMURBS (CNR-IIA, ISPRA) interacted with EEA, ESA and Eagle group and declared its interest, among others, in the comparison of  Eagle and FAO taxonomies.




SMURBS was presented in the “1st Conference of City Network-Sustainable City”, that was held in the Town Hall of the Municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni, Attica, Greece, on 1 November 2017. Network actions, projects, innovative applications and solutions were presented during the conference.

The conference provided an excellent opportunity for SMURBS to liaise with mayors and other stakeholders of the City network association, comprised of 32 municipalities in Greece, to discuss on actual needs and wants and to promote its developing urban solutions.



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The ERA-PLANET project will participate at the GEO-XIV Plenary meeting in Washington DC, USA. The Plenary meeting will be held in October 23-27, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The ERA-PLANET project will present the latest activities by participating at the European Commission’s booth in the Exhibition area.


Start: October 23, 2017
End: October 27, 2017
Website: https://www.earthobservations.org/geo14.php

Washington DC, USA
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


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The Kick-Off meeting of the four projects, funded under ERA-PLANET, will be held in Rome at the CNR Headquarters from the 9th to the 10th of October 2017.

Click here to see the 4 Projects KOM

pdf Meeting Agenda

zip Click here to to download related presentations


Start:October 9, 2017
End:October 11, 2017

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Rome, Italy + Google Map