The 9th GEO European Projects Workshop is being organised in Copenhagen on 15 and 16 June 2015. The purpose of the Workshop is to bring together European stakeholders interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). The event is a forum to exchange ideas and inform participants about work and initiatives undertaken in the context of GEOSS. Click here to register.

Organised jointly by the Danish Meteorological Institute, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, the meeting has been timed to maximise early insight and awareness of the new implementation plan for the next decade of GEO. In addition it will provide input to and raise awareness of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016 and 2017.

Key features this year include the transition from the first to the second GEO ten-year implementation plan, the ambition to involve the private sector more closely in GEO, especially SMEs, and the need to develop the use of GEO data and information to respond more pro-actively to societal issues and challenges. The event will offer strategic insight through keynotes from the host organisations as well as enabling participants to present their work and discuss how Europe can contribute to this international effort.

The workshop will explore priorities for future flagship initiatives, foreseen to be strengthened in the next phase of GEO in order to fulfil GEO's ambition to provide information for decision making. Marine Information systems will also be in focus. Success in this ambition is critically dependent on user engagement, which will be an underpinning theme throughout the workshop.

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